Ep 33 How to Sing Mix Part 1
How to sing mix, or how to sing with a mixis a very common question. Inside this tutorial, I'll define and demonstrate mix. Warning:normally I try to avoid this, but in this tutorial I get a little 'geeky' about singing.(Vocal geek) Hi, I'm Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. How to sing in a mix. Well, whatis a mixé A mix is a mixture or blend of at least two things. When singing, you're ina mix if you have a mixture of chest voice and head voice. Ahahah. If you sing onlywith chest voice, you have no mix. Ahhhh. If you start in chest and sing higher andbreak or flip into falsetto, you have no mix. Ahahah.because you've lost the connectionto your chest voice. If, when singing, you
bring falsetto down into the area of the chestvoice that is supposed to be chest, there is no mix. It's only falsetto. Ahahah. Amix can only exist if the vocal cords remain connected. If your vocal cords break intofalsetto and you do not reconnect, you have no mix. It's only falsetto. Ahahah. Mixis made with connected vocal cords and a blend of chest resonance and head resonance. Now,where is mix in the voiceé There are several schools of thought about when and where you'rein mix. Some define mix as only occurring in the vocal bridges, passaggi. When singingin chest voice, as you sing higher, and while keeping the vocal cords together, the resonancebegins to move higher from your chest into
your head cavities. The resonance splits sothere's a mixture, or a mix of both chest and head resonance. This split occurs in thebridge or passaggi. After getting through the first bridge the singer encounters a secondbridge and then a third bridge. For women, there are even more bridges. With each bridge,there is a blend of overtones from the register below and the register above. Lower overtonesdamping, or dropping out and higher overtones coming in. As a result of this process, manybelieve that mix is only occurring in the actual bridges. Some believe if the vocalcords remain connected while the resonance has split into both chest and head cavitiesthat mix is always present, both in and in
between the bridges. In other words, everythingis mix. At this point in my singing and teaching, I think it's a combination of these two. Pavarottiis reported to have said that singing was like a repeating figure 8. Seth Riggs concluded,and I believe like Seth, that Pavarotti was describing the repeated narrowing into thebridge and the opening into the new register and so on upward. In my opinion, if the vocalcords remain connected, there's always some chest residue, even if it's very slight. Soeven in the highest head voice, if the cords have remained connected, that seems like mixto me, even if it's 100 to 1, it's still a mix. At a certain point, if the cords remainconnected, does it really matter if we say
it's mix or connected super head voiceé Theproblem is, what happens to mix when you sing down below the first bridge into chesté Well,you could definitely bring mix down into the chest register. So, I understand how thatcan be mix, but in most voices, you can only do that so long before the chest voice takesover. How, then, can that be a mixé A third concept that has helpful for me, is 'maintainingthe verticalquot;.(Vocal Geek) This is mentioned in the book, quot;The Voice of the Mind', by E.HerbertCaesari. Imagine a vertical sound beam started by the vocal cords and shootingupward into the mouth. In head voice, this resonating sound beam, if it maintains thevertical direction, will angle slightly backward
and penetrate into the head cavities abovethe mouth. Ahhh. Ahahah. In chest, there is still a vertical sound beam, but it beginsto angle slightly forward and engage the hard palette. In my opinion, to lose the verticalwhile in chest voice, is to grab the vocal cord, squeeze and close the throat and jamthe sound beam down into the throat. Ahahah.Ahhh. The tone can barely escape and has no roundness,no fullness and no appeal. To me, this is not mix. Maintaining the vertical, even ifcompletely in the lower chest voice, creates an upward lift in the tone. The sound beamresonates on the hard palette appropriately. This seems to recruit more than just chestvoice by adding a rounder, fuller tone, as
How To Stop Voice Cracking Now Singing Lessons Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy
Stop cracking when singing! How do we do thatéHey guys, my name is Ken Tamplin, from Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy, where the PROOF isin the SINGING! Now, wherever you get your information from,it's important to ask yourself two very specific questions. And the first thing is:the person giving you the information, can they demonstrate it themselves, and demonstrateit well, and do they have students that demonstrate what they're teaching to prove out that whatthey're telling you is the truthé Here at Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy we have over 300tutorials, with dozens of students demonstrating and proving out what we teach, to give you honest, legit information.
With that said, how do we not crack when wesingé Well, why do we crack when we singé I think that's the biggest, most importantquestion. And, to answer that, there's many reasons, but there's two big reasons, andthe first one is physiological. There is a physical strength training of building upto a certain point so that we're strong enough to be able to hold a note. There'sa second part too, which is psychological, which has to do with nerves, and being afraidto sing in front of someone, or being afraid of the high note.Now, I have a singing course called How To Sing Better Than Anyone Else, at Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy , where I walk you through,
stepbystep, all of these different things,on how to strength train, how to think about the notes psychologically so you're notafraid of the high notes or you're not afraid of an audience. I also have some cool tutorials.Check out my Fear of Singing tutorial, it's on YouTube, you'll like that.But the first thing is, I want you guys to go refer back to my tutorial called DiaphragmaticSupport. We're going to do a couple of scales here. I want you to do them with me, but youhave to know how to control your diaphragm first, to be able to relax the chest, and theneck, and the throat, so that you are not choking off the cord, and panicking by thetime you get there, whether you're holding
a note, or worried about singing a high note, or just a phrase that's a little hard to sing. We're going to do three vowels: ooh, oh, and ah. And it's going to go like this.Now, guys, I'm going to do this in a lower register, for the mean average of where mostguys are. Ladies, you'll do this up an octave. La ah ah ooh, oh, ah, ah, ah, ahâ€¦You want to feel the freedom in the throat and the strength in the abdomen, because youknow how to control abdominal strength. Now, in the back of the throat I have another componenttutorial that goes along with this, called Open Throat Technique, where you want to have theback of your throat stay completely open,
your tongue dropped to the base of the jaw:Aw, Oh, Ahhhâ€¦ To where you create the maximum amount of space in the throat, to relieveany kind of tension that could take place there at all.La ah ah ooh, oh, ah, ah, ah, ahâ€¦ Feel the strength coming from your diaphragm.It's the engine that drives your car. La ah ah ooh, oh, ah, ah, ah, ahâ€¦La ah ah ooh, oh, ah, ah, ah, ahâ€¦ La ah ah ooh, oh, ah, ah, ah, ahâ€¦La ah ah ooh, oh, ah, ah, ah, ahâ€¦ Now, if you notice, I'm not going â€œoohoh ahâ€� (distorted and strained) I'm not straining in my throat, becauseI know, I've played this tutorial game enough
to know when I'm coming around the cornerand I lose a life from some bad guy that gets me, that if I have strength in my abdomen,and I've learned how to relax my chest, my neck, and my throat, I know how to getto the next level. So, I cover all of this in my singing course called How To Sing BetterThan Anyone Else. Now, there's one more really important thing,and that is the psychology of how we get to those notes. Now, there's something calledvowel modifications. And in those vowel modifications, we want the throat to feel the path of leastresistance. We don't want the throat to go ooh, oh, ah, and have big changes in thethroat. We want the vowels to be very similar
Ep 100 What to Eat Before Singing
What to eat before singing. Inside this tutorial I'm going to give youthe answers that will help you know what you can eat and drink to sing your very best! Hi I'm Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. After researching this topic for hours, Icame across this tutorial from Anna Netrebko a popular Russian operatic soprano. She says, â€œEat whatever you want!â€� Here's the tutorial clip.
James, I have to tell you what, you definitely,if you are a singer you can eat everything, whatever you want. And also you can even drink alcohol the daybefore the performance. Not on the day of the performance, becausethat is not good. I think on the day of performance, I'm eatinggood. I usually eat meat or fish. I'm not eating onion or garlic. Yeah, probably I am avoiding spicy food, butit doesn't matter.
If you want you can have it. It will not affect your voice. I have to say nothing is affecting your voice. It's only something wrong there in yourbrain can affect your voice. But otherwise relax, be healthy, enjoy yourlife and be very strong professionally. That's what will really help you to performor sing, to dance well. That's it. The bottom line is every body is different.
Experiment and see what works and what doesnot work for you. Here are some common recurring themes. Here are the â€œdon'tsâ€�. Don't Drink alcohol the day of the show. Don't Drink heavy caffeine close to showtime. Caffeine dehydrates you. Don't Eat heavy meals just before you sing. You can't breath, get gas and burps, becomelethargic and etc.
Don't Eat spicy meals before you sing orjust before going to bed Don't Smoke anything. Ever. Here are the â€œdo'sâ€�. Do drink plenty of water the day of the show. Stop drinking a lot of water two hours beforethe show for obvious reasons. Do eat balanced healthy meals the day of theshow (Eat healthy all the time. A healthy body equals a healthy voice.)
Now some general advice. Eat moderately. Be aware of how foods affect your voice, digestivesystem and energy levels. Experiment when you're rehearsing. Make a plan and follow it on performance days. If you eat a very spicy meal after singing,allow at least 2 hours before sleeping to help prevent reflux. This may help keep the burning acid risingfrom your stomach off of your vocal cords.