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When I write songs I usually find myself gravitating towards the key of C - it's just the key that seems to fit my range best and make singing most comfortable. I've tried a few others, usually G and D, with some success, but C is the most natural.

Anyway, today I decided I'd had enough of good old C, and come hell or high water, this song was going to start off in E. As I found myself striving for the unfamiliar notes at the higher end of my range, I realised that this was making my singing sound a lot more interesting. Instead of comfortably going between notes I can handle, the challenge of this key was injecting more emotion and dynamics into my sound.

I don't know the technicalities behind it but I am definitely going to be singing and writing in E more often. So if you feel like your singing has become stagnant and monotonous, try pushing yourself out of your comfort zone to find that mojo again.

Disclaimer: I am not a singing teacher but I'm pretty sure there is no danger in testing the limits of your range briefly. If you continuously sing at the extremes, though, you may develop problems....

Famed Member
Joined: 18 years ago
Posts: 2957

This is exactly what my singing teacher had me doing last week ..

I have naturally a deep voice , when I sing it ( before singing lessons would for some reason get very gravelly . I actually hit some very high notes way outside my comfort zone .

I took along a song I wrote in SSG ( recording ) and she listened to it and told me , that she wanted me to sing it higher much higher .

So while she tapped the piano key to get my voice up higher and higher
( I was thinking the whole time I 'm going to explode :lol: )

But I sang the song right up there and now practice this everyday and I feel my range is improving .

Thought I would just share a magical moment in my mundaine life

Hilch :?:

Here is to you as good as you are
And here is to me as bad as I am
As good as you are and as bad as I am
I'm as good as you are as bad as I am

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Joined: 15 years ago
Posts: 5381

You never know do you?

I can sing a fairly wide swath of notes, 2 1/2 octaves, but I never started singing in the upper range until a few years back.

Now if I have to I can even make the break from falsetto to head to chest to diaphragm pretty smoothly even in the same run of notes.