How to Sing in Head Voice
Updated: Jan 24
Head voice singing is a technique used by singers to produce a higher-pitched, more delicate sound than their normal speaking or singing voice. This technique is often used to hit high notes or to add emotional expressiveness to a performance.
To sing in head voice, singers should focus on using the upper portion of their vocal cords, rather than the full cords. This results in a lighter, more airy tone that is often associated with head voice.
To begin, it's important to have proper breathing technique. This can be accomplished by breathing deeply and using the diaphragm to control the breath, rather than the chest. This will allow for a steady and consistent flow of air, which is necessary for singing in head voice.
Next, singers should focus on keeping the jaw and tongue relaxed. Tension in these areas can cause strain on the vocal cords, making it difficult to produce a clear head voice sound. Instead, singers should aim for a relaxed, open throat and a slightly raised soft palate.
Practicing a proper vowel shape also helps, such as "ee" sound, instead of "ah" sound, will help to resonate the sound in the head and not in the chest.
It's also important to practice and develop the head voice in a controlled manner, starting with short exercises and gradually increasing the duration and range as the vocal cords adapt. It's important to note that singing in head voice for long periods of time or with improper technique can be damaging to the vocal cords.
With practice and proper technique, singers can learn to use head voice to add emotional expressiveness and versatility to their performances. It's a great tool for singing high notes and for adding a different dimension to your singing.
Remember, like any skill, it takes time and practice to master singing in head voice. Be patient with yourself and don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it right away.