How to Sing High Notes Without Straining in the Style of Jack Russell (Great White)

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Discover how to sing high notes without straining using the large extrinsic laryngeal muscles. This video provides a demonstration of some soft high notes around the A4 and B4 range of the voice. Additionally, you will be able to sing high notes softly and with more control

42 thoughts on “How to Sing High Notes Without Straining in the Style of Jack Russell (Great White)

  1. Vocal Power says:

    Watch my demo of ‘How to Sing High Notes Softly’ featuring ‘Save Your Love’ from Great White. Hear the raw recordings of the high B4 notes 🙂

    1. Kevin Leazott says:

      Vocal Power if you are so good why are you using delay?

    1. Vocal Power says:

      You are the first to stop by – thanks for leaving a comment 🙂

  2. rickyd121 says:

    Awesome job!!  Curious what set up do you use to record your vocal?

    1. Vocal Power says:

      Thanks Ricky. I use a Rode NTK valve mic directly into Logic via my interface. There is no processing, eq or compression used on the dry tracks you are hearing. The processed sound is created using the fabulous CLA vocal plugin in Logic 🙂 Cheers, Tony

  3. Vocal Power says:

    +Mike Bromelow Thanks for the very kind words. I was raised in Canada for 10 years, eh? I’ll check out your channel page. BEst, Tony

  4. craig sirianni says:

    Tony, Spot on as usual! This song has a lot of high B naturals on an EEE vowel! Extremely tricky unless you understand position, support, and vibrato, which you obviously do, in spades! Most impressive is the way you always seem to nail the pitch spot on, no matter what the song is. Another triumph in a series of videos which are highly impressive, informative, and intuitive! Keep them coming.!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Nestor Silva says:

    Can you sing a Jimmy Gnecco song?

    1. Vocal Power says:

      Hi Nestor, thanks for the suggestion. I wasn’t familiar with Jimmy Gnecco and so I checked him out. I really like his style so thanks for turning me on to him! He uses a lot of really nice vocal approaches and, most importantly, his voice is really lovely to listen to 🙂

  6. Scream4vengeance says:

    Hi Tony, thank you for another awesome tutorial and demonstration of your understanding and mastery of vocal techniques. I love Russel’s voice, too. I once recorded this one, and listening to your singing it makes me wanna give it a fresh try. You gotta love this song/band…  For me, it was seeing Bon Scott (on TV, for I unfortunately never got to see him live) that first got me to think I’d love to scream on a stage some day. 🙂 Cheers & Rock On  – JC

    1. Vocal Power says:

      Thanks man – would be cool to hear your version if you get a chance to record it 🙂

  7. Hey Tony- as always-GREAT stuff. One question, do you find that when you sing LIVE your bands that you have a harder time keeping this “non-pushing” thing going (for lack of a better term)? Seems that live, it’d be tougher to reign all this in and that you’d end up pushing.

    1. Vocal Power says:

      Excellent question! I find that in a LIVE situation, as long as I am very mindful of keeping the voice small and controlled then I can stay in this mode. BUT, it usually only takes one little pushing sensation to completely upset the balance and then I get stuck in more of a chesty production which can be difficult to get out of. Been there?

    2. Yup. I’m trying NOT to be there by sing with more head and not controlled yelling… however, I just end up sounding like Mickey Mouse. Ugh.

    3. david bouy says:

      +Vocal Power omg total illusion of control through power. erg :/ ugly muscle configurations!

    4. Selrisitai says:

      +brywool If you sound like MIckey Mouse, you’re probably singing falsetto.

  8. Alan Honore says:

    Hi, your video are awesome. You have a really good voice, I love the way you sing. I learn a lot with your videos. Thanks 🙂

  9. Leah FatBat says:

    Why am I not seeing any Sammy Hagar? You’ve got a voice and the hair! 🙂

    1. Vocal Power says:

      Thanks Leah – I love Sammy 🙂 In my youth I was actually asked for autographs as people thought I was him – hahaha

  10. Justin Chew says:

    Hey tony. Just a question, how do you gain a fuller, more resonant sounds when belting in mixed voice?

    1. Vocal Power says:

      Hi Justin,

      There is no short answer to this. You have to get used to hearing a small, thin sound for the upper notes whilst the cricothyroid muscles develop their pulling strength. To do this you must sing in a very light registration. As those muscles get stronger you can then involve more vocal fold depth to your production whcih results in a thicker tone…hope this helps

  11. James Noble says:

    Hey man, love the videos. Any chance on a video breaking down M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold’s technique?

    1. James Noble says:

      Thanks man it would be much appreciated!

    2. Selrisitai says:

      +Vocal Power I don’t think anyone has done that, in fact. It would be highly interesting.

    3. Kevin Leazott says:

      James Noble why though? the singer of Avenged Sevenfold ruined his voice cause he doesn’t sing properly

    4. James Noble says:

      +Kevin Leazott It’s a pretty cool sounding technique to use in extreme moderation, Shadows just completely abused it.

    5. Selrisitai says:

      +Kevin Leazott Shame about that! Didn’t they just put out a new album?

  12. can you do the song by journey called seperate ways. it would be SO awesome to see you demonstrate it. i would appreciate it very much.

    1. Vocal Power says:

      Good suggestion Eric, will see what i can do 🙂

  13. KusanagiRai says:

    Tony, you never fail to amaze! Love the “Estillian” explanations too. Very easy to understand.

    Anyway, I’d love to watch you do “Jane” by Jefferson Starship (Mickey Thomas). Lots of challenging parts (for me), especially the lines “You never can win, girl,” “Oh Jane, you’re playing a game of hide and go seek, and “Why you fooling with me, me, me”.

    1. Vocal Power says:

      Thank you for the comment – Personally, I LOVE Mickey Thomas, he can still really cut it live and the track you suggested is my favourite of his – I may have the courage to tackle this one 🙂

  14. Rodrigo Banno says:

    I Love the way you comment on the way you’re singing, helps to undestand the technique a LOT. You rock man! i’ve learn so much from your videos. I would like to make a request. Can you analyze and make a video about the style of M. Shadows from Avenged sevenfold? Somehow he’s able to create a very chesty sound in very high pitches. I believe he’s using a very good mix to do that and i would like to know your opinion about it. Thanks for reading if you did 🙂 Keep rocking! 

  15. spiralmetal says:

    I like Jack Russell’s voice.  Sail Away is a great record.

  16. Eduardo Oliveira says:

    Another great video, man. You’re simply the best! One of my main issues is singing softly, especially in songs with lots of dynamics. I have no problem in singing with power, as in most heavy metal songs…. but when it comes to singing softly… pfffff… my voice always cracks through the passagio, into a airy falsetto, or I simply fail to hit the right pitch… guess it’s all about air control and anchoring, as you showed in the video, without the need of too much pressure on the abdominal muscles, right?

  17. jean corsaire says:

    j’adore bravo mon ami très belle reprise

  18. sssmith41 says:

    Great! Really helpful and fun to see your comments about your singing techniques while we can hear & see you sing….. Love it! …. Thank you so much

  19. krishna mckenzie says:

    really absolutely awesome. that is what to aim for . thankyou!

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