Your Head Voice Is Your Friend

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I’ve been noticing that so many singers aren’t accessing their head voice anymore. Or if they do, only a little bit of it. The explanation and science behind it can get complex but in simplicity, you have two major sets of muscles which work in a certain manner to control your chest and head voice. And like your bodies, your voice has to be balanced, regardless of what style you sing. If you ignore one, the whole voice suffers.

Part of this is because today’s popular sound outside of classical music is very airy and disconnected. This in turn makes it hard to access your higher notes. And then a snowball effect starts to happen.

Sadly, the result of ignoring either part of your voice in the long run is setting you up for disaster. If you tend to avoid the head voice area, it’s most likely your voice starts to get heavy and issues start to pop up. I get a chance to see many singers who’ve been diagnosed with a multitude of problems. I would say that most are a result of singing with an unbalanced voice, wherein you start to overcompensate by using extrinsic muscles which shouldn’t be involved with your singing. Your cords get pushed together unevenly, partially closed or squished together too hard creating a situation to where they don’t meet properly and start to form nodules and other problems.

Guys, get up in that “falsetto” part of your range and play around up there. Do exercises which build and strengthen that area. It will only make your chest voice more manageable and allow you to eventually mix the two so that both sets of muscles are sharing the load so to speak.

Girls, when you are down low, have fun with that chest voice but don’t try to push it too high. It may be impressive to the listener, but only for a moment. Let your head voice help out as you move higher in your range. And yes, it will get stronger but you have to live in the weak spot before it has time to gain strength.

If you can’t produce any sound repetitively day after day for any length of time, then you are probably doing something wrong. If your high notes are disappearing or if your sound is consistently airy without you trying to sound that way, then there is an imbalance.

Singers, please take the time to manage your instrument and treat it with much care. The exercises are not just to “warm you voice up” even though that’s what we usually call them. Each exercise your teacher gives you is causing a specific action to occur with the numerous tiny functions happening in the space of a quarter. Each vowel, each shape, each consonant, the onset, how wide your mouth is, etc…….are causing your voice to function a certain way.
Think balance in your voice like you think balance in your body and in your life. Without it, everything starts to fall apart.

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