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
Suresh Wadkar Biography The Versatile Singer of India
The owner of the best voice is Suresh Wadkar. Suresh Wadkar was born in 7th August,1954 in Kolhapur, Maharashtra When he was only eightyears old he had come to know. .that in futurehe will become a singer. His passion towardsmusic had taken over him. quot;The clouds are coming.quot; quot;Spring has arrived.quot; Later Suresh Wadkaralso graduated in music.
This became possible fromthe 'Prayag Sangeet Samiti'. And after that he joined'Arya Vidya Mandir'. And then he started to workin Mumbai as a music teacher. It is no less than a miracleas to how Suresh Wadkar. .became part of the film industry. This happened in the 70s. When a very uniquemusic competition was held. Its name was 'Film Sangeet Sammelan'.
quot;That is life whichis not scared of death.quot; quot;The one who can carry hisshroud along can come with us.quot; New singers have comehere from entire India. And to judge this competitionthey had Ravindra Jain. .Jaidev, Hridaynath Mangeshkar. .Sudhir Phadke, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. .and Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia. quot;O my beloved!quot;
quot;Why did you forget meéquot; Suresh Wadkar sangso well that he was. .awarded the Madan Mohanaward in that competition. When the winner was being announced. .then great music composerRavindra Jain said that. .he will give Suresh Wadkarhis first break as a playback singer. And that is what Ravindra Jain did. In a song,'Brishti pore tapur tupur'.
.for Rajshri productionsfilm 'Paheli'. This film was releasedin the year 1977. .and from here Suresh Wadkar started. In the beginning he used to work with music composer Jaidev. .who a close friend of Suresh Wadkar's teacher Pandit Jiyalal Basant. He was working as an assistant. And along with ithe was also learning. .how songs werecomposed and recorded.
quot;O my beloved!quot; quot;Why did you forget meéquot; A few songs were also approaching him. But one day Lata Mangeshkar heard his voice. After hearing Suresh Wadkar's voice,Lata Mangeshkar. .praised him in front ofLakshmikant Pyarelal who were. .one of the most successfulmusic composers of that era. And then he got a song in film,'Krodhi'.