Vocal range refers to all of the notes from lowest to highest pitches a singer can reach including all the notes in between.
Moving through the various vocal registers as the pitch increases or decreases.
Compared to a trained professional singer, most of us are a bit limited in our range.
However, unlike any other instrument, your voice apparatus is flexible and can be trained and stretched to greater capacity.
This of course involves proper warm-up, and practice sessions involving stretching, breathing & mouth exercises, as well as other singing techniques.
Are you male or female? Do you feel more comfortable singing higher notes, lower notes, or are you somewhere in the middle? What types of music do you prefer singing?
Answering the above questions will help us locate your general singing voice type according to classification.
Females ranging from Contralto to Mezzo Soprano, to Soprano.
Males will range from Bass to Baritone, to Tenor.
What does all of this mean?
Basically the groups of notes on a scale that you can comfortably sing from the very lowest note to the very highest will reveal your singing range.
Note that voice types are a generalization. You may not start or end on exactly the same notes as outlined for each voice classififcation. However, you will be within the boundaries.
The video below makes it very easy to do. Just follow the instructions given
Were you able to find your range and thus locate your singing voice type?
If so.. Congratulations!
Knowing your vocal range will help you to not only choose an appropriate singing style and singing material, but it can be used as a starting point in order for you to extend it.
A common misconception is that we are all born with a specific vocal range. The truth is, you actually can change your vocal range by practicing different techniques and strategies.
By now you should have a good idea what your personal range is. When you are ready, try using some of the suggestions below to improve your singing range.
> You should never push yourself. You will eventually end up straining your voice, and create the opposite effect: hurting your vocal range. Allow yourself for sufficient time in order to progress to your new vocal range.
> Practice scales using staccato notes. This will make it easier for you to hit notes outside of your range. Once you get used to hitting those notes, you will be able to make them last longer.
> Blending your voice. Blending your head and chest voices together will definitely improve your vocal range. A very easy technique is to learn is to make a sound like a siren as you move up and down the register.
> Bending at the waist. When you bend at the waist while you are singing, it will eliminate tension from your body, which allows the air to flow past your vocal cords with greater ease. Try bending at the waist if you are struggling to hit higher notes, as you continue progressing, you will eventually be able to hit them without bending.
> Attempt at hitting higher notes by acting as though you were crying. This causes your thyroid to tilt, which makes it a lot easier for you to hit those higher notes. In time you won’t need to act as if you are crying any longer, as you will eventually get used to hitting those notes… naturally.
> Practice tongue trills. Place your tongue between your top front teeth and the roof of your mouth, from there you just push air through your mouth. This will activate the muscles in your throat and aid you in reaching notes you didn’t think were even possible for you. For a tutorial on voice exercises. Just click the link!
> Keep your head up. This will constrict the air from flowing through your body properly, which will not allow you to hit the note you are trying to reach. Always remember to keep your head straight, allowing the air to flow, regardless of the note you are trying to hit.
> Breathing through your diaphragm. Proper breathing will definitely help in hitting higher notes that are outside of your present range. Practice breathing in a way that will only allow your stomach to move.
> Learn speech-level singing. The way it works is that you only sing at the volume that you speak. It allows your larynx to remain relaxed so you can hit new notes, which in turn will help you develop proper muscle memory.
> Stick your tongue out at people each day. Well, maybe not at everyone. Your tongue will need to come forward if you want to hit notes beyond your current range. A great way to practice, believe it or not, is to stick it out throughout the day.
> Work on a song that’s in the highest register you can manage comfortably. Make sure to sing that song several times daily. Once it is no longer a challenge, try tackling a song that’s a range beyond this.
> Practice singing in the lowest register you feel comfortably with. In no time at all, you will begin feeling more comfortable with your lower range. Now, this time, choose a song that’s in a lower range and practice it until you master it.
> A steady flow of air is key. Many singers will change the speed at which they exhale as they move up or down within their high and low range. It’s imperative that you remain constant when exhaling, regardless of which note you are singing.
Something else that can happen when you are attempting to increase your singing range is when you are unable to make the transition between registers.
Particuliarly when moving from middle or mixed voice to head voice.
Our middle voice is the voice we commonly speak with. The problem is that there is a limit or ceiling to the highness of pitch you can attain.
Learning to move from mixed voice into head voice will open you up to another level. You will also find it much easier on your vocal cords.
Start with mastering your mid range. Work on an even and coordinated sound. Training your vocal cords through this kind of practice will unlock higher over tones. This will eventually lead to a higher and more stable range.
Hopefully by now you understand what vocal range is, how to find your range, and how to increase it.
You have probably also located your singing voice type. Being able to decipher whether you are a Bass, Baritone, Tenor, Soprano, etc..
Remember the importance of proper breathing, good posture, and avoiding putting too much pressure on yourself to advance.
Keep developing and strengthening your mid-range.
There are many more techniques you can use to improve your range.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these techniques as our aim is to help you become a better singer, so you can tackle more songs with freedom.
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