What is a Mix Voice? | Understanding Cracking and Vocal Registration

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Published: August 31, 2021

What is a Mix Voice?

You may have heard singers and teachers talking about “mixing,” and it may seem to you as though a “mix” is some mysterious and magical vocal quality that only some singers can do. It’s not. You are already mixing and you just don’t know it. Even classical singers are mixing!

In general, voice teachers agree that a mix is a vocal quality produced while both the chest voice muscles and head voice muscles are engaged at the same time and a certain resonant quality is coupled with that muscular action. Well, guess what? Unless you are doing a vocal fry (think creaky door sound) or an extremely breathy falsetto-y sound, you ARE ALWAYS mixing. You see, any clear tone you produce with your voice is a mix, because both your head and chest voice muscles are engaging, at least to some degree.

If you haven’t “developed” your mix with a teacher, you may find that your mix is overly chest-dominant on lower pitches, then overly head-dominant on higher pitches and a bit clunky in between. But rest assured: you are mixing if you create a clear tone with your voice. The tricky part of the mix is when you sing pitches in that precarious middle part of your range, and you are trying to maintain some fullness in your sound without belting nor flipping over to an overly light head-dominant sound

This is what is sometimes called a middle mix, or 50-50 mix and it sounds lighter than belting but fuller than head voice (which can be understood as a very head-dominant mix). The key to that balanced middle mix is the right breath energy, less tension in the throat and the right resonance. To let go of tension, singers often have to tolerate a little cracking as they learn to coordinate this fine balance

Kathy  Alexander
VP Curriculum, Singdaptive

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