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How to Sing Whistle Register—Works for Guys and Girls
All singers want to learn how to sing in whistle register.
Who doesn’t want to get those crazy high notes like Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Minnie Ripperton and Adam Lopez?
But while many of the greatest singers are able to sing in whistle register, very few vocal coaches know what creates the whistle register.
As a result many singing teachers don’t know how to teach whistle register.
Today, I want to show you exactly what creates whistle register and how to find and develop it in your voice.
Along the way, we’ll destroy a couple of the singing myths about what creates whistle register and I’ll show you what actually creates whistle register.
Whistle register is the highest vocal register in the voice. And while it may be tempting to think of whistle as an extension of the head voice, it is not the same thing.
Myth #1: Whistle Register is an extension of the head voice.
This is totally untrue. While many singers find their whistle register by exploring their head voice, the vibrational coordination that creates whistle register is totally different.
Myth #2: Whistle Register is created by air “whistling” behind the vocal folds.
Again, this myth is untrue. Air flowing behind the vocal folds will not create any sound. And in order for a vocal register to have voice, there must be vibration in the vocal folds.
So here’s what actually creates whistle register:
Whistle register is created by the front or anterior part of the vocal folds coming together and vibrating.
As opposed to chest voice and head voice, where the full length of the vocal folds are vibrating, in whistle register only the front part of the vocal folds are vibrating.
Since just the front part of the vocal cords are vibrating, you’re able to hit incredibly high notes that you won’t be able to do just in your chest or head voice.
Now that you know what creates whistle register, let’s start finding it in your voice.
I’m going to give you 5 techniques for finding whistle register and then we’ll develop it in your singing.
Whistle Register Technique #1: The Yawny Whistle—In this technique, we’ll find the whistle register by pretending that we’re yawning.
As we push a bit of air against our vocal cords in a yawn mode, you’ll start to hear the voice whistle.
This is also my favorite exercise because the voice is so relaxed.
Whistle Register Technique #2: The Whiny Puppy—In this technique, you’ll find whistle register by pretending that you’re a whining little puppy.
As you whimper and whine, you’ll find that the voice will whistle at the top part of your voice.
Whistle Register Technique #3: The Bird Whistle—In this technique, you’ll find whistle register by pretending that you’re an exotic bird.
As you create an almost parrot-like sound on the word “caw” you’ll find that the voice starts to whistle.
Whistle Register Technique #4: The Weight Lifter—In this technique, you’ll pretend that you’re lifting something heavy and gently push a bit of air against your closed vocal cords.
Whistle Register Technique #5: Speak Mariah—Mariah Carey is well known for her ability to sing in whistle register.
In interviews about her rare talent, Mariah Carey mentions that as a sick kid, she would continue talking even if her voice was hoarse.
This squeaky-speaking will allow you to find the whistle register on normal words.