How to Sing in Mixed Voice (and erase your “vocal break”)

Hey guys! Here’s my second vocal “lesson” video.

If you’d like to take an online voice lesson with me, here’s the link:

You can watch my first lesson video here:

And you can watch a more in-depth mixed voice video here:

Aaand the CHEST VOICE video here:

Huge disclaimer: I’m NOT a voice coach. These are just things that I learned along that way that helped me and hopefully can help someone else too 🙂 thanks so much for watching!

Also, let me know if any of this helped you or if you have any questions! I’ll do my best to answer them 🙂

21 thoughts on “How to Sing in Mixed Voice (and erase your “vocal break”)”

    1. Josh Essex okay it was track for like a few weeks before I knew you, and YES I was atheletic! I played softball for like twelve years dude! (Lol and yeah I still don’t know how the damn thing raises)

    1. Md. Mosla Uddin Raju

      it was really helpful! i just lost my mix voice, i was so happy to have it, singing was so easy but as you mentioned it was nasally. i think thats why ive lost it. im working on it correctly now.

    2. Awesome! I’ve had that happen to me over and over, even now. Going back to the “nay” exercise will get you right back on track if you ever lose it again! It just takes an ungodly amount of time to develop muscle memory lol

  1. I have question? Because I hate see you keep saying you don’t know how to use chest voice. Here’s a guide let’s say I’m a bass singer. My range is E2-E4. The highest I could sing without straining is a C4. But in my mix I can go up to about B4 or C5. Anyways, you used chest voice every day. When you speak. Chest voice is when you sing normal without falsetto or headvoice. Just like you say the words “ the car has stop “ now sing the words the car has stop. Your speaking voice would be similar chest because they are practically the same thing. When you not sing in headvoice or falsetto you are sing in chest voice.

    1. thanks for taking the time to comment! I guess I’ll rephrase that.. I know how to use chest voice but I’m not comfortable singing in it very high yet. My vocal coach is currently helping me figure out how to both strengthen/get used to my chest voice in a higher range and I’m working on smoothly switching between registers. Coming from only ever singing head voice my whole life, up until about three years ago, even though chest voice is something I speak with every day it still feels very fish out of water for me to sing in it. Thanks so much for taking the time to watch and comment!

    1. Haha okay–this is going to be a long one I can already tell haha

      yes you’re absolutely still doing it! It’s still really early, so it’s absolutely normal that you still can’t do mixed voice alone yet. Keep doing it to songs and just allow it to strengthen itself. It will. Over time, it will become more and more used to it. Even when it becomes easier to do, keep it up. Definitely try to do it without singing it on a song when you want to, but don’t beat yourself up if you can’t right now. Again, it took me about three months to be able to do it alone without using the exercise or doing it in the middle of a song, and that was on *good* days. I think it’s scientifically proven that it takes around 2 to 3 months to create a new habit, so that’s pretty much what you’re doing. I was right where you were at this point when I could do it over songs but not alone and I kept giving up at that point because I felt like I would never leave that stage. You will! I promise!

      The E5 thing–so part of what I tried to explain in this video ^^ is to think of mixed voice this way: there are really only two voices, which are head voice and chest voice. Mixed voice is not its own register. Its like colors fading into each other. You have yellow and blue on opposite sides. Together they create green, but green is just a mixture. Closer to the blue side, the green is more blueish. Closer to the yellow its more yellowish. Right in the middle is a perfect green: the exact mix of the colors. That middle is the break in your voice. That’s where mixed voice originates and is in its prime. Lower than your mixed voice is your chest voice, where it’s a bit heavier but still lighter than chest voice. But toward head voice its thinner and lighter but still heavier than head voice.

      As you go up higher, toward that E5 it will get headier. BUT as you continue to practice, it will become stronger and heavier. You’ll get to play with it. No matter what, you cannot carry the same heaviness of mixed voice where it is at your break, mixed voice’s “strongest” set of notes, higher. No matter what, each note higher will climb toward head voice and will just be lighter. Listen to even Christina Aguleria (no idea how to spell that lol). As she goes higher, her chest voice and mixed voice get thinner. It’s only natural! since you’re just getting used to mixed voice, it’s going to be it’s lightest and weakest. As you practice, it’ll get stronger over time. Mine definitely has and still does.

      yes! working on your chest voice and raising it (safely and properly) will absolutely help strengthen the mixed voice. Pretty much, AFTER you learn the foundation of mixed voice (don’ttttt do this now) work on blending chest voice to mixed voice to head voice. Think of it like shifting gears in a car. Right now, you’re gonna have very jarring transitions between gears/registers. Let it!! Get used to just being in that different gear/register. THEN work on making it a smooth transition.

      Right now, I’d just solely focus on getting to be able to access mixed voice and maintain it at whatever strength you can. Start with the purest, most raw foundation that you can. Then, you can work off it. If you start trying to work on blending and strengthening it up and down, you’re going to get a little overwhelmed. It’s like trying to do a one-armed pushup with bricks on your back before you’re used to just regular pushups. You’ll know when you feel comfortable enough with mixed voice to work on strengthening it, you’ll feel it click. You’ll be able to just start singing in mixed voice without thinking about it at all. If you don’t feel that after a good three months of practice then you might not be doing the exercise right, but I think you’re seeing the exact progress you need to at this point!

      Okay the vibrato! YES you should be able to use vibrato with mixed voice. I’ll ask you something now that I think might be the problem–when you sing in mixed voice and try to use vibrato, does it feel like you have very little space in your mouth? Like your vibrato/voice doesn’t have enough room to get out? I still deal with this frequently. When my vibrato doesn’t come out smoothly, it’s because my mouth isn’t open enough. Try to always imagine there’s an upright egg in your mouth. It’s going to feel like you’re raising your soft palatte and lowering your tongue/jaw a ridiculous amount when you do this but this is how much space you should ALWAYS have when you sing, whether it’s chest voice head voice or mixed voice. Also–along with that, make sure you’re forming vowels well enough. A great role model for both these things is Ariana Grande. I’d be willing to bet she’s singing with mixed voice most of the time. A very strong one. watch a video of her singing, watch how her mouth moves. She was classically trained, like Broadway style, and she always has a ridiculous amount of space when she sings anything. It’s the reason her tone is so smooth and rich and her vibrato and riff and runs are so clear and controlled. A big thing–this amount of space is NEEDED for riffs and runs.

      I’d be willing to bet if you just make sure you have all that space as you sing, you’ll see a HUGE difference in your singing and you’ll be able to use vibrato. Also, you’ll know it’s enough space if your mouth and jaw get a little sore. Not painful, just sore from holding your mouth open so wide. This is NOT pain, so make sure you’re not hurting yourself! You will *feel* when it’s enough space. It clicks. You’ll make the vowel shape around that space and it’ll literally feel like it clicks in place and your singing will be effortless.

      Try that out. Maybe look up some videos on space and vowels if you’re not 100% sure. Especially if it doesn’t work, look those up, I’m 99.9% sure this is why you’re having trouble. Which is fantastic if it is, cause it’s like the easiest fix ever xD but it’s something I STILL forget about all the time. More muscle memory.

      Once you get mixed voice down, I’ll let you know how I’ve been learning to strengthen it and blend the transitions. I’ll probably get around to making a video for it too xD

    2. Kate Cosette Is there any way I could like perhaps show you a video of me singing a song and attempt to mix. To see if I’m doing it right. I don’t want to be doing this and then I’m doing it wrong. Like do you have an social media orrr? Lmao. Sorry to ask. I just want to know honestly.

    3. K A T R I N A to be really honest, I’m not sure I would be able to tell xD while I was learning, my voice coach couldn’t even always tell which register I was singing in after hearing me. Unless it was super obvious but mixed just isn’t that obvious most of the time.

      The best advice I can give is to just go by how you feel. When I was learning, I never had anyone to tell me if I was doing it correctly (because mostly they couldn’t 100% tell), and even when I look back at my voice recordings of myself, it still isn’t that easy for me. I just know that if I were to listen to someone else, I’d most likely say I didn’t know..

      But it’s how you feel. That’s how I ended up learning. You will *know* when you’re doing it right. It’s a mixture of it feeling effortless and your voice resonates underneath your soft palate. I wish I could be more help but maybe I’m just not experienced enough yet to tell just from hearing a voice xD I still have days where I’m singing and I’m not sure if it’s chest voice or just a heavier mixed voice or something else haha. I was actually wondering that today lol.

      Mixed voice does feel effortless, though. Don’t let that trick you into thinking you’re not doing it correctly. That “nay” exercise IS mixed voice. Keep comparing everything you sing when you sing mix to that exercise. That same feeling. If you do that, you should be able to know when you’re singing mixed right. And it takes a long enough time where you will wonder if you’re doing it right. I’m almost positive you are, from what you’ve been saying, so for now I’d trust what you’re doing and give it a few months. As long as it’s not painful or straining or anything like that—that would be incorrect).

      I hope that helps!

    4. K A T R I N A correct! Not in your nose at all. You should feel it all in the roof of the back of your mouth—right under your soft palette. I have another video on mixed voice on this channel, I think I called it “more on mixed voice” and I go over the wrong places you can put your mixed voice and how to get out of them. Check that out, see if it helps!

      Singing into your nose will always feel like it’s “too easy” when singing mixed voice. That usually helped me remember when I was doing it incorrectly. And singing into your nose won’t help you improve your voice, but it’s also very easy to get out of it!

      Let me know if that ends up helping!

      Here’s the link;

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