When I perform, and I am taking on a song that has a lot of range in it, I get this amazing feeling when I am truly connected and in my mix with balance. My voice has this little part of sound that is consistent through my whole range when connecting happens correctly. I compare the mixed feeling of singing, to a circus tightrope walker. It’s like balancing on a rope and walking, and when it’s right, you just balance through the range of the music you are singing.
This balanced feeling in my voice, is so easy and full sounding, and it’s such a contrast from my singing many years ago, before connecting my voice. Before learning how to connect, I tried to muscle my way through different ranges. That little bit of weight that carries through my sound now, in my mix, from my chest to my head voice, is so magical. It is all a feel, not a listening thing. The little bit of weight connects the bridges, and I feel it inside my body, and then the notes resonant in my head and chest. When the balance is right, I can hold a note or sing a line forever, air is plentiful. This feeling of balance, is in the contrast also of when I was trying to muscle my way through my voice many years ago. I never had enough air.
When you first experience this balance feeling while singing, and that little bit of weight connecting, the balance might go away, and then you might find it again later, but like a tightrope walker, the more you find it and balance correctly, the better you get at it. I think it is very important to say, no one sings everything perfect. The more we train, the better our ability becomes and the more consistent our singing will become.
Joe Genuardi is a vocal instructor in Central Florida and performs voice lessons in and around Central Florida, Orlando, and the Tampa Bay area.