In this months feature article, I’m going to discussing how to use your high mixed, crossover or blended voice. In November’s featured article, we have given you examples of some different blended or mixed voices.

Before you start using mixed or blended voice please make sure that you are completely warmed up, especially your falsetto and do a “crying scale” to warm up the top end in true voice because the crying & falsetto are very important in this scale because we’re going to be what we called at VSA revving a cry and blending it with falsetto into this particular scale to create a blended voice using both falsetto and true voice but making it sound like true voice.

Now let’s talk about mixed or blended voice:
Placement – I want you to feel that at the start of the scale the sound is being placed in the soft palate of the mouth and then sliding the sounds to the back of the head, resonating your sounds in between the ears as you go higher through the scale. No sound should be resonating in the throat.

Ariana Grande is a great example of mixed or blended voice when singing higher.

You wanted to keep moving over what we called the “crack” or the “break in the voice”. This is between the true and falsetto voices because there is a disconnect or a break between true voice and falsetto. If you move slowly through this particular register, you may hear the notes breaking in your voice. So, another hint here to cry over this area, the break – keep it light and feminine especially for the males and rev a cry through the scale. (Just little cry from the start but as you get higher put more cry through the scale) So, when doing the scales, start down low and you should be feeling comfortable and move very quickly and slide through the scale on an octave jump up or down the scale. Tighten your stomach more as you’re inclining to the higher notes in scales and keep the sound at to the back of your head.

This is a very difficult scale so please again to recap:

  • Make sure that you’re warmed up
  • Revving the cry through the scale
  • Letting the sound slide back to the back of the in-between the ears
  • Keeping the sound light and feminine
  • Tightening your stomach or diaphragm as you are doing the scale.
  • Keep moving through and sliding through the break-in your voice.

Thank you very much for joining me here today, I appreciate it. Hope this blog has helped you out!

See you next month!
Peter Vox