Falsetto - Finding your "False Voice"

I’m in a show right now and one of the male leads who has a big huge resonant baritone voice has to sing two songs that reside in his falsetto range. At first, he was completely freaked out and was reluctant to even try out this part of his range. Through coaching and specific exercises, he has been able to sing these songs but initially, it was a struggle for him to feel comfortable with this very foreign “female” part of his range.

In a nutshell, “falsetto” means “false voice” and refers exclusively to male voices as in women, the voices are almost indistinguishable from the upper head voice whereas in men, the sound is completely different.

Unfortunately, there are very few good resources available on the internet to help singers find their falsetto voice largely due to the fact that every voice is unique and while some techniques will work for one person, they may not necessarily work for another.

In the end, falsetto is a stylistic choice and in my show, was used intentionally to show the character’s sweet, vulnerable side. Audiences are blown away to hear how vastly different the character’s voice can sound from one number to another. Instead of fearing the falsetto, embrace it and it can be a valuable tool in your toolbox to make you a more versatile singer.


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