How to Sing Falsetto
Falsetto, or the “false voice”, is commonly utilized to sing notes beyond the modal register. In contrast to the modal voice, the timbre or quality may be described as softer, gentler, and rather effeminate. Being male, the ability to sing in falsetto is like adding a “flute section” to your vocal orchestra, so it is useful to learn how to sing falsetto and here is how to do it:
1. The Start to Learn How to Sing Falsetto: start singing in your normal voice from a low note and notice the vibrations inside your mouth as you increase the pitch.
You’ll find that the vibrations sort of move upwards from your throat to the roof of your mouth. Falsetto is higher still. Fact to remember: When you are singing purely in the flute (falsetto) voice, your chest doesn’t vibrate.
2. Know the Boundaries: Like the modal register, come to know the boundaries of the false voice, upper and lower, especially the lower if you wish to know how to sing falsetto. You’ll notice it is where your voice goes into ‘searching for the radio station’ tone, nope it doesn’t sound good. So work on cementing the bridge between the voices. Identify your falsetto voice on the piano, and practice with random notes on either side of the transition region. Don’t make yourself jump too far from a low modal note to a high false note at first when you learn how to sing falsetto. Get a feel for the voice changing.
3. Add Falsetto to Your Daily Practice: A simple way of learning how to sing falsetto is to just append falsetto notes into whatever exercises you are practicing. However, be careful that practicing the falsetto doesn’t distract you from increasing your modal range, which is more important than simply learning how to sing falsetto. In fact, work on the modal range goes to make the transitions smoother.
4. Learn how to Project Your Voice: For the higher notes, you’ll find that the voice becomes ‘tiny’, like a flame about to go out; it’s like you’re trying to write with just the tip of your pen. Projecting your voice is actually a combination of being rid of excess tension, opening up your stance and learning to work with your upper throat. It’s an old operatic technique when microphones weren’t available, so it is useful in learning how to sing falsetto. Imagine yourself breathing fire, looking up, chest out. Though stance might seem as an afterthought for singing, if you do it properly, it allows you to work your muscles to the max. You can think of it as falsetto on stilettos!
5. Getting Enough of a Breath: one secret to proper projecting of the voice is knowing how to breath properly and to learn how to sing falsetto you must do this. Most people see breathing as something done strictly with the lungs, but for singing, you need to concentrate on the gut (the abdomen). When you take a deep breath, focus on expanding the belly; when you exhale, push from the gut. This will help you to project and sustain notes. A good way to know if you’re doing it correctly when learning how to sing falsetto is to watch your abdomen rise and fall, and hold your chest still.
6. Scat! It is a Blues-Jazz term where the singer tries to imitate an instrument by singing nonsense syllables in the tone that the instrument is playing. It’s a fun way to practice how to sing falsetto. So, Imagine making up a clarinet solo, you can download and play backing tracks for jazz and blues and then just let it rip.
Mastering how to sing falsetto means getting above your normal register. Once you learn how to do it, you can sing higher notes, and apply them to a variety of musical styles – Blues being one of the best.