Techniques Of Singing: Chest Voice

On this page you’ll find techniques of singing that will help you understand what “chest voice” is, and how you can have that powerful chest voice sound through your whole vocal range.

You may or may not have heard the three “descriptions” of your vocal registers. These being chest voice, mixed voice, and head voice.

While these are important ideas to understand, there are some even more important concepts that will help you get the most from your singing.

Let’s begin by watching this video, which goes over these concepts.

What Is Chest Voice?

The very simple explanation is that chest voice is that low to middle part of your voice, in the same range where you speak.

It’s usually an easy part of the voice to sing in, although for women it can sometimes be more difficult.

Keeping That Fashionable "Chest Voice" Sound

For many styles of music, singers really want to have that “chest” sound throughout their entire vocal range.

This is because “chest voice” has a certain powerful quality to it, that head voice does not.

And it is possible to maintain this “chest” sound into your upper vocal registers, with some special techniques of singing. More about this in a second.

The Problem With Chest Voice

Ok, so here is the problem.

When you want to get that “chest” voice sound higher in your range, it’s very tempting to “push” for it.

And when you do this you immediately put strain on your voice, and your tone quality suffers badly.

So how can you overcome this problem?

The answer is developing a “mixed voice”.

Your mixed voice is a “mixture” of chest voice and also your head voice.

To watch a video on how to develop your mixed voice, click here.

Also, in the video up the top of this page, you’ll see a demonstration of singing with a “chest voice” powerful sound, but with a subtle mixture of head voice in there as well.

Always Have At Least A Slightly Mixed Voice

The ultimate goal is to always be singing with a mixed voice, even if there is only a little of chest voice or a little of head voice.

The reason is, if you’re singing completely in one register, it makes it difficult to navigate to the register above or below.

For example, when a singer is struggling to get a high note, the reason is often because of what they are doing the note before.

See, if the sound is incorrectly positioned the note before the high note, your voice can not fall into position to get the high note.

Whereas, if you’re singing a lower note with some head voice mixed in, and then you sing up to a high note, it’s much easier to get there with no problems.

Master Your Voice

If you want to really master your voice, the answer is to practice the techniques of singing that are going to balance your voice and get it operating efficiently and correctly.

You can get a free video series that will take you through some of these exercises as well as many important singing concepts.

To get this video series, click the link below.

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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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