The Secret to Singing Like Mariah Carey: The Whistle Register

Wondering how singers like Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande hit all those high notes in the whistle register?

Both of these singers are known for their extensive vocal range, but did you know that anyone can learn to sing these famous and seemingly-elusive high notes? That’s right- anyone!

The whistle register is often misunderstood even by professionals, and many vocal coaches actually know very little about it. But don’t fret, in this article you will learn how to hit those Mariah Carey whistle notes.

First, let’s discuss what exactly the whistle register is, and the precautions you must take before attempting it.

Whistle Register 101

Sometimes confused with the “Super Head Voice,” notes sung in the whistle register occur when your vocal cords tighten up. Make a fist and point the side of the thumb toward you, then make a small hole by slightly releasing your grasp. The hole the vocal cords make is about this size.

The air that passes through the hole creates the whistle note. Because of this, it is very easy to damage your vocal cords if you do it incorrectly. When done right however, singing in this register does not hurt.

Belting in the whistle register requires little air, so you don’t have to take a deep breath before sustaining a note. This is why artists like Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande can hold a whistle note for up to 15 seconds!

how to sing whistle notes like Ariana Grande

Once you can control your whistle register, your other voices tend to strengthen. It takes a lot of control to produce whistle notes,  and mastering this control will improve your sound overall.

Note: The Whistle Register MUST be Done Right.

Unlike every other voice and register we have, the whistle register only has one correct technique. The whistle register is no joking matter and must be taken seriously. There’s always a chance that you could damage your vocal cords for an extended amount of time, or even permanently.

To be sure you’re practicing it correctly, follow the steps below and seek the help of a vocal coach who has experience in the whistle register.

How To Sing Whistle Notes

Now you’re ready to learn the proper techniques for how to reach the whistle register! Don’t be afraid to reach out to a qualified voice teacher if you need some extra help completing one of these steps.

    1. First, take a deep breath and stop mid-breath. In other words, “close” your throat in middle of the inhale.
    2. Keeping your throat “closed,” slowly try to push a bit of air through. You’re on the right track if you produce a whimpering or squeaking sound.
    3. Repeat the above exercise until you can produce a whistle note.
    4. Remember not to force air to go through, nor force yourself to try to produce the squeaky sound. If you feel any strain or soreness, stop practicing immediately and try again in a few hours or the next day.
    5. Once you’re able to produce a whistle note and hold it for about three seconds, you have officially discovered your whistle register!

As you practice hitting whistle notes, be sure to not confuse this register with your Super Head Voice. Take a look at the video below to see what we mean:

Mastering Whistle Notes

Now that you have discovered whistle notes, your next question might be: “How long until I can sing just like Mariah Carey?” The answer is that it can take up to years of dedicated practice.

Mastering the whistle register takes a long time because unlike every other voice, the whistle is more random. Some days you won’t be able to control the notes and some days you’ll be just like Mariah.

The reason why Mariah sometimes lip syncs her high notes is because the golden rule of whistle register is that it orders you; you do not order it.  Now go sing along to Mariah Carey and start hitting those high notes!

Emmanuel Noriega

Post Author: Emmanuel M. is our resident Whistle Register expert. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton and is an online singing and songwriting teacher.




joshua argallon raloso

July 21, 2015 at 6:07am

i want to be a mariah carey someday how to whistle high notes and where or when achieve a high whistle register

Suzy S.

July 21, 2015 at 7:51am

Hi Joshua, thanks for your comment! I'd recommend working with a vocal coach who has experience with the whistle register. He/she can help guide you through the right exercises and make sure you don't damage your vocal cords! Let us know if you need help finding a teacher in your area.

Nivetha Uthayakumar

July 18, 2018 at 1:22am

Hi, I would like to know which teacher is suitable to sing like mariah carey. Can you help?

Jessica Dais

July 18, 2018 at 9:15am

Hi Nivetha, You can <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow">find a singing teacher here</a>. Our directory has both online and local teachers with a variety of experience, and you're sure to find someone who can assist you with whistle notes! Hope that helps. :) -Jessica from TakeLessons

Nivetha Uthayakumar

July 18, 2018 at 12:22pm

Hi, I have been trying but no luck. Do you know any teachers specifically?

Jessica Dais

July 20, 2018 at 10:20am

Of course! Here are a couple of our teachers who have experience teaching the Whistle Register - <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow">Arlys A.</a>, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow">Rosita R.</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow">Margo L.</a> They all offer online lessons as well so you can learn no matter where you're located. :) - Jess from TakeLessons


July 26, 2015 at 5:11am

I can hit F#6 but i don't know if I'm using or producing whistle tone... Does it mean that if I'm hitting that note I'm doing the whistle tone? I'm just really curious, because Mariah is my Idol and I really want to do whistle notes.. :)

Emmanuel N.

July 27, 2015 at 10:29am

Hello, Justin. Whether or not you can produce whistle notes depends on what register you're using to hit F#6. Some people can hit that note with head voice. However, most likely you are using whistle tone because its much easier to hit that note with whistle than it is with head voice (head voice generally stops around Eb6). Whistle notes can be held for a long time because it requires little air. Whistle notes are lighter, clearer, and not as loud as head voice notes. And finally, look up F#6 notes sung by Mariah Carey on YouTube and compare your note to her notes - do they sound the same? If so, congratulations, you have discovered your whistle register!


December 19, 2017 at 2:23pm

I did it I'm 11 years old and I figured out how to do it It was amazing

Christian John Ylanan

August 02, 2015 at 12:01am

I am a boy and I hit the E7 in my whistle register. My problem is that my whistle register is airy. But when I am singing, I was about to hit a whistle note but I always fail. Can you help me?


August 19, 2017 at 10:01am

First off, whistle register could be airy so that shouldn't really be a concern, but for you saying that you can't keep the whistle notes for an extended amount of time, its most likely because you either are not breathing right, or even if you are breathing the right way, it is not stable nor enough.

Kaurat Dan

August 03, 2015 at 4:39am

Hi Suzy!There is no word can express how grateful I am to your protocol of making whistle sound. I will introduce this thread to my friends. What a wonderful experience! Thanks a lot.

Emmanuel N.

August 03, 2015 at 11:11am

Hello, Christian. Now, when you say your whistle is airy, do you mean it comes out as if you're pushing a lot of air plus the whistle? If so, this just means you've discovered your whistle register but haven't mastered it just yet. Keep hitting those notes so that your vocal chords can become more accustomed to the tightness (if the vocal chords aren't tight all the way then more air comes out). When it comes to trying to hit the note but not succeeding I suggest this: keep practicing. And remember, don't try hitting the same note over and over again. Mariah has a ton of songs you can practice with. Sing lower whistle notes or higher whistle notes to get your whistle range truly strengthened. Its going to take time but be patient and keep practicing and you will notice your whistles becoming clearer and stronger.


December 19, 2017 at 2:25pm

Can u help me plz? When I do the whistle register, I don't know if it is high enough to be a whistle register. Can u plz help me?


September 03, 2015 at 10:22am

Hello: Why do you identify super-head voice, a connected extension of head voice, with whistle register, which is disconnected from modal voice? They are not the same at all, even if similar pitches can be produced. Minnie Riperton, Lisa Fischer, Debelah Morgan, etc. use connected super-head voice to sing 'whistle tones', unlike Mariah Carey, Adam Lopez, Chante Moore, Georgia Brown, etc., who utilize the disconnected whistle register. This is not to suggest that whistle register exponents can't be highly skilled at using it. I mean, Mariah's vocal agility is almost unsurpassed in mainstream music. But a connected voice should always be preferable to a disconnected one. Peace.

xavier esparaguera

September 19, 2015 at 11:20pm

i can hit upto Eb# but my voice seems to flak but it doesn't hurt, is my vocal notes is only upto Eb# only in whistle register?


November 14, 2015 at 8:45pm

In whistle register, i could hit B6. That the higher whistle register i could control, but sometimes i accidentally hit E7 or D7, but i cant do it again then. Is it weird? how to strenghten my vocal chords, and how to get above C7 with whistle register with ease, and not strained? And about the vocal damage, im male and im 15, but i cant go G4 above with ease, is it what you called Vocal Damage or it just because of my puberty?

Suzy S.

November 16, 2015 at 7:32am

Hey Ian, have you worked with a voice teacher in the past? I'd definitely recommend that. He/she will be able to help you with specific exercises and tips for avoiding damage. Let us know if you need help finding a teacher in your area!


October 26, 2016 at 2:50am

Hello i dont have a teacher,I'm from Nepal, Asia. Can you please get me a best vocal teacher here

Suzy S.

October 26, 2016 at 7:32am

Hello - all of our singing teachers at this time are located in the US, but many of them offer singing lessons online, if that interests you! You can browse teachers here: /online/singing-lessons. If you need help, give us a call at (+1)800-537-4404!

eunice rivera

November 19, 2015 at 10:38pm

i did everything to take care of my voice , yet I can't reach high notes .. what do you think is wrong ? :(

Suzy S.

November 23, 2015 at 7:31am

Hi Eunice - some singers simply have a naturally lower range, and that's OK! You definitely don't want to strain your voice. Have you worked with a vocal coach?

Victor Hugo

December 01, 2015 at 6:14am

Hey, I wanna know how can I find a vocal coach to teach me whistle voice technique. I live in Campos - Rio de Janeiro - Brasil.

Suzy S.

December 01, 2015 at 7:21am

Hey Victor - we have tons of online voice teachers to learn from! Have you tried running a search on to check out the online teachers? Let us know if you need any help with searching or booking your first lesson!


December 02, 2015 at 11:39am

Hey there. I've been doing whistle tones for 1.5 or 2 years. And I can clearly see that I got improved :) . I just have a question. When I try to sing Mariah Carey's Emotions I can't reach her low whistle notes all the time, I can only reach the high ones whenever I want to. How can I reach those low whistle notes? Also, do you have a warm-up for whistle register? If you have it please can you reply it? By the way I got the vocal range G3-Eb6-Bb7. Do you know what my voice type is? Thank you. :)


August 19, 2017 at 10:05am

If you can't reach the low notes, it's simple: it's currently out of your whistle range. To eventually be able to achieve those lower whistle notes, you just need to keep practicing from your CURRENT lowest whistle note. A good warmup is the siren. Go as low as you can in your whistle register and then slide all the the way and down, just like a siren. That helps your range. Finally I would think you are an alto.


December 19, 2015 at 5:37am

Hello! my name is Maria and i really need help with my whistle register. I read the steps above but i don't know if i'm doing them right because no sound comes out, can you tell me what to do. Also i don't know anyone that know how to do the whistle tone that can teach me :(

Suzy S.

December 21, 2015 at 8:25am

Hey Maria! Have you tried working with a voice teacher? Since everyone's range is a bit different, it's important to work with a teacher who can customize the lessons to you and your goals. You can start your search here -- just enter your zip code, and you'll be able to browse through the teachers in your area and sign up:


December 19, 2015 at 8:33am

you're right sir! I have done whistle before, I was discovered whistle by the time when I was coughed. And then after a day I lost it and back again in other day. I sound like Mariah's whistle and it doesn't hurt my throat it's just easy to do it. But sadly, I can't make it anymore I forgot how to do it again.

Brandon Rodriguez

December 23, 2015 at 2:55am

I am a countertenor and my head voice is very strong, and my chest voice and head voice are evenly balanced and connected for the most part, I do have a whistle register but i can't access it whenever I want, it just kind of happens. If I attempt to strengthen this part of my voice (whistle) will it dramatically affect my head voice and chest voices and their even connection? Will my head voice become weak? If so, I won't even attempt to strengthen my whistle. Thank you.


December 23, 2015 at 7:41am

I actually just learned how to whistle note, but mines is like, really soft and squeaky, and i want it to make the right sound

Victor Hugo

December 26, 2015 at 3:52am

Hey Suzy, my problem is: I cannot found a teacher who can teach me whistle voice technique, it's just too hard in this website, can you help me?

Suzy S.

January 04, 2016 at 7:49am

Hi Victor, I'm sorry to hear you're having trouble! Feel free to give us a call at (800) 537-4404 and one of our staff members can help you out with finding a teacher.


December 27, 2015 at 1:55am

I Can Hit Very High Notes , Up To E8 and D9 but it Sounds Very Airy . CAN you please tell me why ?

Suzy S.

January 04, 2016 at 7:36am

Hi Keithen, have you consulted your voice teacher about it? He/she may be able to help you out.


January 09, 2016 at 1:51pm

Thanx : Suzy - But the Thing is I've Never worked with one , Ive Learned Myself by watching Tutorials , and


January 21, 2016 at 6:22am

I can hit some pitches already but my whistle note is "cutting" and "squeaking" and my vocal range is short . How can i improve my skills?

Suzy S.

January 21, 2016 at 7:23am

Hey Quin - have you worked with a private teacher? I'd really recommend that. The whistle register (and improving your range, overall) is something you should practice with supervision, to make sure you're not damaging your vocal cords!


January 23, 2016 at 9:56am

Mine sounds stratospheric and piercing.My vocal cords are tight and my friend says they can't be heard from a distant but thank you very much.I want to comfortably sing queen of the night someday


January 26, 2016 at 5:25am

Hey, Suzy. I'm 13 and my whistle register is more expanded in the morning, I can hit at least an F#6, and I've once hit a D7 (I felt so happy). However, as the day goes on, my whistle register starts to die out, and I can't access it. Why is this happening, and is there a way for me to keep my whistle register throughout the day? The lower part of my whistle register is sounding very squeaky and like a bird going "caw." Is this even my whistle register? By the way, I've had no formal vocal training, and this would really help. Thanks!!!

Suzy S.

January 26, 2016 at 4:03pm

Hi Gabe - it's best to work with a vocal coach on this, so he/she can observe you directly and show you exercises to try. If you need help finding a teacher in your area, let us know!


February 20, 2016 at 7:52am

is it possible for a male singer to sing in the 7th octaves?


March 05, 2016 at 4:09pm

How do you know if your doing it right because I did it but Ima a little sick (just a sinus infection) and lately I have been hitting pretty high note that I've never hit befor

Suzy S.

March 07, 2016 at 8:46am

Hi Lola, I'd recommend checking with your voice teacher!

Joseph Chua

March 09, 2016 at 1:41pm

Uhh, I can do whistle notes whilst sucking in quiet loudly and often in tune, although they're not fully in tune, but I can't do them properly whilst forcing them out. Admittedly I don't have much practise, but I was wondering if sucking in whilst doing whistle notes damages the voice?

Suzy S.

March 10, 2016 at 7:21am

Hi Joseph, I'd recommend checking with a voice teacher or health professional for that question!

Alexanderoe Michaelangelo

March 24, 2016 at 7:01am

Hi, I am able to sing choruses of songs in the 6th &amp; 7th octave and end sentences in the 8th octave, or scarily continue into the 9th octave. But the other day I was singing Emotions by Mariah Carey and was able to sing "high" in B8!!!, but because it was in my bathroom, the frequency echoed and obviously shocked myself as it wasn't planned. My problem is that I think my voice is too annoyingly connected, like I get tones/octaves stuck to eachother. For example, I will attempt to just sing the 6th octave yet my voice will do A5, B7, B5, C6 or C6, C8, B7, D6, E6 or F6, F#7, G#6, G7, G6, G#7, F6, F8, F#7, F8, G8, C6 or A5, A7, B5, C6, C#8, C#9: by itself.....and I keep finding it annoying. I also don't know how I did B8 to have came out so strong like head voice (which was what made it more shocking but I doubt it was head voice!!!!!!!) and EXTREMELY piercing, that I had to cover both of my ears while holding the note whilst remaining shocked that I'm holding the note and secondly how piercing it is. Just want to know if this is okay and unfortunately for my neighbours and my ears I'm not making this up!


April 05, 2016 at 11:19am

I need Help! I got it to work. I whistled a D7. Didn't heart at all, but it's almost inaudible. I tried again and I sung with it for about 2 minutes but, it's still inaudible. Do I practice it to get strength or I am still releasing too much air?

Reo Espanol

April 06, 2016 at 12:21am

i can do the emotion whistle notes ,but not all the time. how can i maintain my whistle notes anytime? and i been practice hardly since i read this website also youtube helps me .thanks to this sites... and i hope somebody will

Reu Spainz

April 06, 2016 at 7:02pm

i achieve my whistle perfectly. thànk u . i can sing any of mariah whistle song.. and perform. it completely ...

Preston Tony

April 20, 2016 at 5:37am

Hi am a preston a male, range:F3-F5 and sometimes a weak G5,what voice type and how many octaves do I hit ?,Secondly I recently discovered my whistle register singing O holy night by Mariah(cover by SerenaOnansis)I hit a C7,how can I expand my range


April 26, 2016 at 1:36am

How to restore whistle register from colds?

Aurora Swift

May 02, 2016 at 2:19pm

Hy,.My lowest note Is E3-G#5 Using my Chest or Modal Voice,My Falsetto Starts at an A5-F#6(haven't discovered my head voice yet)A Whistle note up to a D7,basically I have a warm sweet timber at my high ranges(from an A4)and a dark solid weak bottom range.I've been told I sing like a girl countless number of times so I consider myself a Coloratura Countertenor.How many octaves can I hit


May 09, 2016 at 9:12am

wow it really worked.. thank you so much


May 14, 2016 at 8:11am

I tried this, and I was just able to do the squeak sound. The problem is that I can't make it louder nor projected. I sound like a tiny duck, laughing in helium. What can I do to make it louder?


December 16, 2017 at 11:38am

That’s how mine is if you figure it out please let me know


June 01, 2016 at 8:45pm

I was laughing badly when I heard a squeky sound....thanks for the tips tho...hopefully I can whistle tone

Matias Masinading

June 14, 2016 at 12:20am

I am a boy too but sometimes if i do the whistle tone...there was someone in my throath that stops my voice when i'm hitting the high i'm doing the falsetto and there was someone stops for sec. And continues my voice do i treat it?

Alex Pryor

September 11, 2016 at 11:07am

Hello. I have been using this kind of technique to sing in whistle register for a while, about 8 months. I've slowly but steadily been getting better with the notes, but they still are hard to control, very inconsistent especially above E6, do not go very high (I can hit a G6 on rare occasions) and are difficult to transition into when needed in singing. I want to keep working on them. My real issue with it, however, is that my voice teacher has been working to get rid of tightness in my voice. He says that tightness is bad for singing, and I completely agree with him. Is the kind of tightness that I am trying to get rid of due to the damage it could cause the same kind of tightness that is needed to use whistle register? I'd love to be able to use the notes but if they're going to cause me damage I can live without them.

Emmanuel N.

September 12, 2016 at 11:46pm

Hello, Alex. It's Emmanuel here. Mastering the whistle register takes a varied amount of time for each person. Hitting notes and being able to sing them takes a few months, but fully mastering them where you're able to do it like Mariah Carey can take years. Mariah has been hitting these notes since she was little. Everyone's whistle register begins at a different note. For me, my first note was G6 so anything lower is a bit harder to control. When hitting whistle notes it helps to, in a sense, "visualize" the notes going higher. That is what I do when I reach notes past C7. "Visualize" those notes using the "higher portion" of your throat. Remember that the only thing that matters in this register is to NEVER strain. If it feels uncomfortable immediately stop. If you can sing only a few notes and nothing higher or lower because it causes you to tense up too much then I would suggest to either stop or just take as much time as you can hitting only one note higher/lower instead of trying to hit several of the notes. Focus on the F6 note, for example, instead of anything higher until you are very comfortable hitting said note. It is very common for vocal coaches to say whistle register is bad for you, but I have been hitting whistle notes for 7 years now and I have actually been improving, not getting worse. It's much easier for me to hit whistle notes now and there is no decrease in the quality of my voice whatsoever. Mariah has been hitting these notes at an early age and she's never had any problems because of them - her problems are because of getting older and her nodules. The whistle register is a separated register (like the falsetto) so transitioning from any voice to the whistle register is extremely difficult. I would suggest hold a note, a comfortable note, and use the techniques to go into whistle register to see if you can transition like that. If you can't do it with your chest voice, try your mixed, full, and head voice. If you cannot transition with any of your voices then it's totally fine. Perhaps you're just not meant to and that's perfectly fine. Take a second and hit the high notes comfortably instead of "forcing", in a sense, yourself to transition. Keep practicing and STOP whenever you feel any strain. And remember, we can't all be Mariah Carey!


September 15, 2016 at 10:38am

There are two ways of producing 'whistle tones': The connected high head voice extension, and the disconnected whistle register. Minnie Riperton and Debelah Morgan use the connected extension, while Mariah Carey, Tori Kelly, etc. use the disconnected register. Whether or not Mariah's nodules are due in part to factors other than her technique, it's a fact that extensive breathy, airy singing as she frequently does in mixed voice, head voice, and whistle register will contribute to one's vocal downfall, as it is simply not a healthy way to repeatedly vocalize. To her credit, she has the ability to manipulate her timbre from light and airy to solid and clear, and has unsurpassed vibrato control up to the seventh octave, etc. It's a pity about her voice and its inconsistency due to gradual deterioration, to be honest. Blessings.


September 19, 2016 at 4:25pm

Ok so I'm a 16 year old guy and I wanna learn how to sing whistle notes, I use this note recognizer app and I hit F6 but it wasn't whistle, it was a squeak and I felt tension on my thoat every time I try whistle notes, I tried your method and I just I always feel tension when I try whistle tones, please help I want to be one of the only famous male singers who have that register... please help me :(

Suzy S.

September 20, 2016 at 7:36am

Hi Abdul - have you worked with a voice teacher? I'd really recommend that, as he/she can monitor your progress and make sure you're not damaging your voice! You can search for local or online voice teachers here: /category/singing-lessons. Or, give us a call at 877-231-8505 and we can help you find one!


October 26, 2016 at 3:02am

Hello Emmanuel I'm 16and I'm a girl. I never had a vocal teacher because i didn't get good teacher in my city. I can sing in whistle register. Its not a falsetto or a very high head voice. I just found it some days ago. I didn't believed it was my whistle register so i never worked on it. But now I'm sure about it.. I can easily do it it but something like rough vibrato or scratch comes somtimes when i try to sing low. How can I get rid of this?

Suzy S.

October 26, 2016 at 7:42am

Hi there! We really recommend working with a vocal teacher, who can listen to your voice as you sing and help you with the "scratch" you mention. What city/area are you in? We also offer online lessons, so you can connect with professional teachers all across the US. Give us a call at 800-537-4404 and we'll be happy to get you set up!


November 14, 2016 at 5:50am

I have a problem with my wistle register.... I am 15 years old and I like whistle register.... The problem is that I can't reach whistle notes with my head looking straight.... I press myself a lot and I always bend my head over to reach these notes.... Can you help me?

Suzy S.

November 14, 2016 at 8:14am

Hi Antonis! Have you worked with a voice teacher on this? We really recommend that. You can browse our teacher profiles online, or have your parents call us at (800) 537-4404 to set up lessons. Enter your zip code here to search for teachers in your area: /category/singing-lessons

Famous Vocal Coaches

November 18, 2016 at 2:13am

Thank you for your post! This tutorial is fabulous! Lots of great info including, Finding a voice teacher is not an easy task—especially if you live outside a major metropolitan area. Put simply, good Famous Vocal Coaches are few and far between—and finding one that is perfect for you can be a challenge.

Stanley Carradine

November 20, 2016 at 6:30pm

Now, I been wanna gown learn gown to do Whistle note like Jordan fisher and Mariah and marrisotn and arianna Grande and have been watching video and only one video made me hear Whistle but it never work own that I did the technique one line, I can actually jere my self produce a whistle like quite one.


November 28, 2016 at 2:43am

Suzy S. thank you very much for your help... The problem is that I am from Greece and it is very difficult to find a vocal coach who knows about whistle register in this country..... In Greece there are not singers who care about whistle register and when I ask a vocal coach about whistle notes they tell me that there is no reason to have knowledge on that.... What can I do for that?

Brittany Myers

November 28, 2016 at 5:14am

Hello Antonis, Thank you for your follow-up. If you are having difficulty finding a local vocal coach who can help with your specific goals - I would encourage you to consider online lessons. Online lessons would allow you to learn from someone who may be in another country but can offer tips on how to appropriately use the whistle register. There are also videos online that provide further information about the whistle register and how to safely use this voice. I hope this helps you!

norma audina

November 30, 2016 at 1:36am

Im still 10 years old and i really want to do whistle voice....i actually want to join the voice kids next year.......thanks for helping me.Thats really work........ thank you so much

Famous Women Singer

December 30, 2016 at 3:38am

i am practicing alot with my singing and could use some guidance. youre article is very informative and i totally understand the steps since ive noticed myself going through them.


February 07, 2017 at 2:24am

I managed to hit the whistle register on 2 separate occasions while randomly trying to sing Mariah Carey songs before I came to this website, but currently I am unable to hit the whistle register again and I'm not sure why.. A little advise here? :)


February 07, 2017 at 7:07am

Can you give me some advice to help me having my larynx relaxed when i try to hit whistle notes?


June 03, 2017 at 1:24pm

Hi I'm A PreTeen And A Girl And I Am Able To Hit Whistle Notes Perfectly Somedays But Not Always-- The Other I Was Able To Mariah Emotions High Note And A Few Days Later This Past Week I Cant Hit Even Close How Come?

Jessica Dais

June 06, 2017 at 5:24pm

Hello! Whistle notes can be some of the most complex high notes to hit. If you're a preteen, the best thing I can recommend is to take singing lessons to further develop your vocal chords. Guidance from an experienced teacher will also ensure that you're not damaging your voice with improper techniques. Have your parent or guardian call in to find out more about private singing lessons in your area! You can reach us at (877)231-8505. Hope that helps! :)

Prince Rahn

June 22, 2017 at 9:56am

Hi, my name's Rahn. I'm practicing whistle, but I can't hit at all yet, tho I'm sure if I practice, I'll get there. In head voice, I can go up about D6, and higher if I push a little harder. My highest is F6 or F#6 so far. I used to whistle all the time when I was younger, but as I got older, I naturally lost it. Are there any other tips, aside from the ones above, that you can give me? If so, I'd highly appreciate it. Thanks! :)

Jessica Dais

June 22, 2017 at 5:18pm

Hi Rahn! If you can already sing that high, whistle notes aren't too far out of your reach. I highly recommend working with a vocal coach to push yourself a little bit further, while protecting your voice at the same time. Call us at (877)231-8505 to find an experienced singing teacher in your area! Hope that helps :)

Carmi Nazario

July 04, 2017 at 9:27pm

Hi, there, qualified whistle register teachers! I can't sustain whistle register notes so please help me how to practise everything about whistle register notes in very professional ways. Who will be my vocal coach who has whistle register experiences? I want to have connective extension in my whistle register especially all staccatos, legato, glissando, and many more so I wanna sing not just only 6th, 7th octaves but also, 8th, 9th, 10th octaves and so on. By the way, I'm turning 21 so forgive me, I started to whistle since I was younger but how will my whistle register recover and return? (I want less than a year to recover!) :'( I wanna sing all kinds of Mariah Carey's songs like 'All in Your Mind,' 'Emotions,' etc. and lots more. How to I sing whistle register notes without any pains? Thanks a lot! :D

Jessica Dais

July 05, 2017 at 11:16am

Hi Carmi! Give us a call at TakeLessons - 877.231.8505. We can help you find an experienced vocal coach in your area or online.

Carmi Nazario

July 09, 2017 at 12:35am

By the way, thanks! Are there any whistle register instructions above the comments in this website? Well, thanks to all of you! By the way, is this an accurate whistle register exercise? :)

Carmi Nazario

July 11, 2017 at 9:51pm

I really want to be Mariah Carey someday when it comes in singing so much whistle register techniques but my voice stops at A6 :'( but will my vocal range extend to 7th, 8th octaves and so on if I followed this kind of whistle register training? Thanks a lot!


July 31, 2017 at 1:30am

Hi! I was wondering whether it is possible to keep your head voice strong and your whistle strong as well, if you devote equal time to practicing both. And my highest note in my whistle is Ab6, any tips on how I can increase my vocal range?

Jessica Dais

July 31, 2017 at 10:37am

Hi Nandini! Great work on your whistle register! That's very impressive. At TakeLessons, we think the best and safest way to increase your vocal range is to work one-on-one with an experienced vocal teacher. Have you ever taken singing lessons or classes? If you'd like us to help you find a teacher near you, give us a call at 877.231.8505. Looking forward to hearing from you!


July 31, 2017 at 12:31pm

Hi! I wanted to ask if it's possible for you to permanently lose your voice? Like, if your not able to talk for a certain amount of time?


August 20, 2017 at 12:30am

I can hit c7 but only for 4-5 seconds how can I hold it longer

Jessica Dais

August 21, 2017 at 10:04am

Hi Ulysses! That's amazing that you can hit C7! Great job. :) Holding that note can definitely be a challenge. We'd recommend consulting an expert vocal instructor for tips on how to hold C7 longer without damaging your voice. <a href="/music/singing-lessons" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Singing lessons</a> are a great way to healthfully expand your range and develop your whistle register! Hope that helps.


January 04, 2018 at 5:33pm

Hi, I'm Jacob and my range is E2 to A5 and can occasionally hold notes in the sixth octave for three seconds and wondering how I can improve my whistle register.

Jessica Dais

January 05, 2018 at 9:53am

Hi Jacob! It sounds like you know your voice well. Are you working with a singing teacher? If you've already read through this entire guide, I'd recommend working one on one with an experienced vocal coach to help improve your whistle register. You can find an affordable <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow">singing teacher in your area here</a>.


February 10, 2018 at 9:36pm

i cant whistle


February 10, 2018 at 9:37pm

but how?, i tried many times please help me

Karmen Michelle Finley

February 16, 2018 at 6:15pm

Scared the hell out of my dog doing this


February 27, 2018 at 8:49pm

Hey! So i'm able to so a bit of a whistle register, however as i'm doing it, my voice tends to make a rasping kind of noise. Is this normal for people starting out?


July 11, 2018 at 12:59pm

I'm 35 and am having trouble with my range because of dealing with acid reflux off and on for years, do you recommend I stay away from this technique because of risk of damage?

morgan smith

November 07, 2018 at 6:24pm

this helped me so much now i and able to hit the whistle note

Not important

January 10, 2019 at 3:54am

Ok first off. I know how to whistle. My voice naturally was a little breathy since i was little, since i could remember. The only issue is that when i started doing them my voice has now become more raspy. The issueni have with this article is why Ariana Grande is mentioned. Why would u say she has help whistle notes for more than 15seconds. That's bullshit. Ya'll Arianators are reaching to much. Dreaming and wishing won't bring your fantasies to reality.

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