For years I sang as a very high soprano (I believe I'd be classified as a lyric soprano), doing a lot of Classical and Broadway stuff. After about a 20 year break where the most singing I did was in the shower due to raising kids, I started singing again, but now I'm being called upon to sing mostly Pop/Rock, and I'm struggling a little.
I have a "soft and mellow" chest voice that I can mix easily through the middle and up into my upper registers, then through to very high whistle with no effort. That's good but it doesn't really work for the genre except during emotional moments.
I have a mixed voice that I can access from middle C on up. At least I think it's mixed. It's strong, but it is definitely not a belt.
Then I have this very limited "strong low belt" voice that I can't seem to transition into my mixed voice through. I can pop into head, but of course that's ugly and all I get is a soft head voice, but it takes me a few more notes to adjust back to mixed.
In my strong low belt, I sing like a tenor (I'm female) and can't really even hit an alto range. For reference, my belt is strong from D3-G4. Above G4 it cracks badly. My head voice can go through to beyond C6.
I'm very confused by all of this. I speak very low, and often times people are confused by my singing voice because my speaking voice is so different. This leads me to believe it's a technique issue but after reading and watching and trying to learn I'm not sure what I'm missing.
Any pointers to exercises that may help me sort this would be terrific.