Harmonizing In Falsetto in Worship? [Q&A]
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I'm in high school and I have been playing with a lot of my church's worship teams and typically sing harmony when I don't lead. Sometimes there are harmonies where if I could just comfortably reach a half step higher, I could sing the harmony. Here is my question to you:
Would it be acceptable (obviously to the Lord anything is, but you don't want to distract the congregation) to harmonize using falsetto, whether it's just for a few notes or a whole series of notes? I've been pretty torn because as a guy it feels unnatural to simply sing in that voice while another vocal is typically in the chest voice.
Do you think I should give it a shot or try and figure out another harmony like I've been doing? I suppose it's how the Lord leads but another leader's opinion would still be useful!
Singing a harmony in falsetto is perfectly acceptable, even if the lead singer is in chest. Try it, and see how it goes. There is another register that you could use as well though, that's called the mixed voice. It's a combination of chest voice, head voice, (which is similar to falsetto) and a less popular register, which is called the pharynx. By experiencing a blend in these 3 resonators, you'd be able to effectively reach to that higher half-step (and beyond) and still maintain the power and ease that you're looking for. To see what I mean, go to www.YouTube.com/SophieShear.
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