Expanding your range into higher notes requires learning how to sing falsetto. Your voice comes from two places – either your chest, which is your normal speaking voice or the singing voice for most males, or your head. Falsetto is a head voice and it’s sometimes called the superhead voice or whistling voice.
Falsetto Key Attributes
The average falsetto range is from A below Middle C to as high as your voice is capable of. You can train it into higher ranges with practice.
Falsetto sounds light when done properly; not forced or strained.
Although you are singing higher notes in falsetto, your larynx should drop and not rise when performing the technique properly.
Steps for Finding Your Falsetto Voice
Warm up with your preferred singing exercises before you begin. Stressing your voice at higher notes by starting cold only results in cracking at best, or hurting your voice at worst.
Sing the “ooh” vowel just above Middle C. Once you have found Middle C, slide up slowly. If your larynx moves up, lower the note and begin again. Placing your hand on your throat lightly allows you to feel the position of your larynx as it moves.
You may need to repeat step 2 several times or over many days before you master raising the note while keeping your larynx down and your soft palate lifted. Once your voice sounds soft, even and clear – as a good head voice should – you can begin training to higher notes.
Always work slowly at your own pace at higher notes, and stay well hydrated! Dry or stressed vocal chords won’t improve your falsetto or regular singing voice.
A daily 30 minutes practice session works best when you are first mastering falsetto. This gives your voice plenty of time to warmup and work within the new range, without causing stress. Simple scales work best in the beginning when you are first discovering the edges of your vocal range. As you progress, feel free to add in songs that make use of your new skill.
When properly trained and used correctly, falsetto won’t cause permanent damage to your vocal chords. Generally, it’s best to use falsetto stylistically and not as your main singing voice to avoid any ongoing stress. If you ever feel pain or excessive strain, take a break.