Is Hitting High Notes With Your Chest Voice Good, Or Can It Damage Your Voice?

Three words:

Don’t. Do. It.

Here’s the thing:

Ask yourself one question: WHY. That’s all. WHY do you want to do that? Or: WHY do you think someone else, or the song wants you to do that?

WHY do you feel you need to push your chest voice high in order to HIT (… this strange, violent sounding word alone should tell you…) a high note?

High notes are high for a reason: High means higher frequency. Higher frequencies are naturally much more effortlessly produced in your HEAD voice than your (again, the word tells you:) CHEST voice.

Use your chest voice where it feels right: in the lower notes, your speaking range. Then use your higher, head voice for everything where the chest voice doesn’t feel effortless any more.

If you love to sing, you’ll want to take care of your instrument for the rest of our life. Learn good technique right away, as soon as you can, and it’ll last you a lifetime, giving yourself great joy, and your audience great thrills and comfort.

Now, speaking of audience: Sometimes the audience feels a “thrill” when they hear a “high note” produced by a chest voice. In almost all cases, that note is not really high at all. Play it on a piano and you will most likely find it to be in the middle range. That’s where your head voice starts and wants to take over the reign.

Let it. Honor the whole natural range of your voice by learning to use both voices combined in their respective range. Don’t try to go too low with your head voice, and certainly never, ever, push your chest voice into the higher range, or you could seriously damage your vocal folds.

If you absolutely must employ that technique just once for a particular kind of song, for emphasis, then make that choice. But then immediately come back to really solid vocal technique, and soothe your voice by allowing it to tell you what it needs, and where it feels the most comfortable.

Your voice is your friend, your healing instrument, your means of communication and self-expression, your joy. Show it the respect you would show any one person who meant that much to you.

Hope this helps. Maybe it’s not what you wanted to hear, but it felt like the thing to share with you from my perspective. Now go and enjoy your beautiful instrument and take care of it, and see how well it treats you in return.

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