Middle Voice, or what is commonly referred to as “Mixed Voice” in contemporary singing technique – is a sketchy subject when you’re just learning to increase your singing range. Thankfully, it’s a super simple concept that I can clear up for you in no time.
‘Middle Voice’ is the point where your vocal chords transition between head voice and chest voice
The concept of building a ‘mix’ or ‘middle’ voice is that you EXTEND that sketchy register in between head voice and chest voice, so that no matter where you sing, the transition is super smooth and controlled. Here, I recently released a really awesome free singing lesson online that demonstrates Middle Voice with a series of illustrations;
Learning to increase your singing range doesn’t have to be so difficult, once you’ve learned how to increase your range with Middle Voice Singing, your high range will be endless, and that pesky ‘break’ between chest and head voice will be completely under your control.
Middle voice is like the center of a pyramid
Bizarre analogy, I know – but bear with me. If you think about chest voice being like the base of a pyramid, and head voice being top – then MIX or MIDDLE voice is the direct center of the pyramid/your voice; it’s not ‘head’ tone, but it’s also not ‘chest’ tone – it’s in between the two. Try singing up towards your break while modifying your vowel to the first position (basically, sing towards an “AH” or “OH” sound before your voice breaks), but as you get to the top note, let your tone become more pleasant, like instructing a child, or how you would address the elderly – but make it ASSERTIVE at the same time. Pleasant, but assertive.
Does you voice ‘slide up’ easily, but keep a full tone? Bingo – that’s middle voice. It does take some time and the right practice to develop, so if you’re finding this difficult you can book a session with me by using the booking calendar to your right.
Release is key.
Try it yourself with a lip-trill, or even a light hum or resonant ‘N’ sound – it’s super easy to go into your high range, right? That’s because you’re releasing rather than holding on to your tone. Now, try it with a vowel – can you feel how you’re “holding on” to the lower tone/frequencies in your voice? Without even hearing you sing, I can make the educated guess that you DIDN’T release in the same way you sang the lip trill when you sang the vowel. That’s because you’re singing high in CHEST VOICE rather than releasing into MIDDLE voice. Remember the pyramid analogy? It’s not heavy, but it’s not light – it’s a MIX of the two. Assertive but pleasant!
Breath Support is your foundation
With any singing technique, breath support is your foundation – without a healthy and powerful foundation, the roof of your voice will collapse into a ‘break’ or ‘flip’ like falsetto. Develop proper diaphragmatic breathing and learn how to support your voice correctly using support and adduction, and your middle voice will grow exponentially with very little effort.
Link Middle Voice to your vowel positions
- “Chest Voice” is your low range to the first vowel position.
- “Middle Voice” is the first vowel position to the second
- “Head Voice” is the second vowel position to your high range.
^ This is a fantastic way to Increase your range with Middle Voice singing technique. Remember, it’s released but ASSERTIVE! If you’re ready to build your Middle Voice, book a session with me now!
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