Foundations & Prerequisites For Mixing

From: Mixed Voice 101
by Camille van Niekerk

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Quick review of both chest and head function first: remember that in chest voice, the vocal folds are thick and shorter, with the TA muscles (or the muscles inside the folds) being dominant. In head voice, the vocal folds are thin and longer, with the CT muscles being dominant - those are the muscles at the front of your larynx responsible for tilting the larynx forward and stretching the folds longer. 
In order to sing with a balance of chest and head function, we need to be accessing chest voice and head voice! Let’s do a few exercises to check in. 

Exercises included in part 1: : Strong chest voice MA, Head voice 12321, HEY HOO HEY 181, and : sliding 181


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.