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.

15 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 🙂

  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?

  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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    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

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