The Secret to a Strong Head Voice – HINT: IT’S NOT FALSETTO!
A lot of people hit the break in their voice, the passaggio, and they get discouraged. They think that they can only really sing powerfully in their chest voice, below the break. That is completely incorrect.
Head voice CAN be strengthened.
It’s difficult, but more than possible, with a little hard work.
The first thing that people need to get past is their idea that an airy, weak, “falsetto” sound is the same thing as a properly trained, powerful head voice. Let’s address that now.
What is the difference?
Head voice is just the register you use when you’re producing the sound — you can make more than one sound in your head voice. There are two vocal modes, (two different sounds, two different tools), that you can use when you are up in your head voice register: falsetto and twang.
Falsetto is what everyone...
The Lift Up/Pull Back technique helps new students and beginners to learn how to bridge from chest voice to head voice without breaking, pushing, or constricting. Before the explanation though, it is worth noting that this is not necessarily how we’ll be bridging once we’ve developed our physiology and once we’ve learned more advanced training skills. Instead, this is an interim exercise to help singers with the first stride towards a healthy and seamless connection between registers. As such, this exercise is meant for beginners and people that are having trouble bridging seamlessly from chest to head.
In short, Lift Up/Pull Back serves as a learning tool to shut down the constrictors. It teaches the body to stop engaging the musculature that gets involved when a singer pushes and strains. This is important because as a singer, you need to first learn how to disengage those muscles that are causing that choking sensation before you’re...
This is a topic that can cause confusion to many singing students trying to identify where their “mixed voice” is. If you’re one of those frustrated students desperately looking for a middle register, a sort of transition register between chest voice and head voice, you’re not alone. Nevertheless, you’re chasing ghosts doing that.
Mixed voice is not a third register (counting chest and head voice as the other two). In fact, if we get technical there’s really only one voice that we need to train and balance, That being said, often times when we begin training for singing, our voice feels like it’s separated into two distinct sections, chest voice and head voice. This two-voice experience tends to diminish once you’ve been training for a while and once you understand how to get through your passaggio without breaking. The endless search for a third register though, isn’t something that’s particularly...