Singing High Notes Softly – How to Sing High Notes Soft to Loud to Soft

Inside this video you’re going to be singing high notes softly and learning how to sing high notes soft to loud to soft. How? I’ll teach you step by step. Watch!

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According to Wikipedia, the musical term, “messa di voce”, is a singing technique that requires sustaining a single pitch while gradually making the voice louder and then softer. It’s considered an advanced test of singing ability. [Demo]

Singing High Notes Softly – How to Sing High Notes Soft to Loud to Soft

Singing high notes softly and then sustaining the note with a crescendo and diminuendo isn’t easy. It took me about 15 years to do it predictably. But I’m going to help you do it faster than that.

What’s your situation? Are you able right now to sing high notes soft to loud to soft? Let me know in the comments.

Here are the steps to doing it.

Step 1. Learn to bridge. For the men, that means at the E, F and F#4 you blend your chest and head tone together as you sing one mixed tone. For the women it’s at the A4, Bb, B and C5.

In your bridge, try doing the bubble lips exercise and then stop the bubble but keep sustaining the [u] sound. Like this: [Demo 5 Tone scale from C-G4 with Bubble and sustain. It helps to do it with a little dopy sound like this]. Now you try it. First men, then women.

Ready men. Do it with me.

Now ladies. Do it with me. (Start at Eb4)

Step 2. Repeat the above exercise and add a vowel change like this. [u to ou]. Take care that the “oh” doesn’t open too wide and grab like this. [Demo an open “oh”]. You must allow the “oh” to maintain the same feeling the [u] established. [Demo] Men. Women.

Keep [u] on your lips as you sing the “oh”. It makes it easier to do.

Step 3. Repeat the last exercise. This time as you sustain the [u] to [ou] do it softly. While sustaining the [ou] get louder by sending more air. Don’t open it too wide and grab it and push it.

Allow the [ou] to maintain the same feeling as the [u] while getting louder in that smaller, place the [u] established. [Demo] Get louder while leaving the “oh” in the smaller place. Men. Women.

You have now sung an “oh” in the bridge, from soft to loud.

Step 4. Repeat the last exercise, and immediately after getting louder, gradually decrease the amount of air you’re sending to the vocal cords like this. [Demo] Men. Women.

By decreasing the air flow you will also decrease the loudness while you continue to sustain like this. [Demo]

You’ve now learned how to sing high notes soft to loud to soft. Practice this over and over again to get used to this feeling. It requires developing new muscle memory where you do not grab the note with the edge of the vocal cords. Instead you increase and decrease the loudness by increasing or decreasing the air flow while keeping the vowel the same.

Did you do it? Let me know in the comments section below if started doing it.

Don’t worry if it’s not perfect yet.

Practice it. Start over again and do each step. With time and practice you’ll be doing it easily.

As mentioned above in Step 1, the key is to learn to bridge. This is a sampling of what you can do when you learn to sing in mix through the bridge and into head voice.

To help you learn to bridge, I’ve prepared special exercises for you based on your vocal type. Your vocal type is not whether you are soprano, alto, tenor or bass. Your vocal type describes what your voice does as you sing through the bridge.

Here’s how you get your vocal type. Click the link here on this Youtube card, or in the description below this video. This link, will take you to the vocal test.

Take the test and get your vocal type. Within minutes you’ll receive an email giving you your vocal type. Then click on the free mini vocal course about your vocal type and download the exercises and start working on them. They’ll help you improve your ability to sing high notes softly, then loud and soft, easily.

Also to help you sing high notes without breaking into falsetto, be sure to watch this video, “How to Sing High Notes Without Falsetto”. It’ll be on the end screen.


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I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power to Sing. You can sing higher with beauty, confidence and power. I’ll see you inside the next video.

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  1. Wonderful
    But I'm breaking wen singing the oh. Like Im not staying long on it wen my stomach goes inside and it is paining me I will just stop. Please I need help I'm a chorister I have but I do have problem wen singing

  2. Thanks Mary! It’s counterintuitive that we actually need less air to the vocal cords when we sing. We usually think it must take more air. But that makes it harder, not easier. With the vocal cords stretched thinner, it takes less air to produce a great tone. And, the higher pitches are easier for the audiences to hear…so they really don’t need to be blasted too loud. Good luck and all the best.

  3. This is a great video and technique to utilize to teach me how to sing higher quietly. I am blessed with a huge range but have only been able to hit the higher notes loud.

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