The Technique-singing through 'the breaks'
Typically, new students seek voice lessons to help with these particular issues:
“I can’t sing past a particular note without my voice cracking, flipping or straining”
“If I sing at a gig, the next day my throat is sore and my voice is hoarse”
“I can only sing so high in my ‘normal’ voice, then my voice gets weak and light sounding”
“I have been taking singing lessons, but my range hasn’t increased”
With the right technique, and the right teacher, these issues can be addressed and singing can become a joyful and relaxed experience!
For students of all levels and ages, this technique is a healthy way to sing without straining while still being able to produce ‘power’ notes.
Singing in the “mixed voice” creates a smooth transition between the chest voice (bottom) and the head voice (top) which enables singers to reach their full potential without any breaks or flips in their voices.
The same commercial tones used by greats like Haley Williams (Paramore), Amy Lee (Evenescence), Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Brian McKnight, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Linkin Park, Josh Groban, and many more successful contemporary singers.
It is also an essential technique for Musical Theater singing.
There are points in the vocal range when the musculature that operates the vocal cords changes while the resonance sensations in the body shift. This is where most people experience a break, or a sudden shift in vocal quality. The biggest and most prominent break point for most people is the first bridge, which is the transition from chest voice into the head voice.
The first step in beginning to smooth out this transition is to understand that at this first bridge a mixing must occur. The singer must find a place that is not pure falsetto, and not pure chest voice. We call this the middle voice or the “MIX”.
Singing in the “Mix” can be achieved by studying with an experienced “Mix” voice teacher such as Judy Malings.