Singing Lessons / Mixed Voice Exercise / Rock the Stage NYC

Singing Lessons / Mixed Voice Exercise / Rock the Stage NYC

Learn more about mixed voice in the vocal course “Breaking the Chains” available at

Free Singing Lesson & Tip – Mixed Voice is probably the most elusive area of the singing voice. Why? Because the mix of resonances used in order to achieve it are tricky for the human voice. Its just not made to create sound this way for speech. It just takes knowing the right techniques to find the “sweet spot” in the mouth and mixed voice falls into place easily.

This is a preview of some of the mixed voice exercises in my new CD vocal series “Breaking the Chains – The Ultimate Rock Singer’s Vocal Course”

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43 thoughts on “Singing Lessons / Mixed Voice Exercise / Rock the Stage NYC”

  1. gretschdrummer100

    Hi. I’m a baritone. My highest note is E4. When I develop a mixed voice, is
    it possible to bring my range up to a C5? Also, can a mixed note sound as
    powerful as a chest note? Thanks.

  2. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    Well “develop” is not really a word I associate with “mixing” or “blending”
    of resonances. Its more like once you “understand” to do blend you will be
    able to create the illusion of a higher chest voice. But not to C5,
    probably A4-Bb4. B4 and C5 are hard notes for a baritone to get sounding
    “boomy” and deep like chest resonance. I am a low baritone and my F#4-A4
    notes sound like high chest resonance notes so it can be done. But it takes
    years to develop that sound.

  3. One last question. Is there a specific train of thought or something I need
    to get that comment out of my head so I can sing freely? Day by day my
    singing seems to be getting worse and its been 7months since that comment.I
    won’t be able to afford any vocal coaching for at least 7months so at least
    I can work on trying to get my train of thought back to where it should be
    by then.. just don’t know what to do to get there right now.

  4. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    we speak in chest voice. “mix” is outside the chest voice. Volume has
    nothing to do with which voice to use. Volume is an increase in the flow of
    air through the vocal cords.

  5. despairingleonardo

    hey.great video i remember that by singing with a uh sound in mixed voice
    would produce a chesty tone whenever i do that, my voice becomes dull. is
    it the only way to add chesty tone?

  6. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    back off from you’re doing – you are doing too much of the “uh” position
    and dampening all the overtones off your voice. The key is finding how much
    to use of that “uh” position to achieve a fuller sound without restricting
    the tone. Its a balance that only you can find through experimenting. Do
    the dull “uh” first, then back off a little at a time with it until you can
    hear the upper resonance come back in and that’s your balance.

  7. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    we all mainly speak in chest resonance. “Mixed” resonance is a bland not
    found in common speaking voice. Its an applied resonance not a natural one.

  8. OK, thanks for the answer! Haha. What about that really deep voice we can
    achieve by singing in a sort of operatic style? Is it considered to be a
    mix of chest voice and something else, do you know?

  9. There is no lowering of the larynx by lowering the rear of the tongue,
    involved in the kind of voice I was talking about. The only thing that
    happens is the ’tilting’ of the larynx.

  10. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    a laryngeal tilt is not the same as lowering or dampening the larynx. What
    I was saying is that the kind of deep operatic style you were referring to
    combines (in varying amounts) dampened larynx, lowered rear tongue, open
    mouth to achieve that sound – not one in particular. Lowering and tilting
    of the larynx is a debated subject and in my experience either can work for
    a singer depending on their voice.

  11. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    First of all – if you are trying to “hit” high notes you’ll never get
    anywhere. Your goal is to be able to sing them. What position the larynx is
    in is subjective. Some singing requires a high larynx sound, but for mos
    singing it should float in the middle. If it is constantly rising you have
    a lot of problems to fix first before going anywhere near high notes.

  12. my vocal teacher tells me to get to mix by starting in head, but all I can
    do is literally just amplifying my head voice. It just gets louder, but
    that’s pretty much it. There is no transition… Is going from head to mix
    possible? if it is, is that a good practice for beginners to get to mix?

  13. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    the best way to attain mix is build from the bottom up so you can learn how
    to back away from the “heaviness” of chest resonance as you “mix” into
    lower head resonance. Working from the top will only pull head resonance
    down into the chest resonance making a lighter mix. To get a beefy mix –
    you work from the bottom.

  14. Hello, Kevin! I have this problem…over the course of time I’ve managed to
    strengthen my mixed voice a bit but still it’s not as full sounding as my
    chest voice. I mean if I stay in my chest voice I can probably go up to B4
    but of course normally I start mixing much earlier. Now for example I can’t
    make my G4 in chest to sound as good as my G4 in mix. Is it possible to
    achieve that or mix is always weaker? I hope that wasn’t a stupid question
    haha! See ya!

  15. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    depending on your voice (obviously I don’t know what yours is) that G4
    could actually be a mix sound. For most male voice G4 is the first real
    head tone; so if you are making it sound “chesty” you are probably “mixing”
    and not even know it.

  16. I don’t think I’m mixing because of how I approached the note, like that
    G4, it was shouty and I couldnt go much higher like usual. I also didn’t go
    straight to the note but picked up “weight” from my chest voice… It’s
    probably just a matter of practicing my mix more. Rock on! 🙂

  17. Hi, my teacher told me that chestvoice and headvoice are just resonance
    sensations and that they have nothing to do with scales…?!? I thought
    lower notes vibrate more in chest and higher notes more in head. Doesn’t a
    good mixedvoice should always (!) have both functions combined? I know its
    not healthy for singing with isolated head- or chestvoice – don’t even
    think that its possible.. so what you mean? Headvoice comes from using the
    thin edges of the vocalchords in a fully supported voice!

  18. Hello, I don’t want to offend or insult you, but when I hear that exercise
    you do , it sounds to me like a singing without good air support.., I
    learned speech level and bel canto and I know these “speech level” seth
    riggs exercises.. I thought, singing with an “open” voice means, that your
    voice is completely supported, so that the transition to high register is
    good. But in this clip for me it sounds like a closed voice without good
    support and you still hear your crack.

  19. I’ve been singing on my chest register for my hole life, and the first
    thing i thought of, when I decided to learn how to use other registers,
    was: should I start working on the mixed register or head register first?
    Or should I do exercises for both at the same time?

  20. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    you are confusing SLS terms with Bel Canto – “open voice” means an open
    vocal tract, lowered back of tongue and a stable neutral larynx. SLS
    stresses a balanced larynx but does not stress an open throat as Bel Canto
    does. Second – there is no cracking here at all and my support is fine. If
    there is ONE thing I am excellent at is breath support.

  21. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    well you’re teacher is both right and wrong. Yes, “chest” & “head” are
    terms to describe resonance but they do relate to scales as far as pitch is
    concerned. The higher in pitch you go, the more it relates to head
    resonance but there are areas in between where the resonance is both in the
    throat and head – a mixed sound. head voice doesn’t necessarily mean thin
    edge of the cords – it relates to the position of resonance on the vocal

  22. Gergő Richárd Fejes

    I started singing for about half a year, and first I couldn’t sing G4…I
    started mixed voice exercises and now I easily reach G4 and sometimes A4,
    but it’s a bit hard sometimes, But I’m afraid that I’m doing it in my chest
    voice only…I feel vibration in my mouth from about C3 and my tone doesn’t
    change, but I don’t know if it’s good(mixed) or not. And will I be able to
    sing much higher if I can use my mix, or I have to practice higher and
    higher notes just like with my chest voice?

  23. Gergő Richárd Fejes

    Oh, and I’d like to ask what’s happening when I can go very high, and
    doesn’t feel overstrained, but I sound like Adam Gontier from Three Days

  24. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    Ken was taught “open throat” as I was, but I don’t subscribe to a “Bel
    Canto only” approach as I feel for some singing styles it is far too heavy
    & compressed. A balance of light mass and heavy mass technique is best in
    my opinion. Ken is a monster singer and a great teacher but a little narrow
    in his approach IMHO – but that’s if it works for him all the power to him

  25. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    Head resonance first – learning what head resonance should and should not
    sound/feel like it critical to learning how to blend it to your lower

  26. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    well you don’t want to technically “push chest” to G4/G#4 – you want to mix
    heavy to those notes. Mixing heavy is where you lean more towards the mouth
    resonance than head resonance as you go into a mouth/head resonance mix.
    see my video here on this: watch?v=sxgntGeQkGg

  27. Zul Qarnain Abdullah

    Hi mr. Rİchard! your voice is amazing! And I learn to practice how to sing
    in head voice from you!

    I have a question! To what extend can we expand our head voice range? Is it
    genetic?What is your chest voice range? And what is your head voice range?
    Can you extend it more or does it stuck in a certain tune?

  28. People always request you do a video with the high note songs… Would you
    do a video of the low part in the beginning of that “disurbed” song sound
    of silence? Thatd be cool for a baritone

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