How To Sing In Mix Voice
Mix Voice occurs when you blend frequencies from your chest voice with frequencies from the head register, allowing you to sing with the extensive range afforded by your head voice while retaining the rich quality of your chest register at the same time. Mix Voice is often seen as the ‘holy grail’ of singing to many contemporary singers, but can be achieved very simply with a few adjustments to your vocal technique.
Mix Voice is simply a blend of frequencies, a literal “mix” of chest and head voice together. Many singers experiencing tension and strain when they sing, or are struggling to find their mix voice focus too intensely on the pronounced differences between the chest and head register rather than finding a common ground of frequencies where they can bridge and connect between either end of their range.
One of the most important keys to finding and developing mix voice is learning to first connect chest and head voice together so that you can sing without vocal breaks and voice cracks.
How To Connect Chest and Head Voice
Connecting chest and head voice is very easy to do, and can be achieved in a very short time with gentle semi-occluded sounds like a Lip Trill and with other small resonant sounds like N, M, NG, V and Z. Focusing purely on connection without agonising about your vocal tone is the best way to get started with building a bridge between the registers.
While singing a low note, you can identify the tonal centre of chest voice, whether it resides figuratively in your chest, at your teeth, the back of the head in the pharynx or otherwise – identifying your resonant focus for both your chest, and then head voice, is the key to developing mix voice. You can do the same thing with head voice by singing a pure head tone in your high range and identifying the tonal centre – most likely at the back of the head or between the eyes. Now, to achieve a blend of frequencies between your chest and head register, all you have to do is focus on both of these resonant centres at the same time and make both forms of resonance ‘ping’ together – instead of ‘handing off’ between your chest resonance and your head resonance, as you approach your first vocal break, simply focus more intently on your head resonance and you’ll notice a point of connection between both registers.
Over time, this ‘step’ between chest and head voice can be strengthened and elongated to cover a wider array of tones and range in your voice, allowing you to sing with a pleasant and powerful tone in your low range, while also retaining the depth of your chest register as you ascend up into the high range.
Mix Voice truly is one of the most important aspects of a great singing voice – have you found your mix voice yet? A great place to start is the special Mix Voice Lesson designed for singers just like you who are having trouble finding their mix.
By connecting chest and head first, you can then identify the tonal centre of your mix register and avoid any more breaks through your middle range. Mix Voice really is a killer tool that can be used in a plethora of ways to develop and maintain a powerful and impressive singing voice.
If you have any questions about developing mix voice singing technique, 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.