This episode features mixed voice exercises for you to practice. These mixed voice exercises are in the range of both men and women.
There are many benefits to learning how to sing in mixed voice. If you would like a little more background on the "mixed voice" check out.
"The Ultimate Guide To Mixed Voice"
For this audio voice lesson, beginning the process of overlapping the head voice and the chest voice muscle groups. The exercises featured in this lesson are to help you to begin that process and more specifically take the head voice/falsetto as low as possible.
Before practicing this voice lesson make sure that you can:
- Begin to overlap the muscle groups in order to "trick" them into mixing helping you to sing higher, stronger, and shift more easily between the head voice and the chest voice.
- Take the head voice as low as possible.
- Switch between the head and chest voice so that you can figure out what is appropriate or what you would like to do with the songs that you sing.
- Maintain open vowels and good singing posture throughout
Exercise 1: "Who" 12321 (scale degrees) going down by 1/2 step patterns.
- Stay open and smooth with lots of airflow
- Stay in the falsetto/head voice as long as possible.
As you get lower, it may become harder to sing in the head voice or it might become quieter. That's ok, just do your best.
Exercise 2: At Time 3:22 "Wah-oo-Wah" 1 - 5 - 1 going up by 1/2 step patterns.
- Sing the "wah" in the chest voice and the "oo" in the head voice. Our goal here is to manipulate the switch between the head and chest voice so that the muscle groups can get used to interacting together.
- Make sure that you are singing smooth between the "wah" and the "oo" do not disconnect the notes or make them choppy. The purpose of this exercise requires you to keep it smooth.
Exercise 3: At Time 9:24 "Who - Wah - Oo" 5 - 1 - 5 (scale degrees) going up by 1/2 step patterns.
- Sing the "who and oo in head voice and the "wah" in chest voice.
- Make sure that you are singing smoothly. Just like in Exercise 2, we do not want it to be choppy or disconnected.
- Use the "H" sound on your first "who" as you are singing in the head voice.
- Make sure that your initial onset has a nice open vowel with as much fullness as possible.
All of these exercises are super challenging. In order to see, hear, and feel a difference in your singing, continue to practice these exercises for AT LEAST 2-3 weeks.
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