How to sing higher

Most problems with the higher range are caused by the singer 'getting in the way' of his or her own voice.

If the voice is allowed to work naturally, without strain or tension, it will easily reach the higher notes in the range.

However, singers are creatures of habit - we all have our own ways of doing things, ways that feel 'comfortable', even if they don't always give us the results we'd like.

These 'attractor states' or muscle memories are conditions that the voice can quickly slip into - sometimes without us knowing it! The result is the 'wrong' sound, or difficulty reaching those top notes.

Estill Voice Training™ encourages singers to recognise and understand their own personal attractor states - and then overcome them.

Clearly, then, the answer to the question is 'it all depends' - it depends on what your individual habits are.

No reputable singing teacher would try to give a one-size-fits-all answer to a question that has such complex variables. It would require - at the very least - a session where the teacher could hear and see you sing, to understand what it is that you're doing, and what you need to do.

But a good starting point is to understand that maybe the problem isn't with your voice - maybe it's with you and your bad habits!

How to sing louder

When we sing, we disturb the air around us. Waves travel through the air and enter the ears of anyone listening. These waves are then interpreted as sound. In simple terms, then, loudness comes from the size of these waves - the more you disturb the air, the louder your voice will be.

To sing louder, the temptation is to push more breath, or just work physically harder in the body. But both of these 'solutions' have problems - the voice can become too breathy, too pushed, too constricted.

There are ways to seem louder, without working harder, ways to 'project' the voice that give it more presence and carrying power. This is done by optimizing the sound so that it's more easily heard. This is often referred to as 'Singers Formant' or 'cutting edge'.

Estill Voice Training™ can explain the precise physical action required to produce this sound, and give you the ability to control it.

Learning to sing louder really is a matter of 'work smarter, not harder'!

Professional Singing lessons in North West England

As a Certified Master teacher of Estill Voice Training™, Andy Follin can answer all your questions on singing and give you the necessary skills to sing any song, in any repertoire - properly, safely and with the minimum of risk.

Andy is a professional vocal coach, not a school teacher or piano teacher doing a few singing lessons in their spare time. Unlike a lot of voice teachers, Andy does not insist on long-term tuition, where students have to attend regular lessons, repeating the same exercises until their voice improves. You can attend as often as you like, but there's no compulsion to attend every week or every fortnight. In fact, many students only book sessions every 4 to 6 weeks.

Estill Voice Training™ is known for producing quick results. Quite often, Andy finds that long-standing problems can be fixed in the first few lessons. At your first session, Andy will give you an assessment of your abilities and draw up a plan that ensures you get to where you want to be, as quickly as possible.

If you're ready to take your voice to the next level, book a lesson with Andy today (see bottom of page).

Andy runs his studio from St Helens, so is ideally located for students in the Liverpool, Merseyside, Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire areas. Please check out the separate pages for students from Liverpool, Merseyside, Warrington, Widnes / Runcorn, Wigan, Cheshire, Lancashire and North Wales.

Singing lessons - costs and times


£50 for 1 hour

Professional singing lessons

Teaching hours

Monday: 1000 - 1930
Tuesday: 1000 - 1930
Wednesday: 1000 - 1830
Thursday: 1000 - 1830
Friday: 1000 - 1500

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To book your first singing lesson with Andy, you need to pay in advance.

Please note that waiting times can be up to 4 weeks, depending on the time slot you require. If you have an urgent requirement, please contact Andy before paying your deposit.

Simply click on the link below and follow the Paypal instructions (NB each 60 minute session costs £50). Once you've paid, Andy will contact you to arrange a suitable time for your lesson.

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Please note: Clients must give a minimum of 48 hours' notice should they need cancel a lesson. Giving less than 48 hours' notice will mean the full cost of that lesson will be charged. Additionally, if a client forgets a scheduled lesson or is late (regardless of reason, including illness) the full cost of the lesson will still be charged.