I’ve got a question for you. . . . How do you feel about singing in your head voice?
Is it no biggie?
Or do you cringe at the mere thought of it?
Or somewhere in between?
If you’re a classical singer:
You probably luuuuuuuuuuv singing in your head voice. After all, it’s the warm fuzzy place you call home ninety percent of the time.
It’s your happy place – UNTIL – someone asks you to sing a contemporary pop type song (think cousin Ida who will just die unless you sing Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” at her wedding) and then you panic!
You think: How do I sing those notes in a healthy way without shoving my chest voice up too high? If I use my head voice I’ll sound like an opera singer trying to sing pop which is the worst. (Sigh – maybe I’ll be mysteriously sick for the wedding) How do I sing in head voice for pop music?
If you’re a pop singer:
You probably have more of a love-hate relationship with singing in your head voice. Using head voice for pop music seems to bring up all kinds of anxiety and confusion. Maybe you’ve even gone so far as to avoid songs that require a good deal of head voice altogether because that part of your range feels unreliable or weak. Or maybe you avoid it because you’re not sure how to get a good head voice sound that works for the pop genre.
I’ve had some version of all those reactions before because I’ve been singing both classical music and pop music for a long time. After many operas, two pop records and dozens of musicals, I’ve learned a thing or two.
And here’s what I know FOR SURE:
If you have preconceived notions about what is possible for your voice, you will never realize the FULL potential of your singing.
So today I want to bust open a major preconceived notion about head voice.
Classical or “legit” singers are not the only ones that need a strong head voice.
Both pop and classical singers need to know how to use head voice IN DIFFERENT WAYS.
How a pop singer shapes her head voice resonance is NOT the same way that a classical singer does it – yet it’s ALL still head voice. Using head voice for pop music just requires a little tweaking of the resonance shape.
In today’s video, I explain the difference between Classical head-voice resonance and Pop head-voice resonance and give you some tips for exploring both.
Once you understand the difference between these two types of resonance and how to achieve them, you’ll have so many more opportunities for your instrument and your career.
Whatever preconceived notions you have about your head voice – let this be the start of a new exploration.
It’s TOTALLY possible to use your head voice in new and different ways that will vibe with any genre!
Are you ready to experiment???