I know the theoretical range for each voice type, but I would like to understand know the real ranges of singers in practice.

If you're a singer, do you have the same range as other singers with the same voice type? Can you give a few examples of actual ranges? Or maybe, does it even make sense to know you exact range?? How flexible can it be?

  • Not sure how to address this. There is physics and physiology involved here perhaps beyond any musician's knowledge. Also, a signer can extend their range. I am fairly new to classical vocal training but I now have a three octave range from D2 to D5 and I didn't start out that way. So, the fact that range can change kind of makes the question moot. – ggcg Jun 1 '18 at 16:52
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    The range for vocalists is very varied. It's unlike an instrument, which can and usually will have a defined range. Voices are so very different, and while it's of great importance to a singer to know his/her vocal range (and a lot don't...) . Voices are not easy to pigeon-hole, individually. I understand (I think) why the question has been posed, but I don't think there's a definitive answer. If not, then there's your answer! – Tim Jun 1 '18 at 17:04
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    Voice timbre and voice range are only loosely correlated. For example I know someone whose "sound" is very definitely a classical contralto (and her range extends down to around E3) but she can also hit and hold a C6 at any dynamic level from p to fff - which is way outside the "conventional" range for a contralto! – user19146 Jun 2 '18 at 9:53
  • What I'm looking for is more like @alephzero 's comment. If you could elaborate better and give more examples... :D – coconochao Jun 4 '18 at 19:54

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