I want to talk a little about hitting high notes in full voice or belting high notes.
I never thought I’d ever write this post about hitting high notes.
I have been trained to Mix or in the SLS tradition for many years, and I was taught to mix or transition to head voice in order to hit the high notes.
I’m 45 years old and have been singing professionally for 15 years. And today, I am very sure when I say this about singing high notes…
In pop singing for male/female and classical singing for male, singers should hit high notes in full voice, no mixing or switching to head voice.
In essence, Mix or head voice is nothing more than a fuller falsetto – it is not full voice, real voice, belt voice, or whatever you want to call it.
Why So Much Confusion about how to hit high notes?
There was kind of a movement in the late 20 century with vocal training that builds the mixed voice for the singers to sing everything.
The mixed voice has the vocal quality that is not as intense as full voice, and not as weak as falsetto.
The key leader of that vocal movement is arguably the founder of Speech Level Singing(SLS) – Seth Riggs.
From my observation, the reason why SLS gained popularity was that traditional vocal training stopped producing voices that able to hit high notes without straining in full voice.
Many singers who are disappointed with wasted years and money with traditional vocal training adopted the mixed voice approach to singing.
However, the fact that traditional vocal training stopped producing great voices didn’t mean that the overall approach is wrong – the problems lie in the details and intricacy of training routines.
Countless singers who made the switch to Mix singing are hitting high notes with this “heady” and softer Mix voice, which is still different than full voice (chest voice, modal voice, or whatever you want to call it.)
So, what now? What is the right way to hit high notes?
The answer is training the full voice like how it was done traditionally, just do it correctly.
There is a way to hit a high C without switching – I can do it now after training with a master teacher who doesn’t mix.
You don’t have to mix to hit the notes – although you can, as mix is a kind of vocal quality for stylistic choices, but you don’t have to.
Right now, there are basically 2 major singing schools teaching the opposite methodology – those from the SLS school and those that trains the full voice like the traditional school.
If you want to train your voice to hit high notes in full voice, you shouldn’t study with a Mix or SLS singing teacher.
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My Confession about Mix singing and vocal training
2020 is a big year for me as a singer as I decided to take a major pivot in my vocal training.
I switched from Mix singing to full voice training, and I’m seeing great results.
I’m able to sing major tenor arias like Nessun Dorma and La Donna e Mobile.
These are songs I could not finish singing prior to this year, because I could not hit the high notes in full operatic voice.
But, now I can, which speaks volumes as to the better approach to train my high notes.
I feel really bad for saying this, but SLS and Mix could not get me to sing those big songs, and I trained my Mix properly for about 6 years with the help of a master teacher.
This teaches me, “Never underestimate how wrong you can be!”
I’m 45 years old and have been training my voice for over 27 years.
I’m still training my voice and always will be. How about you?