How To Sing High Notes (Falsetto)

You’d think women would have a natural advantage against men when it came to learning how to sing higher, but that’s not necessarily true.

Singing high notes is all about the control of your voice and vocal chords – and it can be learned.

With a little bit of vocal training, any singer can sing beautiful high notes perfectly on pitch.


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How To Sing Higher

Most people feel like they need to reach hard when trying to sing in a high pitch or hit that certain note.

This is all wrong.

One thing to remember: straining your voice to reach high notes when singing won’t help.

Singing should be as natural as talking.

Think about it… Your speaking voice is smooth and connected, never requiring strain, and always seeming natural. That’s how it should be when you sing. You need a balanced vocal mechanism. That means having:

  • Proper Vocal Cord Closure – no air leaking out when making a sound
  • A Level Larynx – making sure it doesn’t rise to high when singing

How To Sing High Notes (Falsetto)How do you achieve this?


I know, I know…this isn’t the magic singing bullet you’re hoping for…

(but wait… because I do have a shortcut to success I share below)

Breathing and vocal exercises are key to being able to hit the notes you want without strain.

By doing these exercises you help to strengthen your vocal cords and work more efficiently when it sings.

Steady air flow is very important when singing higher. It may seem weird, but it’s true.

Not Too Much Though

That doesn’t mean you should force too much air through your body – that has the opposite effect of what you want: added resistance and pressure.

Contrary to what you might think, you actually need less air to sing high notes, not more. 

Straining or breathing to heavily will cause your larynx to go higher and your voice to crack – we’ve all been there when trying to belt out those high notes.

But You Still Want Enough

On the opposite end of the spectrum, too little air won’t give you enough power.

You need to learn how to work your diaphragm when breathing. You should feel your stomach rise, then your chest. 

Stand up tall and straight then try saying “ha” a few times in short, powerful bursts.

That’s the feeling of breathing and speaking with a supported voice.

Another way to avoid using your throat (as opposed to your stomach) when singing is to push your stomach out (so it sticks out more) when singing. It’ll help you fill your lungs with air and use your diaphragm.Sing High Notes With Mix Voice

All About The Mix

So if you don’t want to use too much breath, and not sing from your throat, but kind of sing from there, and not your chest, but also kind of from there…..

What do you do??

You need to learn to sing in your mix voice (which is a voice that combines your head register/voice, with your chest register/voice – hence, mix voice).


When you’re practicing it’s a good idea to start your vocal runs or exercises in your middle range, and gradually move higher and higher.

Also, try singing the word “yawn” in a high register.

Take note of the position of your mouth when you begin to say the word in each vocal range you sing it in.

That position is exactly how you need to position your mouth to hit that particular note.

Warm tea or liquid can help relax your throat and vocal cords when singing, so try to keep some handy when practicing.

And remember – it’s not all about reaching higher and higher and straining your voice when you’re trying to sing high notes.

So avoid this tendency at all costs when you’re practicing.

Sing Higher Through BreathingSome Breathing and Singing Exercises to Try

In case you didn’t know, singing in staccato (short, accented notes) makes it easier to hit high notes.

Unfortunately most singing is legato (melodic and long phrases that tie together).

So with this exercise you’ll start by singing staccato notes and gradually transition to legato, all while moving higher along the vocal register (i.e. using higher notes/pitches).

What to Do:

  1. You’ll be singing the words one-two-three-four-five-four-three-two-one up and down a musical scale
  2. Start with staccato (short bursts)
  3. Once you’re getting good with hitting high staccato notes, start making them more legato (flowing together)
  4. Once you’re comfortable there, move up higher in pitch.

Of course, this requires a lot of practice time and work. No one said it would be easy But once you do this over and over again, you’ll notice a big improvement in your ability to sing higher notes.

But who wants to wait forever? We wanna sing higher now, am I right?!

The Shortcut to Singing Better High Notes Fast

The quickest way to be able to effectively sing high notes is through the structured training and practice provided by online singing lessons.

There’s no getting around it – you can search all you want online for free information but that in itself takes forever.

You have to wade through all the fluff and garbage out there and piece together separate bits of info.

Online singing lessons are an inexpensive way to get the proper training to sing higher, and eventually perfect your voice in any vocal range.

The best options available right now are Singorama and the Superior Singing Method. You can read all our online singing lesson reviews here.

Anyone who’s tried these singing lessons can testify that they help you immensely, so I recommend looking into them.

They are MUCH CHEAPER than actually hiring a professional vocal coach and work the same way.

You get a series of video lessons and audio exercises that you go through over the course of a couple of months (depending on your speed and pratice time).

You also get additional resources that help you train your voice properly. People see improvements in a matter of days/weeks, not months.

Seriouslycheck them out – it might be the closest thing to a magic bullet you’ll ever get.

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How To Sing Falsetto

What Exactly is Falsetto?

Singing in a higher pitch (especially for male vocalists) is known traditionally as singing falsetto. The word itself is very old and actually means “false voice,” as many men do not have a voice pitched that high naturally.

The technique allows male singers to reach notes and vocal ranges that are often sung by women naturally. The origin of this term is a rather morbid one…

Fun Fact

Back then some male singers were castrated so that they could sing in a higher tone. The “castrato” falsetto had been used in many European choirs throughout the 16th to 19th centuries.

All you guys out there – don’t worry – that craziness ain’t necessary no more! So how exactly can you learn how to sing falsetto without the uh… unnecessary surgery? Here are a couple tips that will help you along the way.

Tips on Singing Falsetto

Take Deep Breaths

A singer’s main source of “power” comes from his or her breathing. Whenever you breathe you must do so through your diaphragm.

It will be hard to do this at first, but with proper training you should be able to get this technique down in no time at all. And you should also remember to take some deep breaths before you start singing falsetto (if possible) as this will help you warm up.

Sing From Your Upper Throat, Not Chest

Most singers are used to projecting their voices from their chests instead of their throats. If you want to learn how to sing falsetto then you are going to have to make some necessary adjustments.

Singing and projecting your voice from your upper throat instead of your chest will allow only the outer edges of your vocal chords to vibrate instead of the entire vocal chord.  This will help raise your voice in the process.

Try Putting Your Hand On Your Chest

It might look like you are singing your country’s national anthem, but trust me when I say that it can help a lot, especially when practicing. Place one of your hands on your chest while you sing.

If you feel any part of your chest vibrating as you are singing, then you are still singing in your normal voice range. Remember that you need to project your voice from your upper throat and not your chest, or you’ll end up singing in your normal voice register.

Practice Adding More Styles

If you want your falsetto voice to adapt to different kinds of music, then you should try to practice adding more styles and tonalities.

If you practice this long enough, then you should be able to sing falsetto in other musical genres whether it is metal, R&B, hard rock, or even opera.

Need some more advice? Here is one great secret to singing higher notes better.

One Sure Fire Way To Sing Higher Better

be a singer professionallyI’m going to be totally real with you.

There’s only ONE way to guarantee you’ll be able to sing better high notes.

Take some formal vocal training.

Yes, vocal coaches are expensive. But taking an online singing course doesn’t have to be. And some of the courses are just like having a private vocal coach.

Consider it if you’re serious about improving your vocal range and hitting those high notes.

The Sure Fire Way To Improve Your High Notes

Before you begin exercises to help you sing high notes easily, you need to understand what your chest voice and your head voice are.

A proper balance of the two creates a high pitched note in your vocal chords.

Chest Voice

Your chest voice is essentially the voice created from your chest and till your vocal chords.

Head Voice

The head voice would be the voice you can hear if you compress the chest and try to create a voice between your vocal chords and mouth.

Why Does That Matter?

You will begin to understand these better when you begin singing, but for now you should know that you sing your higher notes from your chest voice.

The best way to practice singing high notes is to sing Staccato scales.

Staccato is singing set of disconnected notes broken down into each note being sung separately, almost like singing “Do Re Mi…” short and fast.

If the notes are sung in a long and continuous manner, it is called a Legato.

What to Practice

Practice Staccato by singing short notes like “Ti Ti Ti…” up and down whatever scale you prefer.

You will be achieve to achieve the notes you are aiming for much easily if you practice this exercise.

Once you’ve got that down then slowly transition to singing legato notes.


Why Should I Do That?

This will help you to understand your chest voice which is very important since you create most of the high pitched notes from your chest voice.

Your head voice is much deeper allowing you to create bass or harmonic section in the lower notes.

Things To Look Out For

Sometimes you may find yourself choking or becoming shrill when you try to touch the highest notes in a song.

This is when you are doing it in the wrong way. You should not compress your vocal chords. Instead you should be compressing your chest and letting in very little air through your vocal chords.


Now, some people relate to a high note being in Falsetto, but that is again a different way of singing.

While singing higher notes should not crack your voice, many beginner singers often try and strain their voice to the point that it does crack.

Practice the exercise above at least an hour daily. You will get the hang of it very easily and singing high notes will not seem as difficult.

If you want to learn more about singing in your head voice read this.