How to Sing Head Voice

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Tthe head voice is a singing technique. The technique allows you to sing with the finest voice using the least power and resonance.

Probably you have noticed that if you try the chest voice and you achieve high notes in full voice, you are not able to push. Your voice also gets lower. This is what is known as the head voice. 

Most times the head voice is associated with the acute. This is not entirely true. The head voice is a different technique which can be used in both the medium and grave.

This is the reason why the head voice is associated with the acute but they are different techniques.

Singing head voice in general requires a lot of vocal practice and warming up in order to achieve.

Mixed Voice

So you are unable to decide if your voice is from the head voice or chest voice? It appears like a transition between the head voice and chest voice. As you ride you may notice the difference in levels.

Learn more about head voice vs falsetto voice here

As you try to equalize you get a sound which doesn’t sound like a chest voice, neither does it sound like a head voice because it lacks air. 

It can’t be a chest voice because it doesn’t have the power or resonance. It’s a voice in between but it allows you to make a transition or go up when you control it well. 

People listening to you don’t even realize the difference and they think you are singing in the full voice. 

If you are sick, tired or not fit you can use the mixed voice to pretend that all is well with you. Most useful especially if you have a concert to sing and you are not too well to sing. 

With mixed voice, you may feel like you are singing from the nasal. The mixed voice doesn’t require a lot of air as your voice power is concentrated in the sinuses and not the throat.

Now on to the most important part of this article, how to sing head voice?

When you want to sing head voice, you will have to think of these five areas:

1. Strong solid support

You will have to rely on the other bigger muscles in your body and not the tiny ones in your throat. You need to maximize the support of your diaphragm muscles fully.

This helps to expand the rib cage so that it can offer a skeletal support required in singing.

How can you achieve that? Place your hands on your rib cage and make sure you haven’t placed your hands too low. Now take in a good breath and expand to both ways you have placed your hands. Now, let it go. Let it go again. 

Doing this properly allows your diaphragm to draw down and press the abdominal muscles. This gives your voice the added support and power while taking the pressure off your throat.

2. Resonance

What is resonance? Resonance is a situation where we want to be able to sing in such a way that our voice doesn’t seem to come from the throat. You can achieve this by making sure that you place your voice right around your eyes. 

You can achieve this by pretending that you are wearing really big goggles. Try pretending that you are producing your voice from these goggles in front of you to the wall on your opposite. 

So it seems like whatever you are singing, you are redirecting it to that wall. A very good way to achieve that is to hum through the song. 

You feel the buzz in your nose, once you feel that forward travelling sound go ahead and sing the words in the space after you hum it through. 

3. Open Throat

You need to have an open throat. This is because high notes require a lot of space. For this reason you need to develop the habit of opening your throat as you breathe in. This is a simultaneous action that should happen at the same time.

When you are breathing in, try to think of the sensation you get when you sneeze or get surprised.

When you incorporate this as you breathe in, your throat will open up and you will be able to sing the high notes with power and strength.

4. Develop a Powerful Head Voice

This is the most important point here. Many singers want to omit this and go straight to making high notes. They don’t even want to spend time working on their head voice. 

Before you even begin singing, it is important to first of all work on your head voice. Start practicing scales and isolate your head voice. 

So if you consider yourself to be an opera singer, employ your best opera voice. This will facilitate the greatest openness and the freedom to go really high. Never discount that head voice in your sound. 

5. Chest Mix

You need to develop a strong chest and a strong head voice. When the two are combined, they result in a well-balanced voice. 

We should never pull out your chest voice. This can be painful and at the same time it’s not sustainable. You are going to strain too much and definitely will be flat.

This is the reason why you should get a mix. One of the things you should begin to do at this juncture is to incorporate your highest calling voice in your singing.

After you have mastered the above, focus on strengthening your head voice by doing the following:

- Listen to other singers who use head voice 

By keenly listening to professional musicians who use the head voice you will be able to learn a lot.

- Use warm ups 

Warm ups will help strengthen your head voice. The warm-up should start from the top and move down. They are very crucial in developing and strengthening the voice head. 

- Start small 

If you have been singing in the chest voice mostly, don’t get tempted to go deep into head voice. 

After you have found your head voice, sing in it slightly and add volume as you move on. Eliminating chest voice altogether may help you find your head voice faster.

- Practice 

Yes, now that you have achieved your head voice, you need to do lots and lots of practice until you get perfect. This is not something you can achieve overnight but it will be worth your struggle so don’t give up. This is key for improving your singing voice in general.  

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