Head Voice VS. Chest Voice
We hope you've been enjoying the warm-ups from our YouTube Channel: Voice Building Exercises!
Did you get a chance to watch the one on Head Voice Vs. Chest Voice?
Check it out! One of our most frequently asked questions is "What is Head Voice and what is Chest Voice?'
So...what is head voice?
A quick definition: Head voice is the light, high, air flow-driven sound produced when singing.
Another definition: Head voice is the lengthening and stretching of the vocal folds by the cricothyroid (CT) muscle which produces a lighter sound. Some singers describe the feeling of singing in head voice as if the sound comes from their head, thus, head voice.
Ok, great. What is chest voice?
A quick definition: Chest voice is the voice associated with our speaking voice, often lower and more "powerful" sounding.
Another definition: Chest voice is the thickening of the vocal folds by the thyroaretenoid (TA) muscle which produces a sound that can rumble or vibrate in your chest.
Did you know you can mix the two voices for another sound?
This is what we call a mix! Makes sense, right? We use the airflow needed to support head voice mixed with the vocal fold thickening of chest voice. The result is a powerful healthy way to belt!
Want to see if you can create all of these voices? Please fill out an "Enroll Now" form and we will set you up with your first voice lesson! Happy singing, everyone!
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Maria Palombo is the founder of Finely Tuned Voice Lessons, a private voice studio. Her studio is open to all regardless of age or ability.