Falsetto is actually a false voice as it name implies. It's used to hit high notes that are impossible to hit in head voice and even less possible in chest voice. But falsetto is thin and has very few overtones. Falsetto feels like a relief of pressure and requires less effort than the head voice.
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1Barry Gibb: The only thing I miss on stage is the falsetto.Barry Alan Crompton Gibb is a British singer, songwriter and record producer who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the group Bee Gees, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed groups in the history of popular music.
He's probably the most prominent falsetto singer (The Bee Gees). - Metal_Treasure
2Hansi Kürsch: During the performance of a 'clean falsetto' air stream runs up the spine and finds an almost straight way out to my nostrils. My jaw region is relaxed; I could even chew gum.Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records ...read more.
LOL, "I could even chew gum." He doesn't use falsetto very much because he's more of a power singer and falsetto has no power. He also said falsetto voice is "fairly thin". - Metal_Treasure
3Bruce Dickinson: It's about relaxing the throat at the crucial moment when your throat would tighten up, and you say "I can't go any higher, I've got to go falsetto." It's almost like loosening the gag reflex.Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.
4Frankie Valli: I thought everybody had falsetto. And since I wasn't a schooled singer who studied with anybody, I just thought anybody who had a voice could do anything they wanted with their voice.
5Joacim Cans: The best thing to do while developing your high range, as well as real deep voice, is to isolate the falsetto. It's pretty simple to do. You just have to find your "child" voice and do exercises using that voice.
6Matt Barlow: Whenever I'm doing high notes I'm usually throwing some rasp and vibrato on it. If it was just a plain, high falsetto note it would probably be thin as s**t - and sound like s**t.Matthew 'Matt' Barlow is an American heavy metal singer and police officer. He was the lead singer for Iced Earth in the 1990s and 2000s. He is currently the lead singer for Ashes of Ares. After the September 11 terrorist attacks Matt Barlow decided to become a police officer and contribute to the "real ...read more.
He and Hansi Kürsch have similar opinions about falsetto (too thin! ) I'm not surprised - they both have pretty thick and powerful voices. - Metal_Treasure
7Brian Wilson: I hate those old falsettos, I really do, and it's embarrassing since I've grown up.Brian Douglas Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the Beach Boys.
And yet, with his current touring band, Brain Wilson has Al Jardine's son as a member, specifically to sing those falsetto parts that the old Beach Boys can't hit any more.
8Chuck Billy: After singing a lot of the harder, heavy stuff, that falsetto range got lost. I still do screams, but those are more like a couple of words at a time. I don't do full songs in falsetto anymore. That never really fit my style, anyway.Charles "Chuck" Billy is an American vocalist, who is best known as the vocalist for the thrash metal band Testament.
This is the last sentence of the quote (I had no space for it): "I was always more of a power singer." - Metal_Treasure
9Ben Folds: I used to do this big rant at the end of some gigs with Ben Folds Five. The band broke into this big heavy metal thing and I started as a joke to scream in a heavy metal falsetto. I found myself saying things like: Feel my pain, I am white.
10Joacim Cans: When I started out as a singer my falsetto wasn't there at all. That made my skills very limited.
1. Barry Gibb: The only thing I miss on stage is the falsetto.
2. Hansi Kürsch: During the performance of a 'clean falsetto' air stream runs up the spine and finds an almost straight way out to my nostrils. My jaw region is relaxed; I could even chew gum.
3. Bruce Dickinson: It's about relaxing the throat at the crucial moment when your throat would tighten up, and you say "I can't go any higher, I've got to go falsetto." It's almost like loosening the gag reflex. Metal_Treasure
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