Singing from Chest to Head Voice – Part 1 – Exercises for Fast Success

Singing from Chest to Head Voice – Part 1 – Exercises for Fast Success

How is the quality of your singing from chest to head voice? Can you do it easily without straining, cracking, breaking or breathiness?

Inside this video I’ll show you three vocal exercises great singers use for fast success!

 

Hi, I’m Chuck Gilmore International Vocal Coach and Founder of Power To Sing.

 

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In this video I’ll give you three exercises to help your singing from chest to head voice successfully. These exercises opened the door to my head voice and have worked for 1000’s of singers worldwide, and they’ll work for you.

 

Ready?

 

Exercise One – Bubble Lips

 

This exercise sounds like this: [Demo – 1½ scale]

 

You say the word “uh” as in “buck” throughout the exercise. Let the tip of your tongue rest behind your lower front teeth. Don’t tense the tongue or pull it back into your mouth. Keep it relaxed behind your lower teeth.

 

A fast way to find a good place to put your fingers is to make a frown and place your fingers in the crease of your frown and lift. Your lips should bubble slow and relaxed like this, [Demo] not fast and tight like this [Demo].

 

Don’t let the tone disconnect like this. [demo] The idea of this exercise is to maintain a connected tone like this. [demo] If you need help keeping the tone connected, try bending at the waist and while looking down at the floor like this. [demo]

 

I’ll demonstrate it once and then it’s your turn. Men start on the B2. [Demo]

 

Ready men: Begin. (Up two steps)

 

Ladies yours begins on the F#3. [Demo] Ready Begin. (Up two steps)

 

This exercise helps bring immediate balance between the air from your lungs and the vocal cords. It also keeps the larynx down where you talk. This enables the vocal cords to adjust as the vibrations move from the chest to head cavities. Bottom line? You’re singing from chest to head voice.

 

Now let’s do the exercise using words since there’s no songs with lyrics like [Demo bubble lips]

 

Exercises Two – Ney

 

Using the same scale and pitches sing the word “ney”.  Add a slightly witchy sound at medium volume like this. [Demo]

 

I’ll demonstrate it once and then it’s your turn, men.[Demo]

 

Ready men: Begin. (Up two steps)

 

Ladies, [Demo].  Ready Begin. (Up two steps)

 

An easy mistake to make is to do it too loud. Keep it medium loud or ever quieter but just loud and witchy enough to maintain a connected tone like this. [Demo] Also, don’t let Ney start to splat like this. [Demo] Concentrate on keeping it sounding like “Ney” from bottom to top and back down again. [Demo]

 

This is a great exercise to begin feeling what it’s like to use words while singing from chest to head voice. Can you tell that it’s not pure chest voice on the top note? It’s not [Demo pulled chest] It’s lighter than full chest. Nor is it falsetto. [Demo Falsetto] The vocal cords have a deeper closure than falsetto. [Demo]

 

So you have the beginning of a mix of chest and head voice. Congratulations! As you get better at this, gradually decrease the exaggerated witchy sound until you can do it with a regular spoken “ney”.  You want to completely eliminate the witchy voice, so that you can do the exercise with your natural voice. [Demo]

 

Which is easier for you, the bubble lips or “Ney”?  Let me know in the comments section below.

 

Exercise Three – Gee

 

Here’s another excellent exercise to help your singing from chest to head voice while keeping the larynx down and the tone connected.

 

Again, using the same scale, say “Gee”. Add a slight dopey sound like this. [Demo]

 

I’ll demonstrate it once and then it’s your turn, men.[Demo]

 

Ready men: Begin. (Up two steps)

 

Ladies, [Demo].  Ready Begin. (Up two steps)

 

This exercise keeps the larynx down as the tone moves from chest to head and back down again.

 

Sometimes it’s easier to form “oo” with your lips while saying “Gee” like this. The “oo” lips encourages the head voice to come in. If done correctly, the tone will sound a little hooty as you ascend in pitch like this. [Demo]  

 

If you lose your low larynx coordination it sounds like this. [Demo] Also, make sure your vowel is staying on the pure “E” sound throughout the exercise. Don’t let the vowel change like this. [Demo]. That means the larynx is coming up.

 

Discontinue the dopey sound once you’re able to do the exercise with the larynx down and the tone connected.

 

Master these exercises and you are successfully singing from chest to head voice. Now you’re ready for Part Two in this video series.

 

If you liked this video, give it a thumbs up, subscribe and share it with a friend. Of the three exercises, which worked best for you? Tell me in the comments section below.

 

Remember, even though one exercise may be easier, you need to master all three.

 

Your skill in singing from chest to head voice will grow significantly faster by doing the exercises for your vocal type. Do you know your vocal type?

 

To get your vocal type, download the PDF titled “Get Your Vocal Type”. It’s available here or in the description below this Youtube video.

 

After downloading the PDF, follow the links and take the vocal test, which I call the PowerTest. Take the quiz and discover your vocal type. Watch the videos about your vocal type and download the exercises and start working on them. They’ll help you succeed even faster.

 

If you want to join a community of singers just like you, I have a Facebook page, Power To Sing, where I share up to date singing advice to help you succeed with your voice.

 

Join me in Part Two of this series, where you’ll receive exercises to strengthen your voice as you’re singing from chest to head 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.

 

 

 

 

Chuck

If you long to do more with your singing it is possible. This is the first and most important message. It is possible to achieve your dreams to sing better, to sing higher, to add beauty, confidence and power to your voice! I know this because I’ve experienced a real change in my voice that has enabled me to reach my dreams and desires to sing and perform and really find happiness and fulfillment! And so have my students. I want to help you do the same!

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Thanks Anthony! Glad the exercises are making a difference. And thank you for sharing!

  2. Great! Thanks Carol!

  3. Hello Chuck,
    I have followed your exercises for a few months, I start to understand your methods. I have now passed you on to countless friends, because it works for me. Maximum respect….
    thanx

  4. Hi Chuck, I’ve been using your exercises and have noticed a big difference in my singing. I can transition to head voice easier. I love your videos! Thanks so much.

  5. Hi Jim: Fantastic…I’m so happy to hear about your progress. Way to go!

  6. Hey Chuck….have been using your exercises for a few weeks and have noticed a great improvement. I no longer break into falsetto when moving up. Thanks for your help!

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