Connect Chest and Head Voice in only 5 Minutes
When you first start singing, it can seem like your range is a limited and finite thing. You might have an okay chest voice range to an Octave or so, but then your voice flips up into Head Voice in a breathy weak tone that you absolutely can’t stand. This often leads to the bad habit of pulling chest and forcing our voices to function higher and with more vocal fold weight than is natural, resulting in vocal strain and yelling. The secret to great singing is that you can actually connect Chest and Head Voice together to make one long and connected range that goes from your lowest note high up into the stratosphere of your favourite singers.
With these easy steps you can learn to connect chest and head voice in only 5 minutes of your time!
Chest and Head are just figurative terms
Once upon a time, there was a singer with a disconnected range who decided that their low notes ‘resonated in the chest’ and their high range ‘resonated in the head’, hence chest and head voice. Now, this isn’t a law, and doesn’t effectively describe or demonstrate how your registers function and the process required to connect chest and head voice.
Conning chest and head is actually easy to do, and even easier to illustrate to you with a simple lip trill. If you sing a trill through your middle range where your usual vocal break is, you’ll notice that after a few tries your registers do actually connect and there is physically no break, or at least a minimal break for now. The more you practice this lip trill through the central connection of your voice the stronger your bridge will be.
Over time this bridge can be used to carry your vowels and resonant sounds other than just the lip trill from chest voice to head voice in a fluid and break-free manner, just like your favourite singers. Chest and head connection is often treated as a secret by voice coaches, but I believe we all deserve the joy of connecting our registers and the vocal prowess and power that comes from singing with one fluid and connected voice – the above video tutorial will show you more than most expensive vocal courses out there combined.
Remember, singing is an act of balance, not force
The issue many beginner singers face is the desire to “push” and “muscle” their voices into the high range, while trying to “force” a connection between the registers, which ultimately creates an imbalance and widens your break. The secret to connecting your registers on any vowel, sound, word and in any song is to sing with balance, intention and coordination rather than muscular force.
A great place to start is the free foundation short courses available here at Bohemian Vocal Studio which will show you how to set up a strong base for your connected registers to develop. When you’re ready to take your voice to the next level with professional guidance, you can book a Skype Session and we’ll get started extending your range and building confidence and consistency in your voice every time you sing.
If you have any questions about connecting chest and head voice, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!
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.