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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

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Grit Curriculum Lesson Setting SMART Goals

gt;gt;Beth: Setting SMART goals is agreat way to practice what it feels like to have selfcontrol, tohave control over your destiny. gt;gt;Amy: It's so important to allowchildren to set their own goals, because if we're settingthem for them, it may not have any relevanceto the student at all. gt;gt;Beth: The quot;Squot; in the SMARTgoal talks about being specific. Natalie, how did you set a specificgoal about improving on the fluteé gt;gt;Student: I said I wouldlearn how to play low E

and F sharp on the flute. gt;gt;Beth: So that's very specific,rather than just saying, quot;I'm gonna better at this.quot; The quot;Mquot; in SMART standsfor measurable. Aiden, tell us how you planned to measure whether youhad achieved your goal. gt;gt;Student: With my goal, I wastrying to reduce my race time to fortyseven seconds, sowith each race and each time,

I could see how far I got. gt;gt;Beth: And you were able to say,you know, quot;I went from this amount of time to this amount of time.quot; So that, you can measurethat really readily. The quot;Aquot; stands for attainable. Kennedy, you had a goal about soccer,but if I look outside right now, it's not exactly soccerseason, so how did you do thaté gt;gt;Student: I practicedin my basement,

and whenever I couldat indoor soccer. gt;gt;Beth: So Ellie, you didn'tset out to learn calculus, you set out to become more fluent andmore accurate in your long division. Gavin, I wanted to ask you aboutthe quot;Tquot; part of the SMART goal, which is that it's time sensitive. You decided you wanted to readthree of the Warriors books, and how long did yougive yourself for thaté gt;gt;Student: Three weeks.

gt;gt;Beth: So three books in threeweeks, and that is a very helpful way to stay focused on your goal. Say, quot;Oh, someday I'm gonnaread these three books.quot; If you say, quot;In three weeks, I'mgonna read these three books,quot; then that's a great wayto help you stay focused and help you have the selfcontrolyou need to reach your goal.

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