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. 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. 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

  2. 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.!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. 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 🙂

  3. Scream4vengeance

    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

  4. 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. 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?

    1. 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

  5. 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. 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 🙂

  6. 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! 

  7. Eduardo Oliveira

    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?

  8. 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

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