As far back as the 1500s, people, men in particular have been singing falsetto. The same breathy, almost flute-like notes that are heard today in everything including heavy metal and modern rock, have been used in cowboy yodeling, African and Irish folk songs, Hawaiian music, and a capella male choirs. What exactly is the difference between singing using falsetto or head voice?
The higher notes of the falsetto reach beyond the normal vocal or head voice. This effect is caused by vibrating only the outer folds of the vocal cords, literally blowing them apart. The actual musculature of the cord is not engaged at all.
The result is the lightest vocal sound that a human voice can make and is very different from ones speaking voice.Falsetto has a wonderful quality of its own, but it is somewhat limited in strength, dynamics, and in variety of tonal expression.
Head voice involves using less and less of the depth of the vocal cord as one reaches for a higher range. It can be louder and have more tonal color because the wave form is more complex. For the person who is interested in singing using falsetto or head voice, careful training is necessary so that no damage will be done to the vocal cords.
Inexperienced, untrained, falsetto singers can actually reach a place where their vocal cords never fully close again. On the other hand, falsetto singing offers an opportunity to go to the high notes and expand ones vocal range.
For the person who sees himself someday showing his talent at auditions or winning applause as a karaoke celebrity, practice and discipline can turn a dream into a reality. The body is made up of muscles, and that includes the make-up of the vocal cords.
Whether one prefers singing using falsetto or head voice, the ever important training will help. An online program or a professional vocal coach can give tips on breathing techniques and improving overall vocal quality.
Improving the Voice
There are some specific things one can do to better his singing voice, especially if he wants to be singing using falsetto or head voice, and he wants to be able to sing beyond his normal range. Training one’s vocal muscles by practicing scales can expand range both up and down.
It may seem boring, but the classical vocal techniques work, no matter which styles of singing are used. As the mind and throat are developed and music theory is studied, always bear in mind that the ultimate goal is to develop one’s own enjoyable and unique style.