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Happy New Year!

Most singers would have a common new year resolution – to increase their vocal range. Or in other words, to extend their vocal range.

So, that’s exactly what I’m gonna address today to help you kickstart your vocals this year 🙂 How to increase your vocal range and extend your voice into the higher and lower notes easily!

It’s very simple, all you need is a keyboard, and not even necessarily a physical keyboard. You can just use a keyboard app on your phone, for instance, the Virtuoso. We’ll use the keyboard to play a couple of notes as we hum and expand our vocal range. You can actually do the humming without the keyboard and expand your vocal range anyway, but having a keyboard sort of helps you keep track of your progress and pitching; you can actually take note of how high and how low you’re singing and also make sure you’re singing in pitch 😉

With the piano, we’ll just play a 3-note-scale – there’s no need for complicated musical scales at this point because we would only usually sing tougher or wider musical scales more so to work on vocal connection (in making sure that you can sing seamlessly through your transitions in all your vocal registers) so that your voice doesn’t crack or have any uneven tones across your vocal range. But even then, singing endless musical scales is not the only way to improve your voice.

What we’re aiming for in this exercise is only to extend your vocal range gently – there are other vocal exercises you can try, but this one is good to start with. It’s easy, and quick – perfect for people with busy schedules.

So here we go…let’s play 3 notes, as in 1-2-3-2-1 (do-re-mi-re-do) and hum along, and we’ll go one tone up as we go.

 

How to Increase Your Vocal Range into the Higher Notes

As you are doing this exercise, wherever it is you feel like your voice starts to get stuck, or you feel like you’re choking, or straining, or the sound is just flat (lower than the actual note you’re aiming for) no matter how hard you try, just add this little something: a whimper!

As in how a little puppy would whimper. If you whimper a couple of times with me (as in the video), you’d realise how amazingly easy it is to reach high notes just by whimpering. So as we resume with the exercise, whimper out those high notes of which you’re struggling with, individually first and then connect them together. Follow my example in the video.

It is that easy! You shouldn’t feel any strain, discomfort or pain. If you do, you’re not doing right. Send me a video of how you’re doing it or let me know how you’re coping and I’ll help you troubleshoot the problem 😉

Now, how about reaching the lower notes?

 

How to Increase Your Vocal Range into the Lower Notes

Once again, using the same musical scale, 1-2-3-2-1, we’re gonna play it downwards on the keyboard this time (stepping down one tone at a time) and hum your way downwards on the keyboard/piano/piano app 😉

Once you feel like you’re reaching your limit, like your voice disappears or you just can’t go any lower, try adding a little sigh into it. If you don’t quite get what I mean, check out the example in the video.

When we sigh, the larynx is lowered slightly, which can help us sing low notes more easily, almost effortlessly, in a nice full deep tone. Do note however, this doesn’t mean, however, that you should sing with a lower larynx all the time. Check out the video to get a better idea how to apply this sigh into your voice 😉

I hope that helps you increase your vocal range this year! Remember to practice this a little everyday to see the changes in your voice. Vocal range is important not only for singers, but also for speakers, because if you can use a wider vocal range, you can improve your vocal intonation when you’re speaking. And vocal intonation, is extremely important in making a speaker interesting and magnetic – to have his/her voice sound almost irresistible to listen to 😀

I’ll be talking more about that in my upcoming Masterclass Session, Power Talk, on 20th February 2016, a masterclass dedicated to help people improve their voices for Public Speaking. If you want more information, or wanna register now, click here:

POWER TALK™ – A Public Speaking Masterclass

And of course, if you’ve got any questions at all on the vocal tips I’ve just shared with you here on how to improve your vocal range, ask away below!

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2 Comments

  • Vivian Tan
    8:59 AM - 18 October, 2016

    HI Janice, I like to know more about improving on public speaking. Thanks.

    • admin
      9:30 AM - 9 November, 2016

      Hi Vivian,

      For PubliC Speaking, vocal range is important for vocal intonation. Vocal intonation plays a huge part in what we say (in making sure that our message is clear), in how we command attention, keep the audience engaged, story-telling & etc. However, there are many other things that come to play as well, such as body language (including facial expressions), punctuation, pace, speed, pauses & more. Having the right mindset to overcome stage fright & developing your own persona as a speaker also matters, while being able to organise your thoughts well also helps a speaker not go blank (or babble mindlessly) when nervous.

      There are many factors that come into play, and as such, it’s quite difficult to describe how to improve public speaking here. Also, every individual will have different strengths and weaknesses to work on. So it’s quite hard to comment here on what you should focus on specifically to improve your public speaking.

      However, we can do that in-person. If you’d like, you can join us for a Vocal Discovery Lesson, where we can focus on Public Speaking instead of Singing. Here’s more info on the lesson: http://www.unlockyourvoice.com.my/vocal-discovery-lesson/

      You can simply drop us your contact no and our team will help you schedule an appointment 🙂

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