I am currently barely 16 years old, male and my voice seems to be very uncommon. I can hit a low D & low E with a bit of warming up and hit a low F without much trouble. Due to this I wonder how deep my voice will be able to go since the male voice doesn't stop drastically changing for the next 15 or so years of my life. If anyone has any predictions on what my voice will become please tell me.

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    By the time I was 13 I could clean a low E, grasp at a D & not really think about the C. 42 years later the D is easier, the C still not really happening. I've lost a good 5th off my top end though. – Tetsujin Dec 12 '15 at 12:09

I'm not sure there are any worthwhile predictions to be made based only on what you've told us so far. When I was 16, I was a (somewhat misplaced) tenor, with a range from E2 to F4 (we didn't sing much that went above F4, though). That range has not changed very much since then, despite the fact that I'm now about six inches taller. Perhaps I can reach a D2.

I wouldn't conclude from that, though, that your voice won't go even lower. I agree that it would be a rather low voice, statistically speaking, but that's no reason to assume it won't happen. There are simply too many variables to consider.

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  • My voice range has went down 4 notes over the last year and 7 over the last two. I appreciate your response though. Thank you – Omar Oropeza Dec 12 '15 at 3:26

I know this isn't the answer you want to hear, but it would be pretty much impossible to predict what your voice will end up like even if I were your voice teacher and knew your voice really well. There are so many variables that determine how your voice will end up. Some of them are predictable, some of them you have control over, but for a lot of them, there's no good way to know what will happen.

The best I can do is let you know some of the factors involved to help you get a vague fuzzy idea of what might happen to your voice.

The main thing you can control to help predict your range is practice. That's true at any age. Warming up every day and pushing your range while practicing good technique is probably the easiest way to expand your range. If you drive on your own much, that's the perfect time to do that.

Something that you might be able to predict to some degree is height. From what I've heard, the taller you grow, the longer your vocal chords get, which makes your voice deeper. If you're still growing, then there's a decent chance your voice will get deeper. If you're not sure, the best (and pretty much only) predictor you can look at is how tall your parents are and how they grew throughout puberty.

The big unknown that will impact your voice in ways that are hard to predict is puberty. Your range could go up, go down, increase, decrease, or anything, really.

To add my personal experience to the other examples given already, my range was actually a bit lower than yours when I was your age. I was a solid bass-baritone all the way up until I turned 18. Then I stopped singing for about 3 years to study engineering. When I was 21, I auditioned for a musical at my university on a whim. They tested my range, and everything had changed. I had lost a couple notes in my lower range, and my upper range had increased by half an octave. I was able to get the low notes back with practice, but they'll probably never sound as strong as they did in high school.

There are a bunch of other factors at play here, but the point is that it's basically impossible to predict how your voice will turn out with any confidence. I realize this was a pretty roundabout way of saying, "I don't know," but hopefully this at least gives you a vague idea at how your voice might turn out.

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