With Correct Training, Vocal Range Extension Is Easy To Achieve
A powerful, wide vocal range is probably the most sought after singing quality. It is exciting and gives you more freedom to express yourself.
It's kind of like watching the basketball player that has an amazing vertical leap, or the golfer that can drive the ball hundreds of yards. People love hearing those stunning high notes!
The common misconception is that high notes are only accessible to talented singers. Have you ever heard the saying "you have it or you don't"? Many vocal instructor have told me this, but it is simply not true!
Vocal range extension is available to you, if you have the desire and motivation. (although, with correct training, you can achieve large vocal range extension, almost immediately)
With correct training, your vocal range can be expanded beyond belief. Large vocal range is achieved by a technique called "zipping up your vocal chords".
In this new muscle coordination, your vocal chords will actually "zip up", effectively closing off a section of the chord. This leaves less of the chords free to vibrate, and therefore can vibrate faster, producing a higher note.
When you learn to zip up your vocal chords correctly, every note, high or low can be accessed with the same ease. It's almost like playing the piano. It's no harder to press the highest note on the piano than it is any other note.
With correct technique, singing is the same. Every note in your range can be accessed without straining or reaching. This "zipping up" action is the most effective vocal range extension technique.
Actually, as you sing higher, you should be using less and less effort! The vocal chords will zip up more and more as you sing higher. This leaves less of the chords to vibrate therefore you need less air to vibrate the chords... It's actually easier to sing high notes than lower notes!
There are two vocal registers that use this "zipped up" muscle coordination. They are:
mixed or middle voice
Both of these vocal registers form the upper part of your singing range. The mixed voice sounds quite similar to chest voice (chest voice is the voice you speak in, and it forms the lower part of your range). Mixed voice has a sweeter tone quality than chest voice though...
This is because half of the tone resonates in the head cavity.
You see, when you go into the mixed voice, your vocal chords will "zip up". When this happens, the vocal resonance splits, with half going into the mouth, and the other half into the head. It has the best of both worlds... the power and depth of chest voice, and the sweetness and purity of head voice. Let me tell you... a good mixed voice sounds incredible!
The other register for hitting those high notes, is the head voice. This is what you use when you climb even further into your range. Your chords will zip up even more, and more of the resonance will travel behind the soft palate, and into the head (the soft palate extends back from your tongue and forms a divider between your mouth and nasal cavity).
The head voice also sounds sensational when done properly. And when you get to know your voice well, you can mix a little mouth resonance into your very high, head voice notes. This slight mix can give your sound more power on those extreme highs.
Don’t accept the range you have now, unless it is amazing!
Learn Vocal Range Extension
So firstly, if you can't already, learn how to sing on a zipped up chord! Once you can do this, learn how to blend your vocal resonance. You will have an endless palate of vocal colors to choose.
Vocal range extension is really in the reach of anyone. that has the desire to achieve it.
The fastest way to increase your vocal range that I know of is to practice the exercises in this singing program. These vocal range extension exercises work very well because they "train" your voice to sing in mixed voice and head voice. The exercises automatically program your vocal chords to make the correct adjustments, and up your range you go!