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What Is Your Vocal Range?

Your vocal range is one of the first things you need to determine when you start learning to sing. It’s relatively easy to find your vocal range. Once you find your range, you will be ready to learn some singing techniques. You will also be ready to learn how to expand your range.

The Details

  • Your vocal range refers to the range of notes that you can sing comfortably. You can hit these notes without straining. You want to stay within your range when you sing so you can get the best results.
  • You can find your range by using a keyboard. Simply play a note on the keyboard and match it. If you can hit that note comfortably, go up or down a key to see if you can still hit the next note comfortably.
  • You can also find your vocal range by matching notes with others. If you are in a choir, you can match notes with people who know their range. If you can match notes with them successfully, you can try other ranges to see if you fit into those ranges as well.
  • Make sure you are standing up straight and letting the air flow properly when determining your range. If you don’t do that, you might actually miss notes that you could normally hit. Then you won’t have an accurate idea of what your range really is.
  • Your range can grow over time. While you will start out with a specific range, it can change with practice. You can increase your range so you can tackle more notes and have bigger parts in group numbers.
  • If your range falls between C4 and A5, you are a soprano. This is the highest of the standard singing voices. Women, girls and young men can have soprano singing voices.
  • If your range falls between A3 and F#5, you are a mezzo-soprano. This consists of singers who fall between soprano and alto. Again, you will find women, girls and young boys in this range.
  • Altos have a range between G3 and E5.Some men will fall into this range, but you will find more women altos than men. You will also find a lot of children in the alto range.
  • Contraltos have a range between F3 and D5. This is usually the lowest singing voice for a woman, and men and children can also fall into this range. Singers are only categorized as contraltos if they are classical or opera singers.
  • Tenors have a range between C3 and A4. While men can sing alto, most men don’t go above tenor. Also, most women can’t sing this low, so tenors are usually men.
  • Baritones can sing between A2 and F4. This is the second lowest range, and it consists of men. This range is much too low for most women, so if you are female and think you are in this range, you need to check it again to make sure you are actually in tune and hitting the notes you think you are hitting.
  • Bass singers have a range between F2 and E4.This is the lowest possible range. This range consists of men who have very deep

The Bottom Line

It’s important that you determine your range immediately. Then, use that as a starting point to improve your singing. After you sing for a while, test your range again to see if it has increased. If it has, you will be able to take on more singing parts. You always want to grow and improve if possible. It will allow you to have more fun with singing and to be more versatile.