How to sing high notes for guys – Vocal Power – Middle voice 3

How to sing high notes for guys using vocal sirens
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This video is the third part of a series on the exploration of using a middle or mixed voice to access higher notes. This video will help you to practice the ‘siren’ exercise which is excellent in developing the upper register which is essential for classic rock and modern vocals.

Try to practice this daily and focus on making a quiet sound in order to maintain control and develop sound technique. If you do this regularly you will smooth out your passagio or bridge and be able to seamlessly slide up and down your full vocal range 🙂

As in the first exercise, when you get comfortable doing the ‘ng’ sound, you can experiment with a small aah vowel. This should greatly assist you in your quest to learn how to sing high notes.

0:24 the siren sound
1:50 tip for singing high notes

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47 thoughts on “How to sing high notes for guys – Vocal Power – Middle voice 3”

  1. Hello, remember me? I’m Teddy and I will let you compose the music and
    vocals plus all the score for my animated film, All Dogs Go To Heaven 3.
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  2. Hi thanks for the great video! I actually have the opposite problem… it
    appears that I have more control when I’m singing more quietly but when I
    try to put some more power into it it either cracks up or I just resort to
    belting it out again. Is there anyway that I can have more control over it
    and sing it with a full sound? Thanks!

  3. alvaro enrique acosta gomez

    Hi Tony, as per your first video, you wouldn’t recommend falsetto “oriented
    exercises”. Aren’t the crying puppy and the siren, (exercises you’re
    advising in video 2, 3,) precisely that? falsetto oriented ones? I have
    real hard time myself in trying my mixed voice, I always break. Nothing
    seems to really work. Thanks a lot for sharing your expertise with us.

  4. Hi there and thanks for your question 🙂 The siren and the puppy sound are
    not falsetto based. Those sounds encourage proper vocal fold closure and
    thyroid tilt. When you sing in falsetto, the vocals muscle (runs through
    the vocal fold – also called the thyroarytenoid muscle or TA) relaxes. This
    creates a weak point in the centre of the closed fold. When the airflow
    starts it quickly runs through the weak middle and the resulting sound is
    very weak and airy 🙂 Hope this helps

  5. 777SasukeUrahara777

    Hey these are really great videos! I am doing the siren and whiny dog
    exercises but when I reach a CERTAIN POINT I sound like a very loud
    creaking door, even though I am not breaking and it doesn’t hurt my voice.
    Have you come across this before? Thanks

  6. Lalit Deshpande

    You are one of the most awesome music gurus on the internet,. I liked these
    demonstrations. I am going to work on these! Thanks a ton! 

  7. Tony, are these exercises (puppy sound, siren and arpeggios) particularly
    suitable for singing hard rock/Jazz? I sing Indian Classical Music and
    really want to gain command over high octave notes…. Please comment. P.S.
    You might want to listen a bit of vocal Indian Classical Music on the
    internet to properly address my question. Waiting for your reply. Thanks.

  8. Hey Lalit Thanks for the comments and the question. These exercises will
    help you develop your upper range regardless of your style. In Indian music
    it is quite necessary to be able to use this technique as a lot of the
    vocal parts are quite high right? Best Tony 

  9. Tony, That sounds great. Thank you so much for your prompt reply. I have
    started doing these exercises already! 🙂 Indian Classical Music demands
    ability to sing in all three octaves, with equal ease. Unfortunately I have
    never had a proper guidance on voice culture and voice modulation. Your
    video will surely go a long way in helping me get around this problem.
    Waiting to see more videos like these from you. Cheers Lalit

  10. If you listen to something like My Curse by Killswitch Engage, even though
    it might not be your style, the singer utilises an amazing operatic
    technique in the chorus, so I guess these exercises do suit hard rock
    styles.

  11. HI. I wanna ask a question about middle voice. I can sing in my middle
    voice, but it doesn’t sound like my chest voice as much as I want. It’s not
    falseto either. I don’t know how to make it sound more natural. I tried
    your exercises. 

  12. Tony, how do I get past my break and smooth it out more. Every time I try
    to do a siren my voice breaks and its really frustrating.

  13. Tony Wow Thank you so much for posting this information. After practicing a
    few techniques I learned hear, I was able to hit a high note for the first
    time. Kudos to you. PS I am unable to sign up to your web page. Is it still
    in effect?? Thanks again

  14. What does “middle voice” feel like, or in other words, how can you tell
    when you’re in “middle” and “head”? I can tell when I’m in “chest” just not
    the other two.

  15. Bien Angelo Kuizon

    Your transitions are really nice. I’ve been practicing the transitions now
    but I still keep getting breaks when I shift to mix/head register from the
    chest register. Is it always like this at first and will it eventually be
    smooth with practice? Thanks. More power!

  16. I can do the siren but when it gets to C5 and beyond my larynx tends to
    shoot up and I feel strained. What should I do? Should I back off and do
    with little volume?

  17. Bryan Lobreau

    Loving your videos !! Quick questions, the whining puppy, if I incorporate
    that into a daily singing practice, how long should I do it? 2 minutes, 5
    minutes?

  18. Hey again! Quick question. When I try doing the puppy and siren drills (or
    when I try using mixed voice in general), I find that my voice distorts as
    low as a G note and upwards when I try it quietly, and it does’t even hurt
    or feel like I’m straining. The weird thing is that I can hit G and above
    in chest voice cleanly. On the bright side, it does leave me with a
    distorted rock scream, but I was wondering how I can clean out the sound. 

  19. Hey dude. When I hit a note in mixed above D#5, it turns slightly breathy.
    Has it gone into falsetto or is the mixed voice weak. If it is falsetto,
    which exercise should I do to make it mixed voice? If it is weak mixed
    voice, which exercise should I do.

    P.S., my throat was not open and was singing for half an hour only

  20. Joshua Dela Cruz

    Is D4 note for a guy low? My vocal range is D4 as the highest. How can I
    make it higher? Answers please.

  21. Hey Tony. I laughed at this because Im one of those clowns that is full
    power and dirty at the top of my range. Just found your videos here so Ill
    be trying all these exercises and jsut wanted to sya thanks for posting
    these vids.

    However, if we are the type that starts to crack or get weak at the top
    (feels almost like there is water or mucus in the way) is there something
    we should be looking out for to correct this. Happens more often on the
    “EE” sounds. Im sure this si common.

  22. Tony, this finally clicked. My middle voice has been trying to dominate my
    head voice. In other words, my placement was unconsciously dropping out of
    my nose and into my mouth, mid-phrase. For years, I have been unconsciously
    mixing too much of the middle into my upper register; creating strain and
    compressed sound. I focused on the nose and it clicked today.

  23. I’m having trouble in the passagio area, but not in the way most people
    have the issue. Where my breaks are located, the notes fry uncontrollably.
    I don’t know if this is on the vocal cords themselves or on the false
    folds- but the passagio is always distorted when I try to sing in head
    voice and take it down through the passagio. I want clean tones, but I’m
    getting this buzzing noise- only in the passagio. I don’t flip- all the
    notes are there. The passagio is just distorted if I’m not in mix. Can not
    find any information on this at all. Saw an ENT and everything checked out-
    no nodes or any kind of damage. It’s just annoying to not be able to sing
    cleanly on every note in head voice and I’m not convinced that you can ever
    get rid of your vocal breaks in head- something I would find severely
    limiting.

  24. I discovered something tonight, and wanted to share it with with you guys
    in the hopes of furthering you on your vocal journeys. The thing about high
    notes and low notes- the top and bottom three of them will always be
    unusable. This has something to do with the tension and slackening on the
    opposite ends of the vocal cords. So always work to strengthen your voice
    to three notes higher (or lower) than you want to sing and avoid the
    highest and lowest notes until they are developed and are no longer your
    highest and lowest notes.

  25. Hi! So I’ve been doing sirens like this since way before I saw this video
    (At least a year now) but my problem is that I either flip, or continue
    doing the exercise but extremely quiet. It ends up not helping me because I
    go into choir and I try a song, and either I have to flip into falsetto,
    push like crazy to get the note, or I have to get super quiet to avoid
    flipping.

  26. I dont get it, I can do the NG sound in all then range exactly how you do
    it, and still cant sing properly… I just dont get it, any help please?!

  27. In easy terms, a singer has quite a few body cavities (nasal cavity, chest cavity, and so forth.) and amplifiers (bones, ligaments, and so forth.) that act as resonators.

  28. Simple key phrase signing (at all times alongside speech) has long been used by Speech and Language therapists to encourage communicationin fact, and is now also extensively used in mainstream education in many early years settings throughout the UK. The signs your child learns in Sing and Sign courses (or from our DVDs) might be largely compatible.

  29. All SVT teachers are trained in a proper vocal method -?the world-renowned ‘Speech Level Singing’ (SLS) developed by L.A. vocal maestro (vocal coach to Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder).

  30. Be brave about sharing your observations and asking for input or help when you want it. You will be able to accomplish rather more for those who open up and share your singing journey with these round you.

  31. Your objective is to not permit the larynx to rise too much as you sing from low notes to excessive notes.

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