Seems, when I'm warmed up, I can only get to a G# above middle C these days in a mixed/connected head voice. (Anything above a G#4 results in a disconnected falsetto). In general, should I just stop singing along with an exercise when the exercise gets to a note that can only be song by flipping into a total (not mixed, non-connected) falsetto, or should I just allow my voice to fully flip into disconnected falsetto when doing exercises if that's what my voice "wants to" do?
I realize that some of the exercises are designed to be very sung lightly, to try and teach the singer to go higher in a very light mixed/connected head voice without a noticeable break. The problem is my light mixed/connected head voice currently only goes up to a G#4. The only way to sing an A4 is in total falsetto. If I sing as light as humanly possible below A4 and then get to an A4, the break may not be as noticeable, but, in my opinion, it's still there, and the end result, when reaching A4 is still the note is sung in a pure falsetto and not in a mixed/connected head voice.It seems to me that the goal for me should be to NOT to have to sing in disconnected pure falsetto above a G#4, so I'm wondering the best way to make that happen?
When Ken sings lightly, he can sing in a mixed/connected light head voice, all the way up to Tenor high C (and beyond) without his voice needing to flip into a totally disconnected pure falsetto. Again, MY mixed/connected head voice currently only goes up to a G#4, no matter how lightly I sing. Whining, trying to imitate a little boy, or any other "tricks" doesn't work, nor does vowel modification...my voice currently does not currently seem to sing anything but pure disconnected falsetto above a G#4. Again, should I really be singing notes above G#4 in falsetto, when doing the exercises, as a means of eventually being able to sing those notes in a connected, non-falsetto head voice, or should I stop singing the exercise as soon as I flip into, or break into total/pure disconnected falsetto?
I do fully understand the difference between falsetto (the disconnected generally hooty voice where there is no cord closure) and a light head voice, but wondering how to get latter to go higher?
Some background: Before I took singing lessons in my late 20s, I had trouble singing an E4 or higher. After I began the lessons, I gradually worked my way up to around a B4 in connected/mixed head voice, but, over the years gradually lost a few half-steps (maybe due to getting older, or something that happened to cause my range to decrease). My falsetto itself used to go a few half-steps higher as well. I can currently only sing up to a D above tenor high C in falsetto, if I'm warmed up enough and it's a good day, etc. The top of my falsetto does not seem as effortless as it was in my 20s and 30s.
BTW: The lessons I took in the past never involved singing in falsetto...only going as high as I could sing without cracking or flipping into falsetto. I was told to stop if I cracked, or if the top note of the exercise sounded strained. I the past, I had hoped I would eventually develop the ability to reliably sing a Tenor High C (or maybe even as high as an E above tenor high C) but that honestly never became a reality for me. Even though a B4 was the top of my range if warmed up, it didn't sound all that powerful even though it was not falsetto, and it wasn't all that reliable either.
In my opinion, my voice has physical/genetic range limitations that Ken's voice does not have (in other words, Ken simply has a better voice when it comes to developing the ability to reach higher notes and my voice does not have anywhere near as much range potential as Ken's. In other words "can't get a Ken-range out of a Jay-voice no matter who much I train" may be my reality.
Just wondering how to approach the exercises so that maybe (if I'm lucky) I could someday at least be able to sing an A4 again with some degree of reliability. At this point I'd settle for one measly half-step higher than my current range, if it could be reliable and actually usable in a song.