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Chest voice vs Head voice – POWER UP your high range

If you’ve been following along with my lessons here at Bohemian Vocal Studio, it’s likely you’re now able to sing into your middle register and even sing head voice and hit your higher range. But how to we take that light, weak “heady” sound and POWER IT UP into an impressive high range with power? Building power into your high range can be done simply by following my steps-based approach to healthy singing technique like so:

Set up your foundation – Breathing!

Without a solid foundation, your voice will lack power and be a breathy mess. You need to learn how to engage your diaphragm to breathe with, control your air pressure and air flow, and learn how to create a RESONANT sound rather than a breathy sound. Here, I recently put together a video on how to breathe using the diaphragm

 

When you’ve learned how to engage your diaphragm properly so that your tone is resonant, bright and healthy, you can then start developing your middle and head voice into a more POWERFUL singing voice.

Develop your middle voice

I can’t reiterate this point enough – if you want to sing with Head Voice vs. Chest Voice and improve your head voice, you first need to understand how to sing your MIDDLE or MIX VOICE in a controlled and healthy way. Head voice isn’t a ‘destination’ that you get to when you’re singing high, it’s something your transitioning towards with middle voice. So, if your voice is breaking, or you sound breathy – it’s likely that you’re singing TOO HEAVY in your low range and TOO LIGHT in your high range! You should be releasing into middle voice BEFORE your first vowel position, and you should be transitioning towards head voice rather than ‘flipping’ up into it. It’s important that your voice stays ‘assertive’ as you ascend in range so you’re not getting weak and breathy.

Here’s another video I’ve put together on building power in your middle and higher range:

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Learn to control your closure

Understanding how to control your vocal cord closure, or ‘adduction’ as it’s known in classical singing technique, is where we’ll start to build POWER in your head voice without straining or pushing. You’ll see in the video above that my head voice is SUPER LOUD and actually makes my camera distory from sheer resonance – but you’ll notice I’m completely relaxed and singing in a very controlled way. I’m not “pushing” volume out of my vocal chords, I’m relaxing into a released resonance that builds with cord closure.

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The best way to learn chord closure is by starting LIGHT and releasing into a resonant crescendo like I’ve shown you in the above video. This will build the resonance and also develop strength throughout your whole range – chord closure is an absolute MUST if you want to have a powerful head voice.

Combine your techniques

There’s no single technique that is going to improve your range or give you a killer rock tone. It’s actually a combination of all the above techniques working together to control every aspect and connect all the ‘moving parts’ of your voice into one succinct and connected sound without breaks and without strain. To POWER UP your head voice and sing with increased range and resonance in your high range, you need to work on these techniques:

  • Diaphragmatic Breathing
  • Middle Voice
  • Vowel Positions
  • Practical Vowel sounds
  • Frequency Control
  • Placement
  • Diction & Delivery
  • Cord Closure

If you’re struggling with any of these technique, you can ask me a question in the ‘leave a reply’ box below and we’ll work on it together. If you’re ready to take your voice to the next level, you can book a Skype session with me personally by clicking on the booking calendar to your right in the sidebar.

Conclusion

Building power in your high range requires control over every other aspect of your vocal technique, from the foundation of our breathing, right through to cord closure and frequency control. Take it one step at a time and build from the ground up without skipping ahead to the advanced techniques before you’ve built your foundation. If you have a low voice like me, you’ll also benefit from checking out my recent video on increasing your range when you have a deep voice:

Can you power up your head voice yet? If you’re ready to start building your own powerful voice that has all the range you could ever need and tons of POWER, book a session with me in the booking calendar to your right and I’ll show you how it’s done!

Feel free to leave any questions or feedback below!

5 thoughts on “Chest voice vs Head voice – POWER UP your high range

  1. This is really awesome! A few years back I was having vocal tuition. While my singing voice did somewhat improve, I was never taught about using my diaphragm. It meant that I could never get that power out of my higher range.

    I’ve recently taken a break from signing but want to take it up again. Do you have any tips on how I can get started? Any warm-up techniques for example? I seem to strain my vocal chords a lot at the moment!

    1. Hey Joshua! Thanks for the kind words – I’m glad it’s helping.

      Awesome, get back into it! Check out my other lessons for the “Top 5 Exercises” and start from there, you’ll be back up and running in no time.

      If you’re straining your chords, it sounds like you need to work on your breath control first, then develop your vowels properly. Let me know if you have any other questions!

      K

  2. This is an awesome tutorial. I am a volunteer singer in a pretty good choir and I have been having problems with my voice cracking for the past few months. One of the strongest singers in my section had to step out for a few months, so I began pushing myself a little more. This may have been the cause of the issue.

    How long do you think it will take to start noticing a difference?

    1. Hey there! Stop pushing – learn to release into resonance like I’ve demonstrated in the lesson above and your voice will bounce back with MUCH more power. Voice cracking is either incorrect vowel positions, an under-developed middle voice or even swelling of your chords from strain. I’d spend some time on breath control first, keeping your voice safe and healthy is paramount to a great sounding voice.

      Let me know if you have any other questions about your voice

      K

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