I was wondering because it seems as tho I can sing higher when I’m not trying to get my highest note out. Idk I thought this could be something that’s happening

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It's not like there is a falsetto fairy shouting and raising a flag whenever you switch into falsetto. Of course you can be in falsetto without knowing it and vice versa. Knowledge comes with teaching and experience.

  • Thanks I just didn’t know if it was a possibility that I could be accidentally using my falsetto voice Apr 27, 2019 at 0:01

Both the Bee Gees & Green Gartside from Scritti Politti made their careers out of being able to sing falsetto at lower ranges than most people would naturally use.
They, of course, knew they were doing it.

Singing "quieter" is one way that towards the top end of your range to switch into falsetto, accidentally or on purpose. As you sing up louder, you should feel yourself switch back into full voice. Once you can feel the difference you ought to be able to teach yourself switch in & out of it at will - though not necessarily with the same range as these guys. If you work hard at it you can teach yourself to be able to 'slide' in & out of it rather than 'switch'; it's possible, but difficult, to be able to literally move from one into the other without a glitch, or even stay 'half way'.

There's another phenomenon that comes into play for most people. If you sing higher & higher until you "run out of full voice" you can get a bit more range by switching to falsetto.
I can't actually confirm how people do this, as I can't do it. I can either reach a note or not. I cannot 'go a bit higher' if I switch to falsetto. Never have been able to.


Bee Gees - How Deep is Your Love

Scritti Politti - Absolute

Anecdotally - I had to learn how to do this when I got the job doing most of the vocals on the original Pioneer video karaoke albums back in the 80s. You can go blue in the face trying to stay down low in falsetto; it's a nightmare of breath control until you get the hang of it ;)

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    I think I want to see an SE Tetsujin where you share stories and anecdotes, but I'd settle for a Community Wiki. Not sure how we could get this to satisfy guidelines, rules, and regulations.... ;)
    – user39614
    Apr 27, 2019 at 12:19
  • LOL & thanks. I'm not sure how anyone would manage to phrase it. "What have you done that's notable, unusual, or just plain weird in your musical career?" I don't think would get a great reception, even if it would be fun to write ;)
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 27, 2019 at 12:26
  • Maybe "What have you done that's objectively weird, notable or unusual in your musical career?"
    – user39614
    Apr 27, 2019 at 12:31

It's possible, but not likely. If you don't feel any difference between high notes and the notes that you know for sure are chest voice, then either you have a very high voice without falsetto, or you're not aware that you're in falsetto. For most people, it's a pretty clear difference, but there are definitely some people to the contrary. It could also be head voice.

  • I have a bass voice my lowest note is D2# and I’m trying to find my highest note but i don’t know weather or not My highest note currently is C4 it’s judt hard because I don’t know if I’m in falsetto or chest voice May 6, 2019 at 18:45
  • Statistically, it's probably chest voice, since most people can sing much higher than C4 in falsetto. Be sure you have the correct octave numbers, too. But without hearing it, I wouldn't dare hazard a serious guess.
    – user45266
    May 6, 2019 at 20:04

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