These free vocal lessons will show you why your tone quality suddenly changes as you sing higher. You can fix this change or, 'the break', so your voice sounds the same through your entire range.
It's quite common for singers who are not properly trained, to have very inconsistent voices. This usually means that the tone quality changes dramatically as the singer moves up their range. It's like two completely different voices...
In the lower half of the range, there is a rich, powerful sound. In the higher range, the tone looses all the power and depth. (The opposite sometimes applies for female singers)
To sing with consistent tone, you must learn to blend your vocal resonance. The word 'resonance' describes the cavities in our throat and head that the sound travels through, to produce the final sound.
There are three different cavities, and they all produce a different sound. Balanced together, they produce great vocal tone.
There are also different vocal registers that describe the way that the resonance shifts as we move up the vocal range. These vocal registers also detail the muscle coordination needed to achieve the correct resonance.
Have I lost you? It does sound a little confusing!
Let's see if we can clarify this free vocal lessons by looking at each of the vocal registers.
The chest voice is the voice we speak in. This vocal register is the lowest part of our singing range (besides a stylistic register, called vocal fry). It has a deep, rich sound. Technically, this is what happens when we sing in our chest register.
1. The vocal chords vibrate across their entire length.
2. The resonance is mostly in the throat and mouth.
The head voice is a kind of classical sound. If you sing a spooky wooooooooo, with a dopey quality to it, you will use a lot of head resonance. The head voice has a very pure sound to it, but isn't always suitable for a commercial sound.
Technically, here's what happens...
And here's the most important part of this free vocal lesson...
The mixed voice is THE key to developing a consistent sounding voice through the entire range. Most people find it easy to sing in chest voice (although it is a little harder for women), and fairly easy to sing in head voice.
It's the voice in the middle that ties these other two registers together. A middle or "mixed" voice sounds like chest voice, except it is a higher note, and has a sweeter tone quality. To sing in the mixed register, you must learn to blend the head and chest resonance... MIX the registers.
Technically, here's what happens...
This mixed register is so important!
It's the voice that you will hear most of the top 40 artists using, so it's vital if you want to have commercial success. The extra range adds excitement to your voice, and gives you more artistic freedom.
Low notes in chest voice, with the resonance in the mouth and throat. The higher you sing, the more the chords zip up, and more of the sound resonates in the head cavities.
The key do developing a consistent voice?
Learn to zip up your vocal chords, and develop a mixed register. If you can achieve this, it will tie your voice together, so it is a complete instrument, with no dramatic changes in tonal character. The way to develop a mixed voice is to do special exercises that teach the vocal chords to zip up, while automatically transferring the resonance in a natural way.
These free vocal lessons are so important. It's what separates the average singers from the great.
I learned how to do this by being a student of the Singing Success program. It includes many exercises that will help develop vocal consistency. (not to mention a dramatic increase in range!)