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3: Placement and the Middle Voice

Kiley Hill

26:15 · Vocals

In this lesson, Kiley shares keys to finding different bridges throughout your vocal range including how to maximize your "middle voice".

3: Placement and the Middle Voice

Kiley Hill

Goals for the lesson:

  • Identify the middle voice, by both feeling and listening
  • Exercises to strengthen the middle voice
  • Strengthen the bridge between chest register and head voice

Strengthening this bridge between the chest (or belt) voice and head voice unlocks so much:
- it expands your range
- it helps fluidity of phrasing
- it helps with fullness of tone
- it creates a seamless transition to head voice

Kiley recommends you spend 15 minutes a day practicing this lesson’s exercises.

You will feel less pressure in your throat and in your jaw when you practise these exercises.

Kiley demonstrates the fullness of middle voice vs head voice.

The “zipper” analogy:

When you sing in chest voice you are using the full range of movement in the vocal chords. When you sing in middle voice, you are only using half of the vocal chords, half are closed off. Head voice only uses a third of the length of the vocal chords.

Kiley demonstrates the “mask” resonance.


Kiley discusses the typical ranges for both men and women.

Chest Voice: - men can usually go as low as E 2 octaves below middle C
- they have 23–24 notes.
- up to the E above middle C
Middle Voice: - E above middle C
- up to about B flat
Head Voice: - everything above that B flat

Chest Voice: - Usually the lowest women can go is the F directly below middle C
- Up to B flat above middle C
Middle Voice: - B flat above middle C for about 6–7 notes
- up to about the E above that B flat
Head Voice: - From that E or F onwards


  • Focus on the placement in the mask area. Feel the resonance. “Mmm” exercise.

  • Focus on staying at the same volume as you go through these exercises. Recording yourself is a great way to keep this in check.

  • Call voice / The Cry

  • “Goog”

  • “Gug”

  • “Moom”

  • “Mum”

  • “No”

  • “Nay”

  • “Nah”