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Transcript of VOICE TYPES
Before singing, artists, musicians and even the members of a choir MUST clasificate their voices... Why?
To see which genres they can sing
To improve the sound quality
To be more comfortable while singing
The criteria to classify voices are:
Vocal Range: How acute or how grimly the voice is
Vocal Weight: How light or how heavy the voice is
Vocal Tessitura: How comfortable is a voice with a determined tone
Vocal Timbre: A individual feature that differentiates different voices
Once we´ve seen the weight, tessitura, range and colour of our voice, we have to choose a type of voive.
Voice types are divided in two big groups:
After all these process of classifying our voice, we have to train it.
Voice pedagogist recomend:
Find a comfortable or middle area for the voice
Train it in that area with posture, breathing, phonation, resonation and articulation excersices
Explore the higher and lower tones
The true quality will EMERGE
Female voices (Range)
Female voices commonly are divided in four groups:
Soprano: Is the "highest" female voice, it goes from middle C to C6. (Opera)
Mezzo-soprano: Most common voice in women goes from A3 to A5.
Alto: Designated vocal line in choral music goes from G3 to F5
Contra-alto: (extremly rare) goes from E3 to E5
Male voices are divided into four types or groups:
Countertenor: Highest voice (falsetto register for the high tones) (modal register for low tones) goes from G3 to E5
Tenor: Highest voice with modal register. Goes from C3 to C5
Baritone: Most common male voice goes from A2 to A4
Bass: Lowest male voice goes from F2 to F4 it has
the lowest tessitura of all voices.