How Do You Sing?

Now I am going to advise you, some people can sing lower than others. That is normal not everyone is held to the same standard as everyone else when it comes to low notes, especially most women cannot hit the lower notes. Now this is not a test for as it is only to see what range you should be in. In order to find your lowest/highest note I strongly recommended searching for some scale exercises on the internet. Now with the being said let’s get right in it shall we?

I am going to start off with my range; Lowest Chest Note – C2 (Low C) Highest Chest Note – E4 my range is bass/baritone. Now this might not sound like a great range but keep in mind that I am only fifteen-years old. But before I go any further there is different vocal techniques to help you get lower and or higher. I am going to ask that we exclude the following: Vocal Fry, Head Voice, and Falsetto. We are excluding these so we can get the most accurate results. By now you should have listened to a scale on the internet if not look for one now.

Keep in mind that as you sing it should feel natural and shouldn’t hurt. Once you get to a point to where it hurts you or doesn’t match the pitch of the note you are done. Now be careful not to switch into a vocal fry (sounds like you are growling) head voice (can’t feel the note in your chest) or falsetto (altering your voice to have a higher pitch) as I said exclude doing any of these for now and we will have your true range.

Now that you have sang with a piano or done a simple scale exercise you should know your lowest note. If you’re lowest note is an E2 and your highest note is a C4 (middle C) you are a bass. Now if you can go any higher than a C4 (middle C) you are a bass – baritone. Now if you can’t hit the middle C then you are still a bass don’t worry. The bass octave range is normally small, now if you can sing any lower than an E2 you are still a bass, but once you get to an A1 you are what we call a super bass. Now we’re going to bump the notes up a bit, now if your lowest is a F2 and your highest is G4 you are a baritone, you can sing both low and high! But if an F2 is to low for you, you might be a tenor. If your lowest is a B2 while your highest being a C5 you are definitely a tenor! Now if you can’t sing that high don’t worry, you still might be a tenor if you can’t get below that B2. Now if you can’t sing that low you might be an Alto or higher. Altos can typically sing an E3 to a high E5, same rules apply if you can’t sing that high don’t worry, focus on how low you can go, that will determine your range. But say you can’t sing that low, say you can only hit a G3 and you can go as high as a G5 you are a Mezzo-Soprano which is the equivalent to being a baritone. Well you still can’t hit a G3, then you are probably a Soprano, let’s see. If your lowest note is C4 (middle C) and your highest is a C6 then you are a soprano.

Please do keep in mind that you can have multiple ranges such as I, I can sing bass and baritone. How you figure this out is say that you can sing higher than the highest note for that range. Let’s use the basses highest note; a C4 say I can sing all the way up into the baritones range. Now it has to be within that range in order for it to count as full baritone. Say you can only sing two notes into the next range, then you will be classified as a low baritone in this case. Now let’s say that you can sing two notes lower, than you would be high whatever the range is below yours.

However these are the standard notes for each range it is fine if you can’t quite reach the highest or lowest in the range. As long as you fall within that range, you are classified as whatever that range is. If you wish to sing higher or lower there is really no easy way to accomplish that, just wait. Time is the key when it comes to singing. Now that you know your range do you feel confident on where you stand?

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I attend Lafayette High school in Saint Joseph, Missouri. I am the school editor of our online website and I enjoy doing the things that not everyone out there can do. I will cover almost anything that needs to be covered all while focusing on academics and a sport that I love, tennis. Follow me on twitter @bigMack2016 or on Facebook at Kensie Rose.

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