How to Expand Your Vocal Range | Vocal Lessons

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Hi I’m Cari Cole. I’m a celebrity vocal coach and artist development expert. And I help artist find their voice, craft their music, and create successful music careers. I’ve worked with Donald Fagen from Steely Dan, Courtney Love from Hole, I’ve worked with the band Journey. I’m going to teach you how to be a better singer and performer

So, I’m going to give you a tip or two for how to expand your vocal range. Vocal range is basically expanded and increased by vocalizing more, by studying, by training, but the principal behind is that there is an overtone series in the voice and when the voice is aligned physically more correctly, because singing is a very physical event, it’s a coordination of air and muscle, and you must master the breath and you must master your alignment. I always talk a lot about alignment, your chest has to be up, your chin has to be down, your head has to be back. If you are jutting forward when you are singing, you’re going to be singing from these muscles and you really need to, in order to get that column of air and that flow of breath, your chin needs to be down and your head needs to be back. So alignment is a very important part of this. So the vocal range gets expanded when the overtone series starts to ring. So if I sing and I sing without an open mouth and a position that is going to compromise the sound of my voice, it’s going to sound slightly flat. So if I sing ahh (vocalizing a note, showing how sound changes when her mouth is open and opened wider and then closed). So those, you just heard a little bit of what overtones are.

Overtones is when the voice is more open and aligned correctly, you’re going to get the voice to ring and therefore more overtones are going to ring. And that’s what creates power in the voice and tone in the voice but it also creates range. So, like my voice teacher when I was training, when I was a student, use to tell me is that the overtones in the middle of the voice are what create the higher notes and the lower notes. So a lot of people mistakenly just go to the high notes to try and increase range or go to the low notes to try and push that lower register. That initially works and that’s good, you need to sing and you need to use your voice but ultimately what expands your range is getting really good tone in the middle of your voice, in the meatier part of your voice and that’s also where some of the weaker points are. So you have to really work on managing that break area, going from chest to head for girls or going from chest voice to falsetto for guys. That is a big part of expanding the range, is fixing that break area. A lot of times we talk about that like singing underneath the door, that you want to slip your voice underneath the door because you need compression. Anytime you’re going higher or anytime you’re going through that passage in the voice. So, what a lot of people will do as they’re going higher and I’m talking about the break area because this is a part of range, so what a lot of people will do, ahh (vocalizing from low to high pitch) and they get really breathy on the top because they have no compression and what we want to do is ahh (vocalizing from low to high pitch and low again, showing compression in the diaphragm not in the chest) so we can go flawlessly through those register shifts and that’s a big part of controlling the range.

41 thoughts on “How to Expand Your Vocal Range | Vocal Lessons”

  1. I have a rather deep/monotone voice, as a woman. Not manly, but husky, I
    suppose. There aren’t very many female lead vocals with this voice. I fall
    somewhere in between Kim Carnes and Johnette Napolitano. What do you tell
    women that can’t hit those higher notes? Is there a different way of
    training to develop the range they have? I am only being realistic about my
    capabilities.

  2. Thank you so much!!!!:-). I learned a lot I used to have a good voice but I
    haven’t practice singing for 4 years but this helped me a lot!! Thank very
    much. I wish I met you personally because I want u to be my coach

  3. Oh hello! Have you heard about – Sofurns Amazing Vocal Training (search on
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    results from it.

  4. Sebastian Tannæs

    I am a male singer my range is from G1-D#5 and from my notes at B4-D#5 they
    sound weak like a falsetto and i wonder if vocal scales wil improve my
    higher notes if i just work on my low notes too bulid on top of the high
    weak notes answer as quick as you see this message i need help i want all
    of notes too sound strong and regular 

  5. I give singing lessons online. I am from brazil and I can show fun ways to
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  6. Rusty Shackleford

    Listen, you seem to really know your stuff, and it looks like you’re a
    great teacher! But I wouldn’t mention Courtney Love as part of your
    credentials. If anything that makes you look bad! She’s terrible lol

  7. ” Por vezes falamos sobre isso como cantar debaixo da porta o que você quer
    deslizar sua voz debaixo da porta, porque você precisa de compressão.
    Quando você está indo mais ou a qualquer momento que você está passando por
    essa passagem na voz. Então, o que um monte de gente vai fazer o que eles
    estão indo mais e estou falando sobre a área de ruptura, porque esta é uma
    parte da gama, por isso o que um monte de gente vai fazer “ahhhh” ea ficar
    muito ofegante eo topo porque eles não têm a compressão e, o que nós
    queremos fazer é “ahhhh” de baixo para arremesso righ e baixa novamente,
    mostrando a compressão do diafragma não no peito. Assim, podemos ir na
    perfeição através desses deslocamentos do registo e isso é um grande parte
    do controle do intervalo.
    aduzir o que ela fala nessa parte: ” .

  8. Hey there, I discovered that I can sing only a few notes (a lower octave)
    that sound nice to me. I can reach even really high notes without problems
    but my voice only sounds completely ‘full’ singing deep. Is this kind of
    normal and is there a possibility to improve the ‘range’ of powerful
    sounding notes in my voice or does it depend on the person and can’t be
    doine for some reason?

  9. i don’t have a break in my voice , i was told by a vocal coach . she said
    my register is seem less and my voice does not flip is that good ? or
    should it flip ?

  10. Ok,some point are true but god that falsetto head voice is bullshit…men
    or women can sing in headvoice(connected) falsetto(not connected) also if
    males have a naturle high voice would sing in a fullER head voice just like
    the average female good singer soprano and females could sing fullER low
    notes if there voice is lower,it is not about sex/gender or non of that
    bull*** it is about what voice you got ,how are your vocal cords and what
    you are blessed with (talent or not)!

  11. If anyone is interested in singing the greatest success that I have had was
    with the Bens Singer Blog (just google it) without a doubt the no.1 method
    i’ve tried.

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