Mastering your singing voice entails being able to hit a wide range of notes, so you are able to broaden your repertoire with regards to the songs you sing.
Many singers make the mistake of trying to strain their voice to belt out the higher notes at full volume, but what they fail to realize is that this can actually cause significant damage to your vocal chords in the long run.
Like most things in life, practice makes perfect! Even famous celebrity voice coach Ron Browning had difficulties mastering his technique when he first started out and he has since developed his own toolbox of essential techniques to help you increase your vocal range.
You wouldn´t perform a complicated dance routine without warming up first and exactly the same principle applies to your voice before you start singing.
Here are 4 easy steps to follow for increasing your vocal range in a gentle, yet effective way.
Warm Up Your Voice
The very first thing to do when it comes to increasing your vocal range, is to spend some time thoroughly warming up your voice.
This is especially important if you are going to be working on expanding your ability to reach the high notes, which are outside of your natural vocal range.
Start off by humming scales starting with middle C as your starting point and then start off one note higher each time. Repeat until you feel the sounds flowing louder and clearer.
Make Sure You Are Breathing Properly
It is a well-known fact that breathing exercises can help you to relax. Not only will be beneficial to calm your nerves before a performance, it will also ensure that you are using the correct breathing techniques for singing.
Diaphragmatic breathing will allow you to control your breath using the muscles in your diaphragm and in turn, you will be able to sing for longer and control the power and range of your voice better.
Practicing breathing techniques is the key to success when it comes to singing, as detailed in the following video:
Posture Is Key
In order to be able to project your voice clearly, you have to ensure that your physiological stance is correct.
Make sure your shoulders are back and you are standing up straight and be aware of stretching your neck and tilting your head up when trying to reach high notes.
If the muscles in your neck tense up, then you will be straining your voice and blocking the air flow to your diaphragm.
The correct facial expressions and breathing techniques can seem foreign at first, as they are significantly different to how we breathe when we are at rest in every day life and how we speak in ordinary situations.
The key is to practice until it becomes second nature. Pay attention to the shape of your mouth and the back of your throat, when you yawn.
This is the ideal position for your mouth and jaw to be in when you sing: your jaw is relaxed and slightly dropped down and the back of your mouth and throat is open.
Adopting this yawning expression before you start singing, will enhance your tone and make reaching high notes easier.