Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.
Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.
Are you a singer who struggles and stains for high notes?
Are you a singer-songwriter who dumbs down your writing because you’re not comfortable singing in a higher range?
You must be longing to belt out the high notes easily and powerfully and to watch the crowd go wild.
I understand. It really does feel amazing to let loose with a high note that impresses and makes you feel powerful.
The truth about high notes is that There’s No Such Thing as High Notes. That’s a pretty radical statement for a vocal trainer who wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique with 30+ years teaching experience. But it’s absolutely true.
There are no high notes. There are no low notes. There’s no mid-range notes. There are just different ways of expressing what you want to say.
Of course when you look at a ‘high note’ written on the musical staff, it looks higher. It vibrates higher in your body, higher in your head. Thus we get the term ‘head voice.’
But ‘high’ is only a label that helps us identify the quality or pitch of the sound.
‘High’ is just a label and nothing more.
The problem is that the label of ‘high’ has absolutely nothing do to with how to produce a great ‘high note.’ Most singers think that because it’s a ‘high’ note they have to come up higher in the body to produce that note.
You get tense when you know the high note is coming up. And physical tension in the body – your instrument – will never help you sing well.
So your first step in to singing easy high notes is to let go of the idea that they are high. Let go of the concept that they are difficult or different from other notes.
Instead, think of those notes as a different expression. When you are speaking and you get all excited, your voice pitches higher. And your speaking voice gets higher without any extra tension in your body because it’s a very natural thing to do.
It’s very natural when you are singing also – if you allow it to be so.
Singing ‘I love you’ in a low range is a different expression of love than singing ‘I love you’ in a high range. That is why the composer writes that specific word on that specific pitch – because s/he is looking to express a certain emotion.
From now on when you know the high note is coming, open up your instrument and inflect to that pitch and express what you need to say.
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