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Old 11-29-2018, 11:56 AM
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I enjoy singing and playing - solo. As I've gotten older, my vocal range is shrinking. Watching some videos of folk singers, I believe I have discovered a trick I'd like to share. When reaching for the high notes, I hold my head high and turn sharply to the left. Much easier to hit those notes. For the low notes, I do the opposite. Turn my head straight forward and lower my chin. It may be my imagination, but it seems to work.
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Old 11-29-2018, 12:05 PM
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This reminds me of various "Walk this way" gags.

Are you saying you should turn sharply to the left, or turn your head sharply to the left?
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Old 11-29-2018, 06:20 PM
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Turn my head. It might be that it stretched to throat muscles, allowing a high pitch to be attainable. You see, my tenor days have long since passed. Sadly, so have my baritone. As the years pile up, I struggle to find ways to "stay in the game". I noticed a prominent older folk singer doing something similar to this on a UTUBE. Unless you are a youngster, you might give it a try.

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Old 12-14-2018, 05:47 PM
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Watch BB King sing - he did that a lot
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Old 12-16-2018, 07:44 AM
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Voice coaches urge against stretching the neck and tilting for high notes, as their philosophy is to always use your diaphragm. I play/sing 2-5 nights a week in sometimes noises venues and this video has helped me so much, worth watching:
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Old 12-16-2018, 09:15 AM
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The sensible solution is to just lower the key. IME it's the upper limit that reduces with age, not the lower one.
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Old 12-16-2018, 09:22 AM
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The “trick” technique I know to hit the high notes is to anticipate the note and just before it sink down and push from the diaphragm.

... All while keeping your soft pallet open, singing from the upper part of your head, controling your mouth opening, managing your breathing points, standing on one leg while hopping and patting your head (counter clock wise in Australia). Easy peasy.
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Old 12-16-2018, 09:49 AM
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This is how I reach those high notes
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Old 12-16-2018, 12:21 PM
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Exactly the opposite for me. When I want to go higher I keep my neck lowered, ;arynx in a natural or lowered poition and then i push down, not up. Through the diaphram, it acts like a weight or lever, you push it down and the returning pithch goes up.
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Old 12-17-2018, 10:54 PM
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My choir director used to tell us the story of the opera singer who could never quite hit the high note. Then one night during the performance, she dropped her handkerchief right before that passage came in her solo, and she looked down just as she went to sing the note... and it came out perfectly!

Don't stretch your neck for high notes, as noted keep your chin down and bring the note up from your diaphragm; don't reach for it with your throat.

A mental trick that can help is to think of trying to come down to the high note, rather than trying to reach up to it. That can help keep you from straining upwards as much.
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