SINGING SMOOTHLY THROUGH THE BREAKS IN YOU VOICE

A singer should master moving from one register to another smoothly without a break or shift in the voice. As you move up or down in your range it is important to transition with ease. For all voices, there is a point in which the shift from one register to another occurs.

All singer’s voice breaks are located in different places. The shift from one register to another is called the passaggio. It is an Italian word which means passage.

There are two natural transition points for a singer. The first one is called primo passaggio which means first passage. The primopassaggiois between the chest and middle register. The secondo passaggio which means second passage is located between the middle and head register.

It takes time to master a smooth transition from one register to another. Start by doing the lip (bubble) or tongue trills from low to high and back down. Notice how there is no shift in your voice. You need to keep an open throat and there is no constricting of the throat muscles.

The goal is to train your throat muscles NOT to narrow or close off the air passing through. The muscles need to open the throat. The goal is to create a consistent sound throughout your range.

If you play piano, start on the lowest note you can sing and bubble arpeggios. Continue going up the scale as far as you can go. For instance, (going up the piano) G B D G and back down. Now move up to A C# E A and back down, continue going up the piano as high as you can go.

JOKE FOR THE DAY:

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