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Understanding The Vocal Types And Range For Male Artists

Any upcoming artist should determine his singing voice because it guides him on his working or singing range. Identifying your voice types will assist you to determine the kind of songs you can sing with comfort and set your limits. This article pays close attention to 4 vocal types of male artists. You may have a look here if you wish to broaden your knowledge on other vocal ranges.

The Countertenor Vocal Type

There are four main vocal types for men. These include the countertenor voices, baritone voice, bass, and tenor. I am sure most people only know the last three categories and the first one may appear to be unfamiliar. The countertenor voice in men is similar to the contralto voice in women which is the lowest type of voice in female. This voice falls roughly from the G note that is below the middle C (G3), to the high F which is one octave higher that the middle C (F5). Tessitura is the most comfortable range of singing for the countertenor. The range lies above the tenor voice and other male adult voices. Countertenors can comfortably sing the high head voice tones with great ease and brightness in the musical note. I find several people confusing this vocal range with regular female voices.

The Tenor Vocal type

The tenor voice is the highest vocal type in men, and most people are familiar with it. The typical tenor vocal range basically lies between the C which is one octave lower than the middle C (C3). It is also a single octave higher than the middle C or C5. Tenor can vocalize the head voice tones with a lot of strength and brightness and hit high notes with a lot of ease. The tenor vocal range shifts into the head voice right about the G or F sharp higher than the middle C (G4 or F4) by transitioning into the middle voice range just above the E or D music tone and above middle C (E4 or D4). The tenor tessitura lies between the baritone and countertenor vocal ranges.

The Baritone Vocal Type

Most male singers fall into this category as it is the most common male vocal form. You will find the baritone voice range between the A flat note which is one octave below the middle C (A flat 2, all the way to the A flat note that is above the middle C (A flat 4). The transition occurs within the middle voice anywhere near the A or B note just below the middle C (B3 or A3). It moves into the head voice somewhere between bass tessitura and tenor tessitura. This feature makes the baritone voice range be the strongest among all the middle range pitches.

The Bass vocal range

The bass voice is the lowest among all the male vocal forms. It is very rare to find a good base because it is in high demand in Capella group and choral singing. The voice has a dark booming and deep quality because it is the strongest in the lower voices. Its vocal range lies between the F note and a single octave just below the middle C (F2). It also extends to the E note right above the middle C (E4). The bass vocal range has a tessitura that is slightly lower than the Baritone. The bass would probably transition from the chest voice to the middle around the A flat and A note. It is right below the middle C (A flat 3 or A3). It then shifts to the head voice around the middle C (D flat 4) right below the D flat. I know you are now aware of the male singing vocal types, and you also understand where you fall.


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