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Is there any good video demonstrating and explaining in detail the differences in the vocal modes? There seems to be a ton of confusion between head voice and falsetto. It would be nice to have a description of the mechanical feeling one should get when singing in these different modes.

For example, when I sing in falsetto I feel a "lifting" of the vocal chords and a slight tightening of the vocal chords, larynx, and throat but virtually no stress unless it is in the top of the range. It is generally very easy to sing in about an octave above my chest voice when in falsetto but falsetto seems to lack presence and I hear it as making me sound like a girl(although it's more pure than a girls speaking voice).

When I swallow, the moment when I initiate the swallow is about the same as when I sing in falsetto. I just sort of "swallow" but hold my muscles.

Anyways, I've tried to describe the sensations I go through when singing in falsetto without using vacuous or intangible statements. Basically it would be nice to see someone sing the entire range of chest, talk about it, then sing in head, talk about it, then in falsetto and talk about it. Anything out there like this?

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Vocal terminology is a jungle, and everyone have different opinions of what is head and what is falsetto and so on. CVT for example don't use the classic terminology but rather 4 different modes of singing. Personally I think most people benefit from reading/watching material from different methodologies to get a better understanding of the voice function - and you can form your own ideas about it. Every singer is unique and how you feel falsetto may not be how another singer feels it, and that's why one methodology may be easier for you to grasp than another methodology.

Most singing programs and books out there have demonstrations and explanations of different registers.

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There are many different uses of the terminology out there. What one person calls head voice or falsetto might be different from another person's use of the same term. But usually, people are at least internally consistent. If you are learning from someone, get to know the way they use the words, and hopefully if they're good, you'll progress.

In a lot of modern "systems" like SS and TVS, there is agreement that, by definition, falsetto is "windy", and a high soft sound that is clear and without airiness is (one form of) head voice. Whereas classical people would use the word falsetto to also refer to any high light singing, even if it's not airy, like a countertenor might do.

CVT basically invented their own terminology and "map" of the voice, deliberately avoiding words already in use that have multiple meanings. I like that, some people don't. Here's a nice video with a short demo of the 4 modes in CVT (go to 0:55):

In CVT the modes describe the tonal quality of the sound and is conceptually completely separate from pitch. The term "register" mixes tonal quality and pitch, such that usually you get the heavier-sounding chest voice on low notes and the (often) softer-sounding head voice on higher pitches. But it is possible to do heavy-sounding singing on high pitches (up to high C for overdrive for men) and soft singing at low pitch as well, so CVT decided to name the sounds, independently of pitch.

I hope this helps.

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thanks. my fear is a lot of beginning singers don't grow out of falsetto, because sometimes you can easily be duped into thinking it sounds great. it's a very "enabling" vocal mode, and you might think that's all there is to the voice.

we have this guy in my karaoke group who sounds just like steve perry in falsetto. but he has to miked up really high or he's totally drowned out. he doesn't want to accept the fact that his voice doesn't project well and in the lower verses he sounds off pitch because he's not utilizing the full folds.

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