Acting in Plays, Singing/whistle register


How can I sing in the whistle register? The highest note that I can sing in e6 but I am not able to reach any higher after that. Can you please suggest few exercises to find my whistle register. Thank you

Hello, Greeshma –

Thank you for the question.

Listen to the first track on this YouTube:

The voice is that of Peruvian singer, Yma Sumac, the highest note on this track is F6. The recording was first released in 1950 on 78rpm. I have heard her in a number of live concerts. The voice is legitimate.

Compare Yma Sumac’s F6 to the F#6 of French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay in her recording of the art song, “Les filles de Cadix”.

After you have warmed up your voice and can securely produce your E6, then practice along with these two recordings. Using a headset, learn to mimic Yma Sumac’s vowels as she ascends to her high note. Get the sheet music to “Les filles de Cadix” – learn the French lyrics and learn the absolute correct placement of the French vowels. Thinking of these two numbers as “exercises” – if your voice has the capacity – you will eventually pull your secure E6 up to F and F#6. If not, then forget about it. Concentrate on that normal part of your voice that people will pay money to hear.

The so-called “whistle register” is a gimmick. If your voice is capable of getting to a tone that registers as G6 or higher, a vocal coach such as myself can help you get there.

My first piece of advice is that it’s a complete waste of time. Trying to acquire it on your own – even with the examples I have suggested – may damage your legitimate range, i.e., soprano.

I have not heard you sing. As a professional vocal coach, I am more concerned about how you produce your C6 – and during which songs or arias. Getting past that note – for some singers – is not impossible nor is it all that unusual. But, I have to hear you to determine what is preventing you from sliding up to F6 from E6. Every soprano who is being paid to sing the Queen of the Night’s aria ("Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen") from Mozart’s Magic Flute can hit F6s before breakfast.

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Most sincerely,
Sean Martinfield

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