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In a reply to the following query:

I have also heard that falsetto singing would be great for the head voice practising. Is this b*******, or ?

I can only report that I use descending scales in falsetto quite a bit with my young male students (college age) as a means for developing the head voice (with which most of them are quite unacquainted when they first arrive) and it seems to work beautifully. We start in falsetto and then continue down into their normal range; I have them start switching back to regular voice when it's comfortable. My experience with this leads me to believe that using the falsetto aids in keeping them relaxed and open and using the breath properly in a more slender, supported fashion in the high range rather than the straining, push from below feeling most are used to.

Usually the changeover notes are funky at first, but the student quickly learns how to keep the open, lifted, on-the-breath feel of the falsetto on the higher "normal" notes (usually just below the passagio) and can then continue that feeling to gain the true head voice.

I think that using descending scales is a great part of the exercises; they must learn how to begin each phrase with the capacity for the highest notes so that an appropriate amount of "head" voice and the correct physiology is available for them no matter where they are in their range. (Actually, I use lots of descending scales for everyone at first - along with the "eee" vowel and the lip trill, it's a great way to get the head voice humming!)   Originally posted to Vocalist USA Newsgroup

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Exploring and explaining the vocal bridge, break or passage in the singers voice.

Releasing Tension by Karen Mercedes
Provides helpful advice and tips for hitting the high notes.

Voice Registers
An explaination of vocal registers for beginners with links to related articles.

Tip for Beginners
Contemporary male singers using 'Falsetto Voice' in varying degrees include:
Jimmy Sommerville
Jeff Buckley
Bee Gees
Bono
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Related Links

These are just a small example of the extensive links to online exercises and lessons we have available in the Singers Articles section, which contains complete listings of lessons, exercises or articles available on each site with direct links to the page (when not a framed site) plus answers to pretty much everything a beginner, intermediate, advanced singer or teacher needs to know! (All links open in a new window).

Can I Develop High Notes from Falsetto
by Michael Gordon available at L'Atelier du Chanteur.

Castrati
all you want to know - What castrati are (or were!).

Falsetto
glossary definition at The Vocal Studio.

Falsetto Technique
article at CounterTenor

How to sing High Notes
article by Karen Mercedes available at L'Atelier du Chanteur.

Head Voice & Falsetto
by Lloyd W. Hanson, DMA Professor of Voice, Pedagogy available at L'Atelier du Chanteur.

Lower Voice or Higher
Maestro David Jones has a variety of singing articles.

"Maximum Range"
The back door approach for high notes.

Tech: Falsetto
by Lloyd W. Hanson provides an explaination of the vocal workings that produce falsetto voice.

Russell Oberlin distincts True Countertenor from Falsettist
YouTube clip taken from a show recorded in 1966 discussing the difference between falsetto and full voice used by true CounterTenor

Understanding the Whistle Register
Maestro David Jones has a variety of singing articles.