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.