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Posted By: Don Firth
01-Feb-09 - 02:15 PM
Thread Name: Help: Tips on singing falsetto?
Subject: RE: Help: Tips on singing falsetto?
GUEST,ryuichi, in general, singing in falsetto sounds pretty thin and "hooty" at best, and you can't get much power with it. If it sounds really bad, it may be because you're trying to "belt" in falsetto. This is not a good thing to do. You can harm your voice that way, and if you do much of it, you could wind up sounding like a cross between Louis Armstrong on an off day and a rusty hinge.

A fully developed falsetto voice (and this can take a few years) is what's known as a "countertenor," and it's the highest male voice. It's good if you're interested in English Renaissance courtly songs (here's an example:   Two for the price of one—Alfred Deller and his son, Mark). It takes years of careful cultivating to develop the falsetto voice into a genuine "countertenor" or "male alto."

But somehow I doubt that this is what you're interested in. Actually, it might help if I knew what kind of songs you are interested in singing.

At the age of fourteen, your voice has probably just changed, it is still developing, and it's at a rather delicate point right now. Trying to sing in falsetto, especially if you are trying to put any power behind it, could really screw up your voice for life. The best thing you can do right now is to take some voice lessons if you can afford it, or if not, get someone like a church or school choir director to give you some coaching.

I know this is probably not what you want to hear, but believe me, it's good advice.

Good luck!

Don Firth