I practice singing a lot and exploring my voice--not that I'm very good at it, but I hope to be.

Lately I've been focusing on my falsetto because I want to have control over it like guys like Brian Mcknight, Usher, or even (dare I say it) Bieber. For the record I'm NOT a fan of Bieber, but I have to admit he has a good falsetto.

I've practiced a lot, but I haven't been able to find that smooth falsetto sound that those guys have. I found two falsetto sounds, one is kind of nasal-ish and I can do a good rock and roll high pitch vibrato with it--though it is not using my nasal cavity because if I cover my nose, I can still make the falsetto without any problem. The other falsetto voice I found is clearer and higher sounding than the nasal-ish one.

Both of them are falsetto's, just different in some way at the back of my throat. However, neither of them really give that smooth Usher or Brian Mcknight falsetto. Am I stuck with this rock n' rollish falsetto or is it possible that I can find/practice a falsetto that sounds like there's?

(Please don't give me any answers involving race.)


In case anybody else reads this question. I just wanted to let you know, the answer is YES!!!! I JUST found it!!!! Wow, this is a damn good feeling. I've been looking for that specific falsetto voice for so long and I've always wondered if it was genetic or anybody could learn it. So far I've discovered a few variations of the falsetto and a lot of it has to do with the throat (at least how it seems to feel for me). There is a kind of rock falsetto I can do that I described as nasally. There is a kind of pure falsetto that I can do that kind of reminds me of the falsetto intro to Celin Dion's "I will always love you". And there is the smooth Justin Timberlake and Brian Mcknight falsetto. Of course it's a little bit different, but I can definitely hear it and I recorded my self just to confirm. I'm amazed.

If you're also looking to find it, you have to play around a lot with your falsetto, but know this... YOU WILL FIND IT! It is NOT genetics, it is just practice.

As for the technique, I am still getting the muscle memory down so I can't really describe it accurately as I can't do it on command yet--takes me a while to find it again. But the jist of it seems like it's an inbetween voice between the rock voice and the clean voice. Also the throat must be really clear and open. The special adjustment that made me do it was in the throat. Hope this helps for anybody else looking to find this voice!

P.S. I also wanted to clarify, I started learning to sing when I was a teen and I was not particularly talented at this. Ok, I was really horrible. But, I am MUCH better and it just goes to show that anybody can do it if I did it. #Justsayin

  • Voice teachers will tell you that "special adjustment that made me do it was in the throat" sounds fishy: basically for a good singing voice, the feeling is to have a direct connection between diaphragm and your "mask", with the throat being wide open. Of course, that is not really what happens physically, but if you find yourself doing anything with your throat, chances are that you are constricting it. The larynx should stay relaxed and down (you can check by letting a finger rest there). – User8773 Jan 1 '14 at 16:29
  • That's the best description I can give. I have been looking so long for this voice. I have watched countless Youtube videos about falsetto and nothing seemed to bring me to discover this voice. Voice teachers can say what they want, I've had one before (maybe not a great one), but all they did was bring me through vocal exercises--which I normally do on my own anyways. Not everybody is the same, but it is what it is. There is some kind of adjustment to my throat that made me find the smooth falsetto Brian Mcknight style voice I was looking for. – Klik Jan 1 '14 at 17:53
  • Of course, to each his own. I've tried the finger on the larynx thing before, but it did not seem to help me personally find the quality of falsetto I was looking for. – Klik Jan 1 '14 at 18:04
  • Uh, the finger on throat thing is not going to produce a "quality of falsetto". It's just a check that helps with maintaining a consistent vowel quality and projection. When your larynx bounces around, the sound quality goes all over the place for the listener. When it's forced high, the sound quality is strained and unpleasant. It's similar to hearing an oboe reed sound through the oboe, or sound without it. There is no single "trick" to get a great sound from the voice, like there is no single trick to get a great sound from a violin. – User8773 Jan 3 '14 at 19:17

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