How to Build a Stronger Mix

How to Build a Stronger Mix

Everyone wants that illustrious, powerful mix…you know, when you hear singers like Celine Dion, Nate Ruess, and Beyonce bust out those strong, gut-wrenching high notes. Yet, whenever you try to do the same, you just either end up sounding very quaint, polite, and underpowered, or you strain your head off. Whenever you sing a song that’s lies in your first bridge range, you feel like you’re walking on eggshells for fear that you will pull too much chest. If only you can make it into your second and third bridges, you would feel safe.

Realizing this is a nerve-wrecking problem for you, you seek out help only to discover that most of the advice from teachers and forums is very generic and unhelpful: “just blend more chest into your head”, “keep it light, but right, and it will grow”, “just use more of your resonance”, “don’t pull chest, but instead, use your mix”, “don’t splat the vowel”, etc. These are all things that make sense logically, but when you practice them and try to apply it to actual songs, it fails.

So, you being the ambitious singer that you are set out to do some experimentation on your own, because you are determined to find that elusive chesty mix. You try to find some chest in your low range and drag it up into your high notes. You sing louder, but you can’t control it and are straining for deal life to keep it in check. You start to lose your voice after practicing like this for a while. Frustration sets in and come to the conclusion that maybe you just don’t have the type of voice that is designed to sing in a chesty mix.

Well, I have news for you. Anyone that has a normal, healthy voice can sing in a chesty mix. The problem is that you received bad instruction from others, and when you attempted it on your own, you didn’t know what you were doing and made a lot of mistakes.

With this article series, I will reveal the top 11 reasons why you failed to find your chesty mix. I will also have 6 lessons in which I give you exercise to remedy those problems. These are exercises that are normally only shared with my paying clients, but I am offering them for free.

Who is this article for?

If you can say yes to 5 out of 6 of the following criteria, then this article is for you; otherwise, stop reading.

  • You have been taking voice lessons for a couple of years (No, working with Singing Success or Mastering Mix does not count — you actually need to have had lessons with a teacher giving you real time feedback on your voice)
  • You have had multiple voice teachers
  • You have already established your mix through your first and second bridge
  • You can mix lightly, but have trouble finding more power
  • You are terrified of songs that live in your first bridge, and prefer to sing songs that let you go higher into your second and third bridges where you feel more comfortable
  • You are dedicated to your vocal improvement and will do whatever it takes to bring out your best voice

Who is this article NOT for?

If you answer yes to ANY of these points, please stop reading.

  • You don’t know what a mix is
  • You just started taking voice lessons within the past 2 months
  • You expect to become an incredible singer in just a few weeks and take American Idol by storm
  • You don’t know how to sing in tune

If you passed the qualifying test and are still reading, congratulations. There is a lot of ground we will cover with this series. Before we get started, though, I need to define a few terms. I define the bridge ranges a little bit differently than many of you are accustomed to, so when I say your middle range, first bridge, and second bridge, this is what I’m referring to:

  Middle Range First Bridge Second Bridge
Male Bb3-F4 F4-Ab4 A4-B4
Female F4-C5 C5-Eb5 E5-F#5

And just so there is no confusion about the note naming system, the major scale from middle C to the male high C would be the following notes: 

C4 – D4 – E4 – F4 – G4 – A4 – B4 – C5

The Top 11 Reasons YOU Fail to Build a Stronger Mix

Be sure to read this article because it covers many of the HUGE mental barriers you will encounter to strengthening your mix. You can view the article here: The Top 11 Reasons YOU Fail to Build a Stronger Mix.


There will be 6 lessons here, each designed to address the points covered in the top 11 article. The lesson topics will be:

Lesson 1:  Alleviating Excessive Throat Tension
Lesson 2:  Breathing Diaphragmatically
Lesson 3:  Opening the Mouth
Lesson 4:  Finding Firm Closure
Lesson 5:  Deep Vowels
Lesson 6:  Tying It All Together

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