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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Sing High Notes With Precision

You can find the upper limit of your vocal range by singing progressively higher notes until you can no longer sing comfortably. The highest note you can sing without straining is the top note on your natural vocal range.

Use a guitar, organ, or other properly tuned instrument to help you identify the notes in your range. Play a note, then match your voice to it. Keep doing this until you reach the top of your range.

Any notes above the top of your vocal range will require some practice. The goal is to learn how to sing high notes with good vocal control and without straining your voice.

How to Sing High Notes: Spanning Your Vocal Break

As you reach the top of your range, you will notice that there is a point where your voice changes in quality. The deeper notes are sung in your “chest voice”, which is close to your regular speaking voice. This is the voice that resonates deep in your throat or chest.

At some point, your voice will shift to a lighter, airier sound that reverberates in the top of your throat or back of your mouth. Some people describe this voice as nasal, but that’s not accurate. This higher, thinner voice is known as the “head voice”, because it resonates higher in your head.

The point where this switch occurs is known as your vocal break. Beginning singers find it difficult to sing notes immediately above and below this break, but with some practice, you can learn to bridge this break and sing most songs seamlessly.

How to Sing High Notes: Improving Your Head Voice

There are two major steps you can take to improve the quality of your head voice. First, you’ll need to develop your “mixed voice”, which is a combination of your chest and head voices.

The mixed voice is the result of practice; most people don’t come by it naturally, but experienced singers incorporate it so smoothly that it’s impossible to tell when they switch from chest voice to head voice.

To strengthen your mixed voice, you need to sing the notes around your vocal break. As you sing progressively higher, you should practice using a bit less of your chest voice and a bit more of your head voice. You can practice this skill by paying attention to where each note resonates in your throat and mouth, and putting slightly more emphasis on the “head” notes as you go along.

Over time, you will learn to place the notes where you want, making the transition from chest to head voice very smooth.

How to Sing High Notes: Breath and Diaphragm Support

The second part of singing higher notes with ease is learning to use your breathing and diaphragm to support the high notes. Without breath and diaphragm support, your head voice will sound thin and reedy. With breath and diaphragm support, it will sound rich and strong like your chest voice.

Practice rationing your voice as you exhale a note, not letting it out too fast. This will help you sustain high notes and give them just the right amount of breath support.

Your diaphragm is the muscle in your stomach area that flexes when you laugh or exhale sharply. Practice flexing it as you sing to give extra support to your high notes for a more powerful sound.

With your full vocal range and the power of your breath and diaphragm behind you, you’ll soon learn how to sing high notes like a pro – and how to belt out money notes your audience will never forget!

Mixing And Recording Sounds

Think about the song you love but would like to hear more variations in. The music that repeats one loop over and over again can work when the loop is short and to the point. However, this can be a monotonous way to cause someone to turn off your mix. Choose programs offering at least 32 bars so you can add creative variation.

In addition to having enough bars in your program, you might also think the requirement your sound will have for multiple tracks as well. The more tracks you use for mixing different beats and rhythms, the more varied and unique your final results will be. Making the most usual and never heard of tunes is the best way to get noticed by more people.

Amateur mixers and recorders should consider buying the programs that come complete with easy to understand tutorials. Learning all the details in your software that can help to increase the quality of your sound is important. Some software makers also include support teams you can contact for more information and help with your program.

The rough draft of your best piece may turn into your best when you have a program that allows you options for editing and recording. No point lies in making fantastic songs that you can not share with other people. Learn more about the software you are considering and make sure you have an edit and record feature.

Steps Compose A Song

Writing The Lyrics

A number of musicians write both lyrics and melodies of their compositions. Some people also find it easier to write the lyrics first and then the melody. In writing the lyrics, you have to determine the kinds of words you would like your song to focus on. In writing the lyrics, you also need to consider the timing or the length of notes that will best suit each other. In making your lyrics, also pay attention to specific words that you like to put more emphasis on. Emphasis can be made by assigning a louder note with the words, altering the note or adding a rest after each note. Since you are the composer you are free to experiment with your song so that you can see which sounds can give the best effect on your song.

Listening/Learning From Other Musicians/Composers

Every band, singer or composer has something to teach others. Listening to their songs and compositions will help you in learning how they construct songs. You will be able to discover how a composer puts together tones, styles, instruments, etc. in creating a wonderful composition. In other words, you can collect many useful ideas from them and use them on your own songs.

Other Musical Inspiration

As mentioned earlier, listening to other people’s works can give you ideas and inspiration. Aside from this option, there are also other relevant sources of inspiration you can look from. Look around you and you will see many inspirational things like emotions, life experiences, nature, situations, etc. Try to put yourself in these inspirational instances. For example, if you choose life experiences of other people as inspiration, try to visualize yourself in that encounter and think of what emotions it evoked in you. You may also stroll around the park or in your neighborhood to gather inspiration.

Using Composition Software

Software is a tool that you can consider as your best buddy in composing songs. The songwriting process can be greatly aided by software programs. Your work may be organized and you will be allowed to see/hear what you play. Choosing a good quality software application offers valuable features like a metronome for keeping the beat. Another feature is playback so you can listen to what you have just composed. With this program, you can conveniently hook a microphone or an instrument to the computer for easy song notation.

Some Guitar Practice Tips

Practice in a quiet, comfortable place where you are unlikely to be disturbed.

Commit to a specific time each day for practice.

Begin each day with a firm commitment to a practice plan that includes the specific details of when, where and what to play.

Keep your practice sessions short, frequent and very specific.

It is more effective to practice 20 minutes everyday than to practice two or three hours once a week.

Always practice with a metronome.

Let me repeat that. Always practice with a metronome. It is surprising how often even good guitarists break this rule. Training yourself to play at a consistent tempo will make your music sound professional. This is valuable whether you plan to play just for friends at a party or in a stadium full of screaming fans.

Tune the guitar before each practice.

Determine your optimum practice speeds.

For each part of a scale, exercise or song find the fastest metronome speed that you can play without making mistakes. Practice it for a day at 25% to 30% of that maximum tempo. Follow this with a day at 50% of maximum then another day at 75%. On day four practice at your old maximum speed. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that you have a new, faster maximum speed. Be forewarned, however, that this routine might seem ridiculously slow but, hang in there because it really will pay off.

Do not try to learn too many different things at each practice session.

Practice only small sections of an exercise or song at a time. Working on an entire new song, all in one setting, makes it more difficult for your brain to cement solid muscle memories. Just like a newborn baby can’t handle an entire meal of solid food we need to practice only a few, small musical spoonfuls at a time.

Work on the problem parts not just what you already know.

This may sound extremely obvious but there is a tendency for new guitarists to play the easy parts over and over while continuing to stumble over the problem spots.