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
School of Music Groundbreaking
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek: I am pleased to tell you that this building will make our premier academic program in music even better. It will take it to the next level. It will also allow our school of music to recruit, to educate, and to train the most qualified music students in the world. And I am grateful for the support of this family and what they have provided to our college and the various colleges on this campus. Buildings like this one are a testament to the good work that comes from state and private partnerships. Those partnerships are essential to us as we advance this university forward. This Haslam gift along with $30 million from the state, make the building that will be built right behind this a reality in the very near future. Music plays a major role in the land grant university, such as the University of Tennessee and of course, no discussion of music, at this campus at least, would be complete without mentioning the world famous Pride of the Southland Band. (Pride of the Southland Marching Band plays.)
It0's one of the oldest collegiate programs in the country and is among the very best. And I always say, quot;We always win halftime at football games.quot; (Audience laughter) Natalie L. Haslam: Music touches our souls and we need to feed our souls as well as our bodies so, anyway, I am tremendously honored and thank you so very much and please keep up your good support. UT is a wonderful place. Thank you. (Applause).
NIMBioS Combines Math and Biology with Music
Todd Steed (host): The NIMBioS project, tell me about that. Jay Clark: Yeah. NIMBioS stands for the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis. And they are funded through the National Science Foundation. And they are also funded through the Department of Defense and a couple of other things. But they are located here on campus. Todd Steed: And you wrote a song for them. Jay Clark: Yeah. They have a songwriter in residence program. They had some sort of outside grant and that Lou Gross had put together. For mending the arts and sciences together. And instead of having someone come in together as a painter or drawer He is a big time music fan, and long time sound guy over at the Laurel Theater, so he wanted to do a songwriter in residence.
So the deal with that is you come in for a month and you write two songs that deal with modern issues and biology. Or the scientists that do the research. and it is a different topic as you will hear from the song that I wrote. That particularly song is called Sexual Selection. And it is about evolutionary theory, related to how we choose our mates. Most species the males are the ones that do all the displaying whether it be the antlers, birds singing. Todd Steed: Camaros. Jay Clark: Yeah, Camaros. And as we know, us men, can act really stupid trying to hook up with some gal sometime. Todd Steed: I have no idea what you are talking about.
Jay Clark: Nature is perfect evidence of that when it comes to a lot of different animals. (Music Starts) Life's a struggle, it's a compromise between finding someone to love and trying to survive Sex is complicated and it's a powerful thing. It's not just about hooking up but about spreading your genes Sexual Selection.it's all about choosing a mate, Sexual Selection.cuz we all want to copulate Improve our fitness proliferation of our genes, sexual selection.it's more than just a sexual thing. A woman must to choose wisely Cause her eggs don't come cheap
She's always looking for a sexy male that will help the survival of her offspring Cause sexy males equal sexy sons And all the girls will want to get them some00:02:49And there'll be lots sexy grandchildren running around. And her fitness will abound. Sexual Selection.it's all about choosing a mate, Sexual Selection.we all want to copulate Improve our fitness, Proliferation of our genes Sexual Selection.it's more than just a sexual thing Antlers.bright colors Displays and swollen chests They separate the men from the boys They're all traits meant to impress You know a man will act a fool to catch a woman's eye.
He'll strut his stuff and sing his song in hopes that he'll get lucky that night Sexual Selection.it's all about choosing a mate, Sexual Selection.cuz we all want to copulate Improve our fitness, proliferation of our genes00:04:00Sexual Selection.it's more than just a sexual thing Promiscuity is a tendency.Especially for man.So, a woman has to play hard to get,and try to force his hand.00:04:20Polygamy, monogamy, why can't we all get along You see the battle of the sexes Just keeps going on and on.and on Sexual Selection.it's all about choosing a mate, Sexual Selection.we all want to copulate Improve our fitness, Proliferation of our genes00:04:54Sexual Selection.it's more than just a sexual thing(repeat chorus).