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A question a few subscribers asked in response to my last singing video “How to sing high notes with power” was “Please Please Please do a video on how to sing in head voice and not sound breathy and thin!” So here it is!
Singing in head voice without sounding breathy and thin basically requires first and foremost a nice and OPEN THROAT.
Once we open our throats, we get rid of any constriction and it allows us to hit those high notes in our head voice without sounding breathy. In essence the openness in our throats gives the voice complete freedom to ring out and resonate properly so that it doesn’t sound weak.
How do we effectively open our throats?
Yup! That’s right!
Try yawning right now and observe what happens in your throat.
Hopefully you felt some sort of movement in your throat. Basically that is your larynx or voice box moving down and opening up.
So in order to effectively open your throat, you need to do what I call a “Pre-Yawn Stretch”. This means that every time you drop your jaw and take a breath in, you intentionally open your throat like you’re almost about to yawn. You should do this every time you take a breath in as you sing a song or do any vocal exercises.
Once you get the hang of how to do that, then it’s time to practice that with a vocal exercise to strengthen your head voice and therefore not sound breathy and thin.
The exercises is a 5 note descending scale on “Nor Nor…” – check out the video to hear and practice it.
Then once you’ve got the hang of the vocal exercises, it’s time to practice through a part of a song you want to sing in head voice without sounding breathy. In the video, I used Katy Perry’s “Firework” to show you how to do it.
Step 1 is to “Nor Nor..” your way through the song
Step 2 is to then put the words of the song into the “Nor Nor..” place
Singing in head voice without sounding breathy and thin!