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Ep.18: Singing Tips-Vocal Type Reveals Singing Problems

Singing Tips: Your Vocal Type Reveals Your Singing Problems

If you strain and reach for high notes your vocal type is likely Pulled Chest/High Larynx. If you sing with a weak or breathy sound your vocal type is likely Light Chest-No Chest.  If you break, crack or flip, your vocal type is likely Flip-Falsetto.


What is your vocal type? And how can knowing your vocal type help you progress faster as a singer? Stay tuned. Inside this video I’m going to show you how!


Let’s define “Vocal Type”. It is not about how high or low you can sing. It is not what vocal part you would sing in a choir like Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass.


Singing Tips: Your Vocal Type explains what your voice tends to do when you sing.


4 Vocal Types

There are 4 vocal types.

  1. Pulled Chest-High Larynx
  2. Light Chest-No Chest
  3. Flip-Falsetto
  4. Mix


Let’s define each of these. See if one of these describes what you tend to do when you sing.


Pulled Chest-High Larynx

When you sing you have to strain and reach to sing high notes, the larynx rises significantly, you have to force your lower voice higher and higher, your voice jams up, the pitch goes flat. Your upper range is limited.


Light Chest-No Chest

When you sing you have a light, breathy sound. Your low notes are especially weak. You can sing pretty high, but it’s light and airy. It’s difficult to hear you because you don’t generate volume. Sometimes your voice almost disappears as you sing lower.



When you sing your voice cracks, breaks and flips especially as you try and sing higher. Your high notes can be pretty easy, but too often lack depth. When you descend into your lower notes your voice has to clunk back into the bottom. It doesn’t easily blend into the low notes.

If you can’t get back into the bottom of your voice, you may not be able to sing them at all.



When you sing you can go from low to high notes without strain or reach. Your vocal cords stay connected, there is no sudden interruption or change of sound or tonal quality throughout your range. There’s an ideal balance in the voice which feels effortless whether singing high, middle or low notes.


Many voices may have some combination of these. However, usually one of the Vocal Types is predominate.


How can Knowing your Vocal Type Help you Progress Faster?

Your vocal type reveals your singing problems. Each vocal problem is caused by a physical function not working optimally. For example if you tend to flip or crack, two things are likely happening. Your vocal cords are disconnecting because you are just letting go or the larynx is rising and the cords break apart or a combination of both.

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Here’s the key. Are you ready?  If you know your vocal type then you can do exercises to correct specifically what’s not functioning optimally. In the example above, you do exercises that develop vocal cord function so they stay connected, rather than disconnected. This way you get positive results so much faster!


Not knowing your vocal type may result in doing vocal exercises you don’t need. If you were doing exercises that gave no improvement to the vocal cords or made the flip worse you get more discouraged and depressed and think you can’t do it. But you can! You just haven’t done the right exercise for your vocal type.


Go to my website, Power To Sing and visit the Knowledge Center. Here you’ll find videos on each vocal type. Each vocal type is defined with vocal demonstrations for each. Also you find a video that demonstrates vocal exercises for your specific vocal type and there’s a free MP3 download with piano accompaniment where you can practice the exercises.


Professional Singers have Singing Problems Too

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Why do I have videos of professional singers who tend to sing with a Pulled Chest-High Larynx, or with a Light Chest-No Chest, or with a Flip-Falsetto? Not because I’m saying it’s ok or good singing. I want you to know that even the pro’s have problems. For example, in the Pulled Chest-High Larynx Video Mash-up at least 4 of those singers have had to have surgery on their vocal cords.


Mix Vocal Type is the Ideal

We are all working to achieve the Mix Vocal Type. Mix has as many different qualities as there are genres, from Ozzie Osborn to Luciano Pavarotti.  Once our Vocal Type is Mix we are always trying to improve it.

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Visit Power To Sing and take the PowerTest to discover your vocal type. Then go to the Knowledge center and learn more about it. Download the exercises for your vocal type and start making real progress with your voice.


I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. You can sing higher, with beauty confidence and power.


I’ll see you inside the next video.

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