HEAD VOICE VS. CHEST VOICEDec 16, 2020
Again and again, I'm surprised about how many singing students who have taken lessons before don't know the difference between chest voice and head voice.
It's usually one of these scenarios:
- they have taken lessons from a teacher who is only classically trained. If that teacher is a soprano, they often will have only demonstrated and taught head voice.
- they have taken lessons from a teacher who is only trained in popular music. This usually means that they may not focus on pharyngeal space and head voice.
While some genres use mostly one of the two main vocal mechanisms, either head or chest voice, neglecting one of them is never a good idea.
Just like training a major muscle in your body, you want to practice the full range of motion for better overall control and strength. In addition, in order to have better control of the register transitions, you must first be aware of how they work on their own. I highly recommend incorporating your full vocal range in all the registers into your daily warm-up and exercise routine, which will allow all of the muscles to be trained. You will become more flexible and strong vocally.
I also have some videos in which I demonstrate the registers: