Singing in falsetto requires your vocal chords to separate and allow air to pass between them. They do this to avoid damage from being tightened too far. The resulting tone is airy and lacks the resonance of the chest voice, which gets its name because the sound vibrates through the chest cavity. There is a way, however, to give your falsetto voice some of the richness of the chest voice.
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Identify your head voice. This is one of the three voices singers deal with, the others being chest voice and falsetto. In your lowest range, the sound vibrates in your chest cavity as well as in your head cavities. As you move up the scale, tones vibrate more prominently in your head cavities only. Move up the scale as you sing, and notice when the vibrations switch to your head. This is the beginning of your head voice.
Sing up the scale past your head voice. Notice when the sound thins out and you enter your falsetto voice. This voice does not vibrate in the lower half of your head, and it sounds very different from your chest and head voices. Many singers express frustration as they move into their highest ranges, because they lose the richness of tone offered by the chest and head voices.
Move back to your head voice. Notice where you feel the vibrations in your head. One of the cavities is at the back of your throat, just above the vocal chords. Notice how that area vibrates as you sing in your head voice.
Sing in your falsetto. Open your mouth, drop your jaw and move the vibrations into the cavity at the back of your throat, just above the vocal chords --- the same area that vibrates in your head voice. Notice that your falsetto becomes richer. You are using one of the cavities that vibrate in your head voice while producing your falsetto. This approximates the rich tones of the chest voice by adding resonance. You are borrowing resonance from the chest voice because it also vibrates in the cavity at the back of the throat.
Tips and warnings
- The falsetto voice is actually a defence mechanism the vocal chords use to avoid overstretching. If you feel vocal chord fatigue or pain, stop using your falsetto until you get a professional vocal coach to evaluate whether you are using your falsetto in a healthy manner.
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