Friday, July 31, 2015

How to Develop Your Head Voice Using Your Pharyngeal Resonator

If like so many people around the world you have never really been able to find your head voice, this article will talk a little bit about the quickest way into your head voice without the cracks and the breaks. In layman’s terms, this article will aim to help you find your head voice so you can begin to expand your range. As you build up what is called your pharyngeal resonator, this technique will allow you to sing with more vocal freedom as you slide in between your head and chest registers. You’ll also begin to learn how to blend your head voice with your chest voice so they mix well into one. As you begin improving your head voice, you will begin experiencing a much more polished, professional sounding voice as you reach higher up in your vocal register, without straining or causing tension to your vocal cords. So what is this best kept secret, I hear you ask? Let’s begin by understanding the causes of this seemingly insurmountable problem, before we look at ways to resolve them.

The common tendency with a lot of people is to pull up their chest voice, which basically means shouting your way to your upper register. Ideally, you want to get into your head voice with that girth that projects a fuller voice. And the best way in is through your mix voice. Guys have a broader range of chest voice and a shorter range of head voice, whereas girls have a shorter range of chest voice and a broader range of head voice. Girls generally find it easier to find their head voice than guys, although both genders do have a certain amount of difficulty. So let’s take a much closer look at how to get into your head voice.

The pharyngeal sound is very beneficial for a lot of things, especially for discovering and getting into your head voice. The “NG” sound helps you keep your vocal cords together, the opposite of which is when they blow apart and you disconnect into falsetto. So here’s what you need to do. Breathe in to ensure you have sufficient breath to hold a note, and then begin the extended ascending slide “NG” sound which will seamlessly connect you to your head voice; and then open out to an “AA” vowel at the top of your range whilst you continue to hold that note. You’ll realize that the “NG” sound helps you get into your head voice without the cracks and the breaks. I do hope that these handy tips have given you additional training to add to your daily vocal training routine. Feel free to download vocal training exercises from my blog here!

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