Voice Lessons –  Head Voice Exercises – How To Strengthen Head Voice – Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy

How to Strengthen your Head Voice. Well, this is true for both guys and girls,
and everybody’s voice type is different, and everybody’s range is different, and
everybody’s approach to singing is very different, in whatever styles they want to sing in. But it’s critical to understand that there’s
a lot of misconceptions floating around the Internet that I would like to kind of just
bring home to roost here for a second so I can share with you how I built my head
voice, and I have a very very powerful, strong head voice, and what it is that I did to grow
that. And there may be other people that have their
ways. I’m going to share with you my secrets,
okay? The first thing is there’s this misconception
that everything has to be loud. Big and loud. Or all of a sudden it’s about struggling
and getting to this big, loud space. It actually couldn’t be further from the
truth, in fact, when I first started to develop head voice, I started with really small spaces. In fact, we’re going to do this together, you
and me, and we’re going to do small vowel sounds because that’s the easiest way to
get a nice bright timbre, that bright ping, remember? Ping is king! That real bright sound! So, we’re going to start on an EE vowel,
and I want to discuss this as we go. Now, guys and girls, I’m going to start
kind of high. Guys, if you can get up this high, and if
you can’t, just join us when you can, I’m going to go down the food chain here… Ladies, you’ll join me now, and you’re
going to join me all the way into the registration I’m about to do. Now if I went: “EEE” most people have
kind of a Flutie, Hootie “EEEEEE” It’s kind of a real Flutie, Hootie, airy sort of space. Well that’s actually detrimental for your
vocal folds, and it’ll dry them out very quickly, and you won’t achieve this bright
ping, “Ping is King” that we’re looking for. So what we want to do is we want to close
down the sound really bright, into the front of the face, into the mask, and we want to
go: “EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE” nice and bright. Now, as you get better at this, and as you
can lean into this sound and as you can create more resonance for the sound, you’ll be
able to go: “EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE” but for our purposes here, I’m going
to back way off on the sound, and you can have derivations or percentages you know of
the light “EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE” or “EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE” or
“EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE” depending on, you know, what song your singing or you
know, mezzo piano, mezzo forte, it just depends on what you’re looking to do. So join with me, but focus solely on how you
can bring a bright timbral sound to this. So if you’re really airy on the sound, maybe
I’m up too high for you, and you might want to start a little lower. So let’s go to the next one: “EE, EE,
EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE” “EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE”
the brighter the better, and we don’t need volume. By the way, again: dispelling the idea that
volume is everything. Well, volume comes about, not by force. It comes about by resonance. It comes about by doing this and growing the
muscle, correctly, in a way where when it gets bigger and bigger and bigger, when you
add a little more strength in the abdomen: “EEEEEEEEE” you can actually kind of hit
it in the abdomen a little bit, relax the chest neck and throat, and just relax into
that space and resonance takes over and resonance does the work. You don’t see me straining in the throat
to do this, right? I’m rolling into the sound and hitting a
cool, God-given amphitheater of that vowel I’ve created, that God created, to give us
the space in the sound. So:”EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE”
”EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE, EE” Okay. Now you can kind of toggle back and forth
and go up a little higher or a little lower, but that sound, if you work it and work it
and work it, you’re going to notice that your head voice, or your falsetto, which is
translated into head voice, become stronger and brighter and more powerful and it will
match the sound of your chest voice so that you can go “LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY”
and go in and out of the passaggio and connect and fuse these together and have a percentage
of chest head mix, which is called mixed voice, where you can decide how much chest you want
to put into the sound, how much head voice you want to put into the sound, and how much
you want to mix the sound. So now, we went on EE, because EE is a nice
bright timbral sound. It’s really frontal, it’s got a lot of
good space, and it brings a lot into the velo-nasal port in the front of the face. But the next thing we can do is ooh. Now, ooh is actually part of the “AH/OH”
family of vowels. And we talked about the family of vowels in
one of our other sessions, and I don’t have time to go into that now, but if we go to
ooh, we start out on oh, cause we can’t sing ooh, we’d get caught in the throat. We go Oh/Ooh really quickly, and we go: “Oh-oooooooh! Oh-ooooooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh,
ooh.” Do it with me… Oh-ooooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh… Okay, now… The lower we can bring down our head voice,
now we’ve talked about this before. At first, we want to grow a nice robust, powerful
chest voice first, to be able to buttress and sustain and hold up our head voice. So we’ve got to build the foundation first. I cover all of this in building chest voice. This is a secondary thing, a complement to
that, where we come back now and build head voice. By the way I cover all of this in my singing
course. You can check it out here, it’s called How
To Sing Better Than Anyone Else, where literally I break all of this stuff down for you guys,
where it’s step by step by step, that can train all of this stuff for you guys to help
you build a robust, super-powerful head voice: “HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!” Like, you can Kill it, right? And you can then translate that on down into
chest, and then any kind of variation or derivation or percentage thereof in mixed voice. Alright! Now, we did EE. Now we want to do… I’m sorry, we did EE and Ooh. We want to do AH. And Ah is a little tricky, because “AH”
you want to have the throat wide open, and because it’s a bigger vowel, it’s a little
harder to manage up top. So, we’re going to go… we’re going to
be real, kinda ginger on the sound. “LAAAAAAH, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah”
“LAAAAAAH, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah” Now. Remember. Ping is King. Remember that really bright, timbral sound. Remember that the doctor wants to see your
tonsils. Remember the yawning sensation. Remember strength from the abdomen. “LAAAAAAH, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah” Now ladies, if you want, you can start this
even higher, but this is a pretty good mean average of where you should start. Guys, you could start up here too. If it’s a little too high for you, you can
kind of join in where you feel comfortable enough, without strain, to join us down, you
know maybe around a D or a C or something like that to start to build that thing, the
timbre, excuse me. Now, one other really important thing is that
as we’re building this, I start out real gentle, Lah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah…. And if that’s all you have, it’s okay. That’s how I started. And then little by little you can lean into
the sound a little bit more. Lah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah…. Right? Now, we also discussed vowel modifications,
and it’s really important, because it’s not just “AH” it’s how that “AH” is supposed
to feel in the throat. So I have a whole section in my singing course
called “How To Sing Better Than Anyone Else” where I cover all of these vowel modifications
and how to get to the placement in the throat to where you don’t feel like your kind of
gagging on the vowel or you’re choking or clamping down on the vowel. Okay? All right, guys! I hope you enjoyed this, and we’ve got more
coming your way! Until next time… Peace. Out.

100 thoughts on “Voice Lessons – Head Voice Exercises – How To Strengthen Head Voice – Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy

  1. When I sing high I can't understand if I'm singing in falsetto or head voice. Because I know falsetto is a more airy and lighter sound than head voice, but if I had never sung in head voice, how could I distinguish it from falsetto?

  2. While going from head to chest, it turns into falsetto which is hard for me to get into chest voice. I saw your chest voice video but when i go from chest to the mixed its again turning into falsetto.

  3. I need your help actually my throat dries out quickly when ever I sing on the stage on some song only well I can sing very high but not on the stator it dries out quickly e

  4. Whenever I'm doing the Lah exercise my voice switches to chest on the A or A flat 4. Whenever I try to keep the head resonance I end up getting rasp on the note. My lowest note is A flat 2, and I usually switch to head voice at around B4 and from there I can go up to C6. I understand that's a lot of range but I feel like my bridge between head voice and chest is not strong enough.

  5. I have a very deep and distinctive break between my head and chest voice. I've been training my voice & chest voice but scared of the transition between the two.

  6. As I take my head voice low into my chest range … I get to a point when my voice breaks into chest … Will it smooth out with time?

  7. I wonder how good some older famous favorite singers that don’t have the range anymore could sound again if they spent a few months with you

  8. I just can’t get in with the ‘AH AAAH’ part of the exercise, Sir. The voice didn’t came out. No sound on the ‘LAAA’. What’s wrong with that?

  9. Another great Tutorial, Ken….Inspiring stuff mate, thanks. Seriously, Im starting to believe in something I always thought was hopeless. Is there a rule of thumb for duration of practice on a given day ? Or, how long is too long ?

  10. Thank you for teaching professional singing lessons on your channel! I’m addicted….haha! Been singing for years and haven’t been able to get training like this! I’m a second alto and just recently found my head voice…it was that “fluty tuty” sound you describe, for years, so I totally avoided my upper register all together🙄. I’m getting your singing course now! Thank You Ken👍

  11. How do i get strong C5 to C6 notes do i do the buh etc excersices? Do I still need to strengthen the G4 to B4 more? You say towards the mask like the cheeks /sides of eyes/nose and forehead? Sometimes i feel like the sound is floating above the middle or back top of my head going forward

  12. Ha. I've noticed both u and Chris Cornell's tounge swells up during some the higher notes. I've noticed it happens with other singers aswell. Is there a video of u explaining that?

  13. I really love this videos and I tried doing this, and I noticed that sometimes my voice cracks, can you explain it? or do you have any advice?

  14. How can we avoid loosing notes in our chest voice while using head voice ?Great teacher, he helped build my chest voice with his “How to sing better than anyone else” course

  15. When I try to sing head voice and decrescendo into like my falsetto, it becomes from strong to weak and then to strong. My head voice is only strong above B5 until E6 and I can only reach to C5 with my falsetto. And both of them always crack and break.

  16. my problem is that i cant hold my breathe worth shit when i go to head voice but i have no problem with that in my chest voice. what am i doing wrong?

  17. His face looks scary when his eyes pop out as his jaw drops yet he makes Star Trek fairy tale high sounds

  18. 6:39 is this mixed voice? or its what we call only head voice…because i feel like if the volume was just a little down of that same note you hold it would be falsetto…right?

  19. Well at least everybody can actually practice this excersise. I have to actually retrain my larynx to be more stable so I can regain the ability to access my full headvoice. It seems like the more I practice the more I gain that power and access that I used to have. I cant fully sing in my mix because my headvoice cracks around certain note because of my high larynx.

  20. I often describe singing techniques like magic tricks.
    Once you understand how they did it, you can start to imitate them.

    This was another textbook demonstration of how great singers are able to sing like magic.

    I can’t find anyone better at teaching how to unlock the code than Ken.

  21. show me, don't tell me, but Ken does both… Great Examples!
    i love your videos… your explanations and examples are awesome synergy!
    keep up the Great Work Ken…………………………………………………….. sputnik9009

  22. I don't know what exercise to do to improve my singing. My problem is those high notes I can't sing it full voice nor belt full voice but only thru head voice..any suggestions what exercise to take?

  23. When I do a lot with my head voice i seem to start dripping snot from my nose. Any clue as to why this is? Am i doing anything wrong or is there just a lot of blockage?

  24. i dont understand but everytime when i sing in head voice for a while it starts sound airy and then i cant hit the notes anymore is this just a lack of experience?

  25. How would you critic the style of Alejandro Aranda “the 1st runner up” on American idol, ken? I could hardly hear any meat from his singing. It’s so soft but sounds good.

  26. I can start from the beginning, but better wait until I'm alone so I can unleash my voice. I don't want it to deflate like a balloon. 😀

    Actually, is it normal if I can only use my head voice with high volume?

  27. When I do head voice, my throat does this 2 lines and like a shallow in between. What does that mean?

  28. Ken, if you get the chance, would you be kind enough to please do a video teaching scales on the guitar and how to play them within chords? With your skill and teaching ability it would mean the world to a guitar player like me who never took lessons . I am great on chords but don't know what scales can be played within those chords. For years I have been copying songs from tabs, never really knowing what notes I am playing within chords. You have such a plethora of knowledge on singing and guitar playing that your guitar lesson would be truly be a gift to anyone lucky enough to see it. Thanks for all your great videos.

  29. 👋 Ken Where can I get or purchase a a best and smart rock and soul song books that help me to followb im tired with internet
    As usual you are a man

  30. Hey Ken! thanks for sharing these great tips and techniques with us. I really love practicing these exercises along with chest voice warm ups and all that stuff.
    BTW i wanted to know how to get better at the 'a' vowel. the last one? my voice breaks most of the time.
    im really good in 'o' and ;e; vowel.

  31. Thanks Ken. I bet you could do a really good version Runaway … i why why why why wonder. I think the first 'why' is b-flat but that could be my guitar out of tune:) Peace out man!

  32. It might be useful to give a brief explanation as to how we can "encourage the throat to remain open". I am not a singer (would like to be) but with many years of experience as a woodwind instrumentalist, i utilise a yawning action to open my throat. Is it the same technique when singing?

  33. What a great example of a vocal coach ! I’m an instructor as well. Ken teaches by his own singing examples, he will do the exercises right along with you. A+++

  34. Is this all head voice? Because it sounds like you’re transitioning to chest at some point, only I can’t tell when? 🤔 My head voice needs a LOT of work. 😟

  35. I just wanted to say how great these videos are! I have a terrible voice and a low register…bass-baritone…I started as a G2- G3. Very low. After a few weeks of practice, I have increased my range to my target goal of C4. I couldnt believe I could even get there. A3-C4 was very difficult and my voice always cracked and switched into falsetto. Now I sing C4 effortlessly and can even stretch to D4 and E4 on occasion if I really push. I just want to say thank you! I still have a long way to go in pitch and intonation but its made singing so much more enjoyable. Its no fun since I saw red from warrant in a C3!!!

  36. What if the sound I timber and head voice good but can't finish the scale in a chesty sound. Is this okay for now?

  37. I notice that stronger my headvoice is more I can access and stronger my my mix becomes unfortunately when I get to certain note it’s splat but when I used lower larynx i see results so imma keep working

  38. I've been making this sound since I was little I think, when I tried to impersonate female opera singers, haha. Good to know I'm familiar with this register

  39. You're a great teacher Ken.. I've been doing your warm ups for almost a year now, and my voice is so much stronger! Thank you x

  40. This video is my routine. My head voice is bright and to be more specific the first scales sound chesty at the end but when I bring them lower they sound more and more falsetto. This means that my head voice needs work on getting lower I guess.

  41. Interesting that he can demonstrate all this while sitting down? So, maybe we can play guitar and sing sitting if we need to.

  42. Hellow ,i always watching your vedio i fallow your instructions now im very happy coz i have good voice before i canot sing the high tone but now i can sing,thank you so much sir for sharing your guid how to sing , and my voice now is changing with my natural voice..thank you sir

  43. Kentemplin is the best ………….it really helps out………….i have improved a lot

  44. I just realized something…. I don't always come to watch Ken's videos for singing. The dude just makes me feel happy with his enthusiasm.

  45. Great vid! I had a question about the exercises. Whenever I do them, my larynx goes way up. Is that normal? Thanks!

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