What Is Falsetto And How You Should Use It?

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.

What Does Singing In Falsetto Mean?

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.

The Definition

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.

What Does It Sound Like?

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.

Best Advice?

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.

Click Here To Get The Free Singing Video Series On Falsetto And Other Singing Techniques

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!

About The Author

Roger Burnley - Vocal CoachRoger Burnley - Vocal Coach

Roger Burnley is a vocal coach located in Hollywood, California. He has been teaching the voice for over 30 years and singing for even longer than that. 

His clients including Grammy Winners, Broadway Performers, Movie Stars, Rock stars, Finalists on The Voice and American Idol, and many thousands of singers ranging from beginner to professional level.  

Notable past and present clients include Macy Gray, Brandy, Ray J, The Beastie Boys, James Torme, Taylor Lautner, Nona Gaye, and many more. 

His clients have collectively sold more than 30 million albums, with several reaching Platinum and Gold status. 

Roger has been featured on VH1, TV Guide Channel, TV One,
and MTV appearing as a vocal expert.

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