I personally have the most fun when I sing high. In my upper range that is. And I know that I'm not the only one who feels this way! Why do we like to sing high? The answer is simple: it gets us high! Literally, haha!
It makes perfect sense... Singing higher creates great resonance. Resonance increases volume. Volume intensifies the amount of vibration we feel in our body. More vibration creates nitric oxide, a super important vasodilator for blood vessel health. It helps us relax and lowers blood pressure. Other happy hormones singing gives us are endorphins (pleasure) and oxitocyn (stress reliever).
When it works, it's amazing! We are on top of the world. But when it doesn't; it takes all of the fun out!
Have you ever struggled with a song that you loved only to realize that it was totally out of your range?
Does working on improving your range ends up in a sore throat most of the time?Are you worried that you have to compromise between awesome repertoire and saving your voice?
Have you ever embarrassed yourself hoping to impress friends and fans with an incredible song that you mastered during rehearsal but totally blew it on stage?
Most singers want to sing higher. I get it. It's not only fun, it's cool too. But attempting to learn how to cross from your comfortable register to your upper range is a risky business. Trying to do it on your own is a pain. First because it will hurt your throat. Second, because of the lasting impact straining has on the voice. If you don't fix this, you may even develop nodules that can only go away with surgery or complete vocal rest and rehabilitation.
If it comes to this, forget about your music dreams and career. Time will be wasted. Countless nights of joyful singing will be lost forever. Numerous potentially life changing opportunities will be missed. Some even lose the passion they once had for singing and become depressed. Time spent with family, work, finances, etc... may be affected by feelings of unhappiness.
If you injure your vocal cords and you want to get your voice back, you will need professional vocal coaching anyway. Why risk vocal injury when you can expand your skills and sing with vocal freedom now? High and low, soft and loud, and on pitch! Imagine the possibilities!What is your “Song I Always Wanted To Sing But Was Never Able To”?
In the meantime, know that connecting registers and expanding range have to do with relaxation and mastering resonance. I talk about this and more in my free masterclass here:
Sing your heart out!