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seth
03-28-2008, 12:18 PM
Falsetto singing, like any style of singing, requires practice. The
difference with falsetto, is you are attempting to hit notes out of your normal
range. There are a few things you need to master with falsetto, and it
will help you greatly with your normal style of singing.

1. Breathing. Make sure you are breathing correctly, practice taking deep breaths
and recognize when you are breathing in and out. Breathing is strumming with your
voice.

2. Projection. This is probably the most important part of singing... next to breathing.
Which is why it's number 2. Practice singing with volume, and from your diaphragm. When
you get comfortable with projection, practice controlling the volume of your voice,
because lowering the volume will help with your breath control.

3. Shaping the tone of your falsetto. This can only be done with practice. Record
yourself, and try singing the same notes using different styles of voices to get
that tone that your are looking for. When you get that tone that you want,
practice it over and over until it is comfortable. You'll be surprised at what
sounds can come out of your voice.

4. Memorize lyrics. I can't stress this enough. Last year, I learned like 15 hawaiian
songs, and all of them only the first verse lol. Finish what you start.

I suggest to practice singing Hawaiian falsetto, because it uses the most falsetto.
Some songs that are fairly easy to start with are:

I Kona
Pola'ila'i

Oh, and remember that not every note in a falsetto song is sung falsetto. Only the notes that you cannot reach. So don't sing the whole song falsetto.

seth
03-28-2008, 06:09 PM
I messed this part up. Disregard.

seth
03-28-2008, 06:13 PM
How to sing "I Kona" falsetto.

Choose your key, I do it in C.

Strum:
D U D D U D

^ denotes the inital falsetto note.

- denotes the duration of the falsetto.


Vamp: D7 G7 C


C ^-- ^---G7--
Aia i Kona kai `˘pua i ka la`i
^--- ^- C
`A`ohe lua e like ai me `oe


Malihini makou ia `oe i Kona
I ke kono a ke aloha no makou


Ha`ina `ia mai ana ka puana
`A`ohe lua e like ai me `oe

titoboy5
03-28-2008, 08:58 PM
thanks seth! i totally forgot about dis song! maybe you should sing dis song for the next time we go trees!