How Much Time Does It Take To Learn Singing

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

Ep 17 Learn How to Sing Infographic 8 Stages to Building an Amazing Singing Voice

Would you ever take a journey in your caror your bike knowing where you want to go, but not know how to get thereé Would you travelwithout a map, gps, internet or phoneé In other words, would you travel completely guessinghow to get there and leaving it to chance that someday you might arriveé Too often,our singing journey is just like that. We know we want to become a great singer, butwe have no idea how to get there. Wouldn't you love to have a roadmap to guide your singingsuccessé Inside this tutorial, I'll share with you my new, Learn How to Sing infographic,8 Stages to Building an Amazing Singing Voice. Hi, I'm Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing.When we start seeking to improve our singing

voice, often we have no idea what to expect.Many of us feel it's all a mystery, like traveling blind. What roads do I takeé Are there anyroadsé Are there any mapsé Signsé Has anyone ever traveled this way beforeé How long willit takeé Does my guide, (your voice teacher) know where we're goingé Does my teacher knowthe obstacles and how to overcome themé How do I know if I'm making progressé Are we almostthereé When will we get thereé Can we go fasteré Sloweré Will I ever get thereé In singingterms, how long will it take to learn to singé Why can't I sing very highé Why does my voicesound weak or breathyé Why does my voice jam up, give out, breaké Why don't I have enoughairé To help answer these and many other questions,

I've prepared the learn how to sing infographic,8 Stages to Building an Amazing Singing Voice. It's a roadmap to help us see where we'regoing on our journey to learn how to sing. The Power To Sing Vlog episodes follow these8 Stages to Building an Amazing Singing Voice and gives you a step by step approach to learnhow to sing. For example, vlog episodes 18 are about new ways of thinking and believingabout your potential as a singer. This is part of Stage 1 in the infographic. Episodes917 cover the fundamentals to learning how to sing, which is also found in Stage 2 ofthe infographic and covers vocal cords, resonance, larynx and breathing from the diaphragm. Futureepisodes will continue to follow the Stages

to Building an Amazing Singing Voice. Youcan see where you've been and where you're going and when you'll get there. You'll findthis infographic at PowerToSing in the Knowledge Center in the vlog episode 17. Shareit on your social sites, including Facebook and Google+ and pin it to a Pinterest board.Use it to monitor your singing journey. Do you know your vocal typeé I'm not talkingabout whether you're soprano, alto, tenor or bass. Your vocal type is what you tendto do when you sing. In my new infographic, 8 Stages to Building an Amazing Singing Voice,it's part of Stage 1 and Stage 3. Go to PowerToSing and take the vocaltest, which I call the Power Test and immediately

discover your vocal type. Once you know yourvocal type, you can download the exercises designed especially for you. This will speedup your results and give you the voice you've always dreamed of quickly. I'm Chuck Gilmorewith Power To Sing. With the help of the new infographic, 8 Stages to Building an AmazingSinging Voice to guide you, you will sing higher with beauty, confidence and power.I'll see you inside the next tutorial. Subtitles by the Amara community.

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