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Head Tone

In the previous lesson, we talked a lot about nasal singing. As we described it, it is how you use the sounds that you are producing in a way that allows you to 'sing towards your nose'. A few modern singers do it today, and even some hip-hop artists use nasal singing. Now, in this lesson, we are going to focus on using what is called the 'head voice'.

The 'head voice' or as it is often referred, the 'head tone', is a method of singing that allows its user to try his or her voice from the lowest to the highest level. The head voice creates a sort of resonance within the upper head cavity. It is much different than nasal singing because singing with the head voice does not involve a lifting of the air up into the nasal cavity, but requires that you fill your upper cavities in a way that sound is reverberated within before it is released.

When using the head voice, the tongue stands high and stiff. It is also held in a way that it does not get in the way of the sound you are emitting. When practicing the 'head voice', try not to overdo your practice sessions and do not try to take your voice past its natural range. Once you have practiced awhile, then you can slowly experiment how to extend the resonating sounds.

The Feeling of the Breath:

The reason we keep talking about breath is because it is the most important factor that needs to be controlled when learning how to sing. Once you have learned to control your breath, your diaphragm, and the systems when air is brought up into the throat and head, you will be able to control what sounds (notes and ranges) are made and how long they are held constant.

Note: Mechanics of the Diaphragm:

When you are focusing on your breath, be sure to not force air out by pushing your diaphragm inward or by forcing air upwards as you sing. The stomach should not be pulled inward at all, but should be relaxed at all times. If you force air out over your vocal chords with too much energy or pressure, you could actually damage them over time. As you sing, your diaphragm should remain relaxed, fill up like a balloon, and slowly be released as your breath is released from your chest cavity. The breath from your diaphragm should aid you to release your breath much more slowly than if you were actually breathing. This requires a lot of practice and control. As we have stated before, you have to be able to control your breath, keep your diaphragm relaxed, and still manage the air as it enters into your upper cavities.

Most people, who breathe, do so rather half-heartedly. In other words, when someone breathes normally, they generally take 'half-breaths' which means they are not utilizing their entire diaphragm and chest cavity. This sort of breathing is almost 'hummingbird-like' as a person goes about his or her daily business. But, when it comes to singing, the breath cannot be rapid and only use half of the potential available. The entire space must be used and controlled.

If you are attempting to control your breath as your diaphragm is pulling it in, it will be a lot easier if you establish a habit of excellent posture. Keeping your back straight allows your diaphragm to be fully expanded and helps not to block air passage. Additionally, keeping a good posture and a relaxed bubble of air as it is released is quite relaxing and therapeutic. It might even help you to relax before you sing in front of a group.