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Country Vocals Lessons: The Stratosphere - Singing in High Register

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[MUSIC]
Now we're headed to the stratosphere.
And I'm talking about that
part of our modal register,
that is just above our chest voice.
That's the head voice, what we
typically refer to as the head voice.
It's part of our register of our normal
speaking voice, but in the higher realm.
And we're gonna do a little
work in our falsetto,
which is the next register above that.
That's where the vocal cords are,
they're not
behaving like they do in modal voice and
head voice.
In head voice, the entire vocal fold,
the entire vocal cord is vibrating.
But in falsetto which is higher even,
a higher register than modal head voice.
In falsetto, if you remember,
only the very outer layer,
very edge of our vocal folds
that ligamentous edge,
that top outer layer is the only
part of the vocal fold that
actually vibrates when
you're doing falsetto voice.
It's harder to distinguish between
a woman's head voice and her falsetto.
It's much more pronounced when
a male voice goes from chest or
head into falsetto.
You can hear that difference
in tone much more clearly.
I'm gonna give you a listening list for
listening to artists who work in
this falsetto and
head voice up way high in these registers.
Starting with Smoky Robinson.
One of my favorite male singers who
use that falsetto so beautifully.
And we're gonna use one of his songs,
Ooo Baby Baby,
to demonstrate that part of our register.
Sam Smith is a great singer who utilizes
that Falsetto voice very beautifully,
and Robin Gib of course of the BeeGee's.
Dolly Parton pops into her head voice and
falsetto all the time,
beautiful clear tone.
And then Sarah Brightman,
the woman who originated the role in
the Phantom of the Opera,
that beautiful soprano voice.
Gorgeous example of beautiful,
healthful tone way up in the stratosphere.
So I'm going to use a song of
Smokey Robinson's, Ooo Baby Baby,
to demonstrate the use of this part
of our register, head voice and
falsetto, and how to do it healthfully
without straining, staying relaxed.
Again, all the same application
of your strong bass.
Lots of good strong air, and
relaxed all through your neck and
shoulders, relax your face.
And really let the air and your
placement of the air inside your head.
This is where your ability to make
subtle shifts in the shape of
the inside of your resonant cavities
makes all the difference to
a successful production of head voice and
falsetto.
Because you are making subtle changes
to the shape of your resonant cavity
in order to spin this tone out
beautifully, without straining your voice.
Without straining your vocal fold.
And this exercise, this practice,
shouldn't hurt at all.
Nothing about it should make you tight,
stressed or cause you any pain.
It really shouldn't even fatigue you,
especially if you're way up in your
falsetto because the vocal
folds actually relax more.
The musculature of the vocal
folds relaxes more in a falsetto.
And remember only the edges,
those mucosal membranes around
the very edge of the fold,
are actually vibrating and active
when you're way up in your falsetto.
So in the key of G, this is the chorus.
[MUSIC]
Lots of air
support and
very small
incremental
shifts in
the shape
of my resident
cavity,
that's how
I'm making
that sound.
But nothing hurts,
nothing even feels fatigued.
Proper production of head voice and
falsetto should feel
almost effortless, and in some ways,
even more effortless than your chest
voice, and even your power belt.
This should be very easy, relaxed work.
So just keep in mind as you play
with this part of your voice, women,
you may not feel or
hear a distinct difference as you move
from your head voice into your falsetto.
But pay attention for
that slight shift in your placement.
You wanna feel the slight
shift in placement.
As you get up into your falsetto,
you will feel the resonance
move again even higher up
into behind your eyes and
you'll feel that chamber
become even smaller.
So that the air is even more focused and
has a smaller area within which to spin.
Keep your tongue foward and
your neck very relaxed.
And have fun with Ooo Baby Baby.
[MUSIC]