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Ep.30: Singing Lesson  Flips, Cracks, Breaks, Falsetto – Problems and Solutions


This is a singing lesson about the problems
with breaks in your voice and the solutions. Have you ever said, “That song is right in
the middle of my break”? (Pavarotti) Do you feel limited because your voice flips, cracks
or breaks into falsetto in the best part of the song? Inside this video lesson, I’ll discuss
these vocal problems, the easy solutions and why this never needs to bother you again!
Hi, I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. In this singing lesson, I’ll explain why flips,
cracks, breaks and falsetto never need bother you again. You can literally eliminate these
from your voice and sing any song you want to. This problem usually happens for both
men and women at the upper portion of the chest voice. For the men, that feels like
it’s near the top of their voices. For women, it feels like it’s right in the middle of
their voices. There’s a reason for that. Generally, for us guys, most of our voice is chest voice.
So the crack occurs near what we think is the top. Generally, for women, most of your
voice is head voice, so the crack occurs at the transition between chest and head voice.
Sometimes it’s called the ‘middle’. This transition from chest to head, for both voices is called
the bridge, or passaggio in the voice. This is where the resonance or the vibration from
chest voice wants to transition into the head on higher pitches. It’s also where the vocal
cords make an adjustment to make the transition easier. Rather than saying, “It’s right in
the middle of my break”, it’s likely more accurate to say, “It’s right in the middle
of my bridge”. These flips, cracks and breaks into falsetto prevent us from singing the
songs we want to sing! They may prevent you from auditioning or getting a part. You may
always have to lower the notes in the song so you’re always singing in chest voice. Or
worse, you sing the song by pulling the chest voice too high. You may try and sing the song,
but embarrass yourself when you break or crack. It’s a problem you never seem to escape. Perhaps
you sing breathy and light so you don’t feel the bridge or the break. But, you can’t be
heard and this often encourages the external neck muscles to squeeze out extra sound, which
raises the larynx. Staying in falsetto after you break limits the power in your voice.
It reduces the lower overtones in your voice. Also, you can’t blend back down into your
chest voice without a ‘clunk’ to reconnect. Sometimes you suddenly get lighter in the
bridge so you don’t feel it, but everyone hears the distracting change in your voice.
You’re not really limited by the break. You’re limited by not knowing how to sing through
the bridge in your voice. It’s not a natural gift for most people, but it’s something we
all can learn to do! Eliminating the break is accomplished by learning how to ‘bridge’,
or how to sing through the bridge successfully. Learning how to ‘bridge’ is done first by
allowing the resonance to shift from the chest, split and move into the head and eventually
transition completely into head resonance. For example, let me show you how I can do
a vocal exercise that will allow the resonance to shift from chest, up into the head and
back down. (lip trill exercise) (goo, goo exercise). Second is learning to maintain
vocal cord connection – not breaking into falsetto as the resonance moves from chest
to head. Watch. (Ney, ney) You feel the resonance shift from chest up into head and back down
again. No disconnection. Or..(Gee, gee) Third is to learn to comfortably sing and sustain
notes that are in the bridge. This takes a little time, but it can easily be learned
and perfected. For example: (Mum, mum) Other tips to help you succeed in the bridge: reduce
the volume; reduce the amount of air you’re pushing; give adequate breath support; watch
episodes 15, 16 and 23; raise rather than lower the pitch. It’s completely within your
ability to learn how to sing in the first bridge of your voice and transition into head
voice and back to chest without flips, cracks and breaks and suddenly going lighter or singing
breathy. Now do you know your vocal type? I’m not referring to whether you’re soprano,
alto, tenor or bass. Your vocal type is what you tend to do when you sing. If you tend
to flip, crack, break into falsetto, your vocal type is likely flip-falsetto. To discover
your vocal type, visit PowerToSing.com and take the vocal test which I call the Power
Test. Take the quiz and immediately learn your vocal type. Visit the Knowledge Center
and watch the videos about your vocal type. There you’ll find free exercises designed
just for you. For example, if you’re flip-falsetto, you can get exercises that will help you succeed
in the bridge so you can sing without breaking. I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. You
can sing higher with beauty, confidence and power. I’ll see you inside the next video.

17 thoughts on “Ep.30: Singing Lesson Flips, Cracks, Breaks, Falsetto – Problems and Solutions

  1. Hello Chuck, one doubt. Is there some right note to change to head voice?
    When I´m trainning the bridge, I lead my chest voice ´till the Eb 4, and in the E 4 I change to head voice. Is this right?
    Greetings from Brasil.

  2. Another doubt is about how much louder we must sing? I know we must have dinamics, of course, but, I hear a lot of heavy metal stuff like Ronnie James Dio, and it sounds to me as he was shouting very loud and yelled. Is this true?
    Thanks again.

  3. Im 16, voice has dropped and whenever i try singing a song with a change from chest, head to falsetto(listen to the beginning of somewhere in brooklyn by bruno mars) i cant easily switch to my falsetto like bruno does without a major voice crack or scoop. instead i have to stop for a second and then sing in falsetto. any help?

  4. I realize that when I try to shift to head voice, what it really happens is falsetto. I cannot shift from chest to head without the break. If I keep doing these exercise showed in this video everyday, day and nigth, when can I expect results?

  5. I have been watching your videos and took you quiz to find out my vocal type. Its been two days and I already feel improvement. I was definetely straining my vocal cords because when I see I with my larynx or throat lowered with your "gee" exercise. It feels so much better my vocal cords don't feel sore.

  6. Hey, I would like to know if a Bass-Baritone can sing falsetto ? I'm a Bass-Baritone and I can't seem to go into my head voice or falsetto and it really annoys me as I have a very limited range from D#2 to like an E4.. Could u help me out ?

  7. 4-9th goos, 5-8th neys and 5-12th gees are falsetto but there isn't on mums. Notes are not disconnected but the tone is changing. It's more like getting high till highest chest note with an instrument and then going on with another instrument.

  8. 3 and half year i was struggling to train my voice for singing on my entire range. Everytime, when i tried to sing, my vocal cords collapsed in the middle of my range. I Practiced different types of exercises, vowels, breath exercises. I tried vocal programs like singing success or rock the stage. They helped me for a little, BUT I could not remove those breaks. I accidentaly discovered your videos. I found that my main problem ist "flip-falsetto" and understand about this problem and solutions. Your exercises helped me remove breaks and now I can move forward to train my voice even more. I would like to thank you master. There are many singers on internet, but only few can call themselves vocal coach. And you sir! You are the best vocal coach, that I found on youtube! Because 3-4 your videos give me more than entire program from othes. Greetings from Slovakia.

  9. I used Brett Mannings Singing Success and have been singing for about half a year yet im still struggling with these problems and its dricing me crazy. To me it seems like i cant keep my larynx neutral and/or lowered when singing higher, i also have a feeling that i have been doing the techniques wrong. Do you offer any live (Like over skype etc.) sessions even for 10 – 20 minutes to more easily identify where my real struggle is it. I cant find any good vocal coaches close to my area. Thanks, it would help me tremendously.

  10. I am a male and i can sing like female opera singer, and my friends said that i was really great and has a beautiful talent. I can use head voice, falsetto, and whistle voice very easily until i became 17 :(( I lost it all!! My voice cracks and i cant sing like that again! :(( I hate puberty sometimes

  11. Hello I was suffering for my falsetto voice. When I was around 14 I begin to use my falsetto voice as I sing but when I'm around 16 I lost it. It begins to crack and I cannot hit high notes like B5 and also whistle and I feel sad about what happen to my voice I wish you could help me to bring it back

  12. During the first half of the video when he is describing all the problems I may be experiencing, I be like OKAY I KNOW I SUCK NOW MAKE IT STOP PLEASEEE

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