How to Sing Higher

How can I learn to sing higher? This is the number one question I’m asked and so I’m creating a video to show you how to begin to sing higher.  This is not the “end-all” of vocal exercises.  However it is the beginning of exciting things for you if you desire to learn to sing higher.

There’s no question that this was one of my main concerns as a singer. The worst part was I didn’t know I could sing higher because I didn’t know it was possible.  I thought I was a bass, and basses could only sing so high and then the tenors took over.

Imagine my amazement when I learned this exercise I’m about to show you!  It’s led me to new notes and songs I never dreamed I could sing.

The following is the transcript to the video. It’s difficult to transcribe the vocal demonstration, so I recommend watching the video so you can hear me do the exercise.

How to Sing Higher

Hi! Have you ever sung a song and went for the high note and it just didn’t go well?  You screeched, and you yelled, you reached, you squeezed, it was embarrassing. Well you’re not alone. Stay tuned. In this video I’m going to tell you how you can get over that.  How you can avoid it and never have it happen again. And my little friend here, Ricky Raccoon, he’s going to help me do it. Stay tuned!

Hi, I’m Chuck Gilmore with Sing Voice Studios, and we’ve all been in the situation one time or another where we are singing or we want to sing a song, and there is a high note and we can’t reach it. So the frustration is, “How do I sing high? How can I reach those notes? Other people can do it I’ve heard them, I’ve seen them, and I want to be able to do it too.”

What’s it like when you hit that note and you know it’s bad, and you kind of yell, you kind of scream? It’s a little bit embarrassing isn’t it?

It is Possible to Sing Higher

I’m going to help you fix that. You do not have to experience that as a singer. The one thing I want you to realize is that it is possible to sing higher. Here’s where my little friend Ricky is going to help me.

Here’s how Ricky is going to help us. I was in the garage the other day watching my wife drive the car in and I suddenly saw this little thing sitting on the garage floor and before I could say anything she ran over him. And then she ran over him the second time… The back wheel hit him too, and I thought “oh my gosh, he’s going to be smashed to smithereens. Poor Ricky! He’s going to be split, he’s going to be losing all his internal beans.” Well guess what? Ricky was fine.

Now here’s the point, even though you may have had an experience where you didn’t hit the note, and you knew you didn’t hit it, and you knew that everybody else knew that you didn’t hit it, you’ve got to be like Ricky. You’ve got to be resilient. You can’t let something like that squash you and push you down and have you give up hope to be able to sing and I’m going to help you understand how to do that right now.

Vocal Exercise to Help You Sing Higher

There’s an exercise that I want to share with you… we call it the “bratty nay”. More than likely one of two things (or both) are happening when you’re going for the high note. You probably are reaching for it, meaning that you are reaching up to try and get it. And maybe there is a little squeeze in there. The larynx, which houses the vocal cords, is probably also going up. So if the larynx is going up what is happening? You’re going into “swallowing mode”. So it cuts off the air, the muscles are engaged and it’s simply not a position…its not a way you can sing, you certainly can’t sing high.

The second thing possibly that’s happening is that you are using the full weight or mass of the vocal cord, and trying to sing high like that is just not going to work.

Be sure and watch the video for a demonstration of the following exercises.

Now, this exercise, the “bratty nay” works like this: in the men’s register, vocalizing using a “bratty nay” sound, begin with the bottom pitches on the A flat3, using the octave up repeat scale, which is, A-flat 3, Middle-C, E-Flat 4 and A- Flat 4 with a repeat x 4 on the top note and then back down to the starting pitch. Descending chromatically until reaching the E 4.

In the women’s register, do the exact thing with starting bottom pitches at D-flat 4, descending chromatically until A 3.

Be careful not to yell which will happen if you lose the “bratty” sound in the “nay”. Also, take care not to disconnect into falsetto. The bratty sound will help you maintain the adduction, or coming together, of the vocal cords.

The bratty sound helps thin the mass of the cord structure out…the vocal cords… so it enables you to go higher. Now, obviously, this is a high larynx exercise. It does not need to be loud but it does help a lot to be bratty.

Now, we don’t want to sing that way, do we? We don’t want to have that little high larynx sound…this is a high larynx exercise. Once you are able to do the exercise without yelling or disconnecting into falsetto, come back to the same scale, and instead of saying the bratty nay, do the same scale with a normal sounding “no”. Be careful not to let it break into falsetto or yell. If you start to yell, make the “no” a little battier and then gradually get more normal with it.

Once you’re able to do that successfully do the same exercise with “MUM”.

This exercise will enable you to develop your ability to go higher in your register, to be able to hit those notes that until this time you’ve not been able to hit. By following this instruction you will be able to develop your ability to get those high notes, which heretofore have not been reachable.

I know this is a fact because I used to not be able to do that myself. What I just demonstrated to you I would’ve never believed in 1000 years and I’ve been able to do it with that exercise.

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About Chuck R. Gilmore

My personal singing journey from failure to success gives me a unique perspective and special insight into the problems you face as an aspiring singer. Everything from not being able to sing high notes to lack of confidence singing in front of others. Because I've solved them in my own voice, I know how to help you.


  1. Hi I’m Justine I’m 15 I’m male how can I hit higher notes to empress my friends and others please help me

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