Types Of Voice


Types Of Voice – How can i know my type of voice?

Voice Types refers to the kinds of voices that singers have, classified based on a number of important criteria.
There are usually 4 main voice types, and they are: Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass.

The main classification criteria for determining our Voice Types are as follows: 

1. Vocal Range
   Vocal Range is the notes your body(voice) can produce.It is one of the key indicators of what type of voice a singer may have.
For example, if a male singer has a r high voice, he would probably be classified as a Tenor or even a Counter Tenor, whereas if a female singer has a high voice, she would probably be classified as a Soprano.
It is generally dangerous to train with notes that are too high for our range, than to train with notes that are too low for our voice to pitch properly.

2. Register Changes
    Our voice goes through a number of changes in tone and quality as we move from low pitches to higher notes, and these changes are called vocal register changes.
Knowing where our registers change would be able to help us determine what Voice Type we would belong to.

3. Vocal Tone
   Different singers have varying Vocal Tones, as some may have voices that are bright and ringing, whereas others may have voices that sound dark and heavy.
Knowing our Vocal Tone helps us to be able to know what kinds of songs we can perform, and what songs we should avoid when performing or auditioning.

4. Tessitura or Voice Strength
    Tessitura refers to the vocal range within which our voice is at its most comfortable and sounding its best.
Knowing where our Voice Strength lies is key to understanding what voice type we belong to. For example, a soprano would have a stronger head voice whereas a bass singer would have a stronger Chest voice.

5. Speech Level Voice
   Our speech level voice is usually the voice with which we are most comfortable using, and it is also the voice that we would use the most in our everyday conversation.
It gives us an important indication as to whether we are a tenor, baritone or bass singer, since we would most probably talk using our tessitura or most comfortable vocal range.