Singing Tips: How To Sing High Notes if You are a Teenage Boy Going Through Puberty
(The same tips will help us all!)
Learning how to sing high notes can be challenging for all of us, but sometimes it seems impossible for a young man going through puberty and experiencing a vocal change.
Inside this video I’ll give you three singing tips that not only help the teen boy hit the high notes, but all of us…including you ladies. Watch!
In recent episodes I’ve been talking about controlling the rising larynx and the shifting resonance as we sing. This is challenging for all of us but it can seem impossible if you’re a young man going through puberty and a vocal change.
For you ladies out there it basically means you go to sleep with your regular voice and wake up the next morning and say: Good Morning (vocal demo). And it doesn’t get any better during the day! You feel like you’re a…well, you know!
Now, imagine trying to learn how to sing high notes with that voice! (Youtube video example/censored) Within a few weeks or months your voice deepens and you lose the high notes you once could sing. Are they lost forever? No! And there’s no reason to stop singing until your voice finishes changing.
You can regain those high notes. And the rest of us…men and women alike, can use these same singing tips to help us learn how to sing the high notes. However, young men, you may have to be a little more patient with yourself. It’s harder for you…but absolutely doable.
Singing Tip #1
Bratty Ney is a great exercise to eliminate the break.
Watch and listen as I demonstrate for men and then for women.
Men: This is Ney on the 5 tone scale, the Oct repeat, and the 1 ½ scale. (Vocal Demo)
Women: The instructions are the same for you. Here’s your starting pitches. (Vocal Demo)
Singing Tip #2
Dopey Gee is another great exercise to eliminate the break. We’ll use the same 3 scales.
First, before we begin the dopey gee, let me give you some help finding that dopey sound. What I want to say is “Duh” real dopey. Not a regular “Duh” but a dopey “Duh”. Now say “Gee” with that same dopey sound.
Men: (Vocal Demo)
Women: (Vocal Demo)
Singing Tip #3
This tip helps you do the Bratty Ney and Dopey Gee so they work faster. You may want to replay the video and watch as I used this singing tip on each exercise. First do the 5 tone. Once you can do that without cracking, then add the Oct repeat. After you can do those two without cracking then do the 1 ½ scale. As soon as you are able to do these 3 scales without breaking, eliminate the bratty or dopey sounds. These are only temporary.
Then, instead of the words in the song, use the Bratty Ney or Dopey Gee when learning how to sing the high notes of the song. (Vocal Demo). I’ll just demonstrate for the men. Ladies this same principle applies to you in your song. (Vocal Demo)
Once I’m able to do those without cracking or breaking I go and replace the words back in. (Vocal Demo)
Four Things Help These Singing Tips Work Faster and Better
- The starting pitches as I’ve demonstrated
- Softer volume
- Maintaining the bratty or dopey sound until you can do it without breaking.
- Applying the exercises to a song
Teen boys, be patient. It’s a harder, longer climb, but you will succeed!
Even if you’re not going through puberty right now, these singing tips will help you feel how to sing the high notes. It doesn’t matter your age or if you’re a guy or girl, they work.
Do you know your Vocal Type? I’m not referring to whether you’re a Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass. Your Vocal Type means what you tend to do when you sing. If you know your Vocal Type, you can start working on specific things to help you improve faster.
Visit my website, PowerToSing and take the vocal test, which I call the PowerTest, and discover your vocal type. Then go to the Knowledge Center and learn about your vocal type. You can download free exercises for your vocal type and start improving your voice immediately.
I love your comments and questions. Be sure and include them down below this video and I’ll respond.
You can sing higher, with beauty, confidence and power. I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. I’ll see you inside the next video.