Be who YOU are!
The sound of your voice can be an incredible tool to find out more about
yourself and to get connected to yourself. You will feel happy when you
use your voice correctly and vice versa. Your own voice is a healer for
your body, heart and mind.
When your voice vibrates inside you with freedom it will affect all
the cells of your being. It will make you feel wonderful.
Therefore listen to your body and your heart when you work on your voice.
Does it feel liberating? Does it heighten your senses?
If yes, then you are on the right track.
My advice is don't force yourself away from your comfort zone too much.
Find your sweet spot and expand from there. If your middle is golden
then stay there and expand gradually and very gently. Don't force high notes
just because you want to sing a song you love that has a high note.
Only if you have someone by your side that can show you how to get there
effortlessly should you challenge your range. Start from where you feel
comfortable to begin with. Too many singers force their instrument.
It is a rape. Have you ever seen the tentacles of a snail? They are so
delicate and when you touch them they pull back their extension immediately.
You have to wait until the snail stretches them out carefully again.
It takes time and patience. The same with your head voice, it is a very delicate space.
Any force applied and it will close down. Yes, you can still sing and push
into it but the more you push the more it will feel like singing into a brick wall.
It is a vicious cycle. Step back and take a break. Don't push.
A wonderful exercise for high notes is:
Sit with a straight spine. Relax your jaw until the lips come apart slightly.
Choose any pitch and play it on whatever instrument you have available.
Listen for the vibrations inside that one tone.
Do you hear the overtones in it? Try to hear the higher frequencies inside the
note and then the lower and slower ones. How fast does the pitch vibrate?
There is an amplitude to each sound we make. High notes have a faster
and definitely a more shallow amplitude. Once you are tuned into that
movement you imagine that every cell of your body is picking up that
vibration. That speed. It requires concentration but once you are "inside"
the sound you might feel the top of your head just opening up and your face muscles
are likely to relax and "melt". Once you sense the pitch you focus on vibrating in your body
try singing it. It will feel more open now.
Please take time. If you rush you won't get any result.
It takes the time it takes. You will feel when the space is open.
The trick is when you really listen to something your head voice opens up.
You can have the same effect by doing sight reading or solfege exercises.
When you practice that way you will think and listen with your inner ear.
You will be ahead of the actual making of the sound by imagining it first and that will open
up your head voice. Really listening to a piece of music is also great.