Falsetto Fever: How To Sing High Notes

Fortunately for a bunch of us, we are not in the 19th century anymore and men do not need to be castrated in order to achieve this vocal pitch: good vocal lessons, a few tips on how to improve our vocal pitch as well as plenty of vocal practice will do.

“Adriana, you’re a girl, what does falsetto have to do with you?” you may ask, and there you’ll be right! Although there’s still some space for argument on that topic, falsetto applies only to men, as they have to sing in a high pitch that women “naturally” have. In any case, “falsetto” is just about, how to sing the high notes.

However, as you may already know, I have a boyfriend, David, who gradually caught the ‘singing fever’ thanks to yours truly. He’s been practicing and singing falsetto seemed to give him a hard time. So, from his experience and the words of my wise boyfriend, here are some tips to find the easiest way how to sing high notes.

If You Want To Sing, You Have To Breathe

First and foremost you have to get that breathing right! It has to come in from your lungs to your diaphragm and come out from your diaphragm to your lungs. The circle’s direction is set, what’s next? You have to control the quantity of air you’re using when you sing: too much air would ruin the pitch as bad as not enough of air.

Learn Where to Sing From, Throat or Chest?

Then comes the way you use your voice. Where does it come from? It has to come from the upper throat, NOT the chest. David had a few problems with that part: he kept singing from his chest, which lead to him getting closer to his normal pitch rather than the higher notes he was aiming for.

If you sing from your upper throat, you will progressively train your higher cords. In addition to that, David learned a clever trick from our favorite vocal coach: put your hand on your chest to see if it vibrates, if it does it’s no good, you are closer to your normal range.

Get in Front of A Mirror

And while you’re keeping your hand on your chest like the prince under Rapunzel’s window, don’t forget to note the positions you’re in. Yes that’s right play Narcissus a little bit, take a mirror and note your mouth’s shape when you sing in high pitch. It might be best to even do the scale exercise in front of that mirror, it helped in David’s case.

The scale exercise? It’s that “do re mi…” on different notes, progressively going higher and higher. You have to choose short notes (staccato) at first, to get familiar with those “higher grounds” but then you’ll have to move to legato (what actual notes in songs sound like). There are also good explanations about the staccato exercises from online singing video tutorials, some of them given by… women… Moving on…

This whole process will probably take a long time, and without a coach it won’t be any faster, so try to get a private vocal coach, if you can afford it, or take online singing lessons for better results and more helpful techniques.

My Best Advice – Remember 2 Things Only

Now that we’re done with the technical stuff, here are two simple but important keys for falsetto (maybe even singing in general). One of them is contained in two words: no pressure. Do not push or strain yourself, the voice’s result won’t be that amazing and let’s not even talk about public performances.

Last but not least, prepare your cup of hot tea (or other liquid) to take you through your practice. It relaxes vocal cords and might even spoil you a little if your loved one is the one in charge of the tea supplying.

Of course, as always, believe in yourself, persevere and you will definitely make it!

The Easiest Way to Practise Singing (Builds Your Confidence Too)

There are voice lessons, there is singing practice, there are ups and downs in singing but what if I told you it’s possible to have all that combined with fun and interaction with others? This possibility became available with karaoke battle sites. I know sounds corny right? But really, learning how to get a good singing voice requires practice and what better way to practise than with other singers in a friendly, vocal environment, you will end up singing really good by the end of it 🙂

A few of them, organized like some fellow social networks, allow you to create a profile, practice, take singing tests, chose from a big variety of songs and explore your limits while you challenge other players.

Countless karaoke battles are going on live (the updates are made every second) and ranks are given based on your skills, endurance and participation. You can get on a jingle bell ride, turn around to take the “radioactive” train and land to sing “skyfall” if you wish. The number of participants vary and… there is a chat. Players use it to discuss, exchange singing tips, exchange singing and vocal exercises, provoke others to join battles (yeah they got my weak spot right there).

All in all you have fun with tens or hundreds (if you can type that fast and are good at multitasking that is) people who all share the same goal: have fun while singing. A forum is also available; you get to meet different people from around the globe and that in good and fun spirits.

If you want to get rid of ads, get new songs, you have to pay up a few dollars (highest price I’ve seen is $6) to get a subscription and access to new privileges (you have to agree, still less expensive than your average karaoke place).

In the end, if you hate all those packed “real life” karaoke places but still want company, you have found a great alternative to achieve your wishes. For example, I chose this way because I don’t always have time nor energy to take part in those big gatherings we do in “real life” karaoke (plus I got tired of hearing the same voices over and over again but hush…). On those sites, you just need an internet connection and voila! Welcome to your online, crowded and exciting singing field! Before I forget though, your connection has to be a little bit fast and you need a mic (and yes I heard that “thank you captain obvious” but you never know).

More about the battles: the songs are classified in two categories easy and hard (basically vocal or instrumental). It’s your choice and you can set when your battle is created or a choice you can leave to the competitors. Various members from Japan, Poland, Greece… can then join your virtual podium. There are two types of battles, the private ones (invisible to the public, you have to invite members you want there) or the public ones (anyone can join, make it interesting, promote it on chat if you like and go!).

When you create a battle, you decide when to launch the countdown, you can set your preferences (volume, pitch etc) and chat in there. You can also go to the “Party Mode” section, which speaks volumes by itself.

If you want to meet new singers, learn new vocal exercises or vocal tips or just do a friendly gathering with your friends living far away from you(yes singing is great, but one doesn’t always take a plane to do it with their loved ones), karaoke online is one of the best choices you can come up with. And, for those who enjoy their minutes of fame, there is a hall available for that, with your recordings that the public can like and comment! So get your mics ready, create your profile, invite your friends and join the Internet Karaoke battles! You will not be disappointed.

The best singing tip I can give, coming from a beginner singer now who has a full time paying job singing, start with the buying the best singing training software, practice vocal exercises and combine your singing exercises with fun ways to practice singing through online singing forums to build your confidence. Men and women alike, everyone is battling it out at online karoke battles.