As a singer you often hear terms like head voice, chest voice, and mixed voice thrown around.
And it is important to understand these terms and what they mean.
It’s also important to not complicate these concepts, as that will often lead to developing bad techniques and habits.
This is a crucial part of your voice if you want to begin hitting your high notes easily and with sweet tone quality.
As you’ve seen in the video, the best way to think about your head voice is it’s when you’re singing in your upper vocal range, and you’re hearing the sound high in your head.
Now there are other ways vocal coaches look at this, but this explanation is the easiest one to understand, and the easiest one to use.
There is sometimes confusion between your head singing register and falsetto, because they can sound quite similar.
Here’s the difference.
When you’re singing in your head singing voice, your vocal chords are joined together. In other words you are “connected”. When you’re singing with your vocal chords holding together like this there is more depth and power in your sound.
On the other hand, in falsetto your vocal chords have come apart slightly.
This means your sound will have an “airy” quality to it.
Now falsetto can be useful when you use it to inject style into your singing, but for the most part it’s better (and healthier) to sing in your head register.
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You must never push or strain to get any note in your range, especially your higher notes.
When you’re singing up into your range, you must “allow” your sound to move into your head.
As soon as you start pushing, it’s very likely your vocal chords will come apart and you’ll move into falsetto. Another little secret you can use is to “think” that your vocal chords are getting smaller as you sing higher.
On a guitar, when you fret the note the string gets smaller and the note becomes higher.
It’s the same with your voice. Your vocal chords will naturally shorten as you sing higher. And a way to make this a habit is to just “think” that your chords are getting smaller as you sing higher.
Almost magically you’ll find yourself getting into your upper range much easier!
Of course while important, your head vocal register is just one component of your voice!
And when you have your whole voice functioning correctly, you’ll be able to navigate from your lowest notes in your chest voice, un through your mixed voice and into your head with no problems at all!
In fact, when things are working well you won’t even be thinking about singing in mixed voice or head voice. It will just happen automatically.
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