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Vocal Compression is a fundamental concept to grasp so you can bridge & connect your chest voice and head voice together in one seamless tone. Vocal cord adduction is a simple muscle movement but a difficult one to master. To keep from “pulling chest” you have to keep the sound small and focused.

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43 thoughts on “Singing Lessons & Tips / Get rid of vocal breaks / Rock the Stage

  1. ASH ASSHOLELA says:

    Hi kevin. When singing in mix I encounter a break at note around C#5 where
    I have to strain to sing any higher in the mix. Which register change does
    that corrospond to. Thanks.

  2. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC says:

    well technically C#5 is mainly head resonance not much of a mix going on
    there. If your C#5 is strained, there’s a good bet the 3-4 notes below are
    not free and relaxed.

  3. ASH ASSHOLELA says:

    Thanks. Looks like I would have to redefine my perception of mix voice. Do
    you have a video on how mix feels and sounds like vs head because I am
    absolutely convinced C#5 was in mix =p

  4. I cannot mix my registers at ALL. They are TOTALLY SEPARATE, I’ve tried
    EVERYTHING from G’s to B’s to M’s to NG’s and more, and I just CAN’T DO IT.
    I’m highly frustrated. I have one octave of pure chest (C4 – C5), then one
    and a half octaves of head voice (C5 – G6). Nothing I do combines the
    bridge from head to chest. I know what doing it wrong sounds like, but I
    don’t know what doing it right feels like. What do I do?

  5. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC says:

    well if you can sing C4-C5 and what you perceive to be chest voice you are
    probably doing something right. The transition between lower to upper
    resonance is slight and it mixes in stages. The “trick” is knowing
    precisely where those mixes occur and how to manipulate them.

  6. Thanks for the help. I’ll just have to keep working at it, and see if I
    can’t discover my mixed register.

  7. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC says:

    absolutely not. This is simple technique; it applies to both male & female
    voices. Its not gender specific.

  8. Bryan Paradis says:

    Dear Kevin Richards, Really having problems using my headvoice without
    phonating in falsetto or pulling chest but I am working on it. Just as a
    suggestion it would be nice if you included the phonetic exercises written
    into the video summary. I can tell that the second one is Ma Ma Ma but what
    is the First one? Ba Ba Ba?

  9. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC says:

    Buh, and Mah.

  10. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC says:

    G4 would be a normal first blend area, the second occurs (depending on the
    voice) somewhere between A4-B4. They are both areas where a shift in
    resonance occurs and the voice must adjust by thinning to continue in full
    voice. You were probably too heavy going into the A4-Bb4. As you add
    tension strength to the folds, the higher the transitions occur. Sing
    softer and first blend can be @ D4, add more focal tension and it moves up
    to F4. etc.

  11. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC says:

    to simplify – the softer you sing the nearer to middle C your resonance or
    break area occurs. Add more tension by means of air pressure (support) and
    that break area moves up in range farther from middle C. This is how
    singers learn to extend their belt or mix range.

  12. Angela Bradford says:

    Hey, Kevin! It’s so generous of you to post these incredibly valuable
    lessons online. I, have taken lots of really expensive lessons from
    teachers from a particular pedagogy you have mentioned in another clip. (in
    L.A. and the South Bay) II couldn’t afford to stay certified with them. I
    have a decent mix but not a money “slide”, and now I am trying to help my
    17 year old daughter and my 19 year old son, get a rock/soul edge into
    their mix. “The holy grail of singing.” You are helping.

  13. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC says:

    Thanks for the compliments. Glad these are helping.

  14. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC says:

    baritones and tenors pass through their first resonance blend around E4 and
    their second around A4-Bb4 – this is all subjective. The notes could be
    higher or lower depending on the voice type – heavy or light and their
    natural talents.

  15. I have trouble breathing through my nose, the air flow doesn’t seem as one
    between the air flowing through my mouth and nose. Do you need to be able
    to breath through your nose while singing? or is it only when inhaling air
    to hit notes. Some people say singing is like a yawning sensation or
    holding your breath under water. I’m just confused as to what is correct.

  16. dansk björn says:

    super video… I do not pull chest as I know this strain and it will kill
    the voice in no time, but the upper range sounds more falsetto than
    compressed headvoice in my case.. I am a low baritone with a deep voice..

  17. Chris Robinson says:

    This is extremely helpful for me. Anyone know how to maintain compression
    when doing the lip roll exercise? It doesn’t seem to keep my chords
    together.

  18. Chris Robinson says:

    Wow, I feel like this actually helped me a lot. I went from chest, mix,
    head to what seemed like a whistle voice. I was shocked.

  19. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC says:

    if you are making noise – singing pitches – your cords are closed.

  20. If I practice “Mum” or “Bup” sound with strong compression regularly, can I
    get rid of the break and able to sing high notes.

  21. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC says:

    No. This is just one exercises – erasing vocal “breaks” and singing high
    notes takes more than one exercise. Plus – erasing the vocal break and
    singing high notes are two different things. Each requiring a different set
    of training techniques. Worry about your normal singing range before going
    anywhere near high notes.

  22. Dan Maginnis says:

    Hey i don’t know if you’ll see this but an important question for me, is in
    this voice, this ‘bridge’ between chest and head, is it possible to have
    the same control as your chest voice? My problem is, i can sing in chest
    and head, but i totally lose it in between the two, and that’s the part of
    my range where i could be singing David Coverdale and Klaus Meine, which is
    my ultimate goal. Is this possible or is this vocal break thing just
    naturally weaker?

  23. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC says:

    The ultimate goal is to have complete control of all your notes from low to
    high. It is possible to control the area between those two – BUT get rid of
    the concept of a “bridge” between chest & head. The voice doesn’t have
    parts so thinking there are two places you need to “bridge” only reinforces
    the problem of blending low to high. Think of the voice has ONE voice, ONE
    register and its easier to sing from low to high. Look at my channel page
    and at “mixed voice” playlist

  24. Why can’t anyone help me??? This is so frustrating people say oh just do
    these exercises the problem is I can’t even do them in the first place I
    can sing really high but my voice cracks and monster how many exercises I
    do by any person non of them work:(

  25. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC says:

    Doing a bunch of exercises isn’t going to help unless someone (or you) has
    accurately diagnosed what your problems are vocally. Taking shots in the
    dark will only end up frustrating you. It also comes down to how long you
    are trying these exercises on for size. Nothing happens overnight; it may
    take weeks to a few months for things to start to change. You have to let
    that process happen. Learning something new or fixing problems is a process
    – there are no quick fixes.

  26. Shaun Kalu says:

    Hello, my mixed tone sounds like a vocal fry whenever i try to go high in
    my range, bw I started doing mixed voice exercises like a month ago.

  27. Muhd Haikal says:

    when i sing high notes song,my head feels like about to explode. why is
    that?

  28. Travis Mackie says:

    First off, I’d like to say I really like your videos, and I am learning
    quite a lot. I have this problem with my voice when I sing high, I’m
    supporting it and all, but when I get to a certain point it gives out and
    cracks (it sounds like when a kid is going through puberty, and his voice
    squeaks). I don’t know if I’m supporting it wrong, or if I’m trying to keep
    myself from being loud because I live with a lot of neighbors nearby and
    get nervous… any advice would be wonderful please.

  29. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC says:

    No way to answer to answer your question without hearing you in a
    structured lesson.

  30. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC says:

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  31. Elliott RL says:

    Amazing video this is my problem thank you so much!! so jealous of your
    voice.

  32. keykutney says:

    Soooo helpful! It’s amazing, once you find the correct techniques, how much
    more comfortable singing is. I realize now that I had been straining a lot,
    without even realizing it, but after this video, my neck, jaw, and upper
    chest are so relaxed. The notes that I was struggling to hit before, just
    seem to flow out now. Thanks!

  33. felixshengyang says:

    Hey, thanks for the video. I have a problem though, once i compress my
    voice and go up my voice still flips and becomes very squeaky instead of
    loght and heady.
    It does help me maintain a stronger substance but the flip between chest
    and squeaky still exists. Do you have a tip what i cpuld do about it? Thank
    you so much

  34. Nouman Nasir says:

    You actually told what’s vocal compression. Yeah,ok I get it. But how can I
    learn that technique?

  35. Katelyn Jennings says:

    Mel also has grade 8 distinction in contemporary voice.

  36. Vocal Health – your teacher will guide you through the best ways for you to keep your voice healthy and perfectly functioning, so that you can sing at the best of your abilities and keep your instrument safe.

  37. Chelsea Chapman says:

    An exception is five-part gospel a cappella music, where the lead is the highest of the five voices and sings a descant , and not the melody Some artists may sing both the lead and backing vocals on audio recordings by overlapping recorded vocal tracks.

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