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Unread 09-13-2007, 08:46 AM   #1
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Gah... falsetto.

I've dreaded falsetto ever since I began singing... for me it's airy and ugly, and actually difficult to get into.

I've been singing for a while, and I try to avoid falsetto entirely, but it's a nice bonus to have when a song calls for it on a small part. You don't notice it when it's right, but when it's wrong it sticks out.

What are some good tips for strengthening and getting used to falsetto?

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Unread 09-13-2007, 09:01 AM   #2
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I've dreaded falsetto ever since I began singing... for me it's airy and ugly, and actually difficult to get into.

I've been singing for a while, and I try to avoid falsetto entirely, but it's a nice bonus to have when a song calls for it on a small part. You don't notice it when it's right, but when it's wrong it sticks out.

What are some good tips for strengthening and getting used to falsetto?
One word. Practice.

Seriously. I have been working on developing my falsetto for quite some time. I have a very medium voice, meaning I'm a true baritone. That means that in a lot of rock song I can sing the Tenor part as long as they keep it low tenor. However, if it goes very high at all I have to use my falsetto because I don't have a huge chest range...

Let me clear up some myths about falsetto:

#1. You don't need to breathe from your diaphragm when singing falsetto. Sure, that's fine, if you want to sound like crap and not support your voice with air.

#2. You must be a tenor for good sounding Falsetto. Also false.

#3. There is some special technique that separates good falsetto from bad falsetto. Nothing special, just practice.

Tips for practice: get a tape recorder. Listen to Queen and Journey. (Freddie Mercury, BTW, was also a true Baritone). And finally, make sure your tongue is in the right position, this is true for when you're not singing falsetto, but it shows more when you are.
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Unread 09-16-2007, 03:25 PM   #3
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However, if it goes very high at all I have to use my falsetto because I don't have a huge chest range...
Here's another myth:

Head Voice = Falsetto

False.
Chest Voice and Head Voice refer to where the resonance is focused.
Full Voice and Falsetto refer to how much of the vocal folds vibrate.
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Unread 09-16-2007, 05:41 PM   #4
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#2. You must be a tenor for good sounding Falsetto. Also false.
What's funny abou that is; I learned from my choir director, who was once a vocal coach, that most generally the lower your voice is the higher you will be able to get in falsetto.

Anyways, I would suggest practice, as AX said. One thing about that though, if you practice wrong you will continue doing it wrong. Use good posture, breath from you belly not your chest, and relax. If you don't relax it will sound forced, and like crap.
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