Whats your voice Type?

voice types

Five distinct ingredients make up your voice type and help to classify which of the four categories described above you fall into:

Your Physique: Your voice will continue to grow as you do, even past adolescence into adulthood. That’s why you can guess a person’s age sometimes, just by listening to their voice. However, there are many factors that can distinguish your voice type. The physical and actual length of your vocal cords. The shorter they are would possibly make you have a higher voice. The longer the cord would make you have a lower voice but this is still not 100% proof. Some people like to associate your voice to your size, fat, skinny, short or tall but I have seen this proved wrong too many times. In the end it really is decided by your vocal range and your timbre.

Your Register or your tessitura: A register is a series of notes that you are comfortable to sing. A register were your voice can sing for long periods of time. A tessitura were you are not stressing for the high notes or the low notes. The most acceptable and comfortable range for a singer. This can determine your voice type.

Your Range: Put simply, your range incorporates every single note you are able to hit with your voice, from the very lowest to the absolute highest. The more you practice, the more notes you will be able to hit because you will be exercising and stretching your singing muscles. Much like a weightlifter can lift heavier weights with training. Your singing style, however, will be determined largely by the range of  notes that are most comfortable for you to sing.

Your Strength: Your voice strength is partly determined by where on the scale of notes your singing voice is at its strongest or loudest. This does not really determine your voice type except in the opera world. Strong loud voices tend to be called Dramatic voices and Wagnerian singers. Their repertoire tends to be heavily orchestrated and demands a powerful voice.

Your Tone: When you listen to your favorite singers, you no doubt notice that every voice is different. Some are bright, some are somber, others are shrill or strident. Your tone belongs to you, it’s your vocal identity, its possibly the most important facture for you to find and realize.

The role your body plays in your singing

To sing properly, you will need to begin by standing in the posture of a singer, lining up every part of your body and ensuring that every part of it is poised to do its job efficiently. Before you can improve your voice, you must become aware of your entire body. 

It’s just as important to stand the right way and breathe correctly as it is to practice your musical scales.

The better your breathing technique, the easier you will find it to maintain a note. To learn the correct breathing technique for a singer is essential. Therefore posture is very important.

Under the guidance of your Montreal Vocal Coach you will perfect your posture and breathing technique. Gino will show you how to use your whole body to power your voice.

“The most important realization a singer will ever have is that you sing with your entire body. You need to position your body in just the right way to channel its power.”

How a Vocal Coach in Montreal can help you with your Singing

if you want to attain the very heights of your singing ability, you’re going to need to find sufficient time for training and practice. A Vocal Coach can help you stay on track. You should avoid straining your singing muscles by attempting to sing without a professional guidance. A coach will motivate you and help you get into the habit of practicing the right exercises.

The deepest of all singing voices

bass baritone voice
Samuel Ramey & Quilico
Samuel Ramey & Gino Quilico in Don Carlos

The deepest of all singing voices, the bass is also the darkest and heaviest. The range for this voice type stretches from F below the bass clef staff to F, with register transitions taking place from chest to middle C and the passaggio from chest to head voice at D above middle C. Famous examples include Barry White, Billy Currington and Tennessee Ernie Ford, Cesare Siepi and Samuel Ramey.

A Tenor’s voice range

The range of a tenor
stretches around two octaves, from just below C to just above the high
C. The transition between lower and middle voice is not particularly
noticeable, but there is what we call a passaggio. The passaggio is were
the voice transistions from the lower register to the higher register
and demands a passage. famous examples of this voice type include Luciano Pavarotti, Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder and Enrico Caruso.


The deeper and darker female voices


Mezzo or Alto. Can often sing the high notes like a soprano, but won’t feel comfortable staying there for a very long time. This is because of tessitura. What is tessitura? Its basically your vocal register. Most mezzos prefer to stay in the middle register, from the G note below the middle C to a high B or C. Mezzo soprano voices tend to have deeper and darker voices. Famous examples include k.d.lang and Karen Carpenter, Teressa Berganza and Cecilia Bartoli.

Are you a Soprano?

Maria Callas

The highest of the female voices, a soprano usually has a range between the middle voice and the high C and is expected to be able to hit the latter frequently and relatively easily. Transitions between head and chest voice tend to occur at E-flat, just above middle C.  If you’re not sure what that means, try singing a high and low note right now and notice that you can feel the vibrations differently for each one.The tone of a soprano’s voice is usually high, bright and ringing.


Famous examples of sopranos include Beyonce and Julie Andrews, Kiri Tekanawa and Maria Callas.

The four main voice Categories

Singers generally fall into one of four main categories, some people with wide ranges can often find themselves spanning more than one or between them. Two example are the Baritone voice and Countertenor. A baritone is a type of classical male singing voice whose vocal range lies between the bass and the tenor voice types. The baritone voice could be considered the most common male voice as the soprano would be for woman. The countertenor is a type of classic male singing voice whose vocal range is equivalent to that of the female. Countertenors (contra tenor) are often baritones at core with the facility to sing in the head voice, sometimes referred to as Falsetto.

The four main categories of singers, wether you sing opera, pop, jazz or broadway, from highest to lowest, are: Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass

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