Find Your Voice Session Six
The mix voice is a blend between your head voice (=resonating in the head cavities) and your chest voice (=resonating in the chest). Strengthening the mix voice and getting a strong blend between head and chest voice is key to singing higher notes easily and with more power. Generally speaking, this is something most singers benefit from working on. Hitting high notes has a lot to do with strengthening this mix voice. Having smooth transitions between different registers of your voice is something most singers aspire to and definitely gives you greater vocal freedom.
Think about how a baby cries – there is no break in that sound or interruption. It’s a high pitched but powerful sound. It’s almost like we ‘unlearn’ how to use the voice like this. The ‘cry’ sound also helps tilt the larynx which as we now know is important for moving up through the registers freely. You definitely want to avoid ‘pulling up chest voice’ which puts a lot of stress of your vocal cords. Instead, pull your head voice down as much as possible so that your chest voice has something to blend with. Stay in your head voice as long as possible when you’re on the lip roll and indeed for the other exercises this week. If you’re having any trouble getting into your head voice, remember the ‘hooty’ owl type sound from one of the previous sessions. There is more nasal resonance in a mix sound than a chest sound. The ‘nasal ring’ we talked about in previous weeks is also a feature of mix voice.
There is a point when you bring the head voice down low where it’s hard to keep it in head and it maybe wants to jump around – play in this space on different syllables. It doesn’t matter if it wobbles a bit. Let it find different coordinations. If you sing up on the word ‘hey’ you’ll hear some changes in the sound, or little breaks/interruptions in the sound – those are your transition points and working with the longer slides helps to smooth those out and blend them so you have one big useable voice.
1. Tee Tee Tee over a five note scale (try out the secret tip – squat bend as you hit the higher note-it’s a psychological tweak that distracts you from the idea of going high and is weirdly helpful to get you to you build the muscle memory). Don’t force when you’re singing with the audios.
2. Ong Slide/sirens
3. Liproll – longer scale.
4. Ah descend – 5 to 1 and 8 to 1