One of the most common questions raised by the beginners is “what type of singing voice do I have?”
Voice types are dynamic depending on what benchmarks you are using. If we are talking about your specific type of singing voice, there is no exact answer that you can expect. Of course, we are already familiar with the terms such as bass, tenor, alto, and soprano. But if we are pinpointing the type of male singing voice with the Fach method, for instance, it will be more complex when you do it alone.
But let’s just start with the simpler methods first.
Discovering the voice type will depend on your exercise and how far you’ve been practicing from the beginning of your singing career.
*Here is how you’d find your voice type*
First things first, you will want to warm up before testing your voice. The vocal warm up is a very crucial step to take to make yourself more prepared for testing the vocal range. In other words, you will want to know the best you can do in your optimal condition. The warmup techniques can revolve around sirening, humming scales, as well as singing scales.
Find your lowest note and highest note
Finding your lowest note and highest note is very important to determine your exact choice type.
You could use any musical instrument at home such as piano, guitar, etc. But I’d like to recommend using piano because you can easily sing along as you play the note from your piano.
If you don’t have a physical piano, you could use a free online piano that you can open directly through your browser.
Firstly, locate the Middle C, and sing along when you play the note. Hit the lower note down to the white keys. Follow to sing along to each lower note until you reach the lowest you can sing.
In the middle C, the note you find should be followed by number 4. If you can reach the note in the octave below Middle C, the number will be 3 and so on.
Keep in mind that the lowest note that you could record is the note that you can sing conveniently without struggling too much.
When you need to locate your highest note, it is pretty similar to lowest note finding. You could start from Middle C and travel up to a higher note until you reach the peak note that you can do. It is okay to use your falsetto voice until you are able to find the last note. Do not attempt to pass the maximum note that you are able to reach by now. You must stop right at the highest note that you are comfortable with.
Find your voice type
Once you’ve located the lowest and highest note at your part, you will want to check them against the common voice types. Here are the types that you can compare:
Soprano: C4 – C6
Mezzo-Soprano: A3 – A5
Alto: F3 – F5
Tenor: C3 – C5
Baritone: G2 – G4
Bass: E2 – E5
It won’t take a long time until you can find your vocal range and voice type.
But here is the thing. The categories that I’ve mentioned above shouldn’t exactly dictate your capability. There’s a chance that your voice types could change in the future after improving your vocal skills.
Also, depending on your current physical conditions, you can also sing higher or lower than the range you’ve pinpointed. It is not a mistake, exactly.
Those are the ways you remember the ranges of the notes you can reach so that when you practice, you can really define what you are capable of and not.
Defining your voice type with German Fach System
The better and more accurate way to define your voice type is by using the German Fach System.
It is indeed more complicated than the simple steps we’ve mentioned before.
German Fach System proposes 25 different voice types in total. And to locate the right voice type of yours, you will need to consider 10 variables before finally determining your voice types. Unless you have ample knowledge about German Fach System, don’t do it all alone. Your chance will be greater if you ask for professional help to help you find your exact type of singing voice.