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Hi, I've been taking lessons for about a year, but I'm sort of stuck when it comes to head voice. My teacher calls around Bb below middle C to the F above middle C my head voice (because that's when the vibrations move to my head), and says that I should just use falsetto after my break above that F. Since I'm a baritone, isn't that actually more like my mixed voice range, and above that F I should be able to sing head voice?

I can't seem to find head voice, though, or if I do use it I don't recognize it. Here's a clip of me singing octaves and stuff, I'm not sure whether it's in head voice or just a reinforced falsetto.

singing.wav - 1.76MB

Is this just falsetto? And if it is, how can I find my head voice? I try doing lip rolls and compression exercises, but they don't seem to give me much different results than that clip once I take the lip rolls off the note.

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Hi, I've been taking lessons for about a year, but I'm sort of stuck when it comes to head voice. My teacher calls around Bb below middle C to the F above middle C my head voice (because that's when the vibrations move to my head), and says that I should just use falsetto after my break above that F. Since I'm a baritone, isn't that actually more like my mixed voice range, and above that F I should be able to sing head voice?

I can't seem to find head voice, though, or if I do use it I don't recognize it. Here's a clip of me singing octaves and stuff, I'm not sure whether it's in head voice or just a reinforced falsetto.

singing.wav - 1.76MB

Is this just falsetto? And if it is, how can I find my head voice? I try doing lip rolls and compression exercises, but they don't seem to give me much different results than that clip once I take the lip rolls off the note.

you end up in a light head voice, but breathing and support of the tone would improve things. i would suggest taking it up a little slower and try to smooth it out.....did you warm up? how's your posture? bob

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I wasn't warmed up well or really concentrating on good posture or technique, so that's not the best I could do. My main concern right now is making sure that's my head voice, so I know if that's what I should work on- making my transition, tone, and support better. I just don't want to waste time and hurt myself trying to put lots of power into my falsetto when what I want is to develop a strong head voice (I want to be able to sing Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden). Having a consistent voice through my range is my goal, but that transition is a major hurdle for me and I want to make sure I'm not just unconsciously flipping into falsetto.

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It sounded like head voice to me - not falsetto. And you've got a pretty good connected siren between chest and head. Like Bob said, some solid support from below should help keep your pitch much more steady.

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I wasn't warmed up well or really concentrating on good posture or technique, so that's not the best I could do. My main concern right now is making sure that's my head voice, so I know if that's what I should work on- making my transition, tone, and support better. I just don't want to waste time and hurt myself trying to put lots of power into my falsetto when what I want is to develop a strong head voice (I want to be able to sing Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden). Having a consistent voice through my range is my goal, but that transition is a major hurdle for me and I want to make sure I'm not just unconsciously flipping into falsetto.

rest assured, having a strong middle and upper voice is a hurdle for most of us, even those who have it. it's going to take time. here's a quick guideline...you'll know you're "falsettoee" when you cannot sustain the tone nor make it stronger, you'll feel the air wizzing by your vocal folds and you'll expel breath quicker. a head tone with good fold adduction is your goal. this is important....regardless of volume.

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Hi, I've been taking lessons for about a year, but I'm sort of stuck when it comes to head voice. My teacher calls around Bb below middle C to the F above middle C my head voice (because that's when the vibrations move to my head), and says that I should just use falsetto after my break above that F. Since I'm a baritone, isn't that actually more like my mixed voice range, and above that F I should be able to sing head voice?

I can't seem to find head voice, though, or if I do use it I don't recognize it. Here's a clip of me singing octaves and stuff, I'm not sure whether it's in head voice or just a reinforced falsetto.

singing.wav - 1.76MB

Is this just falsetto? And if it is, how can I find my head voice? I try doing lip rolls and compression exercises, but they don't seem to give me much different results than that clip once I take the lip rolls off the note.

Hi, Im trying to help you but your link is executing about 6 pop ups and taking forever to play. can you send a different link service? try www.box.net works great.

One thing I can tell you from what you wrote, you head voice does not stop at F4. Further more, this feedback you got that seems to tell you that you can't sing big boomy head tones above F4 because your a "baritone" is absolutely, utterly wrong. In my professional opinion you are being severley limited in your technique and in your esteem toward singing with feedback like that. It is both, totally wrong in regards to what your capable of with the right techniques and how it impacts your esteem as a singer. Your teacher should be a "can do" person. Argh! It makes me a little angry to be honest.

If you feel vibrations moving in your head above E4 and into F, your beginning the process of bridging, thats what it feels like. You should be encouraged to continue all the way up to A4. Your going to need to learn to build some intrinsic anchoring to make those head tones beef up and stabilize.

Your never going to get the job done with a voice teacher that is telling you that you can't. The truth is, and I hope i don't sound like a ass, but I want to help you... the truth is... HE CAN'T, so he does not know how to teach you to bridge and connect. Your teacher is likely helping you with your chest voice and that is important too. Im sure your getting some benefit from it, now you need to work on your bridging and rebuilding your head voice.

YOU CAN DO IT. If others chime in, they will likely agree with me on this one.

Im happy to help you and can if you would like to really learn how to do it and make some progress on your head voice development. No problem. Your welcome to email me if you like.

Hope this helps.

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YOU CAN DO IT. If others chime in, they will likely agree with me on this one.

It would be a sad sad world if we were limited so harshly by not really useful classifications. You will be able to do it, you just need the proper tools.

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