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Anyone who’s a fan of Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande are usually fans of breathy-sounding high notes sung in falsetto. That said, these two great divas also often belt out their high notes 🙂

Very often is the combination of singing both the gentle falsetto and strong high belts in a song that moves a listener emotionally. I personally think it’s important for any singer to be able to do both, so they can fully express themselves when singing, especially if it’s a sentimental song. The dynamics and contrast between the two is what usually stirs emotions.

I’ve done a Vlog on belting high notes previously, if you’d like to check that out, click here.

Today, I’ll drop 3 quick tips on how to sustain falsetto successfully. It’s gonna help you avoid that abrupt crack, scratch and/or disappearance of your voice as you try to hold those high notes in falsetto 🙂

Before I carry on, let’s make sure we’re on the same page in our understanding of what falsetto is.

Falsetto is often used to describe the high voice used by male singers, of which is often higher than the usual male vocal range. However, it is often also used to describe a weaker sounding high voice.

Here’s the thing, falsetto is actually the head voice. Something of which both men and women have, and it can be sung gently (to sound like a voice that is completely different from your speaking range) or powerfully to sound like your high chest voice.

That said, I often get asked “How can I sustain falsetto properly?”, and many are often referring to singing those high notes gently (breathily even) without the voice cracking, sounding rough or disappearing abruptly while they’re at it. So this is what this post is gonna be about.


And in this context, we’re talking about the softer-sounding falsetto.

Step 1: Use Your Head Voice

First, to be able to sing and sustain falsetto comfortably, what more successfully, we’d have to use the head voice. This would be the higher-pitched voice you’d feel resonating in the head area, rather than the chest. It feels and also sounds much lighter than the chest voice, which in most cases, are often used as our speaking voices.

To find your head voice, you can try speaking higher pitched and/or in your ‘girlier’ voice. Once you established where your head voice is, try to remember the sensation so you can place your voice there again the moment you want to sing in your falsetto.

Step 2: Apply The Inner Smile

The next thing to do is to make sure you’ve got an open throat to let the resonance of your head voice ring with better timbre!

To do this, you can apply the ‘inner smile’. You can do this by lifting your soft palate – it’s the back part of the ceiling of your mouth, which can be modified when genuinely smile, or even act surprised. Watch the video above to get a better  idea on how to do this.

The inner smile help you produce a better vocal tone and also help you hit the higher notes more accurately.

Step 3: Direct The ‘Airiness’ Into The Nasal Tract

When singing gently in the falsetto, there’s somewhat an airy/breathy quality to the voice.

It is important to note that this ‘airiness’ should not be done heavily, and definitely not entirely through the vocal tract, which can result in throat dryness and also a scratchy sound. It can also cause the loss of phonation (sound) – which is not ideal when you’re trying to end the song with a nice gentle falsetto. Very often this is what causes a singer’s falsetto be cut short abruptly.

The ‘airiness’ instead can be directed through the nasal tract, but again, not too heavily. When directing the air through the nasal tract instead, the falsetto will have the breathy quality, but without the strain and unwanted effects above.

Try blowing air through your nose as you exhale to get the hang of directing air through your nasal tract. Then try singing in your falsetto while directing the ‘airiness’ through the nasal tract. Watch the video above for a clearer idea on how to do this 🙂

Once you’ve got these 3 steps in place, singing and sustaining the gentle-sounding falsetto should be easy! Try it out and let me know how it goes.

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How To Sustain Falsetto Successfully