Find Your Singing Voice [4 Vocal Types You Need To Know]
When I met my old voice coach one of the first things that came out of his mouth were the words “You’re a classic CLAMP ‘n PUSH voice”
Huh? Aren’t I just a baritone?
When you learn these 4 Vocal Types instead – you’ll never want to hear about classical voice types again.
Baritone? Tenor? Soprano? Who Cares!
I’ve learned that not all voices are the same – yes, even similar voice types can have wild differences in these four different aspects:
- C1 – Clamp ‘n Push
- C2 – Aspirate
- T1 – Bright
- T2 – Dark
- V1 – Low
- V2 – Middle
- V3 – High
- B1 – Edge dominant
- B2 – Body dominant
A great example of this is the comparison between two baritone singers like Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.
Johnny has a lower vowel overtone (v1), but a brighter timbre (t1) compared to Waylon, who actually has a higher voice (V2) but a darker timbre (t2)
Clear as mud?
Most people would hear Waylon Jennings sing and immediately think he is singing REALLY low due to the darker nature of his tone – even though he actually has a higher voice than someone like Johnny Cash.
When it comes to my own singing, I’m something along the lines of – C1, T1, V1, B1
How Is This Relevant To Great Singing?
It’s relevant to great singing because if you KNOW you’re a classic “Clamp ‘n Push” C1 like me – then you have to work on releasing that excess compression and push to become a balanced singer.
Did you know that Glenn Danzig is really a Tenor? Paul Rodgers is a Baritone and Chris Cornell was a combination “Baritenor”?
^ This in particular was a huge challenge to understand when I first started learning how to sing. Danzig sounds “dark” so he MUST have a deep voice like me, right?
Cue years and years of struggling and straining to sing Danzig songs in the same way as the original.
By identifying your natural tendencies, whether it’s a physical thing, an accent/language thing or even just a bad habit you’ve learned – you have a clearer map of what you need to work on, and why some generic techniques and tips out there might not be working for you.
A great example of this is the common instruction to “hold back your air” when you sing to create compression and a stronger tone. With a naturally ‘clampy’ voice, the opposite is actually true for me as a singer – I need to go out of my way to use a subtle “H” or “sigh” through many phrases and the transition into my higher registers to avoid building on that natural tendency.
A Vocal Plan To Fit Your Voice
I’m about to share a “Before and After” of my own voice – the first video being after quite a few years training using the “old way” of just being classified as a baritone and continuing to struggle with the basics we discussed above. The “After” is a bunch of examples of the kind of voice I’ve been able to build since then by identifying my natural tendencies.
Having BIG DREAMS as a singer means you need a BIG VOICE to match – watch the video above to hear my “before and after” and learn how you’re going to build a big voice too!
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