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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 Sing Hindustani Vocal Music Hindustani Voice Training Exercises Part 1

If you talk, you can sing. You just need totrain your voice and you need to listen very carefully. I am going to give you some basicexercises called sargam and pulta that will give you a training to make your voice moreflexible to be able to find the notes and move around. We are dealing with the notesin the scale of Indian music called sa, re, ga, ma, pa , dha, sa and I am going to besinging these notes in different combinations and then I am going to repeat what I havesung with just a _____, which is called ____ which is what my girls have taught me to practiceand teach vocal music. We have many scales because there are many ragas so I am goingto first demonstrate a major scale, the level,

then a quite minor scale and then a pentatonic.I keep saying scale but I really mean the scale ____. So the major scale. I want tosay about the voice production we are trying to get like a chest voice with the breathingcoming from your stomach rather than a head voice like in Western music people strivefor. You need to try to make no difference between the voice production, the sound ofyour voice between the high notes and the lower notes. So you shouldn't.Don't sing_____. Sing with an open throat as much as possible. Don't force it out but have it relaxedbut open ____.

How to Sing Hindustani Vocal Music Tanpuras in Hindustani Vocal Music

The instrument I am playing is the tanpuras.This is the drone instrument, the accompanying instrument for vocal music. It usually has4 strings for vocal music. This one just happens to have 5 strings. We tune it, the 5th. Thisis the most common way. There are some other variations. The most difficult thing aboutplaying this instrument is tuning it really and once you have it tuned, you just strumit over and over. You don't stop the strings with your left hand, you don't pluck. Themain thing is just to provide a sound wash with this instrument.

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