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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?

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  • 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, 2018 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?
    – user35708
    Jan 11, 2018 at 19:11
  • Relevant meta: music.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2722/…
    – Dom
    Jan 11, 2018 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).

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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.

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  • 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.
    – user35708
    Jan 12, 2018 at 6:16
  • Voice type is not about extremes of range. It's about the sound you make across the core range.
    – Laurence
    Jan 13, 2018 at 13:14
  • What do you mean by "core range"?
    – user35708
    Jan 13, 2018 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
    Jan 13, 2018 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?
    – user35708
    Jan 25, 2018 at 16:57