How To Sing High Notes (Falsetto)

How To Sing High Notes (Falsetto)When it comes to learning how to sing high notes, women usually have the vocal edge against men because their voices are naturally higher in pitch. However, this does not mean that male vocalists will not be able to reach the same vocal range as the average female singer.

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


What’s Falsetto?

Singing in a higher pitch is known as falsetto, which basically means “false voice.” This technique allows male singers to reach notes and vocal ranges that are normally sung by women naturally.

The origin of this term is a rather morbid one, derived from the choirs in the Middle Ages.

Wait… What?

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.

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.

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

I’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 (like the superior singing method reviewed here) are just like having a virtual vocal coach. Consider it if you’re serious about improving your vocal range.

And now onto the secret to better higher 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. Your chest voice is essentially the voice created from your chest and till your vocal chords.

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. 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, or rather it is your chest voice.

The best way to practice singing high notes is to sing a Staccato to practice. A Staccato is singing either the same or a set of disconnected notes broken down into each note being sung separately, almost like singing “Do Re Mi…” but if the notes are sung in a long and continuous manner, it is called a Legato.

Practice Staccato by singing one note like “Ti Ti Ti…” in increasing order of scale or loudness if you prefer. You will be achieve to achieve the notes you are aiming for much easily if you practice this exercise. Singing the Legato or a few notes is also a very good exercise. Try to sing each note in an increasing order of scale or pitch.

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.

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 and for that you should 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.