Singing Lessons : Stop “Hitting High Notes” & Start Singing “Deep” Notes

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…. Click this link to read reviews of “The Four Pillars of Singing”. Students of singing spend a lot of time chasing the physiology involved in singing technique. This misunderstanding neglects the need to better understand the role that the acoustics play in training and singing, namely, the physiology of singing follows the acoustics. That is to say, if the acoustics, or formant is tuned properly, many of the physiological issues that occurs when singing such as pushing and constriction tend to go away.

Beyond the acoustics, there is another realm of consideration, the mental programming of singing that we refer to as “audio imagery” in singing. Audio imagery deals with how singers use visualization to tune the acoustics of singing, which then then calibrates the physiology of great singing. A balanced triangulation of mental imagery, acoustics and physiology eventually balance to enable the singing voice to have great range, freedom, agility and beauty. In short, a chain reaction that starts with proper mental imagery, moves to tune the proper acoustics for singing, which in turn, configures the physiology required for a high performance phonations, used in singing.

So long as a singer perceives frequency in an orientation of “up/down” and “low/high”, the body will always respond with pushing and constricting. The body reacts to a struggle, that struggle too often is the singer’s efforts to “hit a high note”. When students view higher frequencies as something that is “up/down” or “low/high” and something that has to be “hit”, they will never find great vocal freedom.

The solution is to train your auditory imagery to view frequency as something that exists in a horizontal orientation, instead of a vertical orientation. What used to be “high” is now “back”, what used to be low, is now “forward”. When the auditory imagery for frequency begins to change in this fashion, suddenly the body begins to lower the acoustic mass of the singing, modify vowels for singing more efficiently and essentially balance the formant in an optimized fashion.One particular problem that singers create for themselves is constantly referring to their struggle to sing higher frequencies as “Hitting a High Note”. This is creating a problem for singers, watch this video and learn why. Learn about “The Four Pillars of Singing”: .

43 thoughts on “Singing Lessons : Stop “Hitting High Notes” & Start Singing “Deep” Notes

  1. Lorraine Manifold says:

    Exactly what I teach my students too, though slightly differently: there
    are 3 aspects to why thinking deep and not high is important:

    1) The vocal folds live in the larynx in your throat and are parallel to
    the floor from front of the neck to the back of the neck. They are like
    elastics that are shorter and thicker in the lower notes, and they stretch
    and get thinner in the higher notes. So thinking that stretch in your
    throat, parallel to the floor, but going back to the back of your neck, it
    will be easier to sing ascending notes.

    2) The second aspect is when you think low (or think deep as you say,
    Robert), you are helping your larynx to drop, instead of of raising it when
    you think high, thereby leaving less resonating space in the vocal cavity.
    Tricks to think low while singing is to drop the knees on singing the high
    notes (especially when you have a bigger interval up to the high note) or
    doing a ‘body yo-yo’, or thinking of sending a bowling ball.

    3) Formants are about vowels and their best resonating pitch. The best
    resonating pitch for the [i] (pronounce ee) vowel is the E above middle C.
    If you want to sing an [i] an octave higher, you have to drop the jaw and
    modify the vowel so that it will feel like you are singing an [ɛ] (eh)
    vowel. Your audience will hear the [i] vowel though, so no worries. The
    higher the frequency, the more you have to sing close to an [ɑ] (ah)
    vowel. 

  2. This should really help many people. I kinda already figured this out but
    it’s really nice to know how to think about it. Too few people appreciate
    their unconscious mind these days.

    The thing is what I can’t figure out is how to take this sound and add a
    healthy amount of compression. I know you don’t agree with “trying to sound
    like” mentality, but I love many things, from Andrea Bocelli to Chris
    Cornel to Robbie Williams to Michael Buble to Chris Daughtry.

    Is there a specific technique you might be able to recommend for
    coordinating compression in this formant? I can cope with technical terms
    so don’t worry about throwing the technical Jargon at me. I’m looking to
    master a Chris Cornell type of vocals

  3. Anne Farnsworth says:

    Bere la voce! Drink the voice

  4. Superbly awesome man!!! Jus what I was looking for!! Will def invest in
    your program!! You sir walked your talk!! 

  5. Donovan Doran says:

    Heads up:

    Makes a significant and instant the second you try this approach.

    You sir, have me sold.

    I gotta pay to go to new York this year so next year I’ll buy your program
    (broke and there’s no jobs except for winter time where I live). Hopefully
    buy a Skype lesson if you got them 

  6. Absy Krdy says:

    awesome! helped right away!
    I wish I have a teacher like u in my area!

  7. Ranger Trekker says:

    Great stuff. Robert, the C5 you belted, was in modal voice, but you are a
    baritone? Baritone with extended range? And you mentioned “we could go
    all the way to E5 and higher…”, did you mean you could do this without
    falsetto? That’s kind of high.

  8. Jon Murphy says:

    Hey rob I just wanted to ask you a question about the sensation or
    resonation when singing the high notes second bridge a4- c5. I am a
    classical singing baritone 19 years old and I have been practicing mainly
    the note a4 and I have starting to notice more compression, more weight its
    feels I guess like a covered note if that makes sense it. Is it supposed to
    feel like that? Haha. And can use these singing techniques in opera thanks
    rob
    Regard Jon

  9. Worakun Wanachote says:

    I have a question? Will four pillars of singing help me singing those high
    note like Steve Perry or Chris Cornell? Or I have to buy Four pillars and
    study with you at the same time?……apologies for English I’m Thai
    haha….thank you

  10. 김재희 says:

    I’m korean, although I don’t know all of your talk I’m very happy.( I
    understand your talk…just a little.. haha)
    but thank you! I want to relax my tongue..but it’s very very hard ~ 

  11. Not to mention, (and i may be simply restating his point in another way)…
    when you are thinking of it as “Hitting the high note” your body will
    begin to tense up, as the “high note’ that your are approaching in your
    song, gets closer. Also, mentally, it sets your self up to EITHER “Hit or
    “Miss” the note, and then you judge your self to harshly. Then, if you
    “Miss” the high note, youre not only thinking “I have to hit that high
    note” you are also thinking “I cant MISS that high note. Take your self out
    of the Hit or Miss idea, what a brilliant incite! Thanks Robert

  12. Inglorious Zachster says:

    What would your recommendations for a bass singer be? As a singer who’s
    chest-breaking point is an A3, what correct methods could be used to sing
    “upper”? Basses generally do not have as much mass on the vocal chords like
    baritones or tenors. 

  13. Andi Kikugawa says:

    Spam 12:37~12:39 damn haha i laugh so hard…. Very nice lessons.

  14. Du Cabelo says:

    Nice, very nice. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.
    One doubt: When you go to the higher pitches does your larynx go up?
    Greetings from Brasil.

  15. Robby Horng says:

    I can sing an A# 5 but not strong any tips? Btw I’m a guy 

  16. Joris Peeters says:

    Hey Robert, at first thanks for sharing this info! But what about singing
    (belting) with those deep notes before and beyond, smoothley passing, the
    bridge to an almost equal loud screaming falsetto? you have a video for
    that one too? I can’t get it “seemless”…

  17. Tonree Turner says:

    When i sing my voice break or gives out on high notes can you please help.
    .

  18. the flavabomb says:

    Jack Black does singing lessons….super dope 🙂 

  19. TheShonuff888 says:

    Man I wish I had some place where i can sing loud like that. Wow I have a
    strong false-setto voice and I couldn’t find the difference between the
    head voice and false-setto until this video. That siren technique you do
    has helped me to understand head tone, All this time, I was going at it
    wrong but once you feel the resonance in behind your noise, then you know
    you’re using head tone. Thank you very much.

  20. Micah Martinez says:

    This is really a fantastic video. I’ve been a very dedicated musician most
    of my life. I am by no means a professional, though I consider myself more
    than an amateur, but this video really opened my eyes to some new
    techniques (which will be extremely helpful) and new ways of perceiving
    music and my overall singing ability. I’ve been able to “hit” some pretty
    high notes with the incorrect “pushing” method and have them still sound
    strong, so practicing off of this should really be a good exercise to get
    my voice closer to its potential. Thank you very much! Layne Staley covers,
    here I come! 

  21. Micah Martinez says:

    Also, just as a sidenote; I think you would do a really wonderful vocal
    cover of Say Hello 2 Heaven by Temple of the Dog and that is NOT an easy
    song to sing by any means. Definitely one of my favorite vocal
    performances. 

  22. Hello Mr. Lunte,
    I have a question in regards to accessing the higher frequencies. Whenever
    I sing scales I am always able to sing up to G4, but whenever I try to
    access the higher tenor notes it feels like I’m hitting a wall. Like the
    notes won’t come out. Any suggestions on how to correct this? Is it just
    the curse of having a “big voice?” Thanks!

  23. yo, please answer me 1 question. It drives me insane. When I sing high, do
    I sing high with my head voice, or do I have to find the magical in-between
    head voice and chest voice, which seems impossible. I can sing high in head
    voice, I just don’t have the tone I want, but I can do it with ease. But
    finding that magical mixed voice, is starting to annoy me. Is it possible
    that the “mixed” voice is just the head voice, with a deeper tone ?

  24. The Modern Vocalist World says:

    Probably one of the best voice coaches in the world here… this guy is
    exceptional.

  25. RichardGaming says:

    It really worked for me because did it when I was sick, and both the
    sickness went away and I could sing high notes now without straining! THX
    ALOT! Love you

  26. MYNATURALSTRANDS says:

    That is amazing that you can do that

  27. Don Carlson says:

    I have a question- what is the highest note a guy can cover with a neutral
    larynx? I’ve heard that it’s not possible to go past C5. If it is, then is
    it possible that singing far above the staff (as in hair metal bands) can
    always be covered to add a tinge of chest voice to the thin head voice?

  28. the0v0man says:

    You got a lot of love bro. Good work. 

  29. Georgie Thumbs says:

    Awesome lesson awesome awesome! A++ A++

  30. Great video <3 I wanna reach high notes
    , and it helps to think about singing in a smaller space on the back of the
    throat like you said. One day, I promise myself I will sing those soprano
    songs like angels by within temptation :D

  31. Nick Varey says:

    You speak a lot of sense good sir!

  32. groupe brokers says:

    hello! it is possible to have french video?? thank you

  33. This is mind blowing. You’re extremely talented and have a great, beautiful
    voice. I wish I could sing like you one day.

  34. Hodzic Edin says:

    Thats called voice compression my friend :)

  35. Denion Baci says:

    You are great thanks a lot :)

  36. Kezzle Bezzle says:

    Wow! You are amazing Mr Lunte! Just watching this video took some of the
    fear out of high notes! I am absolutely going to buy your vocal program in
    the Summer! I cannot wait! Thank you!

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  38. Cristiano says:

    You can also learn songs by listening to them on CDs and your MP3 service.

  39. Benjamin Werner says:

    Care about what people say and think if it’s a professional, they can give constructive criticism that can help you in the future.

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