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Alright, i see many people interested in music or should i say singing… but usually get bamboozled by some of the terms being used there,
Oh well, as your loyal *finder I’ve brought this to you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Singing
What is vocal placement ?
Vocal placement is the term used to describe the technique of being guided by the vibrations and resonances of the body when singing. These sensations can usually be felt in the chest, face, nose, mouth and the head.
What is a vocal register ?
Opinions and descriptive terms differ on this subject. However, generally speaking, the word ‘register’ is used to describe a section of the voice. These ‘sections’ are loosely categorised by how the vocal cords vibrate, glottal, and pharyngeal shape, where the voice resonates in the body and the resulting quality or timbre of the voice.
What is chest voice or chest register ?
Chest voice or chest register refers to a deep or rich full sound that is most commonly used during speech.
Air flows over the vocal folds which are are fully apart and the vibration or resonance can often be felt in the upper chest. This is the area of the voice where you should be singing the lower notes of your range. Male voices can be easily felt in the chest cavity, but most female voices have a more subtle vibration and must work on this area.
What is middle voice or middle register ?
The term ‘middle voice’ is not as commonly used as some of the other descriptions like chest and head voice. This section of the voice may also be referred to as mix or blend and it describes an area where a vocal bridge or passaggio may occur.
Once the singer has mastered the art of moving smoothly through this transition area it is considered to be mixed or blended. If the singer experiences a vocal “break,” the “siren” exercise can help smooth out the break.
What is head voice or upper register ?
Remember those lengthening cords as you ascend the range? Well, you’ll need these to access ‘head voice’ which is where you should be singing those high notes.
The resonance is usually felt in the cheekbone, teeth/lips area, which is sometimes referred to as the mask or masque.
What is whistle voice or super-head ?
Whistle voice or superhead is the top end of the vocal range which sounds similar to a whistle or squeal.
Few singers use the whistle register, although it has gained popularity among some female commercial artists.
What is falsetto or false voice ?
Falsetto is the lightest register and requires loose vocal cords and incomplete closure which produces a breathy voice that can sound quite feminine, although it is generally used by men rather than women.
How do you know if you’re singing in head or chest voice ?
Place your fingers on your breastbone, then sing a few notes from the bottom end of your range. You should be able to feel the vibration in your chest through your fingers.
If you don’t feel anything, try belting ‘hello’ — if you’re singing in chest voice, you should feel something there. If you are singing in your head voice, you should feel the vibrations somewhere in the region of your teeth/lips, cheekbones, nasal cavity, or forehead.
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