How to Get a Good Falsetto

Falsetto is the ability to use your vocal chords to produce a high, breathy tone quality. When singing in falsetto, you are preventing a portion of the vocal chords from vibrating, and only using the outer part of the vocal chords. This prevents the vocal chords from closing and creating the full natural sound of the voice. This technique should be avoided as it is strenuous on the vocal chords, but it is permissible for use in short passages when a specific effect is needed. Falsetto is not a substitute for improving your high range naturally.

Step 1 Begin your exercise routine by warming up on some long tones. You should warm up your voice before any exercise, to minimize the risk of hurting your voice.

Step 2 Position yourself in such a way that you are using proper posture, and able to provide good breath support. You should be sitting, or standing, straight with your shoulders relaxed, while taking air into your diaphragm. Avoid the tendency to take shallow breaths that end up in your chest.

Step 3 Sing a pitch higher in your falsetto range. Hum the interval of a fifth, including all of the notes in between, and then ascend back to the starting pitch. For instance, sing the notes C - B - A - G - F, and then ascend to C again.

Step 4 Continue singing the fifth exercise five times each time, moving down by half step. For instance, if you started on a C, move down to a B, then Bb and so on.

To improve your voice, it is good to find someone more qualified than you. Look for a vocal instructor through your local college, university or music store. Drink lots of water while singing, and avoid caffeine and milk products. Caffeine will dry out your vocal chords, and milk creates extra phlegm.

Falsetto must be used with caution. It is not appropriate for use to merely extend your range. Use it for specific effects, and develop your ability to sing in the higher range without falsetto.


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