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Finding Your High Note: How to Get Better at Singing Now

Ever belted out your favorite song in the shower but found yourself struggling to hit those high notes, or realize on the karaoke bar stage that it isn’t easy to emulate your favorite singer? Or maybe, you’ve found yourself googling something like “How to get better at singing“. 

You can master the art of singing even if you aren’t born with an Aretha Franklin-like singing voice. All it takes to become a good singer is an understanding of the basics, an exploration of your unique voice and vocal range, and daily exercises.

And guess what? It’s all a process that you can begin now. Let’s dive in with these singing tips

Table Of Contents:

Understanding the Basics of Singing

Singing is more than just hitting the right notes. It’s about understanding and mastering vocal techniques, from knowing your unique voice sound to gaining control over your vocal cords

Exploring Your Unique Voice

We all have our own unique ‘singing voice’. This isn’t simply how you sound in the shower or when matching pitch with a hit record on the radio. Rather, it involves recognizing your vocal range – that is, how low or high you can sing comfortably without straining your throat muscles.

Your range will generally fall into one of four categories: soprano (high female), alto (low female), tenor (high male), or bass (low male). But don’t get hung up on these labels. They’re merely guidelines to help understand good practices for improving the health of your vocals.

The Importance of Self-Awareness 

Singing well requires self-awareness: You need to identify not only what notes you can hit but also where the problem areas lie within your scale. Is there a note that always seems slightly off? Does hitting certain high notes cause discomfort?

A music studio like Jacob Burton Studios could be an excellent resource with this, as we provide personalized singing advice for improving your weak areas and boosting your overall confidence. We can also help you get out of your head and into your head voice. 

Vocal Exercise as Daily Routine 

Last but certainly not least: practice makes perfect. Just as runners train their legs daily for long races, singers should incorporate regular warm-ups and singing practice into their routine.

This might include lip trills for breath control, humming for vocal warm-ups, and scales to keep your pitch sharp. These daily habits can go a long way in ensuring that your voice stays healthy and strong. See an example of a quick vocal warm-up you can try below.

Key Takeaway: 

Mastering singing isn’t just about hitting the right notes, it’s also about knowing your unique voice and range. And don’t stress over labels like soprano or bass – they’re simply guides for vocal health. 

Perfecting Your Posture and Breathing Techniques

Ever watched a professional singer perform? You might have noticed their strong posture. 

Posture isn’t isn’t just for show – it helps singers control their pitch and maintain power in their voice. It turns out, the way you hold yourself can directly impact your vocal range and projection.

You see, maintaining good posture allows the air to flow more freely through your vocal cords when singing. This results in better resonance and enables singers to reach those high notes that often seem elusive at first.

To achieve this desirable stance, start by aligning your body from head to toe. Make sure your neck is straight; not craning forward or leaning back. Next, relax those throat muscles and make sure there’s no tension here. 

Moving on to breathing techniques: Imagine filling up an imaginary balloon inside you each time you breath-in before starting any warm-ups or practice sessions. Be mindful of shallow breaths where longer phrases are required in songs as there won’t be enough breath support behind them.

The Beauty of Practicing Regularly 

Singing isn’t something we master overnight. It will take time and regular practice to get our muscle memory attuned with these new postures and breathing patterns.

The beauty of practicing regularly is that eventually what felt awkward initially will become second nature, making us feel more confident when performing live. Proper posture and effective breathing techniques are not only essential for good vocal tone but also instrumental in maintaining long-term vocal health.

Key Takeaway: 

Perfect posture and breath control are vital to singing well. Standing tall lets air flow freely, boosting resonance and helping you hit strengthen your head voice. Start aligning your body right from head to toe, mastering efficient breathing skills, and making practice a everyday routine for keeping your voice healthy.

Mastering Enunciation for Clearer Vocals

Clear and precise enunciation is a key ingredient in delivering captivating vocal performances. The power of your voice lies not only in the notes you hit but also in how clearly they are communicated to your audience.

To improve, start with enunciation exercises. These workouts help singers articulate words accurately without distorting their natural singing style or tone. From tongue twisters that target problem areas to repeated phrases designed to build muscle memory, these drills make sure every word resonates beautifully.

In addition to these exercises, it’s crucial to understand the role facial muscles play in shaping our sound. Specific facial muscle exercises can give you better control over how you form words when singing — making each syllable crystal clear and impactful.

The Impact of Facial Muscle Exercises on Vocal Clarity

Singers often overlook facial muscles when thinking about vocal technique. But just like any other part of your body involved in making music — from flexing the muscles in your throat for high notes, keeping your jaw open wide for powerful belts — your face plays an important role too.

You see, different parts of our face contribute differently: lip trills work wonders on breath control while exercising cheek muscles enhances resonance leading to a fuller vocal tone. 

Key Takeaway: 

Crystal-clear vocals come from mastering enunciation and exercising facial muscles. Use drills like tongue twisters to build muscle memory, helping every word resonate beautifully. And don’t forget your face – it’s crucial for voice production. 

Maintaining Your Rhythm With a Metronome 

Keeping a steady rhythm while singing can be quite the task, but with tools like a metronome, it becomes more manageable. Metronomes give you an audible beat to follow, making sure your timing is impeccable. And you can even find them via an app on your phone. 

A common issue singers face is rushing or dragging the tempo. Metronomes can be useful in keeping tempo steady and on-point, helping maintain consistency and accuracy of rhythm. By practicing regularly with a metronome, your sense of timing improve as well as your confidence because you won’t need to second-guess yourself about maintaining rhythm anymore.

Experimenting to Find Your Tempo 

Finding what works best for you when using a metronome requires time and patience. So experiment away – adjust the speed on that dial until finding a tempo comfortable yet challenging enough to sing along with.

Remember, it takes practice to get into the groove. But once you’ve mastered your rhythm with a metronome’s help, singing will feel as natural as breathing.

Boosting Your Confidence for Better Performance

Confidence is a game-changer when it comes to delivering an on-point vocal performance. The belief in your abilities can be the difference between hitting those high notes with ease or feeling strained and stressed on stage.

A crucial part of gaining confidence is understanding that everyone has their unique vocal power, so don’t compare yourself to others. Singing should not feel like a competition but more a form of expression. 

A regular practice routine will allow you to build that self-assurance and give you confidence in your skills, as well as gain control over vocal muscles and sound louder without much effort. It’s similar to muscle memory; the more you sing, the better you get at it.

Singing Practice Makes Perfect

Incorporating exercises such as lip trills and breathing techniques into your singing practice aids in maintaining good vocal health. It helps keep your throat relaxed while helping singers reach higher pitches effortlessly – almost like scaling up a well-laid staircase instead of clambering up an uneven hill.

Pitch control also plays a significant role here because if we can sing on pitch during our warm-up exercises, chances are we’ll do just fine on stage too. Think about it as rehearsing for a big presentation: Practicing out loud gives us that edge of familiarity when we finally step onto the podium.

Your Vocal Coach Can Help You Shine

If confidence still feels elusive despite these steps, consider enlisting help from Jacob Burton Studios’ experienced team. Our voice teachers specialize in boosting performers’ self-esteem via personalized singing lessons tailored to address problem areas and enhance strengths. 

Hitting High Notes With Ease

Struggling to hit those high notes? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. But there’s a trick that might help: thinking down and using resistance.

‘Thinking down’ sounds contradictory when trying to reach the heights of your vocal range, doesn’t it? Yet this is precisely where its power lies. Instead of straining upwards physically and mentally for those high notes – which can cause undue tension in your throat – imagine going downwards into them instead. 

Resistance training isn’t just for gym-goers. For singers, ‘resistance’ means utilizing the natural opposition between airflow from our lungs and the closing action of our vocal cords (or folds). This balance helps us control pitch and volume while also protecting against strain or injury.

Incorporating these techniques into daily practice sessions takes time but leads to improved singing abilities as well as a better understanding good singing practices overall. Think of it like mastering an instrument; muscle memory needs repetition before achieving precision.

Reaching a Higher Vocal Range

The journey toward higher pitches starts by ensuring proper warm-up exercises are part of your routine, as these prepare your voice for the more demanding tasks ahead. Simple lip trills or humming scales gradually stretch out vocal muscles without causing sudden shock or strain.

Vocal health is key here too; maintaining hydration keeps those vital throat tissues supple. So drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially if it’s on a day you plan on singing!

Aiming Low to Reach High

By focusing on ‘thinking down’ and using resistance in your vocal exercises, you can create a sound that’s stronger, more controlled, and capable of reaching those elusive high notes. 

Just like with any new skill, becoming a better singer requires regular practice. Jacob Burton Studios, for instance, offers singing lessons that focus specifically on techniques such as these to help singers reach their full potential.

So, when you’re shooting for the stars with your voice next time – remember to keep it grounded.

Key Takeaway: 

Struggling with high notes? Instead of straining upwards, think down into the note and use resistance training for control and protection against strain. Also remember to warm up properly before you start singing and stay hydrated! 

Finding Vocal Power Without Strain

Singing is not just about hitting high notes; it’s also about producing a good tone with minimal effort. One technique that helps achieve this is singing vowels with an open jaw. This technique gives the muscles in your throat room to maneuver, enabling clearer enunciation and a better projection of sound.

In addition to vowel pronunciation, another key element to emphasize is controlling one’s vibrato – the rapid slight variation in pitch that adds richness and texture to sung notes. 

Through specific exercises focusing on breath technique and muscle memory, anyone can gain control over their vibrato – leading them closer towards sounding like pro singers they admire.

The journey of improving our voices takes time but adding these strategies into our everyday routine or practice sessions will surely pay off in the end. Remember: Start small. Implement these tips step by step into your daily practice routine while staying patient. 

Don’t worry; you’ll get there!

FAQs for How to Get Better at Singing

How can I improve my singing voice?

Practice makes perfect. Use exercises to train your vocal range, control breath and posture, and enhance clarity through enunciation.

Can I train myself to sing better?

Absolutely. With consistent practice, self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses, and the right techniques, you can significantly boost your singing prowess.

Can I learn to sing if I have a bad voice?

You bet. Singing isn’t just about natural talent. You’ll be able to hit those high notes smoothly if you hone in your technique, rhythm control, and overall confidence. 

How can I reach high notes that seem out of my range?

To hit those soaring highs without straining, try “thinking down” when ascending scales and using resistance methods for smoother transitions between registers.


Now you’ve got the lowdown on how to get better at singing.

We’ve talked about your unique voice, looked into strategies for posture and breathing exercises, and touched upon enunciation for clearer vocals. 

So keep practicing, keep experimenting, and never stop believing in the magic of music! 

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Jacob Burton

Jacob Burton is a highly rated professional vocal coach located in Nashville, Tennessee. He offers instruction via both online and in studio, and specializes in singing with proper technique, increasing the vocal range, vocal therapy, and especially the "mix" technique.