• Michelle Ostrove

BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN HEAD AND CHEST VOICE

We all instinctively know a good voice from a bad one. Every singer should try to create a consistent sound from top to bottom when singing. It’s important to learn how to bridging the gap between registers. In order to begin to bridge the gap between the head and chest registers, you need to understand the middle voice and mixed voice. By using a mixed voice you eliminate the abrupt switch in the tone and production quality of your sound ((read blog October 27, 2020 “How To Sing In A Mixed Voice). If you fail to use good technique moving from one register to another, it will almost sound like a car shifting gears.


First, make sure you keep an open throat, do not let your throat muscles constrict (try to close). If you yawn, that gives you the open throat feeling; all the muscles are pushing outward away from the throat allowing an open passage for air. When you yawn you can also feel your larynx naturally move down. Another way you can feel it is by opening your mouth and slowly breath in. You feel all the muscles open the throat for air to pass through. Learning how to sing and keeping an open throat takes work, it does not just happen overnight. The bubble (lip trill) and “R” roll (tongue trill) help to work through this technique (read blog November 27, 2020 “Moving From One Register To Another”).


The middle voice feels like a lighter version of the chest voice (register) and fuller version of the head voice (register). The mixed voice gives the beautiful highs notes a richer, fuller sound and keeping an open throat allows a smooth transition throughout your vocal range. Listen to Audrey Diaz sing “Shallow” at the Ventura County Fair. Listen to how she moves through registers with ease.


JOKE FOR THE DAY:

Why couldn’t the string quartet find their composer? He was Haydn.


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