Falsetto is a method of singing, which allows you to sing outside your natural voice range. It is often used by male singers who struggle to hit the higher notes in songs, particularly when singing Opera.
Before you get started, there are some important things to know about Falsetto so that when you start using this singing method, you don’t damage your voice. It is a method to be used on an infrequent basis and this video gives a great tutorial on how to sing Falsetto correctly.
Here are some steps you can take to find your Falsetto voice.
Go Back To Childhood
When singers, especially male singers, go to a singing teacher to learn how to sing Falsetto for the first time, the teacher will often get them to start by starting to speak in a little boys voice.
This might sound stupid, but it is the best way to find the correct range and power. Simply imagine you are around three to four years old and start speaking in that tone of voice.
You should both feel and hear the difference in your voice and notice that it is coming from the upper back of your throat. It should sound a little more faint and airy than your normal speaking voice. Here are some more excellent tips for discovering your Falsetto singing voice.
Don’t Push Yourself
Until you get used to singing in Falsetto, it is better to start off by singing quietly. This is to avoid straining your vocal chords and also to allow you focus on mastering the actual technique, rather than concentrating on projecting your voice.
As mentioned in the above point, you should not just hear your voice sounding different, you should also feel it.
Feel The Placement
You will know if you are singing Falsetto correctly if you can actually feel it in your sinuses and forehead. Think of the tone you are trying to produce as being an elevator moving up and down your body.
When you try to produce a high note, you should feel it right at the top of your body and vice versa for projecting low notes.
Keep It Simple
If you want to master singing Falsetto correctly, then you need to start slow and keep it simple. Don’t concern yourself with your vibrato for the time being and rather just concentrate on your ability to identify whether or not you are actually singing Falsetto or slipping into your head voice.
It is important to always be aware of both the sound and feeling you are sending in your body when you attempt to sing in Falsetto, as your feelings will be your guidance system.
Finally, practice makes perfect, so be sure that you are not giving into frustration and set aside a small amount of time each day to practice your Falsetto until you are able to sing it naturally.
It might not happen overnight, but once you master it you will be able to seamlessly slip into Falsetto whenever you want to or need to.