What’s Wrong With My Voice?

VocalCoachKen February 12, 2012 0

I need to ask a few questions: First off, I can connect very well between chest voice and falsetto, but not chest and head voice. Is there a way I can find my head voice and connect it? What happens when I have this mixed voice between falsetto and chest? It sounds very breathy, my larynx raises about a centimeter, but it feels comfortable for some reason… What is this and how can I fix it? If this is fixable at all please contact me as soon as possible… more details would be running out of air quickly, a weak whiney tone and limited range up to at least Eb4. What is wrong with my voice? What am I doing wrong? ~ Adam

Hey Adam,

Due to the tremendous amount of questions I get, I usually only answer one question, but I’ll do my best to give you as much as possible to help you out with your present issue.

To me, it sounds like one of the major solutions to your vocal issue is cord closure. If you’re singing in falsetto, then you lack cord closure. Cord closure is when the cords zip up, creating a solid tone. With cord closure, your voice can balance properly, without it, you don’t have the coordination to utilize a mix (or head voice either, really).

In my Vocal Warm Up Exercises video, I describe how you can accomplish cord closure. Watch that video, and start putting that to practice. To help establish a mix, I’d sing scales with a soft, but solid tone, approaching that mix area of your voice lightly. As long as you maintain cord closure (ie, your cords don’t blow open and create a breathy sound), then you’ll be in good shape. From there, it’s just learning to lean into the sound without utilizing the external muscles of the neck.

I think that should help cover your problem. Try this for a bit until it becomes comfortable, and see what a difference it makes in your voice. If this doesn’t work, you may want to seek some guidance, as finding a mix on your own isn’t always the easiest thing to do.

Best of luck to you!
Vocal Coach Ken Taylor

ps – Another helpful article may be my How to Sing High Notes article.