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How do I Know where it starts the head voice

I've been seeing the videos, and when im doing the lip roll i can go all the way untill the last note that ken does, but I dont know when it is my head voice or my chest voice, do you have any suggestions????
thank you

Answers

  • ragnarragnar Posts: 410Pro
    When the voice is perfectly developed there is a solid mix range which has both chest and head voice. In that area it's difficult to say exactly, but which exact video is it you mean? I can try to take a look at it and see if there is an obvious switch.
  • sspatricksspatrick Posts: 1,278Moderator, Enrolled
    as long as you are not experiencing a break, or speed bump it doesn't really matter.  Head voice you will feel more in the front of the face cheek bones.  as long as the tone is the same, not moving back in the head or getting breathy, you are fine.  It is tough to give any more advice without hearing a sample.
  • highmtnhighmtn Posts: 14,515Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro

    jdromero,

    If you are doing the entire lip roll exercises, then you are definitely going into head voice.  The question is just where are you transitioning from chest into head...?

    Newer students tend to go directly into head rather soon.  It depends on if you are a baritone, bass, tenor... or if female, then alto or soprano.  You should feel and hear a shift at the passagio, but the goal is really for it to be seamless, without a noticeable shift.  So you must be doing the exercises right, using the proper air pressure if you aren't hearing a speed bump or yodel.

    Newer students tend to go straight into head from chest as opposed to blending a mix.

    One way to find out where you are shifting is to sit down at a piano or with a guitar and do some scales on the ah vowel.  Pay attention to how your voice sounds and feels.  If you are a tenor, you will begin to feel something around C4 or D4 and then for sure around F4 to G4.  By then, I'm pretty sure you will be in head voice, if not much sooner. Play around with that area and see where you need to do the vowel modifications to keep from building too much tension.  Somewhere in there will be your passagio. 

    The lip rolls help to keep the tension off your cords, but the Ah vowel may reveal your transition area.

    Take note of where your pivot point is, and learn from that.  You will gradually want to move that pivot point up as you strengthen your chest voice.

    Bob

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