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The Hidden Truth About Singing Mixed Voice and Building Full Voice

Recently, I have been fascinated by the concept of Voice building.

I know as a veteran singer and professional voice teacher, it sounds really weird for me to say.

But I sang Mix(mixed voice) for many years - when you sing Mix, you are trying to coordinate and balance the vocal muscles to get the most out of your voice.

It's actually quite fascinating how you can use the least amount of effort to produce the most amount of power and tone quality, just by tweaking the vowels and airflow.

That's the strength of Mix, but the problem is you have to have a decent voice to start with.

If you have a weak voice, which a lot of people do because of advanced audio technology, you can only get so much out of your voice with the Mix technique, because the muscular strength is not there.

Why You Need to be a Vocal Athlete

Not just for singing, but for speaking and talking as well.

You need to build a strong voice in order to be more convincing and authoritative in whatever you do. Trust me, your voice makes a big difference!

I didn't use to believe this when I first heard Robert Lunte's promotional motto for his online course The Four Pillars of Singing - "We train Vocal Athletes!"

Voice building

Robert Lunte is an expert in vocal strength building!

I didn't think singers are athletes that need to workout their muscle to get them stronger. 

At most, I would compare singers to golfers who are very coordinated and balanced when they swing. 

Of course, I was ignorant to the fact that Tiger Woods and other golfers do heavy weight training in order to get a stronger swing.

I believed in Mix wholeheartedly, and I was singing pretty well with my Mix which gave me power and control with my voice. 

But there was a problem - I didn't gain one note of range extension with this technique. 

I'm talking about singing a high C in Full voice, not Mix - I just could NOT ever do it!

This year, I finally decided to start my voice building program to workout my voice.

Guess what - I quickly gained 2 notes with my full voice (B4 and High C) in the first month!

After 27 years of vocal training, I had an epiphany - the voice is an instrument that has to be built by YOU personally!

After the instrument is built, it is very easy to use with a little technique in mind - the rest is left for you to sing your heart out FREELY!

The only way to sing high notes is Mix? Not really...

Because, for some reasons, traditional voice teachers were failing to produce strong voices and superior singers by the end of the last century.

In the 1990s, I had a voice teacher so bad that he added so much weight and tension to my voice that I lost all my natural notes with my full voice.

That's why I starting singing Mix - I thought that the only to sing high notes in by singing Mix.

The truth is there is a way to hit high notes with full voice. 

The problem is not many singers or voice teachers know how to do that correctly and effectively, which usually end up with the singers yelling their guts out on the high notes.

I have personally experienced this year the strength and power I am building into my voice at 45 years of age.

I have been singing my whole life and thought I have reached the full potential of my voice.

But it's happening!

My voice is changing...for the better!!!

Build a voice - start your training this way...

Start by building a good falsetto voice. I'm serious.

Most people have weak falsetto that airy and floaty. We don't want that in your voice.

Train your falsetto muscles until it is strong enough produce a sound that is clean and focused with no "airyness" whatsoever.

You start by doing falsetto exercise at a tiny volume to get the "wind" out and make it very focused.

Falsetto - only edges of vocal folds are touching, very easy to blow excess air through.

Once you do that, you can then transition to full voice to train the muscles at the fullest level.

Why is falsetto training so important? Because it is the foundation of voice building.

If you can't sing good falsetto, you cannot sing good full voice, plain and simple!

When you can get the notes in good falsetto (clean, focused, no airyness), you can then get the notes in full voice.

Another secret about voice building is - any notes you can sing in falsetto, you can train it to sing in full voice!

Don't believe me - the heavy metal guys are hitting high notes in the female range every single day!

Listen to Jim Gillette from the metal band Nitro: 

It's absolutely possible! I'm experiencing range extension right now in my journey of voice building!

Mix or Voice building? My Conclusion...

I loved Mix. I really did, because it did wonders to my voice, and it can with your voice as well.

I'm just sharing with you the results I get with voice building recently - My voice is reaching new heights!

After 27 years of vocal training, I realized that I have not even reach half of my vocal potential, which is extremely exciting!

I never thought I'd be saying this - I'm going to do voice building for the rest of my life.

Mix has done wonders to my voice for many years, and now, I'm into the voice building stage of my vocal training path.

When you want to start your vocal training, here are the two opposite approaches you have to choose - Mix(SLS) or Voice building?

Most voice teachers and singing programs fall into these 2 major categories of vocal methodology. 

You need to make your choice which approach is best for you, because different methods work for different singers.

If you don't know how to choose, well...try both, and see which ones work best for you!

If you want to further discuss this topic or need course recommendation, comment below.

Happy singing,

Rex


Rex
 

I am a professional singer and vocal coach in Taipei, Taiwan. I have been studying the art of singing for over 20 years. I dedicated my life to helping singers progress and excel in their singing skills, as well as inspire them to reach their fullest potential as performers.

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Toni - July 24, 2020

“If you can’t sing good falsetto, you cannot sing good full voice, plain and simple!”
I think I can testify to the truthfulness of that statement. For me falsetto conditions the voice to be able to sing high strong notes – what you call “Full voice” (while I would call it a thinned out M1 sound). Until recently I completely ignored falsetto, because I thought why train it if I will never sing with it. But discovering falsetto helped me not to fall into my arch enemy of bad singing habits: pushing too hard and losing the balance in my voice.

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    Rex - July 24, 2020

    Toni,

    I have the same discovery about my own voice after so many years. Thanks for sharing!

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      Toni - August 3, 2020

      I have a suggestion for another review which you could do.
      The teacher is Tyler Wysong. He has a YouTube channel, and he offers a small course called Mix Voice Masterclass on his website: https://tylerwysongmethod.com/product/mix-voice-masterclass/
      It’s on sale right now.
      I read your concerns with the school of mix singing and your new discoveries of voice building. Tyler is from that mix school, but if his teaching creates this quality sound…
      https://youtu.be/1TEc3aiYKDI?t=130 (here he sings the high part of Nessun Dorma)
      …maybe it is worth a shot.
      (As a pro, maybe you notice something about his singing here that makes him inferior to the great opera singers – if that’s the case, let me know. I’m curious^^ in my ears it sounds awesome, anyways)

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        Rex - August 3, 2020

        Toni,

        Yeah, he’s singing some really good mix there on the last high note, but it’s still a mix. It will work pretty well for pop and R&B, but it won’t work for Opera and Rock which require full and heavy tone quality. I’m not against mix. I have a mix background. I’m just saying we as singers should be able to sing falsetto, mix, and full voice – all of it! Thanks for your recommendation! I will check the course out!

        Rex

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