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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 Play the Accordion Accordion Bass Chords a Free Online Music Lesson for Beginners

In this lesson we are going to add bass chordsto the three single bass notes that we learned in the previous lesson. If you recall, youfind the C button by finding that little rhinestone in the middle of the keyboard and put yourmiddle finger on there. If we line up our index finger and fourth finger with the middlefinger in that line, we will have C, F and G. If we move our fingers just down, and bydown I mean towards our palm, towards the bottom of the accordion, we now have majorchords, and they line up with the single bass notes that we were just playing. This is asingle C note. Now I move finger just down I have a C major chord. A chord is three ormore notes played simultaneously. On an accordion

you only have to press one button to do that.If I find my G button and move the finger just straight down the diagonal row, I willhave a G major chord. Same with F, F chord. Again this is the basic of many of folk andmany of rock songs. This is a called a onefourfive pattern. In rock music with rock musician,you will hear this a lot. This C in this case is one. The F is four notes away from C. Sothat is the four. The G is five notes away alphabetically from C, so that is five. One,four, five, one. Now if we add the chords, simply swing your index finger around underthe middle finger to get that c chord.Now we can move both fingers up for the G chord, back down to the C.

Down to the F. Here is a trick, skip the C,go to the G, play the C again. This is the basis of many a song, and now you can playin any key because anywhere you start can become one. You just go down one to four.Skip one, go up to five. Back to one. This is the beauty of the accordion and why itis a favorite folk instrument, and that is the basics of moving from bass notes to chords.In our next lesson, we are going to create the classic accordion umpah sound by movingthree fingers at once on the bass side.

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