Vocal Cords: How to Improve Your Vocal Range

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How to Improve Your Vocal Range

 

How to Improve Your Vocal RangePeople typically think that they were born with a specific vocal range. You can actually change your vocal range by using some techniques and strategies. If you use these techniques and strategies on a daily basis, your vocal range will slowly improve until you finally get it to the place where you want it to be.

 

  • Don’t push yourself. That can cause you to strain your voice, which will actually hurt your vocal range. Give yourself time to reach a new vocal range.
  • Blend your voice. Blend your head and chest voices together to improve your range. You can work on this by making a siren sound as you go up and down the register.
  • Do scales with staccato notes. This will make it easier for you to hit notes outside of your range. Once you get used to hitting those notes, you will be able to make them last longer.
  • Bend at the waist. Bending at the waist when you sing will remove the tension from your body, making it easier for the air to flow past your vocal cords. Bend at the waist if you have trouble hitting notes, and eventually you will be able to hit them without bending.
  • Act as though you are crying when you try to hit high notes outside of your range. This will actually cause the thyroid to tilt, which will make it easier for you to hit the high notes. Eventually, you won’t have to act as if you are crying, because you will actually get used to hitting the notes.
  • Do tongue trills. Put your tongue between your top front teeth and the roof of your mouth, and then push air through your mouth. This will work your throat muscles and help you reach notes that you haven’t been able to reach in the past.
  • Don’t put your head down to reach notes that are lower than your range. This will prevent the air from flowing through your body properly, so you won’t be able to hit the note you are trying to reach. Always keep your head straight so air can flow, regardless of the note you are trying to hit.
  • Learn to breathe through your diaphragm. Breathing correctly will make it easier to hit notes that are outside of your natural range. Practice breathing in a way that will only allow your stomach to move.
  • Practice speech-level singing. This is the process of only singing at the volume that you speak. It will allow your larynx to stay relaxed so you can hit new notes, and it will help you develop muscle memory.
  •  Stick your tongue out throughout the day. Your tongue needs to come forward if you are going to hit notes outside of your range. You can train it to do so by sticking it out throughout the day.
  • Practice a song that’s in the highest register you can comfortably manage. Sing the song several times a day. Once it gets easier, tackle a song that’s in the next range.
  • Practice a song that’s in the lowest register you can comfortably manage. After you practice it, you will get more comfortable with the low range. At that point, pick a song that’s in a lower range and learn how to master it.
  •  Keep a steady flow of air. Singers often change the way they exhale when they move up or down in their range. It’s important to exhale at the same speed, regardless of the note you are singing.

 

The Bottom Line

You can use different techniques to improve your range. These techniques will help you become a better singer so you can tackle more songs.