Ep 62 How to Sing Mix – Where do I Place the Tone?

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Ep.62:How to Sing Mix – Where do I place the tone?

In the past several months, I’ve worked with students over SKYPE from the Philippines, Germany, Singapore, Israel, Vietnam, Portugal, London, and Sweden. Everyone does so well with English and I speak no other languages. Thank you everyone! You are an inspiration to me.

This week I received this question in response to my last video about singing in a mixed voice. Writing in English, which is not his native tongue, he asks:

“Can you help me to feel where the sound hit, throat, soft palate, front of my teeths, or my forehead, or some where. (i dont know how to describe this in english, hope you understand what i’m trying to say.)”

Basically he’s asking: “Where do I “place” the tone?

Watch this video and find out!

One of my favorite stories told by Seth Riggs goes something like this. He’s is taking lessons from singing teacher who tells him to put the tone forward. But Seth explains he doesn’t know how to “put” the tone. Finally after telling Seth again where to put the tone he says: “If you tell me one more time where to put the tone, I’m going to tell you where to put it!”

This story illustrates the difficulty of placing tone for a singer. “Put it in the mask”, “Bring it forward”, “Put it between your eyes”, are a few of the instructions you may have heard in voice lessons.

The answer is: You don’t place the tone.

How to Sing Mix: You Don’t Place the Tone

Why? Success in singing and particularly singing with a Mix of Head and Chest voice, requires that we allow the free vibration of the vocal cords. As soon as we try to manipulate or place sound or tone, we introduce unwanted tension from the external neck muscles surrounding the larynx.

The result is we grab, pinch and squeeze to try and raise this or put something forward, or open or lower that body part. This causes the opposite to happen. The vocal cords stop vibrating freely and they lose balanced with the air flow.

We grab tighter to make it better, adding more tension and more squeeze. The voice becomes labored and unbalanced. Our tone suffers and ultimately so does our vocal power.

The exercises when done correctly in PoweToSing.com and throughout the videos on the PowerToSing YouTube channel, are designed to cause you to eliminate unwanted tension.

The exercises also cause the vocal cords to balance with the air flow from your lungs.
This causes the tone to resonate where it should naturally.

You don’t have to put it anywhere. The effect is a connected tone, easily produced, with all the harmonic qualities that produce a wonderful voice.

How to Sing Mix – Where do I Feel the Resonance Caused by the Exercises?

When doing the exercises correctly I feel the resonance “balloon” so to speak just above the soft palate. In other words, I feel an expansion of sound vibration above the soft palate. [Demo]

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How to Sing Mix – Why Does it Seem so Weak at First?

Why does it sometimes seem weak at first? It’s just like wanting big biceps or sculpted abs. It doesn’t happen overnight. Once you eliminate tension and get vocal balance and coordination, then comes real strength and vocal power within the vocal cords themselves.

A second reason is what you hear and what the audience hears are two different things. What your audience hears is a much larger, vibrant sound than you hear. You think it sounds too soft because resonance in your head feels and sounds softer than chest voice.

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Your voice will be of equal strength from bottom to top. There’ll be no abrupt changes in tone quality. Your voice will sound natural and unaffected. Your words will be easy to understand.

Mix is a vocal type. Do you know your vocal type? I’m not referring to a range category as in soprano, alto, tenor or bass.

Your vocal type is what you tend to do when you sing. Visit PowerToSing.com and take the vocal test which I call the PowerTest. Take the quiz and discover your vocal type.

Then visit the Knowledge Center and watch the videos about your vocal type. Download the free exercises for your vocal type and start improving your voice immediately.

I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. You can sing higher with beauty, confidence and power.
I’ll see you inside the next video.

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8 thoughts on “Ep 62 How to Sing Mix – Where do I Place the Tone?

  1. Dear Sir, this is so touch 🙁
    This video is a our goal to reach.
    Since i practiced with your excercise, i felt that my voice does improved
    alot, sometime i got, sometime i lost the feeling, and i’m not even sure it
    right or wrong. But with this, i khow how to fixes and how to improves.
    Thanks for your kindness. !!!

  2. Another wonderful video, thank you Chuck!
    I still got puzzled. Is this kind of voice does called Mix Voice? Because
    for such a long time I have been taught that this kind of voice lack enough
    fundamental tone and should only be treated as “stronger falsetto”.
    How can I add some more fundamental tone into Mix voice?
    Sorry I don’t know how to change my name into an English one. Call me
    Michael : )

  3. Thanks for this video! I am going to try this tomorrow because I always
    struggle with singing in my mix voice. It always sounds really breathy and
    clouded. Hopefully this works for me.. I really enjoy singing alot and I
    have been experimenting with my voice on youtube for 7 years now and I post
    singing videos and its amazing to see how much I have improved since I was
    10, but I still want to better. Finding placement is really hard for me to
    do so hopefully this will work

  4. Your videos are awesome and very educational. I’ve been singing since I was
    three, and I’ve done my research on the diaphragm and how to use it and
    gain control of it better, and of my breathing. But it wasn’t until now
    that I’ve actually researched the vocal cords. You’ve taught me that I have
    a “mixed” vocal type, and your exercises are very helpful. Hopefully I will
    be famous one day. My boyfriend is an amazing guitar player and we’ve just
    started playing live shows and doing gigs together. Music is actually how
    we met. He was looking for a singer, and my voice drew him to me. So
    hopefully when we make it big, I can talk about how your videos helped me
    to improve myself and my voice. Thanks for the helpful information!

  5. For me, forward placement frees my voice and helps reduce strain and
    tension . I feel like I’m letting go and throwing something away.

  6. Ummmm…. I didn’t understand a thing. I can sing without strain, but it
    requires me to use a heady mix and I hate the sound of it. It sounds too
    feminine for my liking, so to avoid the feminine sound I use a chesty mix.
    I noticed that my voice sounds like pure chest voice until I get to Bb4.
    It’s either hit or miss there(meaning it can be strained and have a chest
    resonant mixed sound – example would be Christina Aguilera belting Eb5 or
    it can be strainless, effortless, and have a chest resonant mixed sound –
    P!nk belting a Eb5). I think my passagio lyes at Bb4. I want to learn how
    to use a balanced mix, so I don’t sound super heady to where I sound like a
    girl and so I can keep a sorta chesty sound as I go higher in my belting
    range. I don’t know how to place things here and there or do I know what to
    do to blend chest and head together(balanced mix).

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