What Is Mix Voice?
Mixed Voice is a confusing term for many singers – is it a mechanistic balance between weight and tension in the Larynx? Is it a special register? Is it a marketing term? The truth is, Mixed Voice refers to a blend of frequencies and resonance between the chest register and the head register, in essence creating a “mix” of both registers that acts not only as a bridge between chest and head voice, but allows you to resonate more efficiently while increasing your range in full voice and improving your overall vocal tone.
I personally struggled with the concept of Mix voice for quite a few years when I was first learning how to sing. By focusing on the physical and mechanical aspects of the voice, many singers actually avoid the creation of mixed resonance rather than facilitating the connection and blend in a natural way. In short, mixed voice is a “result” of healthy vocal technique and resonance production, not a trick, technique or magic secret – by developing a powerful and rock-solid vocal foundation, mixed voice will appear in your singing voice in a relative period of time with careful practice and dedication. Remember, you can’t “make” mix voice occur, you can only “allow” it to occur by making good choices as a singer and building a strong foundation.
Step 1 – Build a Strong Foundation
Breathing, Vowels, Resonance, Connection between Chest and Head, Onsets, Compression, Support – these techniques are all a very important part of your vocal foundation and need to be built with due care and the right approach.
Singing is ultimately a process of balance, and when it comes to bad habits and tension, also a process of elimination where unhealthy technique is concerned. By building a balanced voice, you will create mixed resonance with time and eventually learn to control your mix to allow stylistic choice, an extensive range and incredible power – did you know that Belting only occurs in the Mix register? Developing mixed voice is an important part of building a great singing voice.
Step 2 – Grow Your Voice
With continual training, vocal elements like support, mix, your approach to vowels and onsets will all become much stronger and more balanced with time. By dedicating some time to the growth phase of the voice, you will facilitate a very strong connection between chest and head voice.
Step 3 – Balance
By coordinating each individual element from your foundation with the strengthened elements of the growth stage, you will notice that Mixed Voice now occurs through a greater portion of your range and you have MUCH more tonal control to suit the styles that you wish to sing.
If you’re ready to start building a strong Foundation with stage 1, check out this exclusive Mixed Voice singing lesson for the special key required for Mixed Voice singing. If you’ve already built a strong foundation using the Foundation 101 singing course here at Bohemian Vocal Studio, you can move on to the Mix and Support booster courses available to premium members.
Remember, mixed voice is the result of healthy technique – the concept of Cause and Effect is incredibly important in singing. In the same manner that a lowered larynx is simply the result of healthy vowel production, mixed voice is the result of healthy management and facilitation of natural resonance. Learning how to sing in mixed voice by building a rock solid foundation has absolutely changed my life – how is it going to change yours?
If you have any questions about learning to sing in Mix Voice, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!
Kegan DeBoheme is Bohemian Vocal Studio’s resident vocal coach and voice expert. He teaches professional singing and voice technique to students all around the world and enjoys providing tutorials like this one on how to improve your voice.