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I recently found my mixed voice, but it sounds horrendous. It is airy, raspy and weak.

Am I stuck with it, or will I see some drastic changes if I keep practicing?

It's a bit discouraging because I spent countless hours trying to find my mixed voice.

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It's really difficult to say without hearing it. But be aware of one thing for sure, your mixed voice shouldn't sound airy. Try to imagine that you're speaking when you're practicing pharynx resonance exercises so that your vocal cords come together and stop this air flow, and see if you get some improvement!

  • Thanks. I asked this a couple of months, and I've actually tried pharyngeal exercises, or singing in the mask, and it has indeed helped tremendously. I'm also able to get more resonance by keeping a relaxed open throat and connecting the air with the diaphragm. However, I only found out about this a couple of weeks ago. The problem I'm having now is that my G4 sounds pretty heady. So my follow up question is: Will this get stronger over time? Cuz I'm quite certain I have the techniques down for the most part. But does the voice somehow "develop" like a muscle over time? – user1164937 Apr 27 '18 at 4:39
  • You need to think about approaching a certain note with a certain technique. For a certain style, you might want your G4 to sound "heady" (probably it's just mixed and you're not used to that sound?) and for another style, you might want to belt that G4. I'm now starting to develop my mixed voice and I've noticed how my F4s and G4s change when I want to belt them than when I want to mix them. If you want to give your mixed G4 a little extra body, just do a little retraction (I would add a 2 if you could measure it in a scale from 1-10). – Lucas Bernalte Apr 28 '18 at 8:56
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Actual mixed voice is walking a thin line between falsetto and chest voice, keeping a precarious balance between elements from both.

You need solid control of both voice types you are blending, and then solid control of the blend. Solid control of both voice types takes years to establish, and now you assume that having found mixed voice for the first time (for the record, I consider it rather unlikely that you actually work with mixed voice here: it's more likely just falsetto) without working hard at it by traversing the vocal break from above, namely falsetto, and it should sound great? The most complex singing feat of all should just be there, ready to be "discovered" rather than developed, and be useful?

There is a reason professional singers take decades of lessons, you know. Mixed voice is not something you "discover", like you don't "discover" how to juggle. It's the result of a conscious blending of two voice types you are in control of, and that blend does not happen by accident since its in the middle of two stable configurations of the larynx. It sits in the middle of what happens when your voice flips. You stay stuck in the middle of that flip for a range covering several notes.

For this to make sense, your chest voice must be well-controlled and sounding strong, and your falsetto must be well-controlled and sounding strong. If either has still problems, hanging in the unstable middle between them will have more problems.

  • I have done mum's, lip trills, etc. for a while, but I was never able to apply the coordinations to actual singing. It took a lot of experimentation, but it finally hit me how the coordination is applied. That's what I meant by discovery. – user1164937 Apr 27 '18 at 4:45
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I agree that it's difficult to say without hearing, but airy, raspy and weak voice have nothing to do with one's vocal range per se. It's a matter of technique and practice. Airy and weak voice are the most common problems that people have when they start singing lessons. These problems will not go away by random aimless practicing alone, but the key point is to practice using the right methods and techniques so any progress that you make, will be actually useful progress for the better. I recommend that you find a good vocal pedagogue who understands the anatomy and physics of human voice and can assist you in pinpointing what practically happens when you're not producing the desired tone of voice, and what exactly you can do to train the problematic areas. You want a voice coach who understands the science of voice; avoid coaches who promise to transform you into a wonderful gimmicky pop star in an unbelievably short time.

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