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How to Sing Using Your Chest Voice

Learn how to sing using your chest voice in this Howcast online singing lesson featuring singer Anya Singleton.

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Hi. I'm Anya Singleton, and this is my friend and accompanist, Matt Gallagher. We're going to be talking about how to sing using your chest voice.

Super-quickly, I just want to explain what a chest voice is. Using your chest voice means that you're singing in a lower register. The tricky bit for most women is it's very easy to make it breathy so that you can't really hear what you're singing about or it's not supported well. The key to this is to really breathe and be connected. You never want to go up into what we call the falsetto or the real high parts of your voice; you want to keep it nice and low, and focused. It also means, when you talk about chest voice, that it's a richer tone, so there's warmth to it; it's really nice to use on certain songs. We're going to use it on a very basic song that everyone knows, 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'.

Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb.
Mary had a little lamb; its fleece was white as snow.

Again, no high, but a lot of nice support; there's a warmth to it. We did that right in the midrange for most women, that's a very comfortable place for most people to sing without having to make the switch into the higher part of your voice. That is how I would sing using your chest voice.

Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb.
Mary had a little lamb; its fleece was white as snow.

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