Take a high-school male voice student whose range would best be classified as a bass. The top of his range is about F3. However, he can also sing falsetto. The lowest falsetto note for him is about G4. So, there is over an octave he seems unable to access. In certain choirs with few men, that means that much of the repertoire is unsingable for him, since the range of the one "baritone" part often falls entirely in the gap between the main part of his range and the falsetto.

One exercise I have tried is the "siren" exercise, in which he starts a tone at the bottom of his range, sings portamento up to the highest pitch possible for him, then returns portamento to the bottom. The gap is present in this exercise as well.

Are there any exercises that can be done to help him gain at least some of this "missing" range? If so, what exercises?

  • I have this issue also. I sang in a choir for two years being one of four males in the entire choir. The only work-around I've ever found is by 'manually' moving the tongue to control the pitch.
    – Luke_0
    Dec 12, 2012 at 0:21

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After having some problems with my throat, I found a similar issue, losing up to 2 octaves from the top end of my range and gaining about half an octave on my lower range. What I found to help was, as you said, doing siren exercises and simple control exercises (running scales and trying to hit that next note until I was comfortable with it). While I didn't recover the range I had before, I did manage to extend it enough to the point where I could comfortably sing songs I had written and improvise around the notes I couldn't.

In truth, the best way to help him extend the "missing" range is largely down to perseverance and a lot of practice. Good luck!

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