How Do I Sing Better As A Baritone?
Baritone singers face unique challenges when they want to learn how to sing better, such as inconsistent frequencies, too much vocal weight and of course lack of coordination between their registers. If you’ve been wondering “how do I sing better as a baritone?” then you’ve come to the right place – this tutorial is going to show you HOW to sing better while increasing your baritone voice range with ease.
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “It’s a Tenor’s world” before, but this really only refers to the learning curve faced by a beginner singer, not the powerful and extensive range it is possible to build with either voice type. Vocal classification has more to do with the character of your voice than possible vocal range – sure, a Tenor will never sing a D2, but on the flip-side, a baritone CAN learn to sing a D5 with ease.
What is the baritone voice range?
A baritone voice is generally characterised by a deep and rich timbre and comparatively low range compared to other voice types. Baritones often struggle to connect their registers and build a bridge between chest and head voice, along with other issues of overly heavy onsets and difficulty with frequency control and placement. Fortunately, there is light at the end of the proverbial vocal tunnel for baritone singers who really want to take their voices seriously and sing with an extensive vocal range.
One of the most important aspects of learning to sing better as a baritone is the placement. Placement is the concept of properly controlling your frequencies to ensure that only the most efficient vibrations are allowed when you sing, in essence allowing you to sing with ease while accessing your high range at will.
Placement is easy to develop as a baritone and really makes the difference between a ‘difficult’ voice and one that resonates freely with ease and power. The next step is unlocking your middle register.
What is middle voice?
You’ve no doubt heard of chest voice and head voice, but did you know there is a central register that connects these two main registers called middle, or mix voice? That’s right, you can balance your vocal fold weight and vocal fold tension into one centralised and connected range that will gift you with one, long, connected vocal range that has no breaks or need for bridges.
Middle voice is an easy concept to develop, but is often over-complicated by vocal programs and approaches that don’t truly understand the mechanics of the voice. While there is no ‘middle’ register in a literal sense, many baritone singers do experience a large disconnect between their chest voice and their head voice, necessitating the visual concept of a ‘middle’ register that is part vocal fold weight, and part vocal fold tension instead of dominance in either direction.
Many of your favourite singers utilise their middle register in a powerful way, from Aretha Franklin right through to Chris Cornell and James Hetfield.
How do I sing better?
Great singing is simply an act of coordination rather than a feat of muscular force. By developing a balanced onset, the middle register and coordinating the various elements of your voice from tonal quality to frequency control, you will build a powerful and extensive voice that is free of strain, consistent and confident.
While the baritone voice range does face a few unique challenges in the initial learning curve, it IS possible to build a powerful vocal range, even when you have a low natural range. You might be surprised to find that even some of the most famous rock singers known for their piercing high range were naturally baritone singers, from Chris Cornell to Axl Rose and even David Coverdale and Warrel Dane.
The first step in learning how to sing better is to develop a strong foundation. I often remind my own students that their singing voice is only as powerful and strong as their foundation – you can’t build a house without a slab, and you can’t put up a roof without walls. A great place to start is the free foundations courses available here at Bohemian Vocal Studio, and then when you’re ready to take your voice to the next level with professional voice coaching you can book a Skype Session and we’ll get started improving your baritone range!
If you have any questions about singing better as a baritone, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!