I’m often asked whether it’s really possible to sing past your vocal range, sing as a tenor when you’re really a baritone or sing female songs as a guy – or vice versa! Vocal type aside, if there’s a will there’s a way. I’m not saying that Mariah Carey could sing in the same range as Johnny Cash, but she could definitely work that low range to sing some male tenor range stuff, and not that I’d change anything about the Man in Black, but Cash totally could have built a 4-octave vocal range if he’d been so inclined.
Likewise, having a lower than average voice type myself (bass range, timbre of a high baritone), I was once told to just focus on the ‘gift’ of being able to sing a low D off the lowest frets of a guitar, and not bother myself with the impossible task of even singing more than an octave – but after discovering and developing correct vocal techniques over the past 15 years, Bel Canto, open throat, good singing, safe singing – whatever you want to call a healthy voice, I can assure you, any and everything is possible with the right approach.
Rather than tell you my story over and over again, how about I show you? Here’s a simple tutorial on singing outside your natural range, specifically, how to sing Adele as a Male baritone!
If you’re ready to learn how to sing higher, sing past your vocal break, learn how to belt, learn how to sing with distortion and generally build a healthy singing voice with more range and power than you could ever imagine, book a session with me now!
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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.