How To Build Mixed Voice | Mixed Voice Exercises | Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy

Hey guys welcome back again to Ken
Tamplin Vocal Academy where the proof is in the singing. We get a lot of requests and a lot of questions about singing and I just want
to go through a bunch of requests that we have. Now before we get started here
and I’m gonna repeat myself a few times when I answer these questions. I remember
vividly going through, trying to figure out when a vocal coach says just do this
or another vocal coach says do that and they don’t really demonstrate it
themselves and they don’t really prove it out themselves. So you’re kind of left
going well gosh you know you told me how to do it or you read it in a textbook or
you read it online somewhere but you’re not physically demonstrating this
for me. Can you please demonstrate what it is that you’re talking about and man
I just spent I don’t know a couple decades of going to some of the world’s
greatest vocal coaches and most of them could not demonstrate what they teach. So
that drove me nuts and in fact it’s what drove me to doing my singing course
called How to Sing Better Than Anyone Else is that I could be very explicit
and very simple and not get bogged down with big technical terms and big fancy
ways of trying to make me look good and pretend that I have all this great knowledge of the voice or pretend or really have great knowledge of the
voice whatever that means but and then not really be able to explain it to you
clearly, succinctly and simply okay. So as I go through some of these questions I’m
gonna you know try to do my best to do just that so you really apprehend this.
Now please also understand that when you ask a question, it is multifaceted. There
is a lot to this so it’s not just one answer here, one answer there and not
one-size-fits-all or there could be multiple answers or there could also be
a combination of you know, you start at this point and then you do this and then
you do this and you do this. So to give you a quick five-minute tutorial or a 5
minute answer is really I want to use the word irresponsible. No one is going
to be able to just get it from one quick tip or a quick answer but at least it’ll
clarify a lot of things for you to really help have you see the vision of
how you can see yourself doing whatever question is that your answering and I’ll
do my best to answer those questions okay. So with that said I’m gonna put
this at the head of a lot of these little or a lot not little but big questions that I have coming in to really again clarify and just make
simple for you to understand how to do some of the things you guys want to know
okay. So with that said let’s get started. The next question that I have is how do
I build mixed voice okay. Well this seems to be like a mystery, mixed voice you know
and it is actually because there is a lot to it. Now no one including myself is
gonna show you and give you the ability to all of a sudden sing great mixed voice
just like that. There’s a lot to it folks and if someone says that there isn’t,
they are not… they don’t understand it and they can’t do it themselves and
demonstrate it. Now I have a singing course it’s called How to Sing Better
Than Anyone Else and I have an entire section dedicated to get you guys to
understand how to get into mixed voice through the passaggio and back but I
want to give you some tutorials right here and right now that will be get you
starting on this. Now I do have a couple.. I think a video or two on this and if I
do I’ll put that in the description so you can you know see how this stacks up
next to that but some really simple things that we can do are sirens you
know or sliders whatever you want to call them and I’m just gonna do a few of
them. Now the goal of this that we’re gonna do on one vowel and by the way
guys this is predicated or based on the fact that you’ve already gone through
the whole sections I have on diaphragmatic support and the relaxation
response, the bright ping vowel of AA, vowel modifications. They matter why and how
you get two different vowel modifications. That bright ping of aa, that
bright timbral sound that we discussed already. So all those things have to come
into play first before you start going into mixed voice and growing mixed voice
okay but and by the way you can grow a mixed voice by adding a lot of air to the
sound and the more air that you add to a sound.. overuse of air is the arch enemy
of the voice because it dries it out and all of a sudden then you start adding
more air because you get dysphonia or lack of the ability to phonate, create
sound and then you start adding more air and then the vocal folds start to swell they get inflammation, you have to add more air. It’s this
vicious cycle that is not a good place to be okay. So you get this bright tone,
all the other things we’ve talked about first and now we talk about mixed voice.
So we’re gonna do some simple sliders or some simple sirens on an aa vowel and
what our goal is, is to get from our chest register, our belt and call
register. Actually really starting from the speaking register. People don’t know
this, there’s actually two passaggios. There there’s a passaggio that comes
from your speaking register into your call register, your belting register. That’s one thing we have to overcome and then from our belting register which is
the most obvious passagio which is segundo passagio, second passaggio. (sounds) Say that 20 times fast segundo passagio. So we have to get that, the reason it’s
the most obvious is because it goes into our falsetto which you know growing it
is really our head voice if we grow this correctly and by the way are..
even the terminologies are funky because a lot of people just use the terminology
of head voice, meaning something that resonates in your head. I like to use the
terminology, the 70’s terminology of head voice for women. Meaning that they’ve
crossed over from their chest speaking or belting register excuse me, on into
their falsetto which is called head voice. So when I use the term head
voice I really mean reinforced falsetto or a falsetto that has been built up enough
to match the tonal qualities of your chest voice. Let me say that again when I
use the term head voice, I mean it as falsetto that you have worked up and
worked, made strong enough, bright enough to where it matches the tonal qualities
of your chest voice so you can’t really tell if you’re in chest or in head voice
right it’s one long powerful note. So as we do these sirens or as we do these
sliders, we’re gonna start like this and the goal is to get past the passaggio
without hearing the break okay. Now if you hear the break back off the sound.
That doesn’t mean add a bunch of air or whatever, it just means less volume
because you’ll find that the less volume you have in chest voice, the easier it is
to get through the passaggio without hearing the break or the back of the
throat spasming and closing down and then you can enter into head voice and then you can come in for a landing bringing it back down into chest
voice again seamlessly without the break okay. So here we go on an aa vowel, that nice bright aa ping. And ladies you’ll do this up the octave. Now right there at the top for you high baritones or baritones and even low tenors, you’re gonna start to feel like
that top note and ladies you too, you’ll feel some pull in this as well. You’re
gonna feel like that top note is already starting to want to go to your head
voice okay. Now like I said, there is a lot more to this than just doing these
exercises. There’s a whole bunch of building up the foundation for this,
stretching chest to get it to go higher so that you could hand it off to the
head voice later so that you built up your chest voice and you you know you
grow this mid voice a mixed voice part but for now it’ll give you a really good
start in foundation and understanding how to start the process okay. Let’s
continue. See you don’t hear any break. Let’s continue. If you do hear the break just stop come back sing even lighter. Right, to where you don’t hear the break
and as you get better at it with the bright timbral sound we talked about, you
can lean into the sound which just means adding more volume to strengthen this
area of the passaggio. We have to start there first before we can go into mixed voice okay. Seamlessly. and for you Altos out there, Sopranos
you’re way up in the rafters right now, way up here right. You Altos come in when you can so don’t think you had to start where I
started and end where I ended, try to find the sweet spot for you that
challenges you to be able to do this. Now you notice I’m hitting a B4 and
you’re going you’re right Ken, I don’t hear any break in your voice and I can
lean into the sound to make it loud, I can come all the way back to piano and make
it small, I can go forte make it loud come back piano make it small. So if
you notice I’ve worked this enough where I just keep doing it and doing it and
doing it and doing it where I built up the muscle memory and strength to be
able to get through the passaggio without the chirp (sounds) where the back of the
throat spasms and creates that yodeling sound. So it’s fusing together my chest
voice with my falsetto or my head voice like we just discussed and creating one
long powerful note so I can connect that sound and go up and sing really high
without the strain of pulling muscle mass of my chest voice into my head
voice. Now let’s continue so that was the B. Let’s go to the male tenor high C. Ew I cracked. See I have to work at it just like you guys right. Okay that’s a that’s a d5. Now if you
notice I start in chest, I go into head and I come back to chest okay. You don’t
want to go chest into head and bring head voice back down in your chest yet.
You’ll do some of this later but and the reason is is you want to be able to have
it even. You don’t know you don’t want to lop side the vocal folds. You want it
even you want to be able to do it going up and then you want to be able to come
back through the passaggio back in the chest coming back down. We say coming in for the landing into chest voice. So that you can grow this evenly in both
directions. Now Ken is this mixed voice. Well it’s the beginning of understanding
how to learn mixed okay. Now if you guys out there are choking going Ken I just.. And I keep getting that yodel. What do I do.
Well there’s a little trick you can do. Let’s start here, let’s go way down here. On
an A, A4. What you can do is you can throw in a quick little H. and you can throw in this H to force or to train the throat to stay open so that you can get
through the passaggio without hearing the break. That’s
training the throat to stay open but you don’t want that H to be in there for
very long, you want to pull that H out of there because you don’t want to
weaken the passaggio. The goal is to strengthen the passaggio with that nice,
bright, timbral sound. Remember we discussed that bright, timbral sound is the only
true sound that grows the voice. So in order to do that you want to come in and
out of the passaggio in order to be able to get to that thing. Now it’s really
important to understand again guys this is just a soundbite, a snapshot, a very
small part of what it really takes to get good mixed voice. I cover all of this
in my singing course called How to Sing Better than Anyone Else. I give you the
whole enchilada on exactly how to get into mixed voice, this is just the
beginning. You have to have already strengthened your chest voice, already
understand the building blocks to that – to building chest, already understand the
building blocks to building head voice and then you come back and start to mix
this sound okay. Vowel modifications matter, all this stuff matters but I’m
just giving you a quick again overview of what it really takes to do this stuff.
So anyway if you guys like what you heard please like and subscribe to my
channel. Oh I forgot to add one more quick thing is within mixed voice, what is
mixed voice. Well mixed is the combination or percentage I meant to say this before,
now I’m saying it now is the percentage of chest and head mixing okay. The
percentage of chest voice and falsetto mixing but you have to built your
falsetto up bright, bright enough and powerful enough to match the tonal
qualities of your chest voice so that when you start to mix this sound, you can
mix it at virtually any spectrum of the voice and no one’s really gonna know is
he in chest is he in head, is he mixing. Wow this is
incredible it’s just sounds… right and I can go through the whole spectrum of the
voice and I could come in louder or softer anywhere I want because I
understand mixed voice okay. Alright gang God bless you and until next time peace out. Hey guys if you like what you heard please LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my channel
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  2. Going to send this to my friends. They find your videos very helpful and informative.

  3. thank u so much, u have no idea how your videos helped me. God bless you

  4. ¡¡Really good info!! Please react to BLACKIE LAWWLESS (W.A.S.P)

  5. Hi

  6. Muito obrigado pela dica 🙏🙏🙏👏👏👏

  7. Ken Tamplin thakyou for free videos!!! I Learned a lot😘😘😘

  8. Rock on

  9. I tried this in my appartment, but I backed off because I thougth I sounded stupid. I'm sure it helps tho, but I wonder if my landlords think I have taken any drugs or something, haha!

  10. Nice tutorial..Would you do a video like this for a chest voice?

  11. Great as always Ken! I have to say, it’s very hard for me to watch an entire video about singing from someone it’s not you, because they are so full of glitches or things that aren’t right, and it’s so easy to find that out now, because of KTVA, thanks for all your videos and your program Ken

  12. I tried that … I sounded like Ahhhhhhhh. Like when the nurse/ doctor asks ya to stick out ur tongue. Lol Just kidding. Great lesson. Peeps listen up !!! See ya Ken !!! 😊🐼

  13. Hey Ken I just wanted to say thank you so much for all your help. I recently got your singing course and the improvement in just a month has been insane and I am so excited to continue to grow.

  14. You're the savior of my voice, I love you a lot, thanks!!

  15. How I've missed the legendary Ken Tamplin 'A' vowel face! Was nice to see that little crack as well; it makes even masters like Ken relatable for everyone. Great video as always. I've found these sliders serve as a nice little warm-up, too 👍

  16. Ken, that was awesome. That helped me a lot.

  17. Hi Ken : I reached the D5 without problems (but with so much mask resonance) . I'm a tenor?
    My sustained vocal range is G2-G5
    My really vocal range is : F1 – C#7
    But i prefer too build up the my first 3 Octaves.
    A my friend said to me : Your voice is so similar to Dimash voice in some acute.

  18. Enjoy watching your videos

  19. There was a youtube video about how mixed voice shouldn't be used in operatic singing and how singers should actually use coordinated chest voice . Are there any differences between the two ?

  20. Thanks ken, I have been trying to start singing with a Brad Delp kind of style recently so this really helps a lot!

  21. There are opera 'connoisseurs'(if we can use that term) who said that Sohyang and Lara Fabian have 'underdeveloped' and 'atrophied' chest voice . What is your opinion Ken ?

  22. <3 <3 <3

  23. I was reminded about your course, when I checked in "Mr.Breeze" last Thursday. I started singing Lynyrd Skynyrd's "They Call Me The Breeze" & a young Asian co-worker said I had a nice voice. I thanked her & realize my "nice voice" could be a BETTER voice. I totally need to get started on your course, I bought it in May. Time's been a factor. I talk all day long & commute 88 miles a day. I plan to start over the Thanksgiving / Christmas holidays. I want to be able to devote the time needed to REALLY get started. This is a fabulous tutorial for those just thinkin' 'bout gettin' your course. I can hardly wait to get started. I want to SING! … and sing WELL! 🙂 Peace, Love & Music!

  24. Thank youuuuuuu

  25. I think I finally found my mix last summer after almost 14 years of singing, but I'm not sure. It feels like the sound it goes into my head but my chest is still engaging somewhat and adding weight to it. I've tested it against my head voice and it feels and sounds a lot different. I'm a bass so the possibility of hitting those notes I always envied (A4 and up, my current "mix" likes to rest at about the Bb) is super exciting!

  26. HI KEEEEEN👌❤❤❤

  27. Ken I'm so grateful you exist. The very best coach

  28. I was wondering do you have any in-depth anatomy lessons because I understand what you're saying it's just I'm a lot better with seeing because I'm constantly picutring oh yeah that part and that part. So I get lost a bit.

  29. My voice breaks while doing the slides and im a baritone trying transform my voice in a tenor, what should I do?

  30. AMAZING tip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are eternally the best

  31. I tried doing it and I sounded like a chicken being knifed.

  32. Is there an advantage to having the Laaa "L" like you are doing rather than just Ahhhh? I'm afeared of the break area, into head voice.

  33. Hey Ken love this and I love sliders and what I can now do what a tool box I have thanks to you your honesty your videos and of course your singing course is amazing I can truly sing anything I want and my own way that developed through all these exercises and scales and knowing how the voice works.I thank God for it.I’m 56 and never loose my voice and my voice keeps getting better as long as I keep up the work.God Bless 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  34. what usually hits higher? mask or mix?

  35. I love it when you get technical…you are so awesome…thank you, Ken!!!  💗💗💗

  36. Excellent video mixed voice lesson Ken!! 😁👍🏻

  37. Ken you're amazing. I'd love to really know how many peoples voice that you have saved from getting bad advice or learning from people that can't actually show their students how to sing. You're the best I've ever seen. God bless you brother.

  38. Amazing ken thank you so much for this video, these kind of videos are much better than reacts to or your students singing, really appreciate your channel and your content, you rock man

  39. My nodules are almost completely gone because your method saved my voice! I had been feeling hopeless for years vocally because of my vocal damage I've accumulated from bad technique. The KTVA course is THE best vocal course out there! I can't thank you enough. I can now make a full time living from singing 🙌🏾🙌🏾 God bless you!

  40. Ken I'm a sopralto is a combination of soprano and alto

  41. Whenever I sing in falsetto, I always just exhale out air instead of singing. Can you pls tell me what to do.

  42. Who is bored with reaction videos? Wait no, Not because its bad, but its just too much to be honest..
    Finally coaching content, anyone pump for this?

  43. Hi Ken!! Me encantan tus clases y videotutoriales.👍😎

  44. The H idea is very helpful

  45. Good video Ken my aim is to build my chest voice bridge around F4 onto around A5, hope to add a few extra notes to the chest, alot of the songs I want to sing Like Europe songs reach higher in the chest voice or maybe these singers have strengthened their head voice.

  46. But will this ruin my aspirations of becoming a professional yodeler?! 😂 Great video as always!

  47. So you mentioned that we have a speaking register, a call register and a head voice (reinforced falsetto) register. Then you also mentioned that mix voice is a mix of chest and head that varies in percentage as you go through the appropriate range. So if my understanding is correct the call register and mix voice seem to occupy the same area of the voice. Is mix voice something we use instead of the call register to get a lighter sound?
    I guess my underlying question is what is the difference between the call register and mix voice?

  48. Thank you so much i learn a lot from you..God bless you more.

  49. thx ken. I improve my voice 40% percent only watching your youtube tutorials even probably more because i never know before about head voice and mix voice., bel conto etc..Next year i will save money and buy your singing lessons 2nd The Course + Pro Packs. thank you for sharing some free techniques.Can you do dimash reaction adagion or something from vitas, or something from dee snider this man have strong distortion and not hurting voice even at the age 65.

  50. Can you react to Zayn 14 shook vocals

  51. I really appreciate all the videos you post about this. I've never taken a singing class and I've been learning by myself through YouTube and you're the only vocal coach I've seen that actually demonstrates an explains very clear what you're talking about. I'm gonna keep on practicing more. This video is so helpful. Thanks.

  52. Love your vids Ken!

  53. I had always thought that when your voice breaks/flips into falsetto (think Emotional Rescue by the Stones) the throat is open, but it's that the vocal folds are positioned differently which affects the way they open and close so they don't close as much during each cycle of opening/closing (440 cycles in the case of an A4), and more air comes through, as a result of not closing as much. What I have yet to see is an actual scientific explanation of why someone's voice can't get above, say a G4 without flipping into falsetto, and what actually occurs if that same person is able to train their voice to get to, say, an A4 without flipping to an "emotional rescue falsetto" instead of only being able to reach a G4 without flipping. What muscles are trained both inside and outside the larynx that causes the flip to occur above an A4 instead of above a G4?

  54. One day I want you to coach me 👍

  55. 2:23 Now there's a shirt!

  56. Oh thanks a lot. I have no problems going high, but coming back to chest, with this H, that's it.

  57. Hi Ken, thanks to your academy, I got my first 50 dollars for my short 30 minute concert. Song Still Loving You a next 7 songs…..Your methods works….At last I can go to for the dinner….😂……( I am from Gunčíková country)

  58. thanks to your exercises my mixed voice is more improved. thank you.

  59. Ken I'm old you may have heard my songs but I respect you

  60. Can you make a video on singing the ee vowel? How can an open throat be maintained with this vowel?

  61. Hey Ken, what about Nickel back? Haven't heard back from you?!

  62. That thumbnail was gold……😂😂…..Love you Ken….

  63. Ya know Ken. You are quite fantastic. So much knowledge and understanding. I've noticed though, having worked with your exercises, I feel like when I belt above the A4, I'm always in mixed voice instead of pushing it out with a lot of force and power while still being in my chest voice. Is this common or does this even make sense?

  64. Hey Ken, maybe you could sometime address the subject of VOCAL HARMONIZING. 
    Many church / bar folks I know are very poor at it. 
    Their intonation does not ring as they hold back from a lack of confidence and so on.

  65. And the award for Best Thumbnail So Far goes to…

  66. Super nice video!!!!!! Never had the theory behind. THANK YOU!!!!!!

  67. Leave it to Ken to make me want to make a big ass homemade milkshake!😃

  68. I sing everyday Ken when I'm at home I try to hit certain high notes their not always good but sometimes it is to I try to to learn headvoice placement and the techniques while I'm singing trying to find those techniques and learn them Ken I do I didn't know about mixed voice I sing that song never give up a lot that you did and try to hit those notes to reach that learning these techniques to make it easier so yea Ken thanks for this video man

  69. I'm actually a lead singer but I can pull off baritone ken

  70. Everytime i get new video i learn something That Really Prove Best Coach in the World🎙. Sir Still am Struggling to sing Iron Maiden🎙

  71. You are such a compelling and gifted teacher! Thanks for this video (also love your course! I've taken a lot of lessons with several teachers, but your course has really helped more than anything!)

  72. Ken, about to listen to the vid but you said comments are the place for reaction suggestions.
    Green Day were just on Howard Stern show couple days ago. I just listened to when September ends and American idiot.
    Sounded tight and would be perfect opportunity if you ever wanted to react to those guys as it’s current 🙂

  73. Ken ,how do you suppose to breath on this exercises ,I always release lots of air when I sing , what am I doing wrong ,as always really enjoy your videos

  74. Ken, it seems that learning to be a musician is a lot like exercising where you have to be disciplined and put the time and work in to see the results. When I was young, I began teaching myself to play the guitar. To become faster and faster on the guitar, I have had to keep building strength in my fingers and forearms playing scales endlessly and guitar solos endlessly and doing exercises as well as learning chords and getting better and better at moving from chord to chord and then learning to play in tempo along with songs. No matter how much we know as musicians there is always more to learn. I used to have to buy the sheet music and the C.D. or tape or record to learn a song where as now the music is all free on the internet. Thanks to Eddie Van Halen for the invention of guitar tabs or I never would have been able to read guitar music or learn anything. You are proficient as a musician and singer and are extremely honest. Ads by other vocal coaches who promise people they can be great singers in thirty days is such a scam. Life is tough. Brutally tough and nothing is for free. We have to do the work. Ken, we are all extremely fortunate to have you as our vocal coach (we are learning from the best) and that you share so much of your knowledge with all of us. Thanks for all the outstanding lessons and videos.

  75. great informative video! if you get a chance check out this very cool singer: Conner Reeves..

  76. I guess I already have a mixed voice. My chest voice can go from C#2-G4, my mixed voice can go from D4-Eb5, and my falsetto can go from E5-A5

  77. Ken, with you it's like magic. The way you use your eyes to teach is very helpful. Before I saw your videos I was so frustrated. As a karaoke singer I was baffled how to increase my range, and I was shocked when I heard the answer: I needed to open my throat to sing higher. As someone who has worked in the sciences, I thought shrinking the opening in my throat would enable me to sing higher, just based on physics. I'd go to sing, and I'd come home with mild pain in my throat for each time I tried to sing a little higher, but as the years went by I was never able to add a single note to my range. Thanks for this lesson. You are a very good teacher.

  78. thank you so much Ken.

  79. thank you Ken! You the Best couch,and very onest.Good job.

  80. Thanks for putting up videos like this, very cool of you to share knowledge with people and help them to become the best they can.

  81. Hay ken what was the first song that you played can you make a video on it man
    Thanks you rock

  82. Really loved your teachings. Sir👍👍👍

  83. Can you analyze vocals for a couple Periphery songs, like the 2nd half of ''Blood Eagle'' and ''Satellites''? Their singer Is great and I would love to understand what he's doing vocally.

  84. your the best Ken…keep up the great work.

  85. I'm I doing it wrong?
    Whenever I try to hit a highnote I feel my Cheeks Resonating,and I can feel my throat it's like being compressed? ( is that the the right term? ) that's it am I doing it right? Or wrong?

  86. From watching this exercise – volume increases as the note gets higher . For male singers do you need to use more volume to be able hit the F#4 G4 nnotes and onwards ?

  87. Hello! I'm a male and I watched a video about the difference between head voice and falsetto. The guy explained it and demonstrated it well but I still don't understand. I can't find my head voice, is there a video anyone can link pls?

  88. Ken cracked, and showed he is a mortal like rest of us :). Looking forward to mixed voice section of course. Maybe in 1 or 2 years 🙂

  89. Ken could you do a video more in depth of diaphragmatic support?

  90. Hey Ken, how is it going? In some of your videos you were calling the high notes of Operatic Tenors "belted chest voice" but they were actually using mixed voice like every other singer. No men can sing higher than their Primo Passaggio in chest voice, which for Tenors is around B3-E4. What you call pulled chest voice is simply a yelly mixed voice. No singer uses chest voice in their high notes, chest voice is a term used for low notes. Please answer if I am wrong.

  91. Great video Ken <3 I am still unable to mix (my nemesis G4 always makes my voice break) or even transition smoothly without a break between the registers, but I really love this exercise. Do you think I can use this as a warm up exercise, or should you be warmed up beforehand?

  92. This is the type of Ken Tamplin video that I watch all the way through. Ken, keep posting videos like this!

  93. Ken, I know you have a never ending list of vocal requests. Please add Gavin Rossdale of Bush to that list. Thanks! Keep rocking!

  94. Hi. I love this video, I find it absolutely illustrative. Thank you very much for your work!! Greetings from Mexico

  95. Excellent lesson, thanks 🙏 you rock 😎🎸

  96. Please Don't fold your hair man..
    Superdude rockstar with open hairs that's all really suits you 😌😃

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