Do you want to improve your singing voice? If so, it’s important to find your vocal range and then working on stretching it as you train your voice. Of course, before you can find your range, it’s important to understand the definition of vocal range.
Vocal range refers to the measures of the pitches your voice can produce, beginning at the lowest note you can produce and reach from the highest note your voice can produce. It’s important to note that untrained singers generally have a far more limited range than well-trained singers, which means it’s possible to change and expand your range with the proper exercises and training.
Different Vocal Ranges
Both female and male voices are grouped into specific vocal range categories depending on their overall vocal range. The different vocal ranges include:
Soprano (female)– Soprano is the highest voice range for a female, and sopranos have a range between C4 and A5, although well-trained sopranos may sing even higher.
Mezzo-Soprano (female)– Mezzo-Soprano is the most common range for the female voice and this range is generally between A3 and F5.
Contralto (female)– The lowest female vocal range is Contralto or Alto, and this range is between F3 and D5.
Bass (male)– Bass is the deepest male range, and it usually ranges from E2 to C4.
Baritone (male)– Baritone, the most common male singing range, ranges from G2 to F4.
Tenor (male)– The highest male voice is the Tenor range, and this range goes from C3 to G4, much like the female alto range.
How The Vocal Ranges Work Together
While vocal ranges differ, when you bring singers of different ranges together, you can create beautiful harmonies. Within a choral environment, sopranos generally carry the melody, along with the mezzo-sopranos. Altos, tenors, and baritones usually provide harmonies, and bass voices often provide monotone, bass harmonies that support the music. All ranges are needed to create beautiful, harmonious music.
Finding Your Range
Finding the range of your singing voice is fairly simple and is easy to do with the help of a piano. Make sure you warm up your voice fully first to get your voice ready to sing. Starting at middle C (C4) on a keyboard, start singing, going lower and lower until you find the lowest note you can hit. That’s the low end of your range. Then, go the other direct, singing higher until you reach the highest note you can hit.
Remember, you need to be able to sing every note comfortably and with pitch accuracy to count it as part of your vocal range. After identifying your highest and lowest note, refer to the female or vocal ranges and find where yours fits in.
Changing Your Vocal Range
Even if you currently have a limited singing range, it’s possible to change and broaden it with some work. Start by knowing your natural range, and then you can work at extending it.
To broaden and change your range, make sure you begin with proper singing techniques that will keep you from damaging your voice. Make sure your throat is open and your jaw is relaxed. Ensure that you keep consistent airflow.
When you work on the higher notes in your range, consider using close, rounded vowel sounds like “oo” as you work on those higher notes. This may make it more comfortable for you to reach those notes, and then you can work on gradually opening up the sound as it becomes more comfortable.
Training Your Voice Like a Muscle
The best thing you can do to improve your vocal range and your overall singing is to train your voice like a muscle. The voice is like any other muscle in your body, and it can grow strong and strong when it’s trained correctly. Keep in mind, before you train your voice, it also needs to be warmed up like other muscles in your body. In fact, your voice has a biological clock and prefers to be warmed up around the same time each day.
If you’re ready to increase your vocal range and improve your singing voice, consider singing lessons today. Visit Teach 2 Teach today to find out more about how you can enjoy training your voice with a professional teacher.