Sunday, August 04, 2019

"MIXED VOICE" OR "MIX VOICE"


“Mix Voice” or “Mixed Voice” is an invented name.  It is a way of describing something, but this is a gimmick.  It is a sham.  It is fake.  It is a fallacy.  It is stupid and ignorant, unfortunately.  You do not and cannot mix your chest voice with your head voice.  It is not a mix or a blend.  It is a myth that “mix voice” or “mixed voice” exist.  I hate to burst that fantasy bubble, but it is something which can lead to trouble when you go and believe in things which come from a cult mentality with invented words only used by the cult members.  You also cannot sing from your diaphragm, no matter how much you believe it.    When I showed a student written documentation and medically researched evidence that she was not and could not sing from her diaphragm, she cried.  It was as if her religion had been taken away and she had nothing to replace it with…yet.  It was replaced with facts and she became an even better singer because of it.

IT IS ANATOMICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO SING FROM THE DIAPHRAGM
Welcome to the new millennium!  Today and right now is a good time to stop believing in useless myths, unless you want to sabotage yourself and never improve and quite possibly become a worse and a more unstable singer with multiple breaks in your range.   It doesn’t matter who says it or who has said it that you have a “mix” in your voice.  First of all, the terminology is wrong. 


YOU HAVE VOCAL REGISTERS, BUT THERE IS NO “MIX”

Maybe you don’t have the coordination to smoothly sing throughout your entire range but you will not mix registers.  You potentially can sing from low to high and back to low with no shift or change in tone or timbre.  The ranges of each register differ in Sopranos from Altos or anyone else but they are still there.  The truly great pedagogues know or knew this, while the others don’t.  The names and what those names represent and signify are misunderstood by many voice gurus.   The names do not represent, describe, or name tone and/or timbre.  They are specific notes or frequencies of vibration in your vocal range.   The names for the vocal registers are: chest voice, low middle voice, high middle voice, head voice, and flageolette (or “whistle tones” or “super head voice”).   These represent registers, not a sound or timbre quality.