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


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!”? Do you feel limited because your voice flips, cracks, or breaks into falsetto in the best part of the song?

Inside this video singing lesson, I’ll discuss these vocal problems, the easy solutions and why this never needs to bother you again.

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01:56 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 audition 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 might 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 nor the break. But you can’t be heard and this often encourages the external 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 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 are 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. [Demo BL, Goo]

Second is learning to maintain vocal cord connection (not breaking into falsetto) as the resonance moves from chest to head. [Demo Ney or Gee]

Third is to learn to comfortably sing and sustain notes that are in the bridge. This takes a little time, but can easily be learned and perfected. [Demo Oct Repeat on mum]

Other tips to help you succeed in the bridge:

Reduce the volume
Reduce the amount of air you are pushing
Give adequate breath support (see Episodes 15,16, 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, breaks and suddenly going lighter or singing breathy.

Do you know your vocal type? I’m not referred 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, or 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 PowerTest. Take the quiz and immediately determine your vocal type.

Visit the Knowledge Center and watch the videos about your vocal type. There you’ll find free exercises designed for your vocal type. 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.

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9 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. I am a thirteen year old male and I’m having trouble singing falsetto
    strongly and confidentially without breaking or cracking. I tried different
    exercises, but I don’t what to with my throat. How do you do the flip?
    -Thanks Again

  4. Daisy Dickerson

    The vocal exercise that I share in this video will have you singing much cleaner VERY QUICK… This quick vocal lesson can have a profound effect if you simply continue to practice.

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