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Air flow and air pressure
August 9, 2017
8:59 am
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Montana
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Hello all. OK, I'm basically a complete beginner at "proper" singing. I've been singing for a long time but I want to learn how to sing without strain and in head voice. I've really been focusing on my breath support to take away neck tension and strain and I know that I need to use less air flow. However, I'm not really sure where to go from here. I can keep a steady stream of very low air pressure using only my abdominal region, but I don't really know how to sing with using this. The only way I can make a sound with such a small amount of air flow is to use a lot of compression. It basically feels like I'm holding my breath with my vocal chords if that makes sense. There is no strain and my larynx neutral. It's super quite but has a decent tone. However when I try to increase volume, I just end up increasing air flow and then I'm right back where I started. Is this correct or am I doing everything wrong? And if this is right, then how do I increase my volume without increasing air flow?

August 19, 2017
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Hey Montana,

Basically, there is an inverse correlation between air flow and resistance. The more resistance you have, the less air flow and vice versa.
If your goal is to hit high notes in full head voice (rather than breathy falsetto), you need to increase resistance to air flow.
You can use a lot of different vocal exercises to increase resistance.

A couple of my favorite exercises for hitting high notes without falsetto are "Gees" and "Nays".

The "G" consonant in the "Gee" stops the airflow completely for a couple of milliseconds and the "ee" vowel encourages more head voice.
The "N" consonant in "Nay" is a nasal consonant that also has a pretty strong resistance, whereas the "ay" vowel is also narrow enough to give you more head voice.

When you put them together, you've got a shot at hitting high notes without falsetto.

Keep in mind that neither of these exercises should be used for a performance but just in the practice space until you feel you're getting those high notes better.

Here's a video of the "Nay" exercise:

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