I am a lyric soprano. I have been singing soprano for about three years now. I can sing a soprano D6, but its inconsistent. During my voice lessons I’ve sang to an F6 doing staccato scales, and without staccato I’m stuck at a consistent C6 or an inconsistent D6. I am familiar with my whistle voice, but when I try to access the D6 I go into vocal fry at about F6. So its almost like I’m missing notes to connect the two voices. Can you help me please???!!! Thanks!!!
It sounds like when you are doing the staccato vocalizes you are able to engage a small enough edge of the vocal cords to make the high pitches, but when you try to sustain pitches you use more muscle and then the voice cuts out on you. Try an exercise beginning with staccato and then switching to sostenuto; be careful to not add any breath, engage additional muscle or shift the articulators with the change to sostenuto.
. . . . . . ______________
1 3 5 8 8 8 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
do mi sol do do do do ti la sol fa mi re do
As you descend the scale, do not allow the tone to “fill out.” Try to keep this tiny thread of voice all the way to the lowest pitch. This fine edge of the phonation is the “core” of the vocal tone. Think of all volume and fullness of the tone as coming from resonance rather than from extra air or from using the vocal cords more muscularly.
Bridging between the whistle register and the full voice is much like the passaggio between chest and middle voice registers, or between middle and head voice registers. Descending glissandos from the highest note down into head voice can help you smooth the transition.
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Is singing a G#6 considered a whistle note?
Is it good to have a range of E1 – G#6?
The actual range is not so important as the function. Are all of the notes healthy, beautiful and expressive? Is there consistency and flexibility throughout the range? If so, then it is a good range to have, whatever the notes might be.
Excellent advice! Whistle voice comes with alignment and creating that space need for the voice to travel freely and effortlessly by relaxing/dropping the jaw. Also try extending the space between your widow teeth.
Hi, my name is Keith B. And I just wanted to ask you , how do you staccato and extend the whistle register range.My current range in the whistle register is E6-C8. But also , how do you strengthen it to make it sound fuller and louder.
Hi Keith, I’m assuming you are a male, and we don’t talk about “whistle register” as such. Men use falsetto to get these pitches. The difference is that you use the “false” or secondary vocal folds, whereas women do not. If the tones you are talking about lack strength you might try using less air and more support. You can also access more of the front resonance, especially your nose. This will add clarity and overtone. Trying to force more sound will not yield results. As in any other vocal function, precision and balance are your best friends when singing… Read more »
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