Even if you know how to get mixed voice, if you pull your chest voice into the bridge, you’re singing with pulled chest, not mix. Inside this video I’ll give you one powerful exercise used with three different scales to stop pulled chest voice so you can get mixed voice.
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Today I’ll show you a little known or used exercise that will stop the pulled chest so you can begin the process of building your mixed voice. This is a proven exercise that works for students who need extra help getting mixed voice and it will work for you.
Pulling chest voice occurs as you sing from your low voice (chest voice) through the bridge or passaggio and into your high voice (head voice). It sounds like this: [Demo]
You might do this if you don’t know how to allow the mix to come in. Pulled chest is part of the very common vocal type, Pulled Chest – High Larynx. It’s what I used to do before I learned how to mix.
It’s hard to break old habits of pulling chest. Incredibly many vocal teachers actually encourage or allow pulling chest voice.
How to Get Mixed Voice – 1 Exercise to Stop Pulled Chest Voice
This exercise uses an “ng” sound…as in “sing”. It sounds like this: [demo]
You’ll use this on three different scales.
First, the 5-tone scale. It sounds like this: [demo]
Men begin on the B3. Ladies begin on the F#4. Both voices go up one half-step. I’ll demonstrate it, then it’s your turn.
Men first. [demo] Ready, begin. [B3 to C4]
Now ladies. [demo] Ready begin. [F#4 to G4]
On each of these scales, don’t do it loud or aggressive. Do it just firmly enough to hold your connection that’s all. If you do it correctly, you can’t do it if you pinch your nose closed. [demo] Check yourself.
Second, the octave repeat with the word “ming”. It sounds like this: [demo]
Men begin on the F#3. Ladies begin on the C#4. Both voices go up one half-step. I’ll demonstrate it, then it’s your turn.
Men first. [demo] Ready, begin. [F#3 to G3]
Now ladies. [demo] Ready begin. [C#4 to D4]
Third, the 1½ scale with the “ng” sound. It sounds like this: [demo]
Men begin on the B2. Ladies begin on the F#4. Both voices go up one half-step. I’ll demonstrate it, then it’s your turn.
Men first. [demo] Ready, begin. [B2 to C3]
Now ladies. [demo] Ready begin. [F#3 to G3]
Which of these three exercises seemed to work best for your voice? Please tell me in the comments section below? 5-Tone? Repeat? 1 ½?
Repeat these exercises as often as needed. This will help retrain your nervous system to stop pulling the chest voice. You’ll feel the connected tone without having to pull the weight of the chest voice higher into the bridge and head voice.
This will give you the confidence to do all the exercises without pulling chest and raising the larynx.
The exercises for the Vocal Type Pulled Chest – High Larynx and all the other vocal types will be more effective now that you have felt the tonal connection produced in these exercises.
There are many other exercises for all the vocal types to help you learn how to get mixed voice.
To make this quick and easy for you, download the Free PDF, “Get Your Vocal Type” here or in the description below this Youtube video.
This PDF contains links to the vocal test, which I call the PowerTest. Take the test and then answer the questions in the quiz and get your vocal type. Then watch the videos about your vocal type and download the exercises for your vocal type.
These exercises will help you get mixed voice rapidly because they help eliminate pulled chest and replace it with mixed voice. Get the PDF today and get started practicing these exercises for your vocal type.
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Did you feel you didn’t pull chest as much as before doing these exercises? Leave a comment below “yes, pulled less” or “no…I can’t tell”.
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