Thursday, September 17, 2015

Developing Your Head Voice – Strengthen Your Head Voice

There’s something about voice training that most people fail to understand—even for those that have been through training at one time or another—that it’s all about strengthening, maintaining and improving on what you’ve already learned. If you don’t do that, you’ll fall straight back into your old ways, habits and vocal problems that got you into training to correct. A training CD to work with is a brilliant idea, but providing you know what you’re doing, it is also possible to train anyplace you like without a training CD and still get to strengthen your voice in all areas. In this article, I want to offer a quick tip on how to strengthen your head voice with one simple exercise you can do in your car; on a coffee break at work; or even when chilling out to unwind in front of your television set.

In case you’re not familiar with the descending scale, it is a vocal exercise that works your vocals in descent on a downward direction, thereby strengthening your lower notes so that you sound clean and crisp in your lower register. That being said, descending from your head voice to your chest voice does wonders for easing you into your lower register, sometimes far deeper than you’d ever imagine possible, yet with no strain or pressure building up in your larynx. So let’s take a closer look at how combining the head to chest descent can help strengthen your head voice on-the-go.

The “GI” (pronounced Gee) sound is a great way to hit your upper register. So to do this particular exercise on a descending scale with “GI GI GI” will help strengthen your head voice anywhere and anytime you like, even without the piano or the vocal training CD. Make sure you open your mouth to breathe before each run, and make sure you’re doing each run in single breath.  The last thing you want is to be taking breaths in between phrases. Make sure you’ve got sufficient breath to hold the note to the very end, just as you would when you sing a phrase in a song.

I’ve talked about breathing in previous articles, but it never is enough. And so I’m going to reiterate this very important element in singing. How you breathe is how you sing. Drink that breath to fill the abdominal area in your breathing exercises, and you’ll likely do the same when you sing. 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 here!

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