Speaking or singing?

Let’s talk about your speaking voice for a moment? Do you like the sound of your speaking voice? I bet you don’t think much about it. However, your speaking habits can easily affect your singing ability.

The ability to access your head voice resonance is a key factor to singing high pitches. For some people, this coordination hasn’t been used since they were a child.

Go ahead and try it. Can you make a woo woo sound like a little kid imitating a choo choo train? What about a fire truck siren? Do it lightly and not too loud to ensure it’s your high voice making the sound. If it’s difficult or you feel strain in your throat, then try to focus on your rib cage and abdominal area and see if that makes it easier.

Instead of thinking about singing high pitches, why not think about speaking high pitches. Imitating cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny can sometimes engage the head voice and its resonance. Or, you could try meowing like a small kitty, or doing a puppy dog whimper. All these sounds are helpful to engage the coordination necessary to sing high notes.

It’s very much a feeling of less voice, or a sensation of losing oneself. Singing high notes is all about leaving the speaking voice behind and entering this new unchartered territory. At first, it may feel strained or breathy, or wrong. However, if you relax and allow the voice to visit this coordination everyday, it will eventually get easier and familiar.

Take your time, and do it everyday! Once you know how to access your head voice, then you can work on mixing the chest voice with it to create a strong middle voice. This is where all the action is!

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