5 HELPFUL HINTS
FOR BELTING HIGH NOTES
Have you ever wished you could sing high notes like your favorite singers? Or perhaps you simply want to increase your consistency when you do? Or maybe you're curious if it's even possible to teach a non-singer to hit high notes with power?
Over the years, I've helped hundreds of vocal students learn to belt and even stretch their range higher than they believed they could go. I've developed this 5-step signature strategy for hitting those high notes in a healthy way, and I want to share it with you.
5 Helpful Hints List....
Singing every other line of your song lyrics on a "zzz" will help you learn to use your diaphragm, which will help you sing with more power.
In order to achieve our most open and free sound, we need to alter how we pronounce the words more as we move up the scale. Vowel modification, often known as spending more time on your vowels, is essential to extending your range when belting.
Now you are ready to get into mixing your chest voice with your head voice or falsetto in order to roar out those high "money notes!" I have used a variety of methods to help my students learn this concept over the years, but none have been as successful as the "belting slide" technique I recently invented. It's a quirky one, but I've seen vocalists improve their ability to reach absurdly high notes more quickly, freely, and consistently than ever before. This idea basically layers the previous four and emphasizes total relaxation so that there is no strain while singing a quick slide through your entire range at a medium volume level. Phew! I know it may seem like a complicated process but In Module 5 of my online vocal program, I break it down and guide you through each stage of the process. If you are interested in having assistance through this process, I'd be honored to help you. Join me here.
Getting this right is crucial because in order to belt consistently, we must line up hundreds of muscles between our diaphragm, vocal box, head, and mouth position. The "String Concept" is what I refer to as an easy method. Simply imagine that a string is attached to your head's cowlick. If a huge helium balloon was gently pulling you forward while your feet remained on the ground, your body would be set in perfect belting posture.
Ever feel as though your lower and higher vocal registers sound like two separate people? Since we have two sets of muscles that control the voice box depending on which register we are in, you are not alone in experiencing this; in fact, the majority of individuals do. Because we speak so frequently, our chest voice muscles are considerably stronger than our head/falsetto voice muscles, which receive less exercise. In order to get into belting high notes correctly, we must build up those muscles and smooth out our break area. Despite the fact that this is a challenging subject, I have some really creative and powerful exercises to help you master it. You can start by being intentional about which singing voice you are in-chest or head/falsetto. If you want to be in chest voice, talk (not sing) your lyrics first. This instructs your body to sing in a chest voice since, as you may recall, your spoken register makes use of your chest voice muscles. Then, to improve your higher register as well, make sure you sing and perform vocal exercises every day in your head voice/falsetto range (ensuring good techniques).