Baritone singing lessons
Bohemian Vocal Studio was launched in 2010 for one main reason: There was simple no one else out there who was teaching Baritones how to sing with a tailored approach designed specifically for this rich, deep voice type. Learning how to sing as a Baritone voice type comes with it’s own unique challenges and requires a thoughtful understanding of how the Baritone voice works, responds and grows over time – as a low Baritone myself, I’m here to help you understand your low voice and give you the best Baritone singing lessons in the world.
Where a higher voice type might naturally lend itself towards correct placement, or even the middle voice coordination – a Baritone requires special training to implement and develop these important aspects of a great singing voice. As a Baritone voice type, you really CAN build a powerful singing voice that extends into the Tenor range, you simply need the right training and a coach who has designed an approach specially designed for your unique voice.
It’s a Tenor’s world, right?
I’ve heard it all before, things like “Only Tenors can be good singers” and “Oh, you can’t sing that high” – well, I’m here to tell you otherwise. Just because the a YouTube guru or your local classical teacher hasn’t perfected the right approach to building the baritone vocal range, doesn’t mean it can’t be done – and that’s what BVS is all about.
Techniques like Vocal Placement, resonance tuning, onsets, register control, the mix coordination, Diction, Bright resonance, strain release and diaphragmatic support have all helped me take my bellowing low range well up into the tenor range and beyond – and now I specialise in teaching these very methods to my fellow baritones so that you too can sing in any vocal range you like!
So don’t let that local teacher tell you what you can and can’t sing – tell ME what your goals are and we’ll work on your technique together to give you WAY more range than you ever have imagined, limitless power and total control! Book a session with me today to get started with the RIGHT approach to Baritone Singing Lessons
Top 5 tips for Baritone singers
To make it easier for you to learn how to sing, here’s my Top 5 tips for Baritone singers. Learning these simple yet effective techniques and tips will teach you how to sing higher than ever and release your Baritone voice from the low rumble that makes other voice coaches unable to help you sing better:
I never thought I’d be confident enough to sing in front of people before I started taking lessons with you. (Maryanne – Australia)
#1 – Release your registers
Gaining control of these pesky registers should be your number #1 pursuit as a Baritone singer. Releasing your registers is as simple as training a liptrill or even a resonant hum through your full range without pushing, taking care to avoid the ‘catch’ or ‘flip’ in your voice by taking it slow and gentle. While this isn’t the coolest or most powerful sound in the world, what this WILL achieve is coordination of your chest and head registers so that in time you can start to build your MIX voice and escape from the Baritone curse into a rich and full tone that has all the range you could ever dream of.
#2 – Develop your mix
A central coordination of the muscles responsible for your booming baritone chest register and the ones responsible for the light high range you no doubt have trouble controlling, the MIX voice is a powerful tool that every great singer has learned to implement and control for a resonant and powerful range. You may find that most Tenor or female voice coaches shy away from coaching you how to sing in mix voice, or even lack a concise way to help you realise your middle register really does exist – this is because the middle coordination for a Baritone happens in a different area of the voice and requires a special touch to develop and build over time.
I’ve developed quite a number of different ways for a baritone singer to release their middle register, from my favourite, PROJECTION, right through to ‘classroom voice’ and the common cry/fry method. Watch the video below for a tutorial on singing with projection to release your mix voice:
Building your mix voice is an absolute MUST for a baritone, as this will show you how to connect chest and head voice, while allowing you to sing ANY song like a ‘standard’ voice range can do, while retaining your depth of character and natural richness that comes with the gift of being a Baritone singer.
#3 – Coordinate your onsets properly
Learning to sing with a balanced onset is particularly tricky for most baritones, in part due to thicker vocal folds and the more ‘muscular’ control that we often force onto our vocal chords instead of releasing our registers properly. Learning to balance your onset between the two extremes of a breathy onset and a glottal onset to sing with a powerful but relaxed balanced onset is often the difference between a truly great singer, and someone who is inconsistent.
#4 – Vocal placement
Building proper vocal placement and developing control over my frequencies has truly been the key to improving my baritone voice. Vocal placement requires you to limit any excess frequencies which don’t resonate in an efficient manner so that you can put your energy into building and growing your voice in a powerful and resonant way. Often mistaken as classical MASK technique, it’s important that your voice coach understands how your baritone voice differs to other voice types, and how important it truly is to build your placement in the right way.
Often, coaches with a higher voice type simply can’t fathom how or why your voice doesn’t behave in the same manner as theirs, and how difficult it can be to find the right placement for your singing voice when it is so easy and natural for theirs. This is also why most Tenor singers actually decline in vocal range over time – simply because they never gained control over their placement when they first started learning, and as their voices have changed over time, it’s not something they recognise as an issue in their voice. Vocal placement is incredibly important for ALL singers, but it’s simply a necessity for a baritone voice.
#5 – The key to consonants
Baritone singers have a particular issue with consonant sounds, especially those with an Eastern European or thicker accent type. This is due to improper speech placement, and the first way in which we often create our consonant sounds with our low lying resonance. Coordinating your onsets first is the key to singing consonants, and then I personally like to group each consonant sound into similar types and design a tailored approach for each of my students depending on their voice type, accent and natural character of their voice.
Baritone singers, you really can learn how to increase your vocal range and build a POWERFUL singing voice by implementing these techniques here at Bohemian Vocal Studio. When you’re ready to take your voice to the next level and tune that resonance into your high range while developing your overall approach to suit your unique voice, you can book a Skype session with me and I’ll show you how to improve your baritone voice by:
- Tuning your resonance
- Shaping and developing your vowel sounds
- Troubleshooting your frequencies
- Building better control over your registers
- Powering up your mix
- Diction, delivery and more powerful onsets
- So much more!
Since launching in 2010, Bohemian Vocal Studio has become the premier voice studio for Baritone singing lessons and has become synonymous with POWERFUL singing and the most practical approach to vocal technique.
You’re like the Yoda of singing… trust in the vowels, mm? (John – Sweden)
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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.