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Discovering Your Falsetto Singing Voice

As a man, if you’ve ever imitated a woman, by either speaking or singing, you’ve found your falsetto. Your falsetto voice may not be really strong, but giving it a good workout for singing is important so that you can strengthen your head voice.

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Listen to a singer using falsetto sounds. Notice that the falsetto is light, unlike your speaking voice; it’s similar to your voice when you were younger. Now try finding your falsetto by using the following tips:

  • First slide around above Middle C. Most men can sing in falsetto from about the A below Middle C up to as high as they’re comfortable.
  • Allow yourself to just make sounds in your falsetto to get used to the feeling. You don’t have to slide high in pitch, but slide around on the ooh vowel enough that you can check the position of your larynx as you ascend.
  • As in other areas of your voice, keep the larynx steady as you ascend in pitch. Take a breath and check the position of your larynx.
  • Keep the soft palate lifted as you slide around in pitch and as you sing the patterns.
  • If your larynx moves up as you begin the first note, start on a lower pitch. Remember to open the space as you inhale so your larynx can descend.

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Figuring Out Falsetto Singing

The male voice has three singing registers, similar to the female voice: chest voice, middle voice, and head voice. The difference for the male singer is falsetto the lighter part of your singing voice that sounds feminine.

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The notes in your falsetto are in the same range as your head voice, but the vocal cords are thin, like a stretched-out rubber band. Falsetto feels lighter or higher than your head voice. If you attempt to sing really high notes, you may even flip into falsetto.

Falsetto is an important area of your voice and needs to be developed to strengthen the head voice. Your head voice may be weak in the beginning of your singing training; you can explore sounds on high notes by singing in your falsetto and then later, when you have more strength, work on the same notes using your head voice.

When the muscles that create head voice get stronger, you’ll be able to sing the same notes in head voice that you originally could sing only precariously with your head voice or in falsetto. Experience the sounds that you can make with falsetto, and strengthen your falsetto.

You may hear voice teachers referring to falsetto as your head voice, but using both terms is easier so you know exactly what kind of sounds to make.


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What to Include in a Cleaning and Repair Kit for Bass Guitar

Before you attempt any adjustments or cleaning for a bass guitar, you need to assemble the right tools. Knowing what to include in a bass guitar cleaning and repair kit will ensure that you are prepared for any necessity. Pack the following tools in a tool bag that you keep with your bass.

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The basic contents of a bass tool bag.

The basic contents of a bass tool bag.
  • Truss-rod wrench (this is usually the Allen wrench that comes with your bass)
  • Screwdriver or Allen wrench for every screw on the bass

    A multi-screwdriver tool is okay, but you can get more leverage with separate screwdrivers. Make sure that you have a screwdriver or Allen wrench that fits the screws for the saddle.

  • Rubbing alcohol (make sure it’s in a bottle that won’t leak)
  • Cotton rags for cleaning (make sure to replace them once in a while)
  • Super-fine steel wool
  • Colorless nail polish (or a color that matches your bass)
  • Electronic tuner (this needs to be part of your tool set if you adjust the intonation yourself)
  • Wire cutters for changing your strings
  • Jewelry polish cloth for polishing the frets

Be sure to keep your bass tools separate from your household tools so that they won’t get lost or damaged.