Head and Chest Voice Explained
When you hear a singing coach or singer talk about their voice and some notes they are trying to reach you sometimes hear them debate weather it is better sounding in chest or head voice. Many people don’t always know the differences, except they are places you can sing from. There are 3 areas of the voice you can sing from Head, Chest and Mix… See Below to find out more about each one and their uses.
Before learning about you different voices you need to understand voice placement. This is where you feel the vibrations or ‘resonance’ If you hum you will feel your vibrations in your face, nose, lips and cheeks. This is placement. When singing resonance comes from all places and depending on where you are placing your voice in its register.
This is the main voice used when singing generally. It uses the lower range of your voice right up to a full belt higher up. The Chest voice is a very full sound, think of it as your speaking voice sound. Resonance is mainly felt in the chest – hence the name chest voice. Singing in chest voice is keeping your vocal chords open and letting the air flow over your vocal chords vibrating them.
Your ‘Mix’ voice is the term used when you are not quite in chest voice but not quite in head voice. This Voice register is not the most commonly used and takes a singer a fair amount of practice to master. To master technique you need to be able to move slowly between chest and head voice, once you have achieved this you are able to start singing in this register.
Head Voice is most commonly used in higher notes your chest and mix can’t reach its is achieved by using the technique of ‘lengthening’ when going higher up in a scale or register. Imagine you are lengthening your neck as you are singing, you will feel yourself start to use your head voice. When using the head voice you feel the resonance move from your chest to your cheeks, nose and mouth.
1. Whistle Tones.
Mostly head by singers such as Mariah Carey, remember those extremely high tones she can reach? Those are the whistle tones. not all singers can reach them as they are not within their natural range. This is the super top end of vocals that sound similar to a high pitched scream or whistle.
Hear Mariah Carey’s Whistle Tone hear on the ‘Inside’
Falsetto is the term used for the area of the voice that sound s a little weaker and softer. It is where you allow more air to pass over the vocal chords than normal, it is generally used for effect and to include variety in a song by women although is used mainly by men!