Find Your Vocal Range

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Are you a bass, baritone, tenor, alto, mezzo-soprano, or soprano? Are you unsure what these terms mean? Keep reading to learn the classifications of the male and female voice, find your own vocal range, and find your own voice classification.

 

How To Find Your Vocal Range by singing along with the video to determine your lowest note and highest note.

Why Should You Know Your Voice Classification?

The human voice is unique. The physiology of your vocal folds determine how high or low you can sing. Once you know your voice classification you can use it to find songs that suite your voice well or change the key of songs that are not in your range so that they fit with your voice.

If you want to sing in a choir the commonality is to divide the singers into groups that have the same vocal range so that you sing where you are strongest.

 

Match Pitches to Find Your Vocal Range

To find your vocal range start by warming up your voice throughout your range meaning as low as you can sing to as high as you can sing.

Then, follow along with the video below to match the descending pitches of the piano step-by-step. Once you get about as low as you can pause the video and replay that note again a few times while you match it.

If it sounds like a clear note that you would actually choose to sing in a song then it is your lowest singable pitch. If it does not sound good then rewind the video to the pitch before that one and sing than one a few times until you feel comfortable that you can sing it in a song.

The second half of the video plays the piano keys from C4 ascending step-by-step. Use it in the same fashion to find your highest singable pitch.

 

 

Standard Voice Classifications

Below you see a chart of the different standard voice classifications on the piano with Bass being the lowest and Soprano the highest voice classification.

Feel free to download a printable copy and color in your own vocal range.  Voice Classifications (Free PDF) 

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Can I Increase My Vocal Range?

Yes you can. Your vocal folds are elastic and as you improve your vocal technique you will be able to increase your range, especially your high notes.

There are of course limitations because of physiology, a grown man will not be able to sound like a child and vise versa, but there are great potential when learning to use your instrument to its fullest potential. Check out some of the vocal exercises here in this blog to improve your technique.

46 Responses

  1. Tia

    Thanks!! I can’t find any other way to contact you. I wanted to say thanks for re-pinning my article about singing! I love your site and I added links to your lessons on my article. This is the best how-to I’ve ever seen!! You’re welcome anytime on my blog.

    • RonjaDP2

      Hi Tia, So sorry that I am not getting back to you sooner. The truth is that I am pretty green to blogging and did find the comments tap until recently. Thanks for sharing my article, I really appreciate it. It is great to connect with a fellow blogger 🙂

    • Yb

      Hi! Btw all things aside i adore you and i think you are sweetest person i’ve know. I am just a little bit confuse because my lowest note, that i can sing comfortably is E3 and the highest note is F6 so where does my vocal range lies in the vocal classification. If you could answer. Xoxo!

  2. Rob

    Hi,
    This was really useful. I’ve played guitar for 25 years, primarily because I was kicked out of choir at school for being “tone deaf”. I wanted to understand my range so I could then work on hitting the correct pitches within this.
    My comfortable range is G2 – C4, although I can go slightly lower, it wouldn’t be how I would feel comfortable singing. As I fit in the Baritone section, should I work on trying to hit all of the pitches within this range, or just focus on the ones that comfortably fit between G2-C4 to start with.
    Any help you can give would be great.
    Rob

    • RonjaDP2

      Hi Rob, Thanks for your question. I my opinion, your idea of starting with the comfortable notes first is the best way to practice. Singing on pitch has a lot to do with muscle memory, and training your pitch where you produce sound comfortably will be a great reference point to “how it should feel” when you then branch out to other notes. I hope that helped otherwise please don’t hesitate to ask again. BTW I actually just wrote a post on how to improve pitchiness that might be something for you. It has an ear training exercise and a pitch practice vocal exercise: https://singgeek.com/reasons-pitchy-singing-fix/

  3. Ron Behiri

    I just have a question for you, I managed to hit both a B1 and a G5 what vocal classification would I be? Fyi I can hit it and it is comfortable and within my range.
    Thanks,
    Ron

    • RonjaDP2

      Hi Ron,

      I recently found the spam folder for my blog and saw several messages that had been caught in her. Sorry for getting back to you so late. B1-G5 is a very nice range. Are you a male singer? If so, I would suggest you to be either a baritone or a tenor. When do you switch to head voice?

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  4. Rohan

    I dont understand music so much as Im just a biginer my range is Gb2-C#6 is it a alto tenure or soprano I dont know can you help

    • RonjaDP2

      Hi Rohan, Sorry for getting back to you soooo late. I think your message ended in my spam folder. With a range of Gb2-C#6 I would say that you have a nice tenor range 🙂

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    • Aistė Dragūnaitė

      Question, so I’m a female, is it possible for a female to have a male tenor voice. It sounds stupid, but my voice is almost exactly in the range of a male tenor and not quite high enough to be a female alto. So what would that make me??

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  7. Epie Ngajieh Kevin

    Wow I am happy to have come across this site. It is helping me so much to know and improve on my vocal range.

  8. Cristopher

    I don’t know how this works being i want to know by vocal range type seeing i’m a 12 year old male and i’m able to hit an A1-E6.
    What is my vocal type?

    • RonjaDP2

      Hi Christopher,

      Wow that is quite the vocal range! Given what you have written, you are able to sing any of the three male voice types – bass, baritone, or tenor. To find out which one of them you are most comfortable with, I recommend you go through the exercise again while looking at the gray shading in the pdf I attached. The one with the area where you feel the most comfortable is the voice type that is the best suited for you.
      – Hope this helps

  9. Julie Alexander

    Thanks for your really clear video with great visual aids on the webpage. I’m obviously doing something wrong though because I’ve tried a few times and I am apparently a tenor despite being female. Can’t see what I am doing wrong.

  10. Rutika Brahmbhatt

    Hello,I m from India my range is from F3–C5 and i really want to increase my range after this note my voice isnt clear its very airy and cracky can you please help me sending your links or something regarding this issue
    Thanks 😊

  11. Rutika

    Hello this is Rutika from India
    This is really useful my range is from F3-C5 and I really want to increase my range because after C5 my voice becomes too airy and cracky and i m not able to sing properly can u please suggest something what can be done how can i increase my range with proper technique

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  13. furat

    hi i just wanted to ask which vocal tybe i am
    i am a female and my range is D3 to C#6
    thank you

  14. Roopkatha Dey

    I can hit A0 to C8 aka all the notes in the piano. Is that good? I am only 10 years old using my father’s account.

  15. Roopkatha Dey

    I am 10 years old and can sing A0 to C8. So what is my vocal type? Will I be able to be an excellent singer because I have a great passion for music?

  16. JR

    HI i am 12 yr old boy and my comfortable range is G#3-Eb5-Eb6 and my whole range is Eb3-B5-B7 what type of voice do i have.

  17. Aditya Singh

    Hello ma’am,
    I am Aditya from India.
    I am a self learner, i follow your all videos.
    My range is E2 – F4 (comfortable) after this i start yelling frankly. I wanna reach A#4. What should i practice daily? Or what can i do. I hope you are getting my stuffs,

    Waiting for your response.
    Love from India.

  18. Maria

    Hi, I did A2 thru C6 comfortably. I am a female vocalist. Just wanting to know my range. I also have an unpolished whistle that I would like to know how to perfect and keep consistent. I am confused bc I have been told I am every voice type. My classical teachers (opera) have said I am first soprano but I really am unsure.

  19. Eva

    Hi, I did A2 thru C6 comfortably. I am a female vocalist. Just wanting to know my range. I also have an unpolished whistle that I would like to know how to perfect and keep consistent. I am confused bc I have been told I am every voice type. My classical teachers (opera) have said I am first soprano but I really am unsure.

  20. Vanessa

    Hi I can do E3- A5. That was comfortable but what type is that? I’m a female btw

  21. Alexandru Voicu

    Hi, my singable notes are from A2 to Bb4. That’s what I can hit and sounds pretty well. I can vocalize down to F#2(airy tone) and up to C5(falsetto tone), but on the extremes I am not comfortable and also not sure that I can hit it all the time, so that’s why I don’t count it. Is that a Low Tenor voice?

  22. Nancy Alice Springer-Smith

    Hi Ronja,
    I love all your videos! You are very sweet and informative. I’ve relearned some things and learned some new techniques from you. Thank you! I’ve been working on my voice and range for quite awhile now. But at least 4 to 6 times a week diligently. My range is E3-B5. So it’s pretty good. Keep up the great job you are doing. And thanks for helping me geek out on my voice!

  23. Phoenix

    im 14 and my vocal range is a C3 – D7, what category would that mark me in?

  24. Zoie Hitt

    So I don’t exactly no my vocal range but I can sing to about a baritone level to about f4 is the limitations for me

  25. Lily hitt

    So I don’t exactly now my vocal range but I can sing from about a baritone level up to about f4 is the limitations for me

  26. Aistė Dragūnaitė

    Question, so I’m a female, is it possible for a female to have a male tenor voice. It sounds stupid, but my voice is almost exactly in the range of a male tenor and not quite high enough to be a female alto.

  27. Isaac

    Hi am not quite sure about my voice range I am 18 years old male tenor singer and I got an E2–E5 voice it seems I got it from my head voice

  28. Anthony Isaac

    Hi
    I was able to a permanent E5 in my high note using my head voice
    But each time I repeat the low notes my voice then varies from G2 to E2
    Do I need to train my voice more or what’s now the problem with my voice

  29. Triana

    Hello so I’ve been wanting to get into singing more and getting better at it hopefully 😅 I’m very new at this so I pretty much have no idea what I’m doing but I was wondering what is my range when my lowest is F3 and my highest Is G4? Thanks! 🙂

  30. Miki

    Hi, I just got here from your video and I’m confused about what vocal range is mine going to be. I can hit C3 upto D5, this makes me fall in the Alto range right? But I can also hit C6 in head voice.

  31. Caleigh lynn Austria

    H Ronja!
    My lowest note is F3 and my highest is C6 and im 16 yrs old, what does this mean am i a soprano 1 or soprano 2? haha i really dont have any idea.

  32. amandio

    hi my name is amandio, 13, male C#3-Bb5-C8. im having problems with low notes below F3 and on the G#5 is very raspy and i can only get above it sometimes, my mix is very weak and i have a whinny voice.

  33. Vinz vinz

    Hi . i can sing D3-G5 what is my vocal range ? Coz I am not quite sure. sometimes i sing soprano but most of the time i sing tenor for our all girls group.

  34. Blue butterfly

    Hey, I can sing I from D3 to D5 comfortably, but can sing higher and lower if I feel like it. Am I an Alto then?

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