A Note from Ken…

Greetings! I just wanted to take a quick moment to say thank you for visiting my site and considering me in your vocal coach search. Helping others grow their talents and abilities is my passion, whether you ever give me a dime or not. So, be sure and check out my blog and other sites, as that's where I post different tips designed to help singers like you for free!

Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to help you along your vocal journey!

~ Vocal Coach Ken Taylor

The Elusive Mix Voice

I think one of the number one goals of all teachers and students (whether they know it or not) is to develop a mix voice. The mix voice, or what I often refer to as the commercial voice, gives the listener the impression that you have the uncanny ability to sing in full out chest voice all the way up to the top of your range. Mix gives you power, flexibility, and connectedness throughout your entire range. But what is mixed voice, and how can we accomplish it?

What is Mixed Voice?

Well, in it’s simplest terms, mix voice is combination of both chest and head resonance. Chest voice, being the voice that we typically talk in, and head voice being the often thought of as lighter sound at the upper end of our range that feels as though it resonates in our head or nasal cavity (think female opera singer).

How to Uncover Your Mixed Voice

The blending of these two registers isn’t always the easiest thing to accomplish, but with the right guidance, it doesn’t have to be that difficult either. The first thing in my opinion that must happen is you must develop a solid chest and head voice. If you don’t have a firm grasp of these two parts of your voice, you will not be able to balance your mix easily.

Once that’s in place, there are a few things that you can do to help negotiate the transition between the two registers. First, you want to make sure that the external muscles of the throat and the tongue are relaxed. If they are tense, it’ll only hinder you ability to mix. Second, you want to narrow your vowel as you ascend in pitch. The higher you go, the more likely you are to spread the vowel wide. This is bad for a handful of different reasons. Finally, you want to make sure that the larynx isn’t hiking (this tends to happen in most singers as they sing higher). Good news is if you’re following steps 1 and 2 effectively, you won’t have near as much of an issue with this. But if you find the larynx still wants to raise up on you, simply add a little hootiness to the tone of your sound as you ascend in pitch and that should help.

Trick Your Voice Into Mix

I know the above sounds somewhat detailed, and honestly there are easier ways to help you achieve mix, but it’s hard for me to trick you into your mix through a blog post. However, if you’d like to experience and eventually own this part of your voice, feel free to give me a call and set up a lesson. I can get most people into a mix in their first session (this is how I usually help add a 4th to an octave of full vocal range so quickly). You can click this link to find out more about my voice lessons in orlando.

Anyway, I hope this helps and feel free to leave your questions or comments below. Also, if you know other singers that may benefit from this article, feel free to share it on facebook or twitter. I like helping as many singers out there as I can :-)

Best,
Vocal Coach Ken Taylor

 

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