An Overview of Teaching Mix
Goal of MIX:
The goal of a MIX teacher is to help the student develop a pleasing and natural tone (especially on the often ‘dreaded’ high notes) through as much range as possible with no ‘cracks’ or ‘breaks’, apply this sound to a song, and then help the student perform the song with Great style without losing the even and smooth sound.
This is accomplished by doing the following:
Help the student understand ‘what’ and ‘where’ the bridges (or ‘passage area’s often called the “passagio”) are.
Show the student how to navigate the bridges by teaching good posture (breathing), vowel production (pure, narrow, vertical vowels), and how to have a relaxed and stabilized larynx. A stable larynx is very important as we want to make sure that the muscles normally used to chew and swallow food are not used to force the larynx up or down in order to ‘improve’ the sound. This causes an imbalanced sound.
MIX Voice is founded on the concept of singing in the same comfortable manner as you speak. Imagine the body in an open, relaxed condition doing what it was designed to do. The result is a voice that sounds full and connected all through its entire range, with no breaks or sudden shifts in tone.
To accomplish these goals, MIX teachers begin by using specific vocal exercises which are designed to help the student experience the sensations he or she should feel during proper vocal production. The purpose of each exercise is to help the student get into the proper place and then move toward application to a song.
A Great ‘get to know you and your voice’ session. At the first lesson I will ask a few brief questions about your vocal history and then immediately diagnose your voice. This diagnostic test consists of a simple vocal exercise that will give me enough information about your voice to move forward with the correct method of teaching specifically for you.