I'm a lyric baritone. My lowest modal note is D2 (I just developed it few months ago). My higher notes however seem to pose a problem. I can sing an F#4 in just about any day, however, my G4 seems very tough in some days while in other days (when singing a harmony), I've been able to hit an A#4. There was a day in particular that I had an F6 in my falsetto. Since that day, I've never beeen able to reach it again. The highest I get is an E6 (on some days as well). Could this variations each day be due to stress, wrong technique or it's normal. Cause it's quite disappointing when I have to sing a solo for my choir and can't get above F#4. Any tips please?

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    Some days we don't run as fast, think as quickly, jump as high, be as sympathetic, etc., etc. It's about being merely human!
    – Tim
    Commented Apr 6, 2021 at 15:16
  • As another lyric baritone (also sometimes characterized as lazy tenor) I concur with Tim: that's just the way it is. Same here. It's normal. Commented Apr 6, 2021 at 15:39
  • was this your initial range since you start singing? or you extended it with training? Commented May 9, 2021 at 7:27

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Many factors can affect this. Low-grade inflammation is among them. If you suffer from respiratory allergies, even mild enough that you notice no other symptoms, you may find that the higher notes become difficult or unavailable. Even lack of sleep can affect your range.

One thing to be careful of is gastric acid reflux. Singers may be especially vulnerable to this because it is common to eat in the evening after a performance, and having a full stomach increases the risk. The acid irritates the vocal folds, which causes inflammation. The inflammation can affect you range. Chronic reflux can also lead to more significant damage to the vocal folds or the esophagus.


At least for me, vocal warm-ups such as singing ascending scales or patterns temporarily increase my vocal range upward. I believe those warm-ups would also work for you (and choral teachers keep making students use them in-class for this reason), so yes, I'd chalk these variations up to wrong technique to a certain extent.

  • The point about warming up is a good one, but the connection that this answer seems to make between warming up and poor technique is unclear.
    – phoog
    Commented Apr 7, 2021 at 12:53
  • @phoog - Given that warming up is part of technique, and there is a fair to good chance that a few minutes of warm-ups a day can fix the OP's range problems about hitting certain high notes, then yes, I'd call not warming up poor technique.
    – Dekkadeci
    Commented Apr 7, 2021 at 14:13
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    We don't know whether OP is warming up, do we?
    – phoog
    Commented Apr 7, 2021 at 14:17
  • @phoog - You're right - we don't.
    – Dekkadeci
    Commented Apr 7, 2021 at 14:18

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