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When I train my voice I can sing down to the D below the low E on my guitar (I believe this is D2?). When I sing up I start to modify my vowels around Ab below middle C and I have a vocal break on Eb above that. I can then sing head voice and falsetto above to around B. What vocal type do I have?

  • We often have questions like this, and I for one can not understand why or how or what difference a label is needed. Please help me understand. – Tim Jan 11 '18 at 18:17
  • @Tim: To find similar singers with similar ranges so as to practice for a start. With such a question you might as well question why in classical music people have categorized voice types for hundreds of years no? – armani Jan 11 '18 at 19:11
  • Relevant meta: music.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2722/… – Dom Jan 11 '18 at 20:29
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Your voice type depends on a lot of factors, such as vocal timbre, tessitura etc. However, judging from your range alone, you are most likely a bass (E2-E4).

  • Thanks, if I sang a scale could I post that somewhere and could someone listen to it and tell me what they thought? – armani Jan 11 '18 at 19:54
  • Of course you can. If you want to, I can listen to it. – Stallmp Jan 11 '18 at 19:55
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Sounds like a classic bass. Your party piece could be 'Old Man River' in Bb. You need a good strong low F, and the 'money note' is D above middle C. A bit of training should keep the vowels pure up to there.

  • Sounds like a good one for me Laurence, will check it out. Do basses actually use the notes from say my low D2 up to around F2 in a piece or do they normally sing above this range. For examples, baritones, which happen to be more common than basses, in pop music usually hardly ever go below C3 (the lowest C note on a standard tuning guitar) even though they might train lower. – armani Jan 12 '18 at 6:16
  • Voice type is not about extremes of range. It's about the sound you make across the core range. – Laurence Payne Jan 13 '18 at 13:14
  • What do you mean by "core range"? – armani Jan 13 '18 at 13:35
  • The range required of a bass voice is something like F below the bass stave to E above middle C. Featured solos may go lower, and many basses will be able to go higher, but that's what I'd call the core range. If you can't cover it, you're not a Bass. Then we must consider the sound. Most of the bass range can be sung by a baritone, but with a lighter sound. (If writing for amateur choir, note than many of your Bass section will actually be baritones, so be wary of writing below A.) – Laurence Payne Jan 13 '18 at 13:54
  • you were spot on about this and I have to congratulate you because I have been training with this song as per your reply to my post and this song is perfect for my vocal range. youtube.com/watch?v=BMAZe89O61k I didn't know it was in Bb minor :) isn't the "money note" an F? – armani Jan 25 '18 at 16:57
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I would suggest the term for your present range would be baritone.

  • A baritone is usually able to sing higher than an E flat above middle C. They are also usually not able to sing lower than an F2. The range for most baritones is A2-A4. But again, this is judging from range alone. – Stallmp Jan 11 '18 at 19:58
  • @Stallmp: Could you define "not be able to sing lower than F2"? See I tried yesterday to sing as low as I could and I can sing a D2 and hold the note but that is not ever a note I am going to want to sing in a song because it is not comfortable. For day to day singing I would really not go below E or F just because my voice sounds better higher than F. In fact I would say, my voice sounds best between A2 and A3 which could be my tessitura. – armani Jan 12 '18 at 6:13
  • A baritone USUALLY won't be even able to hit below a F2 AT ALL, as the common range of a baritone is A2-A4. So if your tessitura is between A2-A3, it is very obvious that you are a bass. – Stallmp Jan 12 '18 at 7:53

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