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Why Doesn’t My Upper Range Sound Good?

How to Hit Hight Notes

Hi Ken,
I am a male singer. I am a baritone, but I can hit a high g chest voice with ease. I can get up there, but I have a deeper voice and it makes it sound not great. What are some exercises that can help with high notes?

Hey Joe,Well, I think the reason you don’t like the tone is because you’re singing it in chest voice. By a baritone’s high G, you should be well into a mix voice. Now, a mix voice will sound strong like chest voice, but won’t have the same stress and pressure that is typical for chest voice.

If you’re looking for exercises to help with a mix voice, lip flutters are great, as would be anything that’s more narrow and heady… like the vowel you’d find in the word “Book” or “you.” Narrowing the vowel is really important for transitioning between your bridges, and a steady flow of air is necessary to maintaining a balanced vocal mechanism.

Finally, since you’re used to carrying chest voice into your upper range, another thing you’re going to want to do is release some of the grip you’ve had. The ideal feeling you want to have is that you’re doing no more than speaking those higher notes. If you do this right, you’ll exude much less effort while you’re singing them, but the resulting sound will still be quite full (usually fuller than you initially imagine it, as you’ll be more blown away by the fact that you’re not trying so hard and getting such a nice sound).

You may also want to read How to Sing High Notes and Breathing and Singing to get a deeper understanding of what I’m talking about.

I hope this helps, man, and best of luck to you in discovering your mix voice!

~ Vocal Coach Ken Taylor

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