How to Sing High Notes Softly Using Creak and Cry

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Singing High Notes Without Straining – Demonstration

In this video I demonstrate how to sing high notes softly without any straining. I am relying on the smaller internal muscles of the larynx to control the pitch and using reduced airflow to match a thin vocal fold setup. Notice that I am not activating any of the larger neck muscles when I am singing the high notes of B4 and A4. When you have watched the video, please take a moment to watch the next video which breaks down some of the techniques used in order to enable you to sing those high notes softly and without straining your voice.


How To Sing High Notes Softly - Part 1 of 3

Using Thin Vocal Folds, Creak and Cry

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  • Using Thin Vocal Folds

    In order to sing high without straining the first principle is to learn how to sing with thin vocal folds. What this means is that by speaking and singing with a lighter tone you will effectively use less of the vocal cord depth in your sound and rely primarily on the upper thin edges of your cords to generate the sound. Because there is less vocal fold mass involved in the production of the source sound, the overall tonality will be lighter and thinner. Remember, this does not mean that the sound is BREATHY! It’s just a smaller tone that makes it easier for you to learn how to sing high notes softly without any strain.

  • How To Add Creak to Your Singing Voice

    In order to create a creak sound with the voice, the key is to under power the vocal cords. By not supplying quite enough breath energy for the note the vocal tone will break up slightly in a similar fashion to a glottal cry. This gives a very nice bluesy edge to your singing and is particularly useful at the beginnings and endings of words or phrases.

  • Controlling Breathiness When Singing High Notes Softly

    It is vital that the amount of breath in the singing voice is dictated by your control of the larynx. That is, you ALLOW the breath into the sound by gently relaxing the glottal closure. Your singing voice should be pure and lacking breathiness by default

  • Adding Cry to the Singing Voice

    The cry technique used here relies upon using a closed glottis with very thin folds. Start by trying to sigh downwards from a high pitch. Make sure you can feel that the vocal cords are providing a gentle but firm glottal closure and then gently relax them open on the downward slide. This little vocal exercise will greatly help as you learn how to sing higher notes softly without straining or doing any damage to your voice

WATCH Part 2 of 'How to Sing High Notes Softly'


  • George Blacky

    Reply Reply March 14, 2014

    You are the best Tony & I’m saying that for real

  • Kevin Wright

    Reply Reply March 14, 2014

    so many things to add expressiveness to the voice. This stuff is gold. I wonder if all professional singers just naturally do this?

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