How Can A Female Sing a High C without Strain?
Hi, and thank you for the question…
If it feels uncomfortable and your vocal coach is letting you sing there then simple they shouldn’t.
Every note in your vocal range (if you want to build it correctly that is so it sounds great and is easy to use without strain).
Should be easy to hold for a whole breath.
If it just sounds a little weak to start with that’s fine this is the correct process of building a note. Your coach should be able to give you exercises to open these notes easily.
So to be clear about this…
If your voice hurts while or after you are hitting those notes its wrong.
If you clear your throat after doing those notes it’s wrong…
If your voice goes hoarse for a moment and then clears up your vocal technique was wrong (which is something that your vocal coach should be able to tell you).
A note when you first discover it will be weak and flip around a lot. This is a normal part of building your range that is often not spoken about…
Think of it like this, if you have not used those muscles before will you have any skill holding them?
Will those notes be strong?
So those notes will not sound good to start with is the truth, but with correct technique ( I listed above things you should look out for as a sign that the technique is wrong which any good vocal coach will pick up instantly) the will grow into great sounding notes surprisingly quickly.
So how do you go about singing that female high C?
Your vocal technique must be on point, a bad vocal technique will make any vocal exercise inefficient. In other words, there is no vocal exercise in the world that is so good that bad technique will not ruin it.
An exercise you can do:
Descending slides are a great way to take the weight of the voice and blend it.
Start with a light hooty oo at the top of your comfortable vocal range (I would say that your high c is not part of that at the moment. The sound should start with a silent H to help keep your throat open.
Top Tip: the silent H onset should be so light that the belly does not jerk and pull in as you move to the hooty oo sound.
so you would start on a comfortable note…
Not too high to start with, as your voice warms up you can slowly increase your vocal range, as you listen and feel your voice for signs that it is ready to do so.
Often your high notes will just suddenly pop out and disappear again! this is normal and a sign that you are doing the exercise with correct technique.
Just be patient and the note will get stronger and become part of your vocal range.
and start with the silent H ( this starts your air flow)
then you would change to the hooty OO sound
the second you move to the hooty oo there should be no jerkiness in the belly…
You slide down quickly to start with do not try to hold the top note in any way.
Think of it like stroking the note at the top and then straight down.
This is an exercise like so many out there that will work 100% of the time when the technique is spot on.
And great vocal technique is something that your vocal coach will be able to show you.
One of the main reasons to have a vocal coach, of course, is for this guidance. Which is impossible for me to give you without hearing your voice.
Let me explain…
The above exercise would work for singers that sing with a to compressed sound. The silent H is great for that as this will encourage a litter connection at the vocal folds. If you are already a little airy then a glottal onset would be a better start for you. So you see this is where a vocal coach comes in they should be able to work out within around 1 minute of you singing what parts of your technique need work on and how to structure some exercises that will instantly improve your singing. In my experience, any good vocal coach can do this.
Have fun Singing…
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