How To Increase Your Vocal Range - Tips To Extend Your Vocal Range


Uploaded by HowToSingDotCom on 03.10.2011

Transcript:
Hi there. Aaron here from HowtoSing.com and I want to talk to you about how to increase
your vocal range. I want to tell you a quick little story about something that happened
to me when I was 17. I was singing back then. I was traveling with a choral singing group.
You kind of sing solos and we dance and all that stuff.
Anyway, it was fun and I was kind of the younger one of the group and there were different
kind of solos that you can sing and there were obviously some that were more coveted
than others that were harder and it was more like the crowd would cheer more. So there's
this certain solo that I really wanted. It was kind of the hardest solo but I didn't
get it for the first several performances and maybe the first several months but eventually
it was given to me.
I was really excited. So I was practicing it. It fell a little out of my range but I
just thought I will just belt out a note and it will be fine on that note. Everything else
is pretty easy. There's really just this one note and I thought I will just kind of give
it the force and it will be fine.
So it came to that day and I had a duet partner. It was kind of a guy-girl thing and so music
directors up front and the whole audience and everything. So everything is going fine.
I'm singing my part and when it got to that note, I was like I just belted out and it
was this I didn't hit the note. It came out of this kind of waahh, this kind of squawky
sound and at the time, I didn't know this but it was because of what I'm going to kind
of talk to you about for a second.
It wasn't my finest hour. I learned that you can't push. You can't force notes. It's not
healthy for your voice and you probably won't hit the note to begin with. So that's my first
caution about expanding a range is don't just belt it out or push or strain and all that
stuff. All that is going to do is maybe he looks silly but certainly or over a very short
period of time, it's just going to be bad for your voice and strain your voice and eventually
even probably cause damage.
The deal with the voice, let me just say what happened in that particular incident and when
you push to try to get a note, your vocal chords, they zip up. As you get higher and
higher and higher in your range, what happens is your two vocal chords, they stretch and
they elongate and they get thinner. And so what happens when you try and belt out a higher
note, you've got less space to go through and the chords are thinner. So when they're
thicker, it's easier for them to hold together.
But when they're thinner and stretched out and you get up top there, it's like really
tight. So when you're blowing when you try to push, you're forcing too much air through
that and it just goes, Pfft, and they just blow right open and that's the sound of, Aaahhh,
that falsetto sound. That's why it's so airy is it blows your it's too much air for your
vocal chords to hold together.
So that's not what you want to do although falsetto, a lot of people use falsetto as
kind of a stylistic device and I think it can be really cool in the right context. But
what you really want is you want those rich, heavy, nice, big full tones up in the top
of your range and that's in your head voice.
So the real way to sing high notes is to develop a mix. A mix or a mixed voice, a blended voice,
what that basically means is it's a voice blending between your chest register. When
you talk, you normally speak out of your chest voice. You can fill your chest resonate when
you do that and your head voice, head voice. Your head voice is up there. So you want to
blend most people have kind of breaks or cracks or it's called it's really just a transition
or a bridge in between those two breaks and the idea is to smooth out that bridge so you
have one big, long, blended voice.
So you want to be like, Wooohhh. One big blend. You don't want it to be like [voice cracks]
to break or crack right there. So how do you do that? Well I want to give you one exercise
to do that and there are a lot of ways to do that. But just in the short video, I want
to give you one exercise to begin helping you with your higher range, extend your actual
range of self. This will help with that and it will also start smoothing up the breaks
in between your chest and your head voice.
I call it just the hootie, hootie slide because it's like a hooh. It's like kind of uh, under
there but it's a hooh sound and the reason it's this sound is because that sound will
help keep your larynx steady rather than a lot of times your larynx will raise up when
you try to sing high notes and that's what that narrows the wind passage there so that's
why you get so much tension and it's hard to hit those higher notes.
So this slide will be like, Hooohhh, almost like a siren, Hooohhh. So that's something
you can do throughout the day. You can do it for several minutes at a time and what
that will begin to do is it will begin to expand your range and kind of smooth out those
transitions.
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and all kinds of free stuff on there for you if you want to learn more about how to sing.
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some really great tips, the kind of tips that the pros use on there. So just for stopping
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I will give you that video for free. So I hope this is helpful and I will see you at
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