Vocal Boot Camp: Increasing Your Range

A introductory guide to singing/vocalizing higher, louder and stronger.
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 43 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2014 English

Course Description

The mixed-voice belt is an exciting sound that SELLS RECORDS! Most of the current top selling Pop, R&B, Gospel, Country artist can perform the mixed voice belt. This sound is also used for theatre performances (singing and speaking components).

Increasing Your Range the second course in OneVoice Music Academy's Vocal Boot Camp. It is designed to help the vocalist develop and strengthen his/her mixed voice belt.

The first step is to locate and distinguish between vocal registers. Second, passagios-points of transition between vocal registers would be discovered. Finally, participants are encouraged to perform the belting sound within the context of the simple vocal warm-ups included in the program.

The exercises are designed to establish flexibility and ease of transition from one register to the next.

What are the requirements?

  • A decent voice and a decent ear

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course the vocalist should be able to identify vocal registers
  • transition smoothly from one register to the next
  • Belt in the mixed voice

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is intended for beginning and intermediate vocalists.
  • Basic music theory is an asset, but not a necessity.

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Section 1: The Chest Voice

Discovering the Chest Voice:

What does a Chest Voice Feel Like?

  1. Put your hand on your Chest and feel the vibrations when you speak/sing in the chest voice

What does a Chest Voice Sound like?

  1. Pitch-The Chest Voice starts with thte lowest note in your range, the chest voice usually ends at G4 or A4
  2. Timbre- The characteristic quality of a sound independent of pitch and loudness.
  3. Louder, More Dramatic, More Intense

The concept introduced in the previous video is expanded and supplemented with additional exercises and examples.

The participant should sing along and pay attention to how the Chest Voice sounds and feels during this warm up.


This video is meant to be used in conjunction with the attached audio recordings. It is designed to guide the participant toward to correct mouth position, volume and posture for these particular exercises


This lecture is similar to the former lecture except that the "Ah" vowel used is wider and it is preceded by a "G" consonant sound. Keep the movement of your jaw to a minimum as you perform this exercise as it is designed to develop independence between tongue and jaw movement.


This exercise is part breathing, part vocalization. It involves short, percussive bursts of breath with support from the diaphragm followed by a 5 note major scale descent (from the 5th note to the first).

Section 2: Head Voice

Head Voice: The higher, lighter part of your singing voice. It makes vibrations in your head or skull as you sing. These exercise uses a "G" consonant accompanied by the "Oh" vowel



This Lecture uses a broken triad to demonstrate head voice vocalization. The "G" consonant and "Oh" vowel are used.


This exercise has the fewest notes of all the head voice exercises. The idea here is to establish flexibility and ease with head voice vocalization. A clear unrestricted tone in the head voice is desirable and necessary for mixed voice vocalization.

Section 3: Mixed Voice

This Lecture is all about the passagio. Locating it, working with it, bridging it. The audio file attached gives additional practice. Download the audio file and practice this exercise to familiarize yourself with your passagio.


This Lecture presents the first steps in "mixing" your chest and head registers. It instructs you to speed up your exhalation and add compression to develop your mixed voice. The audio files attached are challenging because of the amount of notes involved, but it is an excellent tool for developing mixed register vocalization technique.


This lecture describes the attached exercise/mp3 file, explaining how it is performed. It is an "Oh" vowel and alternates between "g" and "h" consonants. It starts with an E5 and should be performed in the mixed voice.

Section 4: Accessibility Exercises

This exercise allows the participant to sing a more extensive range of notes and to move from chest register into head/mixed register in one exercise. It should be practiced in a light head voice first; then in a raspy vocal fry sound. After that a mixed voice belt should be attempted using this exercise.


This lecture describes the attached audio files as a "glissando" going up a full octave followed by major scale decent to the original note. The participant should work to smooth out the passagio transition along the range of this glissando as this will signify mastery over mixed voice vocalization. It may take some time, but commit yourself to the work and you will absolutely get it!


This exercise provides additional practice bridging the passagio. It is a glissando exercise that uses the "Ee" and "Eh" vowel of the basic vowel spectrum. Download the attached mp3 files and practice!


This Lecture is a continuation of the previous exercise. It expands the concept introduced and includes the vowels "Ah", "Oh", and "Oo"

Section 5: Bridging Exercises

This exercise is meant to be performed with a light mixed voice. It has a lot of notes, but in the video tutorial the notes are presented little by little so that the participant can understand the exercise. Practice slowly and then attempt the attached mp3 files.


The exercise in this lecture starts with an F5. This note may be challenging for Basses, Baritones, in the mixed voice. The exercises quickly descends an octave and this makes it easier to execute for non-soprano/mezzo/contralto vocalists.

Practice this exercise to develop smooth passagio transitions.

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Instructor Biography

Paul McKay, Voice Coach

Paul McKay has worked with many of the Music Industries leading producers, songwriters and performers (Midi Mafia, Dangerous LLC., Drake, Fantasia Barrino, and Anthony Brown to name a few). High belted mixed and head voice sounds are characteristic of his style as well, as extraordinarily unique improvisation.

Paul McKay is a classically trained pianist with the Royal Conservatory of Music and also attended the University of Toronto to obtain his Bachelor of Commerce Degree.

His method of voice coaching is an eclectic mix of traditional opera technique and more contemporary, vocalization styles.

Paul currently operates OneVoice Music Academy; a place where potential vocalists and musicians from all over the world are trained and mentored by experienced professionals.

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