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How to make chest and falsetto sound connected?

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From what I gather, it really depends on who you want to listen to. Frisell says to strengthen falsetto and extend it through your entire lower range before extending your range up. I have decided that I am just doing the "what works for me" method lol. I listen to everybody and try what makes sense.

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What excersises can you do to make your falsetto and chest voice sound more connected. Would this be just trying to strengthen your falsetto?

neugie92: In general, you can do any of the exercises that help re-balance the registration, which is the interaction of the muscles which shorten/thicken the vocal bands with those that lengthen/thin them.

For example, one such popular exercise is the use of sirens, vocal slides, on /i/ or /u/ (ee or oo) clearly but softly, throughout the voice. Using a soft, clear tone reduces the involvement of the muscles within the vocal bands which shorten/thicken them. /i/ and /u/ are used because they have low passaggio points, allowing the singer to experience the sensations of balanced registration in that region on lower pitches. As you proceed upward in the slide, do not allow the tone to get louder or forceful.

As has been also mentioned, exercises which clarify and bring the falsetto downward are useful too. There are dozens of variations of those.

The 'sound connected' part of this, while a worthy tonal goal, will not come until the muscle coordination happens. The trick is finding just the right exercise for you to help you discover it.

For myself, the siren exercise listed above was immensely useful, because it helped me find (some years ago) the exact point where I habitually pushed. By going very slowly through that region, I was able to re-tool the concept, and prevent the habit from taking over.

In the last 10 years or so, I have used the semi-occluded voiced consonants voiced TH, V, Z, french J, for example) in my daily practice. When done softly and clearly, they have the same effect as the /i/ and /u/ sirens, and seem to provoke a firm, well-balanced phonation pretty automatically.

I hope this is helpful.

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You would want to begin by working on your onsets. Onsets means the start of your phonation, roughly. Inside that onset are specific physiological and acoustic components we call, "the onset package". Tune your onset package until it sounds amazing, until your onsets are perfect, lovely sustained phonations with good overtones, vibrato and balance.

The next step is to begin putting your onset package on the move. When the onset package is no longer the start, it becomes the "Phonation package". Phonate very slow and controlled sirens and work to maintain the integrity of your phonation package as you siren from the chest voice, through the Passaggio and to the head voice.

Begin with what we call at TVS, "lift up / pull back", whereby as the singer approaches their vocal break, they begin to lighten the mass of the vocal folds and overall phonation to disengage the constrictors and train the body to bridge seamlessly to the head voice. If you want to learn to sing with world-class, undisputed bridging that sounds 100% connected, you need to practice sirens. Make sirens your meditation, in the shower, in the car, in your practice sessions.

Once you are able to bridge the two registers by becoming an expert at slow and controlled siren phonations, you then begin working with shaping your vocal tract, larynx, fold closure and formant to turn your head voice from sounding like a 12 year old girl, into sounding huge and boomy on top! We call this process, learning to "connect".

Together you become a specialist at "bridging and connecting" human phonations. Apply it to your singing and you sound amazing, with control and consistency. Your head voice will sound huge and belty, but you will in fact be, phonating a twang-like configuration, in the head voice through specialized vowels, which in turn, will shape shift your larynx and vocal tract into freaky positions to make the illusion work.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Hope this helps.

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