What is the meaning of falsetto? And how can you use it to great effect in your singing?
It’s an important skill to understand your "false" voice. There are also a few things you must know to prevent grave damage to your voice.
Ok, let’s get started. Begin by watching this video below which goes through several important points.
To understand exactly what it is, we must first look at how sound is created.
First of all, if you place your finger gently on your Adam’s apple (the lump that protrudes in the front of your neck), what you are feeling is part of your larynx.
Your larynx is the “voice box” that houses your vocal cords. When air passes through these vocal cords, they come together and vibrate.
This is where your sound is formed.
Falsetto happens when air passes through your vocal chords and they do not come fully together.
When this happens you get a “false sound” which is where the term comes from.
When you sing with falsetto, it has an “airy” sound that does not have the fullness of your normal voice.
Now, while it’s probably not going to serve you to use it all the time, it can be useful to use stylistically.
Just injecting moments of your false voice here and there.
As in the video above, you’ll notice it’s mentioned that over long stretches of time you can badly damage your voice by overusing your false voice in your singing.
Your best bet is to understand how to use falsetto in your voice, and then use it very sparingly.
You can actually develop a “mixed” voice in the upper parts of your normal vocal range that sound very similar.
This is what you should aim at, as this will give you that stylistic flexibility you want, but not at the expense of your voice’s health!
To get an excellent free series of singing videos that take you through exercises to help you achieve this, click the link below.
Once you’ve learned how to sing up high in a mixed voice, as well as use little pieces of falsetto here and there, you’ll be well on your way to being a very flexible and dynamic singer.
Become this type of singer and you’ll have the audience in the palm of your hands!
In this article you learned that it’s very important to develop a mixed voice. Here's a video that will help you accomplish this.