#1
I read somewhere that your vocal 'type' (bass, baritone, tenor etc.) is determined more by the timbre of your voice than your actual range. For example, you could be a baritone but hit notes in the high tenor range. You'd still be a baritone because of the way your voice sounds.

Any truth in this?
#2
Yes, and no. If I'm correct, voices are classified differently depending on the type of music (or something like that). Basically, what I mean to say is that in classical choral music, a voice would be classified based on its range, while in popular music (which in this case, includes metal, rock, everything), voice classification is based on timber. For example, I have a relatively low range, but my voice is very light and rather boyish. So, I sang bass when I was in choir, but I was considered a tenor/high baritone when I sang everything else.
#3
Hmm. As almost everything else, it's a mixture of both.
If your tone is low, but you have the range of a tenor, you're definitely a tenor.
Sometimes the timbre can be used to determine the vocal type, if the vocal range isnt enough.
Remember, there are many different degrees of a vocal type. Just because you're a bass, doesn't mean you cant be very close to having the register of a baritone.
But to answer your question:
Yes. If the baritone has very good technique which enables him to blend his registers.
A lot of are mistaken being tenors, but the reality is that most people are baritones.
If you are a high baritone with incredible technique, chances are most people will call you a tenor.

In the end, it doesn't really matter at all.
#4
The classification of your voice depends, regardless of genre, on your range.

Now, not all ranges are cut-and-dried. How about the classic example of the male who can sing an A above the baritone G but can't reach the tenor C? Technically, he is still a baritone, but for pop music and choral music purposes *may* be considered a tenor for all practical purposes - particularly if the upper part of his voice is stronger.

In any case, technically, he is NOT a tenor. It's just that he is higher than a baritone traditionally goes, and the demands of pop and choral music tend to be more conservative than the demands of traditional classical voice.

CT
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