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Old 06-13-2014, 11:24 AM   #421
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I'm pretty sure I have a naturally very limited baritone range, and on the bassier end of baritone. I have a real issue in this range at the point that you might call the passagio. All the forums and info I can find suggest that I'm a bass. I can't sing a decent E4 without straining, infact I tighten up on the D4 ( this E4 is where I flip into head voice or falsetto- I'm not sure of the difference right now of these two terms).

So with my current range I clearly can't sing any rock/pop covers of some my favourites artists without transposing them down at least three semitones for the most part. Even then I still seem at my limit, and lowering it even more (even with some clever chord voicing on guitar) makes the songs dreary and boring. I'm a bit stuck with this. Basically, I want to know whether I'm totally wasting my time trying to sing these songs in , or close, to the original keys, or whether my technique is awful and I'm not actually accessing a lot of my voice. The only recording I have online of me singing is a some snippet of a fleet foxes cover, see link below. I'd appreciate any comments/help. Even if that help is "stop singing!".


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Old 06-21-2014, 06:22 AM   #422
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:43 AM   #423
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Is E2 to E4 a good range for a baritone?

Edit: ^I'm exactly the same, however I once took a voice lesson and after about 20 minutes of exercises I could hit an E4 much more comfortably. I think I may have even reached an F or F#.

Dude I just checked out your clip and your voice is really good, your sense of pitching is right on and you have a nice tone.

However we all have to accept the voice we have, if you're naturally a bari then you can't expect to be hitting screaming Robert Plant high notes.

It's also COMPLETELY acceptable to transpose things down to fit your range, the baritone range is vastly neglected in pop music now but it hasn't always been that way.

Get voice lessons if you can, I really recommend it because you have a good strong foundation to build on. It will help you reach your higher range more comfortably without straining.

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Old 07-28-2014, 08:12 PM   #424
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I'm either a baritone or a tenor... I don't really know
My lowest note I think is about B2/C3
And I think my highest note is about g4
But I don't have the best pitch...
I'm most comfortable around my higher range

And in show choir I am tenor (except one song I was baritone) but there were only 5 guys in my show choir last year,.. And there were only two tenors

But here's me singing *badly*

I really much rather be a tenor... I don't really know why

What I hear is a distinct lack of support. Part of that may be posture. Lack of support affects everything- phrasing, volume, pitch, range. Until you get a handle on support, it's hard to say what your true range actually is. If you have any desire to scream, good support is essential if you are not going to shred your vocal cords. Look through the vocal exercises thread. Talk to whoever runs your show choir. Most choir directors would be thrilled to have a student ask how they can improve, and support is something it's beneficial to work on with a live person. At this point, don't fixate on what you are. Focus on technique. When I was your age (God, how scary is it that I'm old enough to say that?!), I thought I was an alto. Nope. Turns out I'm a soprano who never lost the low notes. There's a fair amount of overlap in range between a baritone and a tenor anyway. Tessitura- where your voice is most comfortable and sounds the best- is a bigger factor in what voice type you ultimately end up than a couple of notes at the extremes of your range.
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Old 09-19-2014, 01:12 PM   #425
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I guess I'm an alto with some higher notes (but nothing in the high, high soprano range). Low tessitura here, it sits somewhere around A-middle C on the low end and a mid-high range E.
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Old 10-21-2014, 04:11 PM   #426
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Just did a quick test, and I'm comfortable with G#1 to G3. So, Baritone? But I really don't like how "strange" I sound on the G3.

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Old 10-30-2014, 10:45 AM   #427
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Saw this threat and read through a few pages & it got me curious what range I would fall in but since I make music by ear, I have no idea what I could be, any advise?

Here is a few tracks I did: http://soundcloud.com/kaige-evans/tracks

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Old 12-24-2014, 03:46 PM   #428
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Anyone know what range I am?
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Old 12-25-2014, 11:37 AM   #429
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Sorry, but it's really difficult to figure what voice type you are from the recording alone. It depends on a lot of stuff. If you want a better way for me to tell, do a recording of you sliding up from your lowest note to your highest note without stopping (stop when it feels like you've hit your first wall). That will give me a rough idea of where your first passagio is. But even with this method it is not certain because the passagio moves once you train your voice. The reason is because the new location is actually where it is.
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Old 12-28-2014, 07:45 AM   #430
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Here's a couple clips, comfortable range is probably in the D3-G4 area but there's a pretty big extension on both ends.

Mid-range stuff:

Trying to sound a bit deeper and pushing my lower range down to A2:

Any general advice on what I should improve on would be great too.

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Old 04-26-2015, 05:15 PM   #431
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I'm a low tenor with a range from E2-G5, though every note I can hit below G2 isn't really usable. My comfortable range is pretty much E3-A4 but I can belt up to a G5 in full voice. Here is a clip


I'm not terrible but I really need a teacher to get me singing with an efficient and tensionless technique.
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Old 07-29-2015, 12:42 PM   #432
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hello !

I'm a 14 year old guitar player and singer (sort of). I started Singing about 1 or 2 years ago and I never took lessons (simply because most teachers in my area dont teach my style, or, they're bad and have no clue what they're talking about).

I love singing 80's rock and metal (Guns N roses, motley crue, poison), i don't know much about singing but i have the basics down, like good breathing, good support, how to bridge correctly, how to belt and how to sing on pitch.

So I'd like to know my voice type, because i'm very confused about it :

- My vocal range is F2 to G#5 (in full voice, means only chest and head, no falsetto), if strain i can go up to A5 or Bb5 but it lacks power, i worked a lot on my range and i'm still trying to get to that soprano C ! :p

- I usually start head voice at around G#4 and A4, which is (i think), my secondo passaggio, it's hard to tell for me because with practice I erased the chest-head break, (without even noticing), but I still find it unconfortable in the G#4 and A4 region.

- My "primo passaggio", the break that goes to mixed voice, I don't know where it is exactly, but I can still feel vibrations in my chest at C4, they usually disappear at around C#4 and D4, but it still sounds very chesty until G4.

- My falsetto range is pretty small, probably because it's under developed, it's around G4 to E5, or F5, and then it either gets so breathy that i hear almost nothing, or breaks into head voice.

- My low notes somewhat lack "power", it's like they sound weak and soft below A2.

- I don't know where my true tessitura actually is, I don't know how to find it. Because I feel confortable on all the notes below A4 or B4 and above G2, and even the higher notes, I have no true trouble with them until at least F#5 or G5.

So I'd like to know my voice type please, I'm very interested in knowing that and I think it'll help in knowing more about my capabilities. I think i'm either a high baritone or a low tenor, but i'm not quite sure which one !

Thanks !
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Often, when you have a cold, there is a recovery time needed for your cords. Give it time and you'll be up there again. In the mean time, try some excercises
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