Saturday, January 19, 2013

How To Sing Those High Notes

The more I practice singing, the more I learn about technique. We sopranos need all the help we can get to reach and sustain high notes. If you are straining to sing at the top of your register, try these tips:
  • Stand up straight. If you must sit, sit as tall as you can.
  • Breathe deep into your belly. Shoulders should not come up around your ears when you inhale.
  • Use your abdominal muscles, including the diaphragm, to support your breath as you sing.
  • Relax your chest, shoulders and throat.
  • To sing high, think low. Imagine singing down into the high note, not reaching up for it.
  • Bend your knees.
  • Tighten your glutes.
  • Look straight ahead. Don't tip your head back to "look up" into a high note.
  • Drop your chin (not your head, just your chin). Open your mouth wide, top to bottom. 
OK, if you can remember to do all of that and still keep track of your music - start singing! These tips do work. They just take some practice.

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