Falsetto has been defined as the upper register of the voice by many scholars. It is often attributed to the male singers and no attention has been paid to the female folk as it is believed that ladies don’t have the falsetto voice. The above assertion is false because studies have proven that women also have the falsetto voice and can sing with it when trained properly.
Famous singers have used and some are still using it to sing. The likes of Justin Timberlake, Philip Bailey, and even the legendary Michael Jackson etc., are known users of the falsetto voice.
These singers have very high pitched registers because they have mastered the art of falsetto singing.
As a singer learning how to use the falsetto voice is a good option because you will sing very high pitches without straining your vocal folds by shouting or yelling.
Falsetto is just an aspect out of many aspects of Singing but it is important and it’s enormous benefits cannot be overemphasized.
Falsetto singing may seem simple but it is not altogether simple as it requires special trainings and personal exercises to be able to hit high pitches with the falsetto voice.
A singer could sound squeaky while trying to sing with falsetto voice when he or she has not gone through the nitty-gritty of falsetto singing.
To this end, this lesson will help you to sing in falsetto and will help you get to the upper voice register no matter your gender.
Before we get started, let us look at how and why your voice alternates.
When using the falsetto to sing, two group of muscles take over your vocal cord.
The first group stretches the vocal cords while the second group shortens them.
Let us make an illustration: Take a guitar for an example, when the string is pulled thinner and tighter, the pitch becomes higher. Liken this to a falsetto sound, ponder on it and you’ll understand what it means. It means your vocal folds and cords must be pulled longer and more thinner for a falsetto sound to be produced.
People always tighten their faces up and down when singing higher notes. (Smiles*).
The locomotive muscles in the chest and as well as the neck aid in the contraction and expansion of the vocal cords while producing lower and higher sounds.
Before beginning to sing in falsetto, make sure you master your vocal cords and know how producing higher and lower pitches works.
Let’s get started!
The first step is to be at ease.
This will aid the vocal cords and vocal folds to relax. Don’t lose focus on your face and mouth but make sure you’re comfortable and relaxed and don’t forget to do away with every tension because tension will not let the vocal cords to relax.
Be conscious of your neck, your tongue, shoulders and even your jaw. Consciously release them one after the other.
Breathing is the next step to consider
While learning how to sing falsetto. Breath in and be sure to fill your tummy with air. Hold your breath for 5 seconds and then release it out very slowly and gently with your lips pursed.
This breathing exercise will help you to relax while expanding the lungs and increasing your ability to sustain notes while singing.
To gain control over your vocal cords, the next thing to do is to try out some high pitched notes.
Yodel for some minutes and try mimicking with a woo sound or someone that sang with a very high pitch in a concert you once attended. While doing this, try to alternate the speed from slow to fast and from loud to soft.
Do not forget to increase your voice in the course of the exercises. Always breath and try to drag your voice from up and the high-pitched notes you longed for will come to you naturally.
While doing all these exercises, maintain good posture
Keep your neck tall, your shoulders backward, and make sure your mouth is open wide and if possible, do all these in front of the mirror in order to cross-check your posture.
One may ask, why he or she should sing with falsetto voice.
I’ll answer you!
One important reason is that learning to use the falsetto to sing gives you the ability to control your vocal range and gives you the ability to control your vocal cords to sing any range of your choice without any obstruction.
Note that straining your voice (vocal cords) could damage your voice but singing high notes will not. So learning how to use the falsetto is not only beneficial to the quality of your singing but also helps you prevent your vocal cords from damage.
Though this learning may take time, you will surely get the desired results of singing with the falsetto voice .
You will start noticing your tone quality being improved and will in turn sing freely with the falsetto voice. This is only possible if the singer takes his or her practice serious.
Breathing in to sing will greatly strengthen and boost your lungs. It also aids your relaxation while improving on your breathing.
Don’t be carried away while singing falsetto, take notice of your mouth movement and tension.
Learning to sing with falsetto also increase your repertory of songs without necessarily tampering with your singing quality.
The Difference Between Falsetto voice and the Head Voice
The understanding of the Head Voice will further aid falsetto singing.
The head voice is simply an upper register of vocal sound higher than the normal range below the falsetto voice.
Also note that head voice is not chest voice.
Chest Voice is heard with the contraction and squeezing of the muscles of your vocal cords. Moreso, when your voice is lowered and your back or your stomach growls.
The head voice is obtained when you feel a vibration in your head and upper part of your neck.
Learn to be precise with your Falsetto voice as you Move on
Now that you know how to use your falsetto to sing, the next target is to improve on on it. While singing with the falsetto voice, learn and master the art of precision and it should be done with power but not force.
To do this, you have to mimic some very high notes like the siren from the police van. Don’t worry about the sound quality for now, just make sure you can do it correctly and precisely.
If you have a little boy in your home or neighborhood, do well to mimic his or her voice.
If you feel relaxed while doing this, it means you’re in the right track but if you’re straining your voice and neck to do it then know you ain’t doing it correctly because as a singer, you have to be relaxed while singing or using the falsetto voice.
After that, do well to increase the pitch without necessarily increasing the volume.
This should be done without the chest vibrating and if it does vibrate then you have left your falsetto.
With an open and a curve mouth, imitate an oooh sound and run your scale with your normal voice up to your falsetto voice and descend the same way you went. While doing this, make sure your chest isn’t vibrating but if it does, it means you are not getting it so stop and start again till you get it.
Also make sure you’re relaxed and not tensed while doing this exercise.
In order for you not to mar the process, do well to position your shoulders wide and loosed.
Posture is very important while singing, this is because vocal folds and cords do well when stretched and relaxed which makes the movements while singing with falsetto important to check.
This may sound and look difficult but then, we all know that becoming a good and prolific singer calls for a lot of practice and training.
On a final note, some folks may argue that music is a natural talent and at such a singer should not bother his or herself going through series of trainings. This is quite laughable and they say this with no clue of professionalism.
To sing well one needs to take his or her trainings seriously and singing with the falsetto voice is an aspect of singing which must be taken seriously too.
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