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Mastering Your High Notes - Singing with Confidence and Power

Gabriel Mendonça

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2 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. How to Approach your High Notes

    • 2. Exercises to Expand your Range


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This course was designed to turn complex singing technique into simple exercises and insights that will help you to succeed as a singer. Here you will learn the 6 steps to master your high notes, singing with ease, confidence and power.

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1. How to Approach your High Notes: often I'm asked, How can I improve my higher my extreme notes? What do I need to do to saying clean clearly without injuring my vocal cords on a constant basis? These extreme I notes that are difficult. So I'm here to shed light to make them a little easier. As far as the conceptual approach, let's start with any particular note that you feel it's quote a little hype. Ah, that's starting to get into my upper age. Okay, there's a laundry list. I've put together a laundry list of things that I must go through always when I'm singing that high note. First of all, I don't want a heart attack. No, you want to go into a gently Ah, soft and allow them to bloom. That's the first element. Second element, you don't need a lot of air to sing high notes. What do I mean? Well, you could take care. Okay, But really, is it with the bill amount of air that you have left? You can squeeze your court. That means your abs tightening your abs tight in your but all at once, because that's where you're going to put the stress. The tension. If you will. So, with little air, I want to squeeze my court. I want to cry the note. You want to hear that I ask your beginning Attack? You don't want to hear. Ah, no, not God rule, but, uh, that way you get a cleaner sound far easier on the vocal courts. Another thing that you want to add to the laundry list The placement of the head. You don't want to lift your head to sing high notes. Why? Because the note will break and we'll go into the head area. Ah, it already went into my head area So you don't want to start it high? On the contrary, you want to start it center and you want to go slightly down as you're doing the compression attention. Ah, that's how to achieve high notes. You want it? Let's go over the laundry list. Little air. When a squeeze your core, you want to keep your head down when I drop your jaw because you want projection On that note, you want to cry at this All of these little things at the same time that I'm doing when I'm singing the no. Ah, you can add presents too. Why not? We've talked about that depending on what it is that you're singing. What about it? Could be arc with the EC Would be e Could be oak would be Oh, that's a matter. The process The laundry list of things to remember are always the same. And that was done with a high note in my range, right? My e I I can then one by one, patiently go onto the next. No. Ah, good. I feel good about it. I'm going to try the next note again. Again. Laundry list. Cry squeeze. Keep your head down. Core. Uh uh uh. See, how we started moving up by half steps Doesn't require a lot. Now, after this note, maybe if you're practicing in the morning, you won't have any of these notes whatsoever. Why? Because we all wake up with our local courts to relax. So it's not a good idea to practice high notes in the morning. It's a better idea to practice them towards the end of the day. Even better at night. Our voice has already been warmed up our bodies ready to sing those high notes. But don't try these notes in the morning there, They're not comfortable at all. So So there you have it. Those either takes on how to approach the high notes and the laundry list. And one by one. If you've gotten toe this a flat, try the next note. Maybe today it doesn't happen. But because you're gonna be thinking about all of these components, all of these tools, all of these steps, maybe in a week, that note comes out. What about the next one? Well, maybe I'm not gonna try today because I didn't feel that that note was extremely clean. So in this particular at this particular time, I'll maybe try that note maybe later during the day during the evening Or maybe tomorrow again later in the afternoon, later at night. Always best. Oh, don't forget. Remember, if you just ate, it's not a good idea to saying it's not a good idea to practice. Um, you want to do it with an empty stomach because all of these tensions and all of these things that we must do in order to support our tone, we need a lot of off air, sometimes a little air. But still, we must have our stomach basically empty. It's best. Okay, so start experimenting. There you go. Thank you. 2. Exercises to Expand your Range: great. Okay, So our first exercise, um, will be to hum What does humming do? Well, humming starts losing a flame that we may have those particles that we may have around our nasal passages. So, um, as as applied to my range because I'm a baritone. I'll started on G and and I'll play 12345 of the scale and then go back down. And basically what I'm doing is humming three times up and down. I move it up by half steps, I take another breath. Breath again, Again, again, breath again. On and for the essence of time. I'm going to cut the exercise here, and I'm going to go down. I can continue going up depending on my range. If I want to sing how your notes but for our demonstration purposes, do the same exercise going down. Breath, breath, breath. That's the first thing that will start happening. You'll want to clear your throat because you'll start feeling that little excellent of flame that we have our nasal passages again. Loosening up the dust that we inhale every day doesn't matter. The environment that were ad we could be outside. We could be inside. There's dust everywhere. So now I'm starting toe. Do a little bit of that, remember? Do it gently. You don't wanna go. That may hurt the local courts. You want to do it lightly? Just enough that it starts to dislodge the particles. Start toe this large. Let's change the exercises. Another exercise that I recommend. Let's try now dropping the job because that is also an issue, right? Some people have, ah, hard time dropping the job. So we want to say the civil far like father and we do not want to go incrementally. We want to just drop it immediately. Far That's the idea. And we want to keep it open. We don't want to continue closing as we're finishing the exercise of the most rate for Ah ah, See, I parked it. I left it there. My jaw did not come up. This is a common mistake. Ah, uh, we're thinking that Oh, I'm finishing. Know that last note is extremely important. So keep it open all the time, and we continue going up in half steps. Ah, uh, have set up Ah, As you will start noticing, the bottom range is difficult. We have little sound. But as we continue rising will have more tone. That means that we can project out a little bit more. This is my lawyer Razor far. Ah, uh, can I push that no more? I cannot make it louder, But if I change the octave Ah, now I have far more sound. That's what you're looking for. The higher you go you want to clean up that great booster and you want to place it correctly. What is the proper placement? Low notes. Think of the low notes. You want to push your head slightly up? Ah, uh, this is a very common mistake. People tend to go low on the lower. Not far. I'm choking the notify. Stay down. So the placement is very important. You want to lift your head if you're singing low notes and the other applies Meaning If you're going up on a high note try to lower your board your face a little bit more Ah, but I can finish high but that first Ah, I really want to be a little a little down slightly down with my face and then I can write Raise my face a little bit more My head. Okay, so that's the exercise off. Far one key element As you're going high. You also want to start working not only on the clarity of your warm up or your tone. You want to start working those crescendos and blooming of the note. Ah, see, You want to start working with the projection. Ah, uh, you don't want to a dog The first note. Heart far No. Glide into the into the note. Like, if you're on the pool. Just kind of go waddling into the deep side. You don't want to jump into it. Ah, great. Another exit. Thanks. I would start with B. My second syllable is e third syllable is e And then I say yeah, toe open up the top note the ah, uh, that's the exercise. We go have steps higher me Ah, uh, now what to look for? Do I want my top? No, to have by Brodell Do I want my bottom note When I finished to have by broader do I want both You can also do apply the by broader to these longer notes. So as I go to my upper note, I want to do a little crescendo. I want to add a little by Brattle, and then I want to come down without by Brad. Oh, and then when I finish, I want to do another. My brother, the ah, uh, there I had by Broad at the bottom and my brother at the top after my question. So that's another angle that you're welcome to try these exercises. The more you want to incorporate, the better it is. You get usedto doing these mechanical exercises not only to warm up your voice, but you get the sense off. I can use it. I gained the control off the by, Brad on the top. And I know I can use that, my brother, Any time on the bottom when I'm about to finish, you can also think of that releases how you want to finish your exercise. The ah, uh, Do you want to finish with a with a breath? Do you want to go? They want to finish your release with an age. Or do you want to finish your release with a glee Sando going down? It could also be going up. It's all possibilities. There are old possibilities be Ah, uh, that's the recent going down. Ah, that's likely center going up. So all of these are a little extra details that you may want to start thinking about how to incorporate, how to practice it and how to incorporate it in your daily singing daily songs.