How to Sing High Notes in Full Voice / Vocal Lesson / Rock the Stage NYC

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In this episode, vocal coach Kevin Richards shows you a way to extend the sound of your lower notes into your high notes by taking a common exercise if vocal sirens and adding a stretch of more notes. This teaches proper breath support with an open throat
technique to help you sound chesty in the higher part of your vocal range.


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42 thoughts on “How to Sing High Notes in Full Voice / Vocal Lesson / Rock the Stage NYC”

  1. Hey Kevin. I’ve been a fan of your videos for a while, but I’ve never
    written in until now. I’ve been working at my singing for about 7 years. My
    dilemma is this: the more cord closure I put into my head voice, the less
    it connects into my chest (even with a very light vocal fry). But with a
    slightly more breathy tone I can connect like crazy. Working with the
    breathier tone gets me more power in my break, but the compressed tone give
    me more power and flexibility above it. What’s happening?

  2. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    Your vocal machine is out of balance. There is not a balanced ration
    between breath support and cord closure. In one part of your voice you are
    using too much closure and not enough support and in another part of voice
    you are using more breath and not enough cord closure. You have to be shown
    how to balance out those two ratios so that your voice will sound and feel
    the same from your lowest to highest resonances. You are unfocused.

  3. Mr. Richard, Do I need to keep the same thickness/compression of my voice
    to the highest note of the scale after that octave siren?

  4. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    Hi – yes. The idea of this exercise is to stretch your range in a more
    natural way by just sliding the notes around using that upper octave note
    as your pivot or starting point. You don’t push or grip more and you don’t
    back away – you stay balanced while you stretch up and down.

  5. Ah i’m so frustrated. my highest chest note before I break or it sounds
    horrible is only E4. I can do headvoice (sounding good) all the way to F5.
    Its full so I know its not falsetto. I have good breath support and I never
    feel sore or pain after I sing. My headvoice around E4-C5 (the range you’re
    doing here) sounds way too light though. I’ve been trying to darken it for
    about a year with no success. Whats stopping me from being able to do this?
    I crack when I try this exercise past E4.

  6. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    There;s no way to really give you an answer unless I heard you. From what
    you describe it seems like compression is your problem. It’s not about
    darkening but about vocal fold compression – and saying you are breaking at
    E4 means you are either too light or too heavy going into lower mix
    (E4-F#4). Watch my video “Mixed Voice 3 Ways” – /watch?v=sxgntGeQkGg

  7. This is so..sooooo freak’n helpful! I just signed up for classes in stl
    last week with your new location & I’m adding this to my immediate “To Do”
    list @ the studio!

  8. Thanks. I been trying to sing higher notes, this is great! I will share
    this video! I thought I heard singing in the back ground. i thought my
    neighbors were singing, it was in the video. lol

  9. Peter Wickström (awesound)

    Thanks Kevin for a great video. Thanks for taking time to talk about vocal
    health during our interview. Vocal Health for Rock Singers – Warm Down –
    Awesound TV

  10. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    +Theo Oxford You want to keep the same compression (full voice connection)
    but let the weight lessen naturally. What you are trying to do is let the
    voice work the way it wants to without you interfering too much with the
    onset of sound you established on the lower note.

  11. Leonardo Manduca Sales

    Hi, Kevin. Thanks for your videos. I ran accross them the other day, and
    they`re great. I have 2 questions that have been bugging me for long, now.
    What Al Rose does on Sweet Child O`Mine ( Running time 3.39 on this video Guns
    N’ Roses Sweet Child O’ Mine (Full Version)) is head voice, falsetto or
    chest voice? It sounds too connected to be falsetto, but I`ve been
    struggling to make my head voice connected at this point too. I can reach
    those notes, but on chest voice they sound too heavy and it`s too much
    effort, not quite as light as Axl`s peformance. Can you show me a light
    here? The other question is `bout Steve Perry on Don`t stop believing. What
    he does is purely head voice? When I try to go on head solely, it sounds
    too soft (again) nd not connected (what makes me think it`s falsetto I`m
    doing, and if I go chest it`s again too heavy. I can reach the notes,
    though, which is good, I can actually sing the song, but it still sounds
    too loud and not enough controlled. I`d apreciate if you could take the
    time and comment on that. Thanks a lot!

  12. Leonardo Manduca Sales

    Amazing! just did the entire exercise and reached the notes much easily, in
    fact I pushed it oevr `till 2 octaves above and it sounded nice.


  13. Chris Houston

    i can go up to A B4 In chest voice, but i need to learn how to properly mix
    so i can go up yo a C5 Or D5 & Possibly E5, Do you have a vidro where i can
    learn to mix

  14. Andy's Mad House

    So now I have good headphones in, I can hear a classical singer in the
    other room from where you are in the video.

  15. I’m a gospel, R&B, pop, jazz, and classical vocalist. I’ve been working on
    building my upper range for years, But today, I am trying to regain my
    vocal power following some health issues. I like this exercise and your
    teaching technique in general. Thank you for sharing!

  16. Love the video. I’ve been trying this. But I don’t understand the idea of
    thinking about singing the higher notes. How can you thinking about the
    higher notes make you hit them? Thanks so much!

  17. Larry Justice

    You are giving great free lessons/advice. Why would someone take the time
    to post that a note is flat? Even if it really was? Just appreciate the
    good advice. 

  18. how to sing range between C5 to C6 for a guy? im okay with E5 . but above
    E5, i strain alot. i can hit the highest note for “i will always love you”
    but not everytime i can do tat.

  19. Will this exercise help me?

    I am a tenor vocalist but my head voice sounds like I’m high on helium when
    I want a thick sound like Bruce Dickinson and Roy Khan from Kamelot. 

  20. Richard you rock man !! please help me. im having issues with breathing. i
    have sucha good tone and i hit high notes too but maybe i duno how to
    breath correctly something holds me back from singing Freely. make a video
    on correct breathing too?

  21. Hey Kevin, your videos are very helpful. I have a quick question, do you by
    any chance have any videos that demonstrate how to pull and stretch the
    chest voice high? I know that in order for me to have a strong and well
    developed chest musculature it would be ideal for me to do this prior to
    bridging. Please let me know, thanks.

    – Kaizer

  22. thank u for all ur hardwork dude. ur such a knowledgable teacher. this
    octave siren, it also can be used in other genre right?

  23. Kevin , right now i’m taking singing classes from opera teacher (30 years
    in the business shes pretty much top notch teacher) for the first month we
    were working breathing , she thought me to breathe with my “ribs” , after
    that we were working on placing the tone(front of the upper jaw , nose and
    spot between hard and lifted soft palate , pretty much just don’t feel it
    below the nose and upper front teeth) – throat opened lip roll ,
    nasalization and rrrrrrr. my question is , right now my range is C2-E4
    (without collor change , full opera voice , the walls are shaking when i
    sing pretty much :D) , i can go up to A4 with larynx raised and collor
    changed but its not that bad , much thinner tho and i can go to d5 if i
    really blast it out but i sound like a zebra being gangbanged by 25 lions.
    working with my singing teacher i wont rly go above G4 , maybe ….
    maaaaaaaaybe a4 but pretty much she wants me to get f4 g4 (in real voice) ,
    now , my question is , after like 3-4 years of this and then if i come to
    you or somebody that teaches yourlike technique (id love to be able to sing
    Freddie Mercury, Joey Tempest , Steven Tyler , Sebastian Bach if posible –
    and to sound good while singing those notes ofc) , will i have some “boost”
    cause here, we don’t use “mixed voice” and “head voice” its all full and
    loud (i understand that there are no registers but there are different
    kinds and ways of singing :D) and she doesn’t want me to get quieter nor
    thinner (well maybe just a little bit thinner) but here we focus on being
    opened , relaxed and raised palate and not to have too much air going
    through cords. i know its a lot , thank you for reading , btw im 18 years
    old , 14-15 months in singing (but almost 8 months i pretty much wasted
    with a teacher that has no idea what shes doing) and yeah i’m from Serbia,
    so sry if it was hard to understand something cause i have no idea what im
    talking about , that’s why i’m taking classes in the first place :D.

  24. Mr. Richards, I am 16 year old male singer and i’ve been singing for about
    a year now, my total range being A2-A5. I guess I am something like a high
    bari/low tenor, but I have a problem with the ‘bridge’ area. Everything
    from E4 to A4 is terrible and weak, but from Bb4 to F5 I have a bunch of
    different approaches, I can do the Bruce Dickinson way , the Axl way, the
    Rob Halford way and the Steve Perry way, the Dave Mustaine way, but I can’t
    get through the passagio. I am trying all different methods and none of
    them are working, i’ve watched all of your videos on the passagio, as well
    as other videos on youtube. It would be very helpful if you can give me
    some advice on what to do. Thank you for reading this.

  25. I’ve been doing all this stuff for about 15 years and I’m telling everyone
    you will never be able to sing the songs that you wanted to sing from day 1
    if your a proper baritone it’s not believe all the hype but
    end up with nothing

  26. Yeah but why would you want to sing notes that don’t sound natural my
    highest note is a f5 how can you extend that it’s like the limit.

  27. Nguyen Do Thanh Trung

    can u explain the differences between belting and full voice ? i think full
    voice sounds more chesty than belting

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