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
Teaching Mitigation Through The Dawg Haus
I need to remind you no cuts until you check with me righté Mr. Burke was so instrumental and so excited about the program that when it was mentioned to him that we'd like to solicit his help was so enthusiastic about it and just joined in and jumped in with both feet. Sound of saw cutting wood. Just bring yourself around. The dog depicts the mitigation measures that keeps a stick built house,
a wood framed house together as one piece and it's something we use extensively through our mitigation outreach program everybody can understand very simply from one look at it what we're trying to accomplish through our mitigation measures keeping the building one piece. FEMA came down here and they've offered us this project were assembling a basic residential type frame from the foundation to the roof so it starts off with sill, floor assembly, wall assembly rightup to the ceiling and rafters
and were showing the students the proper connections so that you carry the load from the foundation all way up to the rooftop and down to the other side of the building we do some out buildings here sheds and things like that but this is more strict enforcement of building codes high winds things like that so the students are getting that experience right now. It not only added to our program but it educated their students carpentry students in what they'll be facing when they get out in the field.
To train the students on the proper safety precautions needed in the field had a ten hour OSHA course which is just fantastic. Sound of saw cutting wood. I find this project here at North Quincy High School is outstanding for a couple of reasons first in terms of safety which has always been a primary concern. The FEMA people are great when they came and talked a little bit about safety. Part of that safety piece is being able to build sound structures and so I found it extremely informational personally and both professionally
and I think the kids here benefited really understanding about what a sound structure really means. The whole point of the DAWG HAUS is a mitigation tool that we use to explain to a person who doesn't have building knowledge what the purpose of tying your house together what we call a continuous load path where the house is solid from the foundation over the roof ridge to the other side so its all one piece no weak links to it. I really like it because everything we've learned through out the year we've taken and now we're using to build this and everybody can see it now.
Through our involvement through out the country we've strengthened building codes and made the proper adjustments so that when you build a house today most of these items are incorporated into that building process. We've formed partnerships with several companies Home Depot who's been a strong partner of ours has contributed over the years the materials that build these DAWG HAUS' all over the country. We've done projects with Lowes and Simpson Strong Tie to donate the wind clips for these projects making a strong partnership between the private sector and FEMA.