Reviewing Mastering Mix Prgram Based on My Experience…
Brett Manning proclaimed that his advanced Mastering Mix program will help you to establish and master most of the complex part and skills of your singing voice. Thus, you will be able to sing any higher notes easily.
Is this statement proclaimed true?
Indeed, I have been using and follow all the tutorials on this course since 3 months ago. There are some crucial pros and cons that you must know before buying this program.
Let’s head on to read my review on Mastering Mix program based on my experience on using this program 3 months ago.
What is Mastering Mix?
What does the terminology “Mix” mean in the musical world especially in relation to vocalists? “Mix” is the term that describes a perfect blend of head voice and the chest voice. The chest voice is used to sing the lower range and the head voice is used for higher range. The mix voice is used for the medium range and transition from one to the other has to be smooth, clean and without a crack or break. The mastering mix program teaches a student how to perfect the art of transition. And this perfection can make or break a singer.
Brett Manning in his career as a coach has developed this most magical “Mix” in many a singer like Keith Urban, Paramore, Taylor Swift, Hayley Williams, Marty Roe and many more. With his training they were able to develop that quality of the voice that makes singing successful. The perfect combining of chest and head voice makes the singer attract an audience, gets him his recording deals, and gets him tours and singing deals.
Understand the Mix Voice
In classical vocal training using a mix voice means singing in an even timbered voice throughout the song. This can be quite tough since our voice can have a natural tendency to either lean towards the head voice or the chest voice. The change of timbre in a song is not particularly attractive and hence if you are good at mastering mix, then your voice becomes commercially viable, radio friendly and an audience puller voice. Brett Manning in his “Mastering Mix” program focuses on developing this particular quality of the voice just like he has successfully developed the voice of many a Grammy award winner.
Contents of the Program
It doesn’t matter if you have not used Brett Manning’s earlier CDs for basic vocal training. Most of the vocal chords training exercises and singing techniques are incorporated in these CDs too in a different sequence. There are different CDs for different training of vocal chords such as head voice, chest voice, pharyngeal voice, edge, bridging, a warm up and cool down CD and so on. Let me briefly tell you the contents of each CD so that you realize its usefulness.
CD1– Chest Voice: The foundation of the Mix– It trains the chest voice with simple voice training exercises and singing techniques. They are basics and if you have taken music lessons of some sort you will realize it soon.
CD2– Head Voice: The Release of the Mix– This CD trains you to use the head voice. This is also quite basic but some of the exercises are tougher than you think and so you need go through it thoroughly.
CD3– The Pharyngeal Voice: Connecting Chest and Head through Resonance– This CD concentrates on your pharyngeal vocal skills. This is also where you get to listen to some foolish advertising strategies of the program which might annoy you. But, I guess it is part of the game and you just stick to what you need to learn. This part of the voice is rarely spoken of and quite surprisingly the program has some specific exercises and techniques that help train your pharyngeal voice. Extremely useful in my opinion though I wish they had also incorporated the NGuh exercise.
CD4– Edge Exercises: Connecting Chest and Head through Cord Closure– This CD focuses on training your edge voice. All the do’s and don’ts are clearly spelt out so that there are no doubts. It is a good improvement in the program and really helpful for mastering mix. The only minus point according to me is that they have used the services of Chris to demonstrate the exercise that expands your edge voice to an advanced level. However this exercise itself is an extension of another exercise which has not been explained and this may lead to some questions on the earlier exercise.
CD5– Mix Workout: Putting it all Together– Some of the exercises such as mums, no, lip rolls etc are repeated in this program. But they are well structured and well explained and presented from a different angle so that by the time you go through the CD and follow it to the letter, you will be an expert on mastering mix.
CD6– The Bridge System: Three Mechanisms of Connection– Here comes the difficult level in training your voice. Till now you must have been just racing through the CDs thinking “Ha, is that it?” No, my friend, you have more to learn. This CD focuses on bridging from one voice to the other and this is the most difficult. Most of the exercises are difficult and the one which makes you exercise three notes that consists of the bridge is a killer. You cannot master it overnight. It will take time and you will do well to dwell on this and make it right. Remember, that mastering each step is your goal to that excellent voice control and so do not try to skim over these lessons. A solid foundation is the stepping stone to success.
CD7– Types of Mix: Diversity of Sound- Types of mix– This CD focuses on different kinds of mix voice. You are required to practice mix in the higher octaves without losing control of your voice. Whether you took the previous CD seriously or not will reflect when you go through this CD. So, my friend, beware if you are planning on mastering mix.
CD8– Normalizing the Mix: As Easy as Speaking– This CD focuses on finding out whether your mix voice has become your normal voice or whether you are still floundering. It helps you to remove the gaps and develops your voice so that you can sing in an even timbre. You must concentrate on the exercises given in this CD so that you can sustain what you have developed with the help of the previous lessons.
CD9– Vowels-only Exercises: Losing the Crutches– This CD focuses on the pronunciation of vowels. Basically these are simple singing techniques that make the song sound as it is meant to be. Extension or shortening of vowels makes a lot of difference in music renditions and I say ‘go for it”.
CD10– Beginning Applications: A Brett Manning Master Class- Beginning Application– A lot of do’s and don’ts in singing that most of us are not aware of and Brett Manning brings it to your notice. Theory and application are two different things and he gives you a lesson or two in the practical sense so you understand better.
CD11– Advanced Applications: From the Scale to the Song- Advanced Application– This is just an advanced version of the earlier CD wherein the basics are left out and techniques of application of scales to songs are taught to you. Brett Manning and his spouse sing a couple of songs and explain the nuances of singing the different phrases. This CD is a little incomplete I would say, but nevertheless useful for mastering mix.
CD12– Morning Warm-up & Evening Cool-down– The warm up before singing and the cool down after singing to care for your voice CD is an excellent one for all, no matter what stage of singing he is in.
For the DVD, I haven’t finish the tutorials yet. I will be updating the review once it’s done.
Mastering Mix Q&A – How to Sing in MIX Voice – Head and Chest?
Mastering Mix VS Singing Success
Can you tell me the difference between Mastering Mix and the earlier Singing Success Program?
I would say that that Singing Success is a broad spectrum vocal training program and Mastering Mix is a specific training program wherein the focus is only on developing the mix voice. Singing success trains a beginner to develop his voice, increase his range from super low to super high, teaches singing techniques and voice control, stamina development and so on. On the other hand M.M. teaches a singer to develop his mix voice, transit from one voice to the other in a flowing manner, develops edge voice and pharyngeal voice and develops voice control. I would call it an advanced study in singing and most essential if you want to succeed.
Is Mastering Mix Suitable for Beginners?
Will M.M. be as useful for me even if I have not used the SS program?
I cannot say that M.M. will not be useful. However I would emphasize that M.M. program will be more effective if you have done the S.S. program. Even if it is not the S.S. program, you should have had some sort of vocal training for M.M. to be completely effective. What I am trying to say here is that besides the effectiveness, doing the M.M. program without the S.S. is going to be tough and you may need help. So, go ahead and purchase the S.S. first and follow it up with M.M.
Any Repeated Modules / Exercises from Singing Success Program?
Does M.M. have any new vocal exercises or are they all repeats from S.S.?
Yes on both counts. There are some exercises that are repeated from S.S. and there are new exercises too. Some of the new exercises are also extension of older ones so that it helps build your voice. Mastering Mix is structured to develop and improve your vocal skills so that you sing like a pro.
Is Mastering Mix Useful?
How will M.M. make me an effective singer?
It will because it is focused on developing that part of your voice which is going to sustain the song. It develops the abnormal voice or the mix voice such that the voice does not crack, shift or jam while going to falsetto or while lowering to the low scales. It helps remove gaps and helps bridge from one voice to the other in smooth transition.
Tips on Using Mastering Mix
Please do not use head voice in the exercises. You should use mix voice to practice the vocal exercises based on the provided CDs and DVDs. Just keep practicing your mix voice to make your so you can make your voice more commercialize and balance.