I am a 22 year old male. My range is currently E2 to G#4 and I am untrained.

How do I fare compared to your "average joe" singer in terms of the size of my range? I understand that there are plenty of different vocal ranges, I believe I am a Baritone, however I'm not really sure.

With 6 months or so of vocal training by a good coach, can I expect my range to improve much? Even by a couple of semitones?

  • You need to ask yourself, How far are you willing to take the sessions and how determined are you to learn. any teacher can teach you (albeit if they are qualified or competent enough to do so) but you need to be willing to learn. If you self trained you may find it hard to be taught. Just an initial impression I'm providing here. No assumptions. – ThunderToes Apr 20 '15 at 9:26
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    Update: I have been receiving vocal lessons for a year and can now sing up to A# on a good day in full chest-voice, with 2 30 minute lessons a week and a bit of practice. I have a twin brother who is also getting lessons, and has found his "Mixed" voice and can now sing up to a tenor C in a full and rich chesty sounding voice – Barney Chambers Jun 8 '16 at 17:05
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    Another Update for anyone interested, I have found my Mixed Voice and can now comfortable hit a High C in a chesty sounding mix on a good day – Barney Chambers Dec 25 '16 at 17:25

Sounds like you have a pretty big range already. You may have a few more high notes available (or ways of integrating your falsetto range, appropriate to some styles of singing). "Baritone" is about quality of voice as well as range. Do you see entension of range as the primary purpose of taking singing lessons?

  • Basically yes, the style of music I want to sing basically requires the tenor range, so if I can improve the quality and my endurance at the higher end of my range, and gain a bit more of the high end, that is what I want to achieve – Barney Chambers Apr 20 '15 at 1:21
  • OK, go to a teacher and see if they think YOU can be turned into a tenor. Don't be too disappointed if the answer is no. – Laurence Payne Apr 21 '15 at 7:40

I'm not sure we can tell. The maximum vocal range is partly determined by genetics. And though 2 octaves is pretty impressive it still doesn't tell us how much more there is to explore in your voice. One possibility is that you're still far from your boundaries. In this case a professional teacher can help you radically increase your range in a few years. Then again it's also possible is that 2 octaves is all there is for you and you have been naturally talented enough to be able to use it for yourself without doing much harm. In this case a teacher may be able to give you a few semitones more, but if you're already on your boundaries those few semitones may also cost you years of training.


Your question is like "what height can I expect to clear when getting professional sports training? I currently jump over boulders of height $x." in more than one respect.

First, in the fixation on range as a single factor. Professional singing is not primarily a frequency competition: the problem is not making high/low-pitched noises, but rather sounds that people will actually enjoy hearing, and doing so reliably and repeatedly.

Second, there is absolutely no way to predict what kind of "pitch potential" you are already exploiting and what not, and where your overall potential would be.

The way to find out is to take up training under supervision of somebody who actually knows what he or she is doing.

Like with general sports/fitness, there is a lot one can do on one's own just to get into generally good shape, and like with general sports/fitness this tends to be a rather benign manner of getting into shape up to the moment where one get ambitious and aiming for some kind of personal achievements instead of just doing things while they feel good.

Like angling for highest pitch. That can become a rather destructive endeavor if obsessed with it, particularly without supervision.

  • Truly a politicians answer. You don't have to answer if you are not able to give me something quantitative – Barney Chambers Apr 21 '15 at 12:13

I am a self taught singer with a current range of F#2 to C5. I used to have a range of about F#2 to G4 and thought I was a baritone to begin with. I extended my higher notes up to C5 by following the exercises given in this video

(There is part 1 and part 2 make sure you do both). I also did some lip trills along the piano scale as a warmup before doing the 2 exercises in the 2 part video. It is given to not strain when doing the exercises, a little tension is fine but do not strain.

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