How To Make Head Voice Sound Like Chest Voice
If you want to make head voice sound like chest voice, you first need to understand how your vocal chords coordinate to create your various vocal registers. Sure, we’ve all heard of “chest” and “head”, but did you know there is another register called MIX or MIDDLE that sits in direction coordination of these two main registers? Learning to coordinate your chest voice and head voice is the only way to learn how to make head voice sound like chest voice – by keeping the rich and full timbre of chest with the ease and release of head and high range that it affords.
My favourite way of coaching my students to sing in the middle register is the concept of projection. Now, I don’t mean projecting your voice ‘away’ from yourself, I’m talking about the technique of projecting your voice back towards yourself from a distant point. This visual tool of projecting back towards yourself allows you to release from the chest voice coordination without fully flipping up into a light head tone, meaning you can now build and strengthen your middle register just like your chest range.
The best place to start is to iron our your breathing technique first. Rather than pressurising chest voice and shouting those high notes, learning how to sing in the “MIX” coordination will allow you to keep the rich timbre of “chest voice” without the need for pushing or straining – and also without the ‘weak’ sound of a Head Voice coordination. That powerful and professional tone that you hear your favourite singers releasing with ease and confidence is the MIX register, so no matter the singing style you prefer – a powerful, healthy voice is always a MIX voice.
Check it out for yourself by listening to your favourite singer – if they’re a great singer, then they’ll magically seem to be able to join their lower notes and high notes together without the vocal break you no doubt are currently experiencing. Not only does their voice ‘connect’, but they have a rich, bright and full tone to their high notes that you could only dream of, right? Well, now it’s possible – learn how to sing in Middle Voice and you’ll soon know how to make head voice sound like chest voice!
The first step to bridging a connection between chest and head voice is to develop a rock solid foundation for your voice. Foundation in singing really is just like the building foundations of a house, the concrete base that your walls and roof are built upon – or in the case of singing, your tone and range. Great vocal foundation includes diaphragmatic breathing, shaping vowels correctly, managing resonant space and of course blending resonance between chest and head voice. A great place to start is our Foundation 101 singing course which will show you;
- How to connect chest and head voice
- How to sing vowels properly
- How to sing in mix voice
- How to sing with diaphragmatic breathing
- Balanced Onsets
- How to warm up your voice properly
- SO much more!
Great singing starts with a great vocal foundation. Any issue you are currently experiencing with your voice, whether you’re a complete beginner struggling with the basics or even an advanced singer who struggles with consistency – can be traced by to one of these base Foundation elements of singing.
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Kegan DeBoheme is Bohemian Vocal Studio’s resident vocal coach and voice expert. He teaches professional singing and voice technique to students all around the world and enjoys providing tutorials like this one on how to improve your voice.