Baritone Voice Range Lesson – How to sing like David Coverdale
I still remember the first time I heard David Coverdale’s velvety baritone voice range on Deep Purple’s “Burn” album, and subsequently buying his remaining Deep Purple catalogue and first two solo albums. I remember thinking, this can’t be the same guy with the high screech from Whitesnake, can it? Turns out Coverdale was once known for more than just being an 80’s glam rock singer with puffy hair and a high screech, he naturally possessed a stunning baritone voice range and often sang with a bluesy inflection far from the pomp and sheen of Whitesnake’s greatest hits.
If you want to learn how to sing like David Coverdale, the first step is building a strong foundation. After all, your singing voice is only as strong as the foundation you lay first – a weak foundation means a weak singing voice. David was a master of soulful and emotional vocal delivery too, and utilised techniques like Vocal Fry singing, belting, vowel covering, distortion and many other ‘holy grail’ singing techniques many other singers spend years trying to develop.
What is the baritone voice range
If you naturally possess a low speaking or singing voice, then it’s possible you’re a baritone like me. Learning to sing was a difficult process in the beginning for me as no coach out there really understood ‘why’ my voice didn’t behave in the same manner theirs did. With my low natural range and lower frequency production, I struggled to understand complicated techniques and terms like placement, vibrato, diaphragmatic breathing, vowel modification and many other aspects of singing that were all a mystery – until I discovered that you really don’t need to geek out about all these techniques, you simply need to build a strong foundation and find a coach who you gel with who can SHOW you how to sing better, not just tell you how to sing better.
The baritone voice range generally starts around an E2 (the lowest note on a guitar), but often descends lower with various voice types and unique differences between each singer. My own baritone voice range starts around a C2 in the bass range, but I don’t really have the low timbre and tone of a true bass.
How to sing like David Coverdale
Using the tutorial above from the Bohemian Vocal Studio YouTube Channel, you will learn how to sing like David Coverdale with ease. Important points from the tutorial include balanced onsets, vowel production, support, intent and many other important aspects of great singing. Remember, singing a song or doing a cover is often less about ‘sounding’ like your favourite singer, and more about singing the song with your own natural voice and imparting a small character from the original to maintain the style and intention of the song – if you’re ‘putting on’ a voice and trying to mimic a singer like David Coverdale, then you’re actually not singing like him at all. After all, David Coverdale wasn’t TRYING to “sing like David Coverdale”, he was simply singing with his own natural baritone voice range.
A great place to start is the free foundations short courses available here at BVS, and then when you’re ready to take your voice to the next level with professional voice training, you can book a Skype Session and we’ll get started.
If you have any questions about singing like David Coverdale or the Baritone voice range, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!