From: Developing Each Vocal Register
by Camille van Niekerk

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Although there are several distinct vocal registers, we mainly use two: chest register (also known as your speaking voice) and head register (or falsetto). A big part of vocal training is developing a connection between these registers and a balance of chest and head function, which we call mix or mixed voice. 

In part one of this series, we’ll learn several exercises to develop our chest voice. In part two, we’ll develop our head voice or falsetto function. And of course, we need to train head voice to develop our mix. Mixed voice, which we’ll cover in part three, is that balance or blend of chest and head function that allows us to sing higher pitches without shouting (in chest voice) or flipping into a light head voice. 

Let’s start with a short warmup!


Instructor: Camille van Niekerk

Camille van Niekerk is a singer, writer and vocal instructor in Southern California. Camille began studying voice and performing in musicals at age seven. In 2010, Camille began working towards her BA in Music Education at Azusa Pacific University. She then earned her teaching credential from San Diego State University and taught classroom choral and instrumental music. Shortly after moving to LA county, Camille began her private vocal studio, providing vocal coaching, ear training, and recording for students of all ages. She is constantly refining her skills and methods for greater versatility and effectiveness. When she is not teaching, Camille enjoys singing with the L.A. Choral Lab and Ensoma Creative. She lives in San Diego with her husband and loves going to the beach, practicing yoga, reading, and cooking.