Questions tagged [vocal-range]

Vocal range is the measure of the breadth of pitches that a particular human voice can generate.

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Can anyone learn to sing higher?

So, I sing to myself a lot, and one thing that really frustrates me is that I cannot even reliably hit a middle C. (I'm male.) This is basically unacceptable to me even for ordinary shower-singing. ...
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How can I safely extend my vocal range?

What type of vocal exercises should I be looking for? Are there any temporary influences to the vocal range, like having had a drink?
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How to extend and strengthen low end of vocal range? (I need about a whole tone extra.)

There are a bunch of songs that I'd like to sing that sit just under my vocal range (the low E of the guitar range, or the D under it). I can reach these notes with some effort, but it feels forced ...
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Accepted ranges for SATB choral works?

I am writing an a Capella choral work. I need to know if the following ranges are reasonable or not. S1: Eb4-Ab5 (One S1 is assigned an optional Db6) S2: Eb5-Gb5 A1: C4-F5 A2: C4-F5 T1: C3-Bb4 ...
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How will a long break affect a singer's voice?

If a singer takes a long break from singing, be it many weeks, months, or years, how severely will it affect his ability to sing (vocal range, singing technique, etc)?
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What parameters decide one's vocal range?

My question is regarding the things which can decide your vocal range and how people's vocal ranges are different from each other and also if there are patterns like race, language, etc. which can ...
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Statistical Average range for a Male singer

I understand that there are different ranges of singers, ie Bass, Baritone, Tenor etc etc, but what is the average pitch range of a male's singing chest voice?
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Is there a standard range for a baritone? What is it?

I think I'm a baritone, but I'm not entirely sure due to not being able to find a clear definition of what that is. Wikipedia's definitions vary a bit from F2 to C3 on the low end and seem to be ...
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Finding and improving singing range and power [duplicate]

I know this question gets asked a lot, but neither google/wiki nor stack exchange have provided me with decisive information, and having to change voice so often really confuses me. I'm singing since ...
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How does countertenor vocal technique differ from “standard” vocal technique?

I am curious about the countertenor voice. What are the techniques for countertenor vocal production? It would be helpful if the answer compared to the standard techniques of vocal production, ...
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How do I determine my vocal range?

Is there an easy method to determine what my natural vocal range is? I'm a guitarist who writes songs and want to make sure that when I write it is in a key that is comfortable for me to sing, even ...
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Can vocal range extrema be reached by a lot of practice?

Wikipedia lists the world records and extremes of the vocal range, can extrema be reached by a lot of practice or were they born with that?
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Singing - effect of vowels on tuning and tonality

I am a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. Singing for me has been a long road but recently I found out something very interesting. I have a certain song that I am very fond of but I have ...
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What is a normal singing range for children?

What is considered a normal singing range for children? That is, when choosing a key for a song for children to sing, what range should the melody fall within? Alternatively, what is an expected full ...
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I don't like my “head voice”, is there anything I can do?

I'm a man in my 30s with no singing training and virtually no experience singing in choirs but I do sing a fair bit (every Sunday at church). I think I'm a baritone although I am not certain to be ...
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What are the typical ranges of voice types?

One of the defining features of voice types are the typical ranges and while not the deciding factor, is a good indicator of what voice type a person is. So what are the typical ranges of the main ...
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How can one access the lowest ranges of one's bass voice?

Sometimes in specific conditions such as some early mornings, the day after having strained my voice, or having a mild cold, I can reach unusually low vocal ranges. Looking around, there is very ...
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Is there a general explanation for why my timbre varies when I choose to sing at different ranges?

I'm a woman who has generally fit more into the alto range, and I haven't sung formally for more than five years. For the past few years, I've noticed that I've generally found it more comfortable to ...
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How to expand falsetto range?

My non-falsetto vocal range is about E3-A5 (those are the absolute limits, but really I only feel comfortable singing from about F#3-E5) [I'm an adult male]. I'm not very good at singing in falsetto ...
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Effect of illness on vocal range

My usual vocal range is F2-A4. During a recent illness, my range was temporarily reduced to F2-C4. Why does throat irritation seem to affect only my high notes?
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Removing human voice from songs

I have been trying so much to do this but to no avail. Some softwares like cooledit remove it to an extent but ruin other things in the music. Please suggest some good method for this.
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What is the proportion of tenors?

I would like to know what is the percentage in the population that have a tenor voice. I guess it is difficult to find this number. And I guess it changes depending on the region of the world, ...
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How does singing volume affect vocal range?

I saw mentioned in passing in another answer: As a rule, the more air you are forcing** through your throat, the higher (also louder) you can sing in a given register I only recently noticed ...
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Average Melody Range

When it comes to melodies they may take on many different shapes, timbers, and rhythms based on style and instrument. The range however of a melody however it seems that certain ranges are much, much ...
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Terminology confusion between Range, Register, Ambitus and Tessitura

We use the terms range, register, ambitus and tessitura with regard to how high and low an instrument or vocalist can go. I'm not at all sure how or where the terms cross over, and indeed whether they ...
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50 years old , haven't sung a note in my life, but

So my friend has been given a few months to live. She is incredibly strong and makes me feel like a coward for not having courage to do things that have interested me , but my fear of failure always ...
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Basso profundo question

Right now I'm 16 years old and the lowest note I can reach is a very forced B1 (not vocal fry). I have been able to reach down to an A1, but I can almost never reach lower than A#1 at the moment. What ...
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Difference between nasty/whiny “NAYS” and “KOO” or “GEE” for High Notes

There are a couple of exercises that help working the high notes for singing and all of them seem to "work", but I wanted to ask if anyone can explain what is the difference between them and what ...
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Vocal fach and passaggio

I am somewhat of a newbie singer and wondering what my voice type is. Most singers are probably aware of the passaggio locations chart for men. But how exactly do you determinate these passaggio ...
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Temporary vocal bass range extension

I need a quick fix on how to very temporarily extend my lower voice range. The note(s) I need to reach, for a short performance in a couple of days, are notes that I can reach fairly easily and sing ...
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Why does singing high notes seem to strain my vocal chords more than low notes?

One way I fulfill my desire to perform music is by playing in a band and a duo as the lead singer (with my guitar). We play mostly cover songs. Some shows last as long as four hours but the ...
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Singing Higher with Power

I want to know how high I can sing, with power. I understand now that I have a chest voice, a head voice, and a falsetto. Naturally, I can sing really high with my falsetto, but I don't get the POWER ...
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How to find your vocal range using the guitar?

There are other questions on this topic, but they're very unclear on which tone is which in singing vs guitar. So if my lowest singing note is G (3rd fret e bass string) and the highest is G3 (15th ...
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How to cure dry voice from whisky? Water not working

I drink whisky with a high percent of alcohol (45%) to deepen my voice but today it just dried out my voice & my voice is stuck in a female range. What's the quickest way to moisturize my throat? ...
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How can I find the more comfortable key to sing?

Given that I have the melody of a song, how can I find the more comfortable key to sing? I want to transpose the melody to be comfortable for the greatest number of people - with all voices (soprano, ...
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Practicing notes with strain?

Should you practice the notes which you can reach but feel strain or only practice with those where you are comfortable? I apologize for any mistakes in the terminology. I am a beginner in music ...
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How to sing SATB parts as a Baritone

Wikipedia lists these guidelines as typical ranges for different vocal types: Soprano: C4–C6 Mezzo-soprano: A3–A5 Contralto: F3–F5 Countertenor: E3-E5 Tenor: C3–C5 Baritone: G2–G4 Bass: E2-E4 My ...
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Does one's voice get lower with age?

Does your voice (range) get lower as you age? Is this a fact? If so, does it affect your lower as well as the higher end of the vocal range ( the lower end expands a small bit and some of the upper ...
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Will my voice sit better in the mix with a baritone guitar?

I have a deep singing voice (pleasant range: E2 to D4, extreme range: B flat 1 to F4). It is not shockingly bassy but warm. So if I want to cover a song, I need to transpose it. But I have to ...
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Better learn to sing high notes with or without singing a song?

I am just starting to learn singing high notes. I often tried to sing songs that have notes I could not comfortably reach. After warming up, I quickly want to sing these songs and record my singing to ...
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How to extend the range of your voice?

Since taking lessons is a very expensive thing these days, I'd like to know some tips on how to extend the range of the voice and maybe also on how to switch from one register to another without ...
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Passaggi, fach and volume

I was wondering how the locations of the passagi are to be located when their place depends seemingly quite heavily upon larynx height, time of day and especially volume sung! For example, I know ...
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How to be sure vocals are transcribed into the right octave?

I was trying to figure out the exact score of some songs I'm trying to cover. In a very similar case to this question (How do I distinguish my voice singing a c3 from a c4?) I've lost confidence that ...
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Why would a man start a sing-along in a low key

I have been to sing-alongs where a man, the leader, chooses to start in a low pitch (low for me as a tenor). I can't sing that low. Why would a man choose a very low key for a sing-along? I mean, ...
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Transposing Music

Can you just transpose particular sections of a song as opposed to the transposition being applied to the whole song? For example, let's say I had a song where the lowest note was A2 and the highest ...
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How much can I expect my vocal range to improve with high quality vocal training

I am a 22 year old male. My range is currently E2 to G#4 and I am untrained. How do I fare compared to your "average joe" singer in terms of the size of my range? I understand that there are plenty ...
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Singing Evolution: could I ever achieve the voice I want?

Background: I love all types of music. I was raised listening to Elvis, British Invasion bands, blues, soul and the like all from the general era, but my love I constantly return to is rock music: ...
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Voice classification and voice types: how can voice be classified based on range?

How can voice be classified based on range? What system is typically used? Which voice types are there? What are their ranges? Are there other less-known or alternative systems?
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Will my voice get any higher?

I am 14, I'm a mezzo soprano but I really want to be a soprano (like in opera terms). Will my voice get any higher?
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Transposing a song for a desired vocal range and guitarist

I recently started composing songs for my post-hardcore band/project in which I'm the vocalist and we will mostly prioritize on recording the songs and video only... So when addressing this question ...