Are Singing Voice Types Important?
There are many different singing voice types and classifications – from baritone to alto, tenor to soprano and many variations in between. What are singing voices types, what do they mean and are they really that important when it comes to contemporary singing like Rock or Pop music? Let’s find out.
Singing Voice Types according to the Vocal Fach system were designed as a way to allocate pieces of music to singers who could comfortably achieve the required tonal quality in the range of the role and for the character. Now, character and role are an important definition to make when talking about singing voice types, as many of the variations in voice type such as dramatic Baritone, counter Tenor, Verdi etc refer to your ability to play a character and fit the vocal characteristic of the role.
Singing Voice Types are something that develop over time as your singing voice matures with improved vocal technique. As an example, you might have noticed that many untrained male singers that comment on YouTube, Quora and Reddit are self proclaimed Baritone singers – having never taken a singing lesson, and often without refined vocal technique. Yet singing voice type in a classical sense is actually something that develops and becomes apparent with time, practice, training and dedication – so a lower voice type like Baritone isn’t an excuse for poor vocal technique, and can actually become one of your greatest strengths with excellent vocal training.
How To Improve Your Singing Voice
Whether you have a naturally low voice, or a higher voice – anyone can improve their singing voice by applying the concepts of vocal foundation for excellent growth as a singer. Foundation in singing is just like the foundation of a house that is being constructed – the rock solid concrete base that your range and tone (walls and roof) are built upon and allow your house to stay strong and tall. Foundation in singing includes;
- Diaphragmatic Breathing
- Shaping Vowels
- Managing resonant space
- Mixed Voice
- Connecting chest and head voice
- Releasing strain and tension
- Maintaining resonance
By first setting up a rock solid vocal foundation of breathing, resonance, support, vowels and consistency, you will then be prepared for the growth stage in singing where each element starts to develop and grow together into the singing voice you have always dreamed of; extensive range, freedom from strain, incredible power and the ability to approach any song you have wanted to sing, but previous lacked the range or consistency to sing with ease.
A great place to start is this exclusive Mixed Voice Singing Lesson which will show you exactly how to create mixed resonance so you can connect chest and head voice and start building a powerful voice without a vocal break or the need to sing in falsetto on high notes. You can also get started with our Foundation 101 singing course which will show you how to sing with mixed voice, diaphragmatic breathing, support, resonance, correctly formed vowels, balanced onsets and each important base element of a great singing voice.
If you have any questions about singing voice types, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!
Kegan DeBoheme is Bohemian Vocal Studio’s resident vocal coach and voice expert. He teaches professional singing and voice technique to students all around the world and enjoys providing tutorials like this one on how to improve your voice.