I included this term in my book because I’ve been asked before to sing a song “in my falsetto voice,” and I do, only to have the client come back with, “ok now can you try it in your regular voice?” which leads me to believe that people might not know what this term means exactly. Let’s discuss falsetto singing here!
What is Falsetto Singing?
Falsetto is a style of singing accessed by a different part of my voice. It’s higher and breathier (for me, other session singers may find more power in their higher register). I am an alto, so my power area is in the middle/lower notes.
How do I get falsetto singing from my singer?
Really, clients don’t have to dictate what placement I use when singing. I can figure it out based on where the notes fall within my range. I don’t mind doing a brief demo for potential clients so they can hear what I will sound like, but feel free to check out my reel and give it a listen. You’ll be able to hear my regular singing voice for the most part and decide if it’s right for your project.
Now, let’s say you want the song to have a certain “feel” to it, such as a very breathy tone. That’s totally fine, and I can do that whether or not I’m in falsetto. As long as I have a description of what you’re shooting for, I can pull it off. I just did a song for a gifted cartoonist who wanted his character to sound very breathy, and I hope he releases it soon so I can add it here! It should get my point across better than I can explain in words.
In any case, you should (hopefully) just be able to tell the singer what style, emotion or other singers you want them to sound like, and they should be able to emulate it no problem. Throwing “falsetto” into the mix can be confusing to everyone, so no need to use it as long as our range will cover the notes!
My client wants me to use falsetto singing in a part that’s not in my range for falsetto – help!
Generally, I’ve noticed that when clients ask for falsetto, they often mean “breathy” or “airy” (think Mariah Carey in My All‘s verses). This is a good time to clarify though! Make sure you know what they want and decide if it’s within your range or ability (you can do it, I believe in you)!
How can I get better at falsetto singing?
It’s all part of your regular training, but here are a few videos that might help!
Hopefully this helps, whether you’re a session singer or hiring one! Do you have any tips for falsetto singing? Let me know in the comments!