So now you know what your vocal range is. You’ve figured out the highest and the lowest notes that you can sing. And now, you are probably wondering.
What does it mean?
What does it make you?
Are you a tenor or baritone?
Are you a soprano or alto?
What does that all mean?
In this video, I am going to tell you exactly what it means, what it makes you and what you can do with this information.
Hi, my name is Katarina and I am the founder of How 2 Improve Singing. Let’s talk vocal range and voice types.
Quite some time ago, I created this YouTube video called What is my vocal range? It was one of my first YouTUbe videos, where I did not have any equipment or I did not know how to make a good YouTube video.
However, this video is very popular and it’s watched every day by many singers. Obviously, singers want to know what their vocal range is.
And many of these singers also wonder. If I can sing this low and I can sing this high, what am I? What does it make me? Am I a tenor or baritone? Am I soprano or alto? What is my voice type based on my vocal range?
And my answer is very easy. You are a human being with that particular vocal range. You cannot tell a voice type just based on your vocal range. There is more involved than the knowledge of your highest and lowest notes. Your vocal range does not make you anything. Dissapointed with my answer? Let me explain.
Your vocal range can change or can improve. You can improve your vocal range with good vocal or breathing technique. What you can not do now, maybe you will be able to do six months from now. And your vocal range will change. Will your voice type change? I don’t think so.
I am making an assumption that you are not an opera singer. So I’ve got good news for you! If you are singing in any other music genre than opera, you can transpose a song. You can sing a song that was originally sung by a soprano, even if you are a baritone. Just transpose it. Opera singers don’t have this luxury. They have to sing in the original key. They cannot transpose so they have to know what voice type they are. But I assume you are not an opera singer. Opera singers usually know their voice types and they don’t need to take a YouTube vocal range test.
Voice types in choirs. Choirs have a little bit different rules for setting the voice types. The goal of a choir is to create a unified sound. So sometimes choir directors will use different rules for setting the voice types or choosing singers with specific voice types. Very often, people who can read music or sing harmonies will sing the lower types. Even though they may be sopranos, they may be put into altos. Just because of their skills.
And finally, number 4.
Ok. I get it. You want to be a certain voice type. Maybe it’s way cooler to be a tenor or a soprano. I don’t know. People always want to be something that they are not. People want to have something they don’t have. But you have only one voice. And it’s very unique so work with what you have. Don’t get hung up on one voice type that you want to be. Work with what you have and make the best out of it.
So the question remains. What can you do with this information? Now, you know your vocal range. What can you do with it? Well, there are two reasons.
The first one is choosing an appropriate song. So choose a song based on your vocal range. Choose a song that will showcase the best parts of your voice. And not your weaknesses. So for example, if you find out that your strengths are in the mid-range of your voice, choose a song that does not have too many high notes.
And the second reason is: once you know your vocal range, you can start improving it. You can start extending it one semi-tone at a time. So see where your vocal range is and use good breathing or vocal technique for extending it. One semi-tone at a time.
Speaking about good breathing technique. Do you know if you breathe efficiently when singing? Download a free breathing checklist. Click the link either in this video or down below to get your free breathing checklist. Start transforming your breathing and improve your vocal range and singing so that you can sing with ease and confidence. Thank you for watching this video. I’ll see you in the next video. Happy singing!
Link to YouTube video: https://youtu.be/4IaCLZb7Wwg