Tricks to Singing Falsetto

How to Sing Falsetto

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The first thing you should know about singing falsetto is that it’s mainly for male singers. Of course, girls can have a falsetto too, but they don’t use it much.

What is commonly known as falsetto to girls is actually their “head voice,” that portion of their voice that’s related to their “chest voice.”

So how do you differentiate the “head voice” from the “chest voice”?

Basically, the chest voice (let’s omit the quotation marks now, shall we?) is the name for that part of our voice which we use to sing the lowest notes and also the higher ones until we start getting uncomfortable singing any higher.

This line dividing what you can and cannot sing is called “the break”. Upon reaching this point, your vocal chords start to adjust themselves so that you are able to continue to a higher range of notes.

Those notes that we get to sing after the re-adjustment is done are said to be in the head voice (or register). This can happen in both male and female voices. In this situation, the normal vocal chords start to sing in the head voice.

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When it comes to female singers, all  they usually need in order to reach the highest notes is their head voice (head register). (A register higher than the head register is the whistle register, an example of which is that sound that Mariah Carey makes in singing those impossibly high notes.)

Like I said, girls also have the ability of singing falsetto, but is usually done only for effect.

On the other hand, guys can, and often do, take part in singing falsetto. Whenever they do, their voice takes on a lighter, more feminine sound to it. Although it may lack volume as compared with the head and chest registers, it can sound very beautiful and haunting at the same time when used occasionally. The singers best known for singing falsetto are The BeeGees.

A lot of vocal coaches teach their students that singing falsetto isn’t really a vocal register since the vocal chords vibrate differently than when singing in other registers. Nevertheless, the falsetto is one of of the most important tools of a singer and should be perfected with practice, especially by male vocalists. A lot of guys aren’t particularly fond of hearing their own falsetto voice and try not to sing in it, but when used regularly, singing falsetto may be more properly controlled and may prove useful in countless songs.

You may find it useful to know that there are actually ways to connect all the registers of the voice without going through that “break” when you sing. A good voice teacher can teach you how to do just that.

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