Male singing voice types
When it comes to Male singing voice types, there’s a common misconception that “It’s a Tenor’s world” and that only Tenors can be professional singers – but would you believe that some of the GREATEST singers of all time were actually Baritones, and I myself, as a professional vocal coach am naturally a VERY low baritone? Since launching in 2010, Bohemian Vocal Studio has steadily grown into the premier online studio for professional singing lessons and become synonymous with GREAT singing – no matter the voice type, from the lowest bass to the highest Soprano.
In this singing tutorial, we’ll focus on Male singing voice types for the most part, Baritone, Bass and Tenor. But did you know that your “Voice Type” doesn’t actually dictate your singing range, nor the tone of your voice? That’s right, with professional singing lessons online with Kegan here at BVS, you can learn to sing higher than ever before and build a POWERFUL singing voice no matter your voice type or accent? Bohemian Vocal Studio has been built specifically to coach ‘difficult’ voice types and help singers with thick accents learn to sing with confidence, resonance and power – so lets break down those misconceptions and myths and truly get to the bottom of the different Male singing voices types.
What are the different types of Male Singing Voice types?
Classically, the lowest of the male singing voice types is Bass. Characterised by a rich resonance and hyper low stretching range, the bass voice is not really known for it’s dexterity or ease in training. Some famous bass singers include Barry White, JD Sumner (of Elvis fame), Leonard Cohen and Peter Steele.
Second, we have the Baritone singing range, which is much more common than you might expect, and includes singers like David Coverdale, Nick Cave, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Elvis and so many others.
Then highest of all, and the most common of Male singing voice types is the Tenor, guys like Jon Bon Jovi, Bon Scott, Justin Timberlake, Glenn Hughes, Stevie Wonder – yeah, they’re all Tenors.
Now, there’s actually VARIOUS types of voices in each of these general ranges, for example, a Baritone like Paul Rodgers sounds absolutely nothing like Elvis, and a Tenor like James Hetfield sounds nothing like Stevie Wonder, so what gives? Well, along with there being “high” and “low” in each of these main voice types, there’s also the timbre and tone of each voice, along with different levels of vocal technique.
For example, myself, with easy access to the natural bass range, probably has more of the timbre of a mid baritone, but with vocal training I’m now able to sing well up into and beyond the Tenor range like a natural Tenor can – so what vocal type would I really be? Honestly, it doesn’t matter. If you have a LOW voice, then of course you can learn to sing high just like I’ve learned to, and if you have a light and high voice, you can also train your voice to resonate fuller and deeper than you probably expect.
That being said, of course, Barry White wasn’t going to sing Whitney Houston songs in the original key anytime soon, and vice versa. Yes, there is a physical limit to what the different singing voice types are able to sing, but there are VERY wide goalposts when you learn how to sing correctly using proper singing techniques.
Your voice type really doesn’t matter
You heard me right, your voice type really doesn’t matter. Sure, there are a few limitations here and there, but with proper singing techniques you really CAN learn to sing higher than ever before and resonate with a POWERFUL voice. One of the biggest mistakes I constantly made as a beginner singer was to believe that my speaking voice and my singing voice were connected – when in fact, they are not. When I speak, which no doubt you’ve heard if you’ve seen any of my free YouTube singing lessons like the one above, I have a deceptively deep and low voice that is resonant and rich, while also being bright at the same time – but when I sing, I’m able to resonate up into the Tenor range with all the ease of making a cup of coffee – it really is that easy.
Vocal placement is key
Singing placement is the key to building your voice into the higher range if you possess a low type like I do, and vice versa, you might not NEED to place your voice if you’re a Tenor, but you will become a better singer for it if you do spend some time taking charge of your frequencies.
In essence, it’s not possible to ‘move’ or physically ‘place’ your voice – but, it IS possible to encourage the creation of a specific band of frequencies that resonate in an efficient manner, aka singing placement or vocal placement.
Tune your vowels
This is something that took me literally YEARS to understand, and even a few more years to implement efficiently in my voice, mainly because I was taught by Tenor coaches and even a few Female teachers which, don’t get me wrong, were SPECTACULAR singers, absolutely amazing coaches too – but simply didn’t understand my ridiculously low voice and the unique issues I faced as a Baritone singer who’s voice rumbles down in the bass range.
Most commonly, singers are often taught vowel modification to tune their voices, without the concept being explained or detailed in the right manner, so, they either struggle as their voice changes over the years and they don’t understand how to make adjustments, or, they absolutely MANGLE their vowel sounds and end up with a really belty, forced voice that sounds strained even when they’re not straining.
A better way to tune your resonance is to learn how to control the tongue root, vocal tract width and soft palate extension – it’s actually alot easier than it sounds! Check out the below video for a really simple tutorial on tuning your resonance:
What are the BEST male singing voice types?
You can learn to sing no matter WHICH voice type you are. With singing lessons online here at Bohemian Vocal Studio, you have access to the BEST voice coach worldwide who has experience coaching even the most difficult voice types and working with almost every accent imaginable. With BVS, it’s no longer just a Tenor’s world, you can learn how to sing higher than ever whether you’re a Tenor, Bass or Baritone – you just need the right vocal coach.
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