Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Head Voice: Best Tips

All singers have a vocal scale that's determined by age, genetics, and training. There is some extent in each singer's assortment where they switch from their more powerful chest voice to their airier head voice.

Some singers have rather weak head voice. This is especially true of new singers who haven't be trained how to put the most power behind their head voice. Fortunately, there are plenty of tips for giving your head voice better tone and richness:

Tip 1: Find a Realistic Head Voice Range

Everyone's head voice has an upper restrict. You desire to sing as high as you can with no switching to falsetto. Discovering the normal breaks in your voice will help you sing with a better head voice.

Pay attention to how your throat seems when you sing. Your first break happens when the notes you sing end vibrating deep in your throat and start resonating at the top of your throat or back of the soft palate. This signs a switch to head voice.

Now keep on singing higher. The notes will continue to resonate in your mouth. With one hand on your vocal chords, you will experience the vibrating end when you reach falsetto scale. Revert to lower notes inside your head voice range.

Tip 2: Find Your Middle Voice

Your head voice sounds the worst when you first cross over your vocal break. To do the transition smoother, you need to improve your mixed, or middle voice.

The middle voice integrates the chest and head voices to take you smoothly over those problematic 'break' notes. The only way to develop it is through regular practice.

Try singing the notes right away surrounding your vocal break, using a little less chest voice and a little more head voice. After one or two days, you will find that the two vocal modes have started to meet somewhere in the middle.

Tip 3: Don't Force the Notes

If you sing high notes in your head voice, don't compel them out; you'll sound whiny or screechy. Instead, change your breath and volume to see the best tone.

High notes typically don't require as much air as you'd think. Actually, excessive air exhaled too briskly can give you a too-sharp tone. Try taking a deep breath and letting it out slowly as you exhale the high notes.

Since high notes bring, you shouldn't need to put as much volume behind them as you do lower notes. If you have to yell to reach the top of your scale, go back and practice increasing your vocal scale.

Tip 4: Stay Loose

Tension of any kind can truly affect the way your notes sound. If you're too tighten, your head voice notes might screech out in an unbecoming way.

Body tension and vocal strain are closely related, so spend some time extending your body and relaxing before you perform. If you're anxious about your performance, try doing yoga or another enjoyable activity that eases the mind.

Stretch your arms, shoulders, upper and lower back. Do head rolls and shoulder shrugs to get the tension out of those areas. Side-bends and toe-touches are also good exercises for loosening up.

Keep your vocal chords loose and flexible by warming up before every practice and performance. The more you use them, the better they will sound, particularly when you're singing in your head voice.

Tip 5: Protect Your Health

Sick singers certainly not sound their best, but colds and sinus infections affect your head voice possibly more than your chest voice. Keep your head clear to prevent a crackly, nasal-sounding head voice.

Drink plenty of water, and avoid caffeine and dairy products on the day of your performance. Caffeine can cause tension and dehydration, while dairy can cause too much phlegm production.

With these tricks up your protector, you'll soon develop a smooth, mellow head voice that's delightful to listen!

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