How to sing in mix voice
Mix voice, or better referred to as Middle Voice, is that ever elusive stretch in your voice between “Chest Voice” (your low register” and “Head Voice” (your high register). Learning how to sing using Mixed voice can be done with the right Rock Vocal Training, and of course a little practice. For starters, you need to escape from your chest voice! Most singers, Male singers at least, have a tendency to HOLD ON to their chest voice as long as possible, thus thwarting any possibility of releasing into mix voice properly. To achieve a healthy and powerful mix, you need to free yourself of chest voice and allow your voice to hit the pleasant, yet assertive tonality that is middle voice.
What IS mix voice?
Mix voice is the direct centre of your voice where you transition between Chest Voice and Head Voice. If you think of your vocal range as being somewhat like a pyramid, your ‘chest’ tone would be at the base of the pyramid, and your ‘head’ tone would be at the very top of the point – therefor, your mix lies in the direct centre in between the two tones, hence why it’s called a MIX voice.
To make things easier for you, I’ve put together a really simple tutorial for building power in your middle range:
Can you hear that PLEASANT yet ASSERTIVE tone that I ascend into as I get past my first vocal break? That is middle voice.
Why is my voice breaking?
If your voice is breaking, then for starters I recommend heading over to my tutorial on breathing from the diaphragm so that you’re setting up the right foundation for a resonant voice. Then you need to develop your vowel positions so that you avoid your break and release properly up into the next resonance chamber.
Need to work on your vowels?
Secondly, you need to FREE yourself of chest voice by releasing up into your MIX or MIDDLE voice like I’m doing in the video above. Can you feel how much easier it is to sing higher in your range when you let go of chest voice and move up into your mix? This coupled with proper breath support and the right vowel position will have you singing in your MIX in no time at all – and with the tutorial above, you’ll have access to full resonance and a powerful tone.
How can I improve middle voice?
Using the above steps along with keeping a healthy posture will not only allow you to hit your mix, but will also build resonance and power each time you sit down and practice. This is why I’ve developed a STEPS BASED approach to singing that builds your voice every time you sing – simply start with your foundation or breathing and healthy posture and move your way up the steps until you’re soaring through your range with ease and power.
Teaching middle voice and how to sing in mix voice is a specialty of mine as a professional rock vocal coach, if you need to power up your middle voice – then you’ve come to the right place!
It’s true, EVERYONE can sing in middle voice!
With the right approach, you really CAN learn how to build your middle voice and sing mix voice REALLY easily! Your middle voice is simply uncharted territory in your voice, so make sure you choose an online vocal coach who knows how to show you the ropes of MIDDLE VOICE so you can sing
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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.