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What’s My Voice Type? The Different Voice Types and How to Distinguish Them

If you’re looking for a more detailed voice classification system (lyric, dramatic, coloratura etc.), read about the German Fach system.

Every singer wants to know what his/her voice type is, but it’s not always so easy to figure out the specifics. Continue reading on to learn how to find out what your particular voice type is. Soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, countertenor, tenor, baritone, or bass; all you need to know is in this post.

Characteristics – Variables in Determining Voice Type

Figuring out your voice type is not only a matter of looking at your vocal range, but at a number of different characteristics. For example, vocal tessitura and timbre can be more important as range can be between types. This is usually the case with sopranos and mezzo-sopranos; they might have the same range but mezzo-sopranos have a lower tessitura and darker timbre.

All together your voice type is a result of the following vocal variables:

  • range – the notes your body can produce
  • weight – light voices, bright and agile; heavy voices, powerful, rich, and darker
  • tessitura – part of the range which is most comfortable to sing
  • timbre – unique voice quality and texture
  • transition points – points where you change from chest, to middle, to head register
  • vocal registers – how extended each register is
  • speech level – speaking range
  • physical characteristics

I know that you’re probably surprised at the fact that physical characteristics play a role in deciding somebody’s voice type. This is because many times physique determines what roles opera singers are going to audition for.

I have seen productions where the audience bursts out laughing when the primo uomo (leading man) sings to the prima donna something along the lines of “oh, how small and fragile you are” when she is nothing close to small and fragile.

Major Category – Voice Types by Range and Tessitura

If you sing in a choir or take voice lessons, you have probably already been classified as a soprano, mezzo-soprano, or contralto (alto) if you are a woman, and a countertenor, tenor, baritone, or bass if you are a man. But are you really sure you’ve been classified correctly? Test your voice according to the following specifications.


Voice Type: Soprano, Range: B3 to G6
Voice Type: Soprano, Range: B3 – G6

Soprano is the highest female voice type. There are many types of sopranos like the coloratura soprano, lyric soprano, the soubrette etc. which differ in vocal agility, vocal weight, timbre, and voice quality; I will talk about them in an upcoming article. All of the sopranos have in common the ability to sing higher notes with ease.

A typical soprano can vocalize B3 to C6, though a soprano coloratura can sing a lot higher than that reaching F6, G6 etc. At this point I would like to debunk a myth. It is widely thought that the higher a singer can sing, the better the singer is. This couldn’t be further from the truth as range is defined by our physique and size of the vocal cords, not not how professional we are.


Voice Type: Mezzo-Soprano, Range: G3 to A5
Voice Type: Mezzo-Soprano, Range: G3 – A5

Mezzo-Soprano is the second highest female voice type. In a choir, a mezzo-soprano will usually sing along the sopranos and not the altos and will be given the title of Soprano II. When the sopranos split in half, she will sing the lower melody as her timbre is darker and tessitura lower than the sopranos.

Though in the opera mezzo-sopranos most often hold supporting roles and trouser roles, i.e. male roles, there are notable exceptions like those of Carmen and Rosina in The Barber of Seville, where the prima donna is a mezzo-soprano. A typical mezzo-soprano can vocalize from G3 to A5, thought, some can’t sing as high and some can sing as high as a typical soprano.


Voice Type: Contralto, Range: E3 to F5
Voice Type: Contralto, Range: E3 – F5

Contralto is the lowest female voice type. In a choir, contralto’s are commonly know as altos and sing the supporting melody to the sopranos. This doesn’t mean that contraltos are not as important. On the contrary, because true altos are hard to find, a true alto has greater chances of a solo carrier than a soprano.

A contralto is expected to be able to vocalize from E3 to F5, however, the lower her tessitura, the more valuable she is. I have the pleasure to know a young Greek contralto whose range has experts puzzled. She can sing from C3 to F6! But unfortunately she has not yet been discovered. I’m trying to get her to start blogging, but for the time being, you can follow her on Pinterest.

At this point, I would like to note something about altos and choirs. I have come across many women who have been classified as altos in their choir, though their voice type is really that of a mezzo-soprano or soprano.

From what I have come to realize, many choir directors instead of spending time to work with women who sing off tune, they decide to have them sing along the altos thinking that their false singing will blend in.

This practice can be very detrimental, especially for young girls who strain their voices in order to sing lower than they can, and can produce irreversible damage. If you sing alto in your choir and you feel that you are pushing yourself to reach the low notes of your melodic line, talk to your choir director and ask him/her to consider re-classifying you as a soprano. The director might not be happy to do so, as choirs usually have more sopranos than altos, but insist that they at least test you out.


If you think that you might be a countertenor, read my post about falsetto and countertenors in order to find out if you really are a countertenor or, instead, a falsettist.
Voice Type: Countertenor, Range: G3 to C6
Voice Type: Countertenor, Range: G3 – C6

Countertenor is the rarest of all voice types. A countertenor is a male singer who can sing as high as a soprano or mezzo-soprano utilizing natural head resonance. As I said before, countertenors are extremely hard to come along and their ability to sing as high as C6 is admired by religious music connoisseurs.

Though extremely unique, countertenor is not an operatic voice type, as historically, it was the castrati (male singers castrated before puberty) who would be chosen for the female operatic roles – it was not proper for women to sing in the opera. Instead, countertenors were popular in religious choirs, where women were also not allowed to participate.

The castratti are out of the scope of this post, but for those who are interested to learn more about them, I would like to recommend the movie Farinelli, a literary twist on the life of Farinelli, the most famous castrato of all times.


Voice Type: Tenor, Range: C3 to B4
Voice Type: Tenor, Range: C3 – B4

Tenor is the highest male voice type you will find in a typical choir. Though it is the voice type with the smallest range, it barely covers 2 octaves from C3 to B4, tenors are the most sought after choir singers for two major reasons. The first reason is that there aren’t as many men singing in choirs to begin with. The second reason is that most men, singers or not, fall under the baritone voice type.

In the opera, the primo uomo is most often a tenor, and you will know he is a tenor because of the ringing quality in his voice. A true tenor has a high tessitura, above the middle C4, and uses a blend of head resonance and falsetto, as opposed to falsetto alone.

Many a baritone will try to use this technique to classify as tenor and some will be successful; you’ll know who they are because of their red faces when trying to sing the high notes in the tenor melodic line. 🙂


Voice Type: Baritone, Range: G2 to G4
Voice Type: Baritone, Range: G2 – G4

Baritone is the most common male voice type. Though common, baritone is not at all ordinary. On the contrary, the weight and power of his voice, give the baritone a very masculine feel, something that in the opera has been used in roles of generals and, most notably, noblemen. Don Giovanni, Figaro, Rigoletto, and Nabucco are all baritones.

In a choir, a baritone will never learn about the particulars of his voice, since he will have to sing either with the tenors or the basses. Most baritones with a high tessitura choose to sing with the tenors, and respectively, the ones with a lower tessitura sing with the basses. Their range is anywhere between a G2 and a G4 but can extend in either way.

If you sing tenor and can’t reach the higher notes with ease, or sing bass and can’t reach the lower notes naturally, you’re most probably a baritone and you shouldn’t worry about it. Let your fellow singers help out.


Voice Type: Bass, Range: D2 to E4
Voice Type: Bass, Range: D2 – E4

Bass is the lowest male voice type, and thus a bass sings the lowest notes humanly possible. I tend to think of the deep bass notes as comparable to those of a violoncello, though some charismatic basses can hit notes lower than those of a cello. A bass will be asked to sing anywhere between a D2 and an E4. A cello’s lowest note is a C2.

Just with every extreme, it’s really hard to find true basses and it’s almost impossible in the younger ages where the male bodies are still developing.

Though in a choir basses might have rather monotone melodic lines, in the opera they have a great range of roles to choose from. Basses are used as the villains and other dark characters, the funny buffos and in comic-relief roles, the dramatic princes, the noble fathers of heroines, elderly priests and more.

Now that you have learnt all about the major categories in voice types, I’m sure you’ll want to know how to distinguish between the secondary categories. Do you know the difference between a lyric soprano and a dramatic soprano or a leggero tenor and a spinto tenor? How can you tell which one you are?

Learn all this and more in the second part of this post about the German Fach system. If you haven’t yet done so, subscribe to my monthly newsletter or feed, and get my post about the different subcategories of voice types delivered to you effortlessly as soon as it becomes available.


  1. Hello I’m greek I’m soprano my vocal range is D3-E7 but I don’t know my soprano type. My voice is dark deep and strong in low notes like jennifer hudson and thin light and powerfull in high notes like mariah carey. Can you answer me?? Pleaze don’t ignore my question!!

      • Hello,
        I’m Majid and like to sing so much … So I’m glad for found you because you look like more expert singer ..So I hope can I get you Skype, Facebook…anything.. and test my voice for see it if it convenient for singing or not and What is the rules for develop it..Best Regards

        • Hi Majid,

          Thank you for your nice message. At this time, I can’t do private lessons online because of lack of time. However, what I can tell you is that everyone can sing! I’m working on getting more posts on the website, so stay tuned.


          • Help me I dunno whether I am mezzo or counteralto… I can sing from E3 to D6!!! :/ Maybe I’m even soprano but I always wanted an alto!!! For the lower pitches, I have a little difficulty going to E3 but higher pitches I take a longer time to gather them and I avoid singing them cuz they are also difficult to sing. I always can sing those tenor songs but can’t even catch up on a mezzo-soprano song

          • I almost forgot to say that my voice is more forceful

          • Alicia, to me you sound like a mezzo-soprano but if you enjoy singing alto sing it! You have a huge range! our voices first note is the same but D6 is incredible. You also don’t need to label your voice as anything! Just sing what is comfortable for you because when you do that you are strong and confident!

          • Hi miss Olga. I am really curious, but I don’t mean to be bothersome. The way I sing changes sometimes. With certain songs I can be a typical soprano and hit B3-C6, but other songs I can sing Mezzo-soprano and hit the notes G3-A5. I am not sure why. Will this change as I get older or is it just natural? Please let me know. I’d really appreciate it.

      • Hiiiiiiii lol I’m 15(16 in a couple of months) I’m a boy, my voice is deep and it has been like that since middle school. I am also a sophomore in high school. I have been singing for a while now and my range is from G2-D6. I can go from G2-E5 in full voice without straining, and I also can hit a F#5 if I push hard with some strain, which I avoid most often. My falsetto is very high because I can go to a D6 and I also have a whistle register but I can only hit the notes from Mariah carey song Someday when she hits the whistle. I can also hit the notes at the end of Mariah’s Emotion song. Is that weird that I can only hit those whistle notes? And voice type am I? My voice is heavy at the bottom of my chest range and when I extend it up with mix it carries some weight. Like I said, I can hit all the way to a F#5 in full voice is that weird? And I know I’m young, but will my voice change dramatically as I get older? Will I keep my range? P.S I LOVE SINGING SO PLEASE REPLY 🙂

        • Hi! I am an alto in chorus, but my vocal range is D3 to A5. I can hit higher notes with lots of strain, but I can sing D3 easily (I have been trained that way in chorus). Thanks!

          • Hi Isabel, maybe you are a contralto with a widde high range, this voice is mezzocontralto or maybe you are a mezzosoprano, depends how soundso your voice and where is your comfortable tessitura . A mezzocontralto is a true contralto, but with a bigger and easier high range .

        • Hey! You have a incredible range, let me tell you that! I think you would be best as a tenor, since you say you hit high notes with ease. If your voice already changed, it is unlikely that it will change a whole lot more. Just keep training and don’t smoke! Smoking will ruin your high notes.

        • That is AMAZING!!!! I would kill for a vocal range like that. I can go down to a D2, sometimes a C2 (on a good day) and to an A4, my falsetto also extends to only a C6, so yeah, yours is EXTRAORDINARY. I wish you all the best!!!

        • What is my voice type? Talking normally, it is very low, I can mimic “Your Man – Josh Turner” just by talking, but when I sing I can hit G5 with ease. I can’t, however, hit G3 notes unless I strain my voice very hard. I am a girl.

      • Can you do an article on the different types of contraltos?

        • Hi Holly, there are many contralto categories . If you means only the tessitura , contralto with a short high range like Kathleen Ferrier, mezzocontralto aka contralto with a widde high range like
          Maria Alboni and Clara Butt who sang mezzosoprano parts like Eboli .

          If you means the voice s colour, there are light, lyric and dramatic contralto

          A coloratura contralto is a contralto with more easy agility .

          Kathleen Ferrier was probably a lyric contralto, Kerstin Thorborg a dramatic mezzocontralto

      • My vocal range is from G1-B4 is that good?
        For getting more octaves after pratice

      • Hey I am 14, male, and my voice is very deep, but it doesn’t have the weight or color of a bass, but it sounds too low to be baritone. My vocal range is a fry G1 to head voice F6. My comfortable range is that G1 to C6. What is my voice type?

      • Hi there, glad I found this post. Not sure if you will be able to read this but I need help on the classification of my voice. Since I was a kid, I have been known to belt high notes like Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, and other divas like them. OF course itd make sense cuz I was just a young girl so my range is high. I started singing even before I was able to speak proper words. Now I’m 16, I’m still able to belt high notes (mostly Mariah and Aretha, my queens) and Ive just discovered that I can sing whistle until around B6, but Bb6 is clearer if I intend to go high. But honestly, my comfortable range is around G3-G5. Sometimes my lowest could be E3 or even D3, but its only strong after I wake up. I actually have a bright thin voice, but like Mariah’s. It still sounds powerful. So what is my voice type?

      • Hi! I am very confused on what part I should sing in my choir. My singing range is E2 – F#5, and I am a 13 yr old girl.

        • hy i am also a singer of nearly 14 years old….. i also want to know my voice range

        • My vocal range is C2 – F#5 and I’m a girl I don’t know what I am..

        • Matthew Jonathan G.

          hi.you are still in the puberty stage so nobody can determine your fully developed voice in the future.For now,you appear to be a female bass.if not,you must join in contralto.you can pick either one depending on your will.

      • I would really like to know my Voice Type Spesifically. Please do answer. I’m a Male and I have a Vocal range of 6 octaves I go all the way down to A1 and all the way up to A6 I hit the I can hit a C6 with a Vibrato with ease and little to no effort, I have a very bright male voice when I speak, Its very bright compared to other male people, I have a somewhat Dramatic but Lyrical Tenor voice, But I think I truly am one of 1-2 % who truly are a CounterTenor cause yeah I dont know…. I sing the high notes straight out even after consuming sugar I can still sing them with ease. Even so when I go lower, I dont have it easy reaching all the way down to A1 sometimes I can’t produce more than A2 but still I’am able if I keep the voice healthy, and No I dont smoke. But I sometimes tend to sing in a BariTenor style like Morten Harket from a-ha. And I do it quite accurately no problem. I dont know, In my eyes I can easily imitate Morten Harket’s voice to an extent. Please give me an answer, Cause I dont know what to truly put myself as. CounterTenor, Tenor, BariTenor. And yeah before you ask. I can hit A6 with ease, and Im aiming to go into the 7th octave If my vocal register allows it 🙂

        • It is very rare to see that type of range from a male singer, but I think you’re better off as a Tenor. You may be able to be as high as a Mezzo but I don’t know, I’d have to hear your voice firsthand to tell.

      • Hello! I am a 14 year old female with a confusing vocal range. My range is from C3-D7. If I use vocal fry, it goes down to a C1. I have absolutely NO IDEA what my range is and I need help identifying it.

    • I am like that too i go really high like Mariah Carey and really low

    • Hi! I am 12 years old and I am an alto in my chorus. I can sing from D3 to F5 with only a little strain on the high notes. I was a Mezzo-soprano last year. Ami I really an alto?

    • Hi, you means D4 . If you really produce a D3, you are not soprano

      • It is very possible she does reach D3. Though if she does, her tessitura is likely much lower because of that, and that would make her a contralto.
        I always have sung with the sopranos (and still do) because I am quite comfortable with the high notes, but even more comfortable in the lower range (I sing C3-B6) so now I consider myself a high contralto with a slight extended upper range.

    • This is really interesting to learn what type of voice a person has. Not sure of mine, i think it is a combination of all. I will read more about this, Thanks for the tips.

    • what is my voice range?

      Lowest: E3
      Highest: F4(beyond f4 will strain my voice)

      Im a male btw 20 years of age, anyone help me clasify it?…

    • From reading this website, I think you might be contralto in deeper notes. Also thanks Miss Olga for this awesome website! I love it!

    • me too i am soprano just have same problem as you.

    • i dont care leave me alone creep

    • My Vocal Range Is C3-E7

      Highest Belt A5

      Whistle -G6-E7

      Falsetto C5-A6

      What Am I

  2. they are good and i need them

  3. Hello!

    I’m a 21 years old violinist, and never had any training in singing, I just sing for fun and was very upset that when humming my favorite instrumental oe opera passages I always had to “adapt” some notes that I couldn’t hit. String players are often encouraged to sing music passages with their best emulations of a full operatic voice to define choices about phrasing. After a long time trying to figure out my vocal type, I finally realized I was mistaken all the time: whenever I tried to test myself with a piano I sung one octave higher when going lower on the piano, and one octave lower when going higher. I could easily tell if others were out of tune, but not myself. Yesterday, I did it very calmly and finally figured out my tessitura, but still not my type.

    I have a very small range of comfort, but I think that might improve with time. On the lower side, I could easily hit F2, E2 was not as easy. D2 was impossible.

    On the upper side, F3 was nice, but everything from F3 to C4 was already a little bit uncomfortable for a full singing voice.

    Given my personality, I never thought of myself as a bass or a bass-barytone! I usually speak around the highest part of my comfort zone, and I’m not a loud person, so is not my singing. I always thought I just had a “weak voice”. Surprisingly, I find it easier to sing the low parts of a song.

    Can someone please help me in defining what type of voice I have? Or “what types”?

    P.S.: In my dreams, I often wake up as Scarpia in a big production of Tosca, singing the “Te Deum” at the end of the first act =D

    • So, I never got a reply on this 🙁
      Anyway, after some time thinking of these things, I found out I really love the deepest part of my voice! My chest register is really full, even if not to loud. On the upper side, I always thought in forcing a little too much. But considering the whole of my voice, I find my tessitura and my full singing volume very very small. It’s not hard to notice, one can just compare to the other comments on this post… does this come from not having ever been trained? Is this normal?

      By the way, I still couldn’t figure out my type between baritone and bass (maybe bass-baritone? I don’t know!).

      • Hi Murilo,

        Sorry for the late response and thank you writing again. More than 60% of men are baritones, with only a small percentage being tenors and basses. Your lower range is very close to that of a bass, but your upper range is still a bit limited. I think that might actually be because of lack of training, and I’m sure that with the proper guidance, your range could expand.

        Yes, you’re right, you sound more like a baritone or bass-baritone to me and then fact that your speaking range is higher than lower, is a good clue.

        One reason you haven’t yet achieved your whole range is that you might be using the chest register for many of your middle and higher notes. This doesn’t only shrink your voice, but it can potentially cause trouble. Do you ever have a sore throat after singing? If so, this is probably why along with the fact that you might be tensing up your throat muscles.

        Also, a trick to figure out if you’re singing properly is recording yourself and playing it back. Being a musician, I’m sure you’ll be able to pick up when you’re singing at the wrong octave or if you’re out of tune. This is actually something that all classical singers do in order to improve. We hear our voice is a very different way that everyone else does, and that goes for singing as well.

        I hope this helps!

        • Hey i love to sing and i don`t know what my range is, i think that i am around baritone, high-baritone or a tenor. I am a male and my speaking voice is very low around bass, and i want some help with finding my range. I have never been traind my a vocal coach, but i have gotten a bit longer range around 3-4 major notes. Plis help me

        • Hello! I can’t tell if I’m a choir bass or an actual bass. I’ve done some really high head voice notes and my total range is A1 or B1 (I couldn’t tell which) to C6. Also, I’m 14 if that helps

        • Sebastian Tannæs

          I think that i`m a low tenor, my range is G#2-A4 and up to D#5 in falsetto. At one time i could hit a G#5 Without falsetto

        • Hey Olga I was just classified as a lowish mezzo soprano. my lowest note is either Bb2 or A2 my highest I’m unsure of too. I think its a D#6 maybe E6 sometimes. My low notes are very well trained thanks to being a alto two most of my years in choir in school. I think my most comfortable low is C3 or C3#. My most comfortable high is probably F5 or G5. I don’t own a piano and only have 30min lessons with my voice teacher hence why I’m unsure of my lowest and highest. What kind of Mezzo Soprano am I?

        • I am a girl and I am 12 years old and I’m C2 – F#5 and can girls be tenors I don’t know…

  4. I love to sing sooo much. Ive sung in show choir and school choir basically all my life. In the choirs ive sung in i always sing with the sopranos and my vocal range is G2 – G6 and i have a whistle register. I sing in falsetto and head voice soooo easily and in show choir im classified as a countertenor but i also can sing bass-baritone really easily its just i enjoy singing countertenor more and i dont really like my bass-baritone voice and almost everybody i know loves my countertenor voice also.is. It possible to have 2 voice types also my countertenor range is bigger than my bass-baritone range like the countertenor voice is most all of my vocal range.

    • Hi Kenneth,

      This is a very good question! The male falsetto is indeed very interesting. From what I hear, you’re a baritone who can also sing falsetto and prefer falsetto.

      Countertenors don’t use falsetto to reach those high notes, that is just their normal range. They usually supplement it with singing some notes in falsetto, but their sound is more substantial and contains more harmonics than a pure falsetto voice.

      So, to answer your question, you can’t really have 2 voice types, especially so far apart, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t sing in falsetto all the time. There are many very known musical/pop artists who have made their careers by singing just in falsetto, e.g. Adam Levine and Justin Timberlake, and everybody loves them.

      As long as your conductor doesn’t need you in the baritone section, sing away!

      • As a side note. The gentleman in the clip above, Phillipe Jaroussky, is not a countertenor by your definition . He is a self admitted falsettist/sopranist. His voice is amazing but it is not his full voice that he is using.

  5. In school choirs, I bounced back and forth between alto and soprano. We even practiced singing the tenor and bass parts. The choir director said that I have a meaty voice, but I’ve never been sure what classification it would be. My range is D3-F5 but I could do whistle notes even higher. My guess would be mezzo.

    • Hi Krystyna,
      Mezzo-soprano sounds about right. Maybe a lyric mezzo if there’s some flexibility in your voice as well. I hope this helped! Best, Olga

      • In my choir at school we sing a lot lower than the boys tenor and bass choir.

      • Pls how can I kw if am a saprano singer

      • Hi, my vocal range is D2-F5 is this mezzo soprano? I’m a female, and I’m 14, I’ve just started taking music classes and we haven’t covered any singing yet, should I experiment with my voice in my lessons, and talk abou it to my music teacher? I have taken singing lessons from age 8-11 and I suddenly stopped. I’m currently, teaching myself whistle registers, it sounds like I’m doing it but I don’t wanna be doing the wrong thing and damage my voice. Thanks!

  6. Okay so this really didn’t help me. I am female, and my vocal range is A2-C4 and I know that is odd for a female voice.I have no clue what type of voice I have or how and what I should be singing, please help…?

    • Hi Alysse,
      Wow, it sounds to me that you have a very deep voice there! I’d love to hear you sing. But to answer your question, the fact that you can hit those low notes is only important to consider if you can sing them comfortably. If you struggle to get to that A2, then you shouldn’t sing it.

      What this means is that due to your wide range, you have to consider your tessitura, i.e. what range is most comfortable for you to sing, and the quality of your voice.

      If you can sing more comfortably at the lower end of your range and your voice is warm and full, then my best guess is that you’re a low contralto. If you can sing more comfortably at the higher end of your range and your voice is powerful and metallic, then you’re probably a dramatic alto.

      I hope this helps!

  7. Hey guys, I’m 18 years old. I always loved singing ever since I was young but I was bad at it. I finally managed to join my school’s choir last year, after a long talk with the conductor. I was initially placed in the baritone section where I began to learn and develop the right vocal techniques. After about 3-4 months, I went down to the bass section and sang ‘ bass 2′ parts. At the end of the year, I wasn’t comfortable with hitting the low notes in bass and quite a few notes in the baritone parts that I was supposed to sing. So I was moved up to the tenor section and I am currently singing ‘tenor 2′ parts.
    I am quite comfortable and happy in the range of this section.
    So I have a few questions that could any kind soul help provide me an answer to!
    1) Will my voice continue to fluctuate between voice types (baritone to tenor)?
    2a) Is my voice getting higher? (I sound like a 14-15 year old in my natural speaking voice which is quite embarrassing, especially when all the guys in my family are bass/baritones)
    2b) How can I get a lower speaking voice like a rich baritone or bass, if that’s even possible. I don’t want to sound like I’m faking it (i sound like Patrick The starfish from sponge on)
    3) what kind of tenor am I? (Having seen and read multiple descriptions about each voice type, I believe that I am between a dramatic tenor and a tenor lirico. I have a dark sounding tone at the lower or mid range (g4 and below) and I can go up to a G5# in a full voice (Quite comfortably but not A5, since I’m scared of even attempting that high note).
    Thanks guys!!

    Extra info-
    My lowest note (not vocal fry and it is well within my control)- D2#
    Highest note (full, no falsetto or airy sound)– G5#, maybe higher
    Falsetto/whistle (airy)- D7

    • Hi Jay,

      Thank you for sharing your story. First of, your voice is not getting higher, that’s generally not possible for men. What is more probable taken in consideration your age is that your voice is at a period of change.

      Most men go through this change around the time adolescence ends and because it usually hits suddenly, they haven’t learnt how to control their changing voices.

      What this means is that while talking or singing, suddenly some of the words are in an involuntary high pitched voice. All men go through that and it’s more pronounced in singers, so you have nothing to worry about.

      As far as choir is concerned, some times conductors move students from section to section depending on the needs of the choir. If there are not enough men in the choir, the ones that are there are more probable to be placed in baritone or bass rather than tenor.

      Growing up, we even had a few girls singing tenor in my high school choir. Once your voice sets, it will be easier to tell what voice type you are. But as a rule of thumb is worse for your voice to sing at a lower range what it’s comfortable for you, than at a higher range. So,

      1. Yes, for a little longer and then it will set.
      2a. Nope.
      2b. You can’t really make your voice deeper, but if you wait it might actually become deeper by itself.
      3. I can’t answer this question, you might not even be a tenor.

      I hope this helped!
      Take care,
      – Olga

      • I am a true contralto. I would love to be a Soprano but not in this lifetime. I can sing low and yes I do struggle with some low notes but I won’t dare try to sing high cause 1. I’d pass out from lack of breath and 2. I just don’t have high notes unless I force them out

        I’d love to have an Opera that the PrimaDonna is a contralto.

        I feel in my culture(I’m black American) we do like contraltos and the low woman’s voice.

        • Hi Angela!

          How exciting! I’ve only met one true contralto in my life and I have to admit that I really enjoy the low woman’s voices, too. If you haven’t yet taken private lessons, I would strong urge you to consider them.

          Having said that, unfortunately, I don’t know of any major opera where the protagonist is a contralto. The reasons are mostly historic, though, and have to do with the fact that women weren’t really allowed to participate in the opera. And when that barrier was lifted, the composers had an ample amount of sopranos and very few contraltos.

          However, there are opera roles for contraltos. Here are a few:

          Cieca in La Gioconda by Ponchielli
          Erda in Siegfried by Wagner
          Gaea in Daphne by R. Strauss
          Norn in Götterdämmerung by Wagner
          Zita in Gianni Schicchi by Puccini

          Generally speaking the German composers, Wagner being the first, favored contraltos more than their French and Italian counterparts.

          I hope this helps!

          • Actually, many of Rossini’s protagonists are contraltos, for instance Angelina in La Cenerentola and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. They are high contraltos, I grant you, so they’re often sung by mezzos, but they were originally written for contraltos. There’s also Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri and the title role of Tancredi, as well as numerous trouser roles written for castrati. More modern examples include Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia and Florence in Albert Herring, both by Benjamin Britten.

          • I’m an contralto too!! A young one..c2-f6

      • That`s wrong everyone can get a wider range, i don`t know what type of range i have but i have gotten 3 or 4 major notes in my range by practicing on my singing soow that`s wrong Olga

      • That is false Olga voice ranges do increase

  8. ya i know that im a tenor (c3-d3) but i do not know wut kind . I do like j-pop anime musix and i sing like that always .

  9. I just started singing and my range is B2-A6. I know I would be a soprano, but what type? Also, what is falsetto and how do I use it? Please don’t ignore my question! Thanks!

    • Hi Fran,
      First of, congratulations for deciding to start singing!

      I can’t tell what type of soprano you’d be without listening to you. You could read the different types of sopranos here: http://choirly.com/voice-types-fach-system/

      As far as falsetto is concerned, in the western tradition it’s a type of pseudo-voice, a registro, of only the male voices (the only women I know who use this type of singing are classical Indian singers). This type of registro is used by men when they try to sing notes that are higher than their normal range. During normal singing, the vocal folds are vibrating fully, whereas during falsetto, it’s only their edges that move.

      If you were thinking that you could use falsetto to extend your range, I’d like to note, and I’m sure that everyone will agree, that being a good singer doesn’t depend on one’s range but on one’s control of their voice.

      I hope this helps,

  10. Hi, I worked out my vocal range is from d3-d5/e5 what is my vocal type? I keep finding different answers to what my range is so wanted to know for sure what it actually is. Thanks 🙂 I’m a girl btw

    • Hi there Sarah,
      Your range is between two different voices, but my best guess is that you’re a mezzo-soprano who hasn’t yet figured out her top notes. Just like most men are baritones, most women, more than 60%, are mezzo-sopranos.
      I hope this helps,

  11. Hi!! i’m trying to figure out my voice type. I sing mostly 1st soprano, but I usually sing in my chest or mix most of the time when I sing solo because I sing solo a lot. i’m in my madrigal choir and my concert choir and am a 1st sop. in those. I don’t know what it is precisely called but my range is G three octives above middle c and D 1 octive below middle c. I know for sure i’m not a character soprano. I havn’t had a lot of actual voice coaching but have sung all my life, and I sang before I could talk. I always found that interesting. anyways if I could get a reply that would be super! thank you so much for taking the time to try to help us musicians find our talent. that knowledge in of itself is a gift so thank you 🙂

    • Hi Miranda,

      From what I hear from your post, 1st soprano is where you belong. However, I’m thinking that you could, also, (maybe) be a coloratura.

      First of, it’s a really bad habit to sing in your chest register (you should try to minimize it as much as possible), especially the high notes, but I’m thinking that maybe you have to resort to that because your voice is too weak with the lower and middle notes and you’re trying to make them more substantial this way. Is this so?

      Also, you’re writing that your range extends to G three octaves above middle C. Do you feel that it’s easier for you to sing notes in the second and third octave above middle C, than in the first? Also, is your voice flexible, i.e. can you sing lots of quick notes easily?

      If you feel that this is the case (about everything), then you’re most probably a coloratura and you should have your conductor test you out. Maybe you could try to tackle Alleluia by Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate for your next choir concert, it’s a very nice aria for beginning coloraturas.

      I hope this helps!

  12. hi! I just want to know my real voice type,,, I have been struggling determining it properly,, my music teacher said that my voice type belongs to bass,,, but i’m confused because I can sing C2 up to A5 even up to D6 with my falsetto,, what’s with my voice?

    • Hi there Robert,

      I understand that this might be confusing. The thing is that falsetto doesn’t really play a role in determining your voice type. That’s because most times falsetto sound is not full voice sound in the sense that it couldn’t reach at the back of a crowded theater without a microphone.

      Your music teacher is probably right, but there’s one thing you need to consider: if you sing those low notes comfortably then you’re most probably a bass, but if it’s hard to reach them or it’s easier to sing your middle or higher notes, then you might be a baritone.

      I hope this helps!

  13. Please i’ve been told by many that i have strong music potentials in my natural voice even though i’ve never tried to train it or join a choir. I can naturally sing tenor(no matter the tessitura) & baritone, i can also change my voice to soprano. Please help me out & also tell me why people don’t appreciate low range voices such as bass & baritone. Please reply via my E-mail because i don’t always have access to the net nzubechukwumbarie@yahoo.com . Thanks.

  14. I know I have a mezzo-soprano voice but I can fake a soprano voice by going no higher than A5 (my friend might think I’m a soprano). I can sing C6 and D6 but it sounds like “thin glass” and I have a hard time singing B5 without cracking. I can sing from E3 to G5-A5 with a strong, loud voice or a soft, steady voice comfortably but any notes higher than that, I sound like a dying cat. You can put me together with a group of about 15-23 people my age and have us shout altogether. You can easily pick my voice out from the group because its louder than everyone else’s. I find singing theatrical music much easier than pop or studio recorded songs. I’m not sure what my voice type is so I need help. BTW am I able to sing dramatic soprano since the timbre is darker? My voice isn’t the most agile, however I can switch from smooth and calming to loud and dramatic with ease.

    • Is it normal for me not to have a vibrato? (At least one you can hear clearly)

      • Hi Liney,

        Vibrato requires a specific technique. So yes and no. Yes, it is normal that you might not be able to sing vibrato because you might not have mastered the technique yet.

        It took me a few months to master vibrato when I first started to sing. Again, as with everything in singing, you need to keep your neck, throat, and mouth muscles very relaxed.

        It might help to try to sing thirds, i.e. start with an ee from a comfortable note and then sing a third upwards and back. Pick up the pace slowly until you go as fast as you can.

        I hope this helps!

        • Thank you, that helped a lot! I just have trouble finding my voice type, I’m a mezzo-soprano but I have a very comfortable head voice up to about C6.

          • Figuring out your voice type is not just about your range! I have a good friend who’s a contralto but she can still reach notes (granted with difficulty) in coloratura range.

            When having a range that extends between two or tree different voice types, you need to look at what’s the most comfortable range for you. Yes you can reach up to a C6, but is it easy to do so?

            Think of it in these terms: if you had to sing for 2 hours in that range, would you be able to do it without getting a sore throat or being in pain?

          • I can sing in my at the top of head voice comfortably for a pretty long time but I prefer the lower half of my head voice because it has a bell-like quality to it. I’ve never had any formal training either.

  15. hi,i want to know that what type of my voice is?
    how can i know and want become a big singer also for that what should i do?

    • Hi Ghatna,

      The first thing to do is search online and learn how to read music. Then find a local choir and become a member. If you can, find a voice teacher in your area and take a couple of classes. It’s the best way to start!

      Good luck,

  16. Hi My name is Keith,

    I just wanted to know if I could become a Countertenor, by using falsetto. My chest voice/speaking voice is around bass.
    My falsetto is in the alto range. I have no training.

    • Hi Keith,

      Countertenor is a completely different voice type, just like tenor and bass. The difference between a countertenor and somebody who sings in falsetto is that falsetto is a fake voice which is not full whereas countertenor singing is full in timber and weight. So for example, a countertenor would be audible even at the last rows of a crowded theater without a microphone.

      You can certainly sing at countertenor range by utilizing falsetto, but you can’t “become” a countertenor unless your body is designed that way. It all depends on what kind of music you want to sing. Pop, musical, and other non-classical genres that use electronic amplification are very forgiving.

      I hope this helps!

  17. Hello there,

    I am excited with the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch (actor). I would like to learn more for his voice type and if i can make my voice to be heard like his…

    Thank you!

    • Hi Alex,

      I’m not familiar with the actor you mention. However, before you spend hours trying to imitate him, make sure that you two have at least the same voice type. It’d be too frustrating trying to make your voice sound like a baritone, for example, if you’re a tenor. Also, don’t forget that our voice timber is directly connected to the way that our face and body are structured. Just like most people have different speaking voices, they also have different singing voices.

      I hope this helps,

  18. My voice range is a mezzo or contralto I am confused I can go high and low easily but I prefer my upper range though… Please reply

    • Hi Nana,
      When a singer has a great range, then the next most important characteristic in determining his/her voice type is their comfortable range. If you know you’re either a mezzo soprano or a contralto and it’s more comfortable to sing at the higher part of your range, then you’re most probably a mezzo soprano.

      I hope this helps!

  19. Hi, I’m trying to write a piece on the band Eisley, which features 3 female singers, but I’m having a hard time identifying which voice type each one has. Would you be able to help if I give you links to a song sung by each on youtube? (I could cite your site in my article)

    • Hi Crystin,

      First of, thank you for reaching out to me! I wish I could help out, but I can’t determine somebody’s voice type by just hearing them sing one particular song. What I could do for you, however, is tell you who sings first voice, second voice, and third. Would that work?


  20. Hi! Im a 16 yr old guy and my range is from E2-G5 or A5 sometimes. I feel more comfortable with E5 though and E2 is slightly strained but not bad. My chest voice only goes from E2-C4 then head voice is the rest. What is the difference between falsetto and head voice? When i sing up there the high notes it sounds sharp, clear, loud and it still is full voice but it doesn’t sound like chest voice but more girly. Also my natural comfortable speaking range is C3-G3. Would i be a baritone or baritone-bass? Thanks! 🙂

    • Hi Zheng,

      I’m thinking that you’re probably a baritone, BUT taking your age in consideration, you have probably not gone through voice puberty yet.

      All men go through voice puberty around 16-18, some even earlier, and what happens during that time is their voices change in different ways. After a period of unexpected highs and lows it finally settles and usually becomes lower.

      So, during this time it’s important not to push yourself. Just sing pieces that feel comfortable and in a couple of years you can revisit what type your voice is. If you’re in a choir, remember that it’s always best to sing lower than your comfort level, than higher than your comfort level.

      I hope this helps!

    • Oh, and regarding falsetto, I’m in the middle of writing a post about it, so stay tuned!

  21. Hi, What is my vocal range . I can sing A4-G5 in chest voice.

    • I know I’m not Olga but I think that you would classify as a high tennor if your talking about a male voice or even an alto,

      Your range is quite impressive by the way 🙂

    • Hi Brady,

      I’m concerned at the fact that you sing these high notes in your chest register. Did you mean to differentiate between a normal singing voice and falsetto by using the term chest voice? Singing high notes in your chest register can not only strain your neck, mouth, and throat muscles and teach them to flex every time you sing, but it can only, and most importantly, cause voice problems like vocal fold tearing and vocal fold nodules.

      As Laura has mentioned, these high notes are indeed impressive, of course you wouldn’t classify as an alto because you’re a man (unless you’re less than 12 years old and in a boys choir), but I’m thinking that taking in consideration that this range is only 7 notes long, you’ve probably missed something there. So after all are these your falsetto notes?

      So, are you a tenor? Maybe. Then again, maybe not. Maybe you’re a baritone who has only figured out how to sing in falsetto. Or maybe you’re just straining your neck trying to reach those high notes trying to sing along a song. You need to find your full range, and then, within that, your most comfortable range.

      I hope this helps,

  22. Hi im a male my range is G3-F5 i dont know what is my voice type ? Im comfortable to sing up to E5
    Thanks 🙂
    Pls reply to my question.

    • I know I’m not Olga but I would classify you as a tennor-barritone.

    • Hi Ramir,

      You’re mostly in tenor range (unfortunately tenor-baritone is not a category much like we don’t have soprano-alto), but as always, you need to look at which range is the most comfortable for you. If it’s your higher range (without singing purely falsetto) and you’re past puberty, then you’re definitely a tenor. It’s it’s somewhere in the middle or lower, and you haven’t yet passed puberty, you might turn out into a baritone.

      But for now, I’d say tenor.
      I hope this helps!

    • Hi Ramir, with such a range, you could be a baritone or a baritenore .

  23. Hi im a Bass baritone Who can almost hit middle C and I’m sometimes singing tenor but it’s a spot in my head voice i found. It’s actually quite impressive but i pump sooo much air to get up there. My vibrato slowly goes away the higher i get. Can anyone suggest any exercises or help? I need vibrato in my high notes

    • Hi Andrew,

      I’m thinking that the most probable reason your vibrato slowly fades the higher you go is because you’re striving to reach those high notes and ultimately stressing your neck and throat muscles. What this means is that the muscles involved in the production of vibrato are tensed and can’t freely oscillate to produce the desired effect.

      This is why you need to pump so much air! It’s like a guitar chord that’s tensed more than normal; you need to put too much strength when plucking it to make it vibrate.

      Also, once you reach your falsetto range, all vibrato’s gone. The falsetto mechanism doesn’t support vibrato.

      You could try some relaxation exercises before giving those high notes a try, but even so, I’m afraid this is the natural way of things.

      I know this was not much of help, but I’m afraid you can’t really do much about it.

  24. I have sung Alto in choir my entire life. Sometimes though, I get asked to sing some part’s on second soprano or Mezzo Soprano or Soprano. I was wondering what my voice would be. Because although I feel most comfortable singing alto, because I can sing soprano in a normal coral song does that make me a Mezzo by default?

    Also, is alto the “easy” female voice, because that is always what it is made out to be. I have the same experience where I find people with bad pitch get put in alto because the power of some voices would drown the off pitch voices out. Sometimes I find people portray alto voices as “the other voice”. So what are the advantages/disadvantages to alto voices.

    Thanks so much!!

    • Hi Laura,

      I totally know what you’re talking about. During my grade school and middle school years, I have to admit that while singing in choir, many time I was slightly off tune. Then again, my voice would stand out because of its metallic color. So, I’d sing in the alto section. Now, after many years of singing, taking private lessons, doing a BA on Music, and generally working on pitch, it’s fixed, but I still remember my first years.

      Though there are advantages and disadvantages to singing alto, I feel that the advantages more than outweigh the disadvantages. The first and most important advantage is that you learn how to sing a second voice to the main melodic line. I know that this might not sound like something that special, but trust me when I say that most singers have trouble singing a supporting melody without getting confused. Many times even singers who carry the primary melody get confused, especially in duet, quartet, or mixed settings.

      Another advantage to singing alto is that you don’t really stress your voice trying to hit those high notes, and in the long run your voice is in better shape.

      Finally, if you’re in the alto section because you’re a true contralto, rejoice! There aren’t many true altos out there, most are low mezzo-sopranos. So, less competition for choir solos and other alto roles.

      As far as the disadvantages are concerned, they are only important if you’re planning on pursuing a career in the opera. So, for once there are many roles for altos, but really few are protagonist roles. Most of them are secondary roles of older characters, e.g. mother of the protagonist. Then again, if you’re not a really an alto and you’ve been placed in that section because you tend to sing out of tune, you’ll never know so that you can work on it. So, you’ll be stuck in a voice with a lower range that your comfortable range and although it won’t destroy your voice, it will make singing a bit harder for you.

      If I were you, I’d go to my maestro (conductor) and ask him how he decided to classify you as an alto. Good luck!

      I hope this helps,

  25. Hello!

    I have a doubt-what do you consider middle C? C4 or C3? I’ve seen both ways to consider it. In Europe, we often consider it as C3.

    My vocal range is (considering C4 the middle C) E2 to A4. What exacly am I?

    I’m a 14 year old female, if this is necessary. I play about 6 instruments and the one I feel like I can sing along to is the cello. I guess I’m a contralto but I don’t really know if I’m either an Alto or Contralto.
    Can you help me? Thank you!


    • Hi Mariana,

      First of, congrats for having mastered 6 musical instruments already! That’s very impressive.

      Yes, you are correct, I consider the middle C to be C4, which is the standard here in the US. But music is the same everywhere.

      When describing your vocal range, I believe you mean to say E3, since E2 would be bass range. Also, alto and contralto is the same voice category. It’s just that contralto is usually shortened to alto, just like violoncello is usually shortened to cello.

      Taking in consideration the range you mentioned, you fall under the contralto category. However, taking in consideration your age, your voice might change in the next couple of years. So, if you suddenly feel that you can’t reach those low notes as easily anymore, don’t stress it, just sing along the viola.

      I hope this helps,

  26. Hello, i am very confused with my vocal range. I dong know what type of voice i have. My range is E3-F5, but i dont know in which category that falls, can i get some help?

    • Correction, G3-F5 actually.

      • Hi Kenneth,

        Your lower range is within the tenor category, but your higher range is within falsetto realm. Your voice type is probably tenor, but you have to take your age and whether you use falsetto is consideration.

        If you’re younger than 18, you probably haven’t gone through voice puberty yet. This means that your voice will eventually change; it might get lower or it might stay the same.

        Also, if you’re only using falsetto for singing (falsetto is the fake male voice that sounds somewhat girly) and you figured that range with falsetto, your real voice might actually be lower and you might be a baritone. I hope this makes sense and you understand what I’m talking about.

        I hope this helps,

        • Im sorry. Apparently i made a mistake while checking my vocal range. I dont understand pianos much so i think i sang the notes lower than they where suppose to. I used a tuner app and supposely my range is G2 to E4(i can go a bit lower and a bit higher, but that would not be where my tessitura would be). What would that make me?

  27. Hi! I sort of need some help here. I’m a teenager, which of course, means my voice is maturing and will probably be slightly different when I’m older, but because of my love for theatre I am constantly asked one thing: “What’s your vocal range?”

    I’ve always been put in the alto group and I myself think I am an alto, but I’m honestly not too sure. My range is F3-A5 (comfortably) and the thing that has always stopped me from thinking I’m Mezzo-Soprano is I cannot belt very high in my chest voice (aka I switch to head voice really quickly, but I could go decently high in my head voice).

    Help me out?


    • Hi Brooke,

      First of, you are VERY correct to switch to your head voice for the higher notes! It’s the proper thing to do. Singing high notes in your chest registro can actually destroy your voice. The more you can use your head registro for the lower notes, too, the better it’s going to be in the long run, plus you won’t tire your voice as much during rehearsals and concerts. I understand that singing lower notes in the middle and head registri will make them sound less “rich” than when using the chest registro, but trust me when I say that this is the proper thing to do.

      So having said that, I think you should give mezzo-soprano a try. Your range is within mezzo-soprano range and you can use your head voice there without feeling that you’re missing in volume. And of course, you’ll be more comfortable. Try to sing the melodic lines of the mezzos in your current music and if you feel comfortable with them, ask your director to switch you for some time to try it out.

      Let me know how it goes!
      I hope this helps,

  28. I have been taking singing lessons for about 5 months. My teacher said that my voice type is soprano, but as I have not fully developed that range yet, it is better if I am put onto the alto section of my church choir now.

    For some low notes songs, I can sing the main melody (very comfortably). Recently, my church needed me to work on the X’mas song O! Holy Night. I have been put onto the soprano range. However, my problem is that: as my voice in that range is not fully developed yet, I have serious pitching problems when trying to sing that part, which is rather obvious too.

    I do try to practise singing soprano songs on my own. If I do so, the pitching problem is not that serious. However, when I sing in the choir, I have tendency to get carried away into the alto section though I am singing the soprano. Does this mean that for now, it is better that I sing in the alto section, but then change to the soprano section when maybe my voice is fully developed.

    I have just managed to cross the bridge into singing the mixed voices about 2 weeks ago.

    I was in the church choir in London for about 1 year, back in 2009. At first, the conductor put me onto the soprano section. However, after a while, she realized that I couldn’t sing that part properly, so switched me to the alto, but then find that my voice is not naturally alto, but somewhere in between. So what actually is my voice type?

    • Hi Eunice,

      First of, great name! It means victory. I like it.

      From what I hear, you are either a soprano or a mezzo-soprano. It makes sense to be able to sing some of the alto songs easily, as not all of them are too low, and plus you’ve been singing in that range for some time, so your voice has adapted.

      Also, it makes sense to get carried away in the alto section when you sing soprano now, as you know that alto melodies better, and you’ve gotten used to hearing yourself sing lower. This is something that will change with time. Believe or not, it’s usually easier to switch from alto to soprano, than from soprano to alto.

      As far as your voice type is concerned, there are two possibilities, you’re either a mezzo-soprano or a soprano. If you’re a mezzo-soprano and your choir doesn’t have a mezzo-soprano or soprano 2 section, then you can sing either with the sopranos or altos, whatever is more comfortable, but you’ll never be 100% there in either of them. If that’s the case, don’t worry, more than 60% of women are mezzo-sopranos.

      If you’re a soprano, then reason you can’t reach those high notes yet is because you haven’t yet learned the technique. It makes sense to do better when you’re trying by yourself because there isn’t anyone else around and you feel more relaxed, therefore reaching higher notes easily.

      What’s going to make a difference is to understand that the more you stress and try to reach higher notes, the harder it’s going to be. You need to keep your neck, throat, mouth, tongue, jaws relaxed and use your diaphragm to hit those high notes. I think it’s going to help if you read my post on how to breathe with your diaphragm. http://choirly.com/how-to-breathe-with-your-diaphragm/

      I think that the best thing to do for now is sit in the soprano section, but not sing. I know it sounds like a strange thing to propose, but the more you stay in the alto section the more you’ll get used to hearing yourself sing low, also if you try to sing with the sopranos now, you’ll end up stressing even more because you’re not used to hearing yourself sing higher, brighter, and louder and you’ll be shy about using your voice. So, continue with your voice lessons, and sit in the soprano section, but not sing until you feel comfortable.

      I hope this helps! Good luck with O! Holy Night. It’s one of my favorite Christmas songs.

  29. My vocal range with little warming up is E3 to C6. I’m pretty sure if it weren’t the middle of the night and I’m looking this up I could probably go higher. I used to hit F6 when I was in competition choir, but I haven’t sung in a very long time and I suspect I could probably get my range back.

    But that was when I was 15 or 16 and I’m 30 now, I’m not sure that I’ll get it back. What are your thoughts?

    • Hi Anne,

      It sounds like you had a very nice range going when you were in choir. It’s never too late to start again and I’m sure that there are lots of choirs in your area that would be happy to have you.

      Also, yes, you can get your range back, but not straight away. If you squeeze yourself you’ll still be able to sing those note, but that might cause some damage. Plus because you haven’t sung for so long, you might well strain yourself and teach your muscles to tighten up when singing.

      The best strategy would be to start with warming up exercises up to A5. Remember to always sing back, so if you start from a middle C and go up to an A5, then continue by going back to the middle C.

      When you feel that you’re comfortably singing your A5 and that you’re relaxed doing so, try going higher.
      I hope this helps!

  30. Can these classifications apply to non-classical type of singers? I would love to hear how you would classify male voices particularly ones in Gospel Music. In this genre alot of males are training their head- voice or falsetto (not sure which one) to actually blend in or sound like a higher extension of their chest voice. If properly done it results in a very powerful and high singing voice that can rival any alto and soprano in chest/head voice. A singer who was formerly known as Tonex (now known as Bslade) is widely noted for this type of voice along with others and I just so happens to be one that practices this technique. Currently I can stretch my range from E2- C6 (Maybe D6 /d#6 on a really good day), would I still classify myself as a baritone/tenor with a very extended range?

    • Yes, these classifications apply to ALL singers; from seasoned opera singers to amature pop singers, and, of course, gospel singers, as well.

      I’m in the middle of researching an article about falsetto, but it makes sense that gospel singers would be encouraged to sing in falsetto as it first became popular in church music.

      Also, indeed, falsetto can some times result in a powerful sound, but because it takes an increased amount of air than for normal singing, so it tends to cause fatigue really fast. Have you ever experienced that?

      Now as far as your classification is concerned, I believe you are a baritone. As far as falsetto is concerned, it turns out that baritones make the best falsettists.

      If you’d like to learn more about falsetto, I’d suggest you register for my newsletter so that you can receive my article when it’s done.

      I hope this helps!

  31. Hi Olga! I’m a 13 year old theatre girl, so naturally I’m very curious to know what my voice type is though I know that it could easily change soon.

    My range when I stretch is a D3-B5, but my tessitura is an F3-D5.

    However I can get up to a A6-C7 in my whistle voice. Whenever I sing super high like that, it’s always a wobbly belt and I can’t sing it quietly.

    In chorus I’m considered an alto….how is this possible? Should I be soprano?

    Also, sometimes I sing scales out of my tessitura to try to expand my range. Is this bad for my voice?

    Thanks so much! (:


    • Hi Lindsay,

      As you have noted, your voice will be changing in the next few years, so I can’t really tell you that you’re this type of soprano or that type of alto. Whistle voice for example is generally used by very young women and soprano coloraturas, which are both very different.

      From what I hear, you should have probably sat with the sopranos, but there are reasons, other than range, for which a conductor might put a woman in the alto section. You might be able to sing those high notes, but if your voice is too piercing or metallic, it might stand out from the rest of the sopranos. That would be a reason for a conductor to have you sing with the altos. Another reason might be that you can’t control your volume and, again, stand out.

      Since you know you have a soprano range, if I were you, I would ask my conductor why he/she decided to have me sing with the altos. That would help you understand what’s going on and, also, give you something to work on. Many times, classical singers can’t sing with choirs, not because they can’t sing, but because their voices stand out and that’s something that’s not appropriate for a choir where everyone needs to sound uniform.

      I hope this helps!

  32. Hi,my vocal range is from E3 to C5 what would my vocal range be? baritone? tenor? Im 15 and my voice made a change already, Is there any possibility it may get deeper?

    • Hi James,

      Since you’re going through your voice change right now, I would hesitate to even speculate about what your voice type might be. And yes, there’s a great possibility that your voice might continue changing until your late teens.

      I hope this helps!

  33. What is my vocal type .My range is G3-E5 i am a boy . this is the link http:// m.soundcloud.com/ramirmijares/ pinaglaruankoangboses-ko-haha? fb_source=timeline&ref=profile

  34. Hi am am one of the rare Countertenor and slightly higher

    • Hi Aaron,

      Read my post on falsetto singing and countertenoring to figure out if you’re truly a countertenor: http://choirly.com/falsetto

      I really hope that you are a countertenor, as they are really hard to find, but keep in mind that if you’re still under 19-20, your voice might actually change.

      I hope this helps,

  35. God slapped me with a striking low voice. I generally speak in the G2-C3 range and obviously, have difficulties singing above middle C (topping at around E4-F4# depending on the day). But really, I favor quality of singing over high notes or range.

    • Hi Paul,
      I’m not sure why you would consider a low voice being a bad thing. There really aren’t as many basses in general, so having a low voice can make you stand out.
      Surely, you might not be able to sing some of the pop music as easily, but if you decide to join a choir, sing in the musical theater, or opera, you’ll be a great asset.
      A very low voice is as amazing and awe-inspiring as a very high voice.
      I hope this helps!

  36. Hi Olga
    I sent you a e-mail about my case, but I have been involved in theatre and I was classified a charachter soprano and could be a light lyric in opera. What the the pros of having this voice?

    • Hi Ani,

      A character soprano is a soprano who’s, also, very good with acting. It’s actually really good being classified as such if you want to be involved in theater and musical theater, because it means that you’re good with acting as well as singing, instead of just being good with singing.

      Since you’re still young, your voice might eventually mature and become more full, but still knowing how to act will be an advantage you’ll have over other singers.

      I hope this helps!

  37. I am Brown
    please i am a boy, i started sing since when i was 13 years old in a choir. I was made to sing alto in the a catholic senoir choir until now that am 20 years old with ladies. My voice started increasing, now i can sing from middle C to l in the next octave, when i sing i don’t use falsetto to sing, i now sand girly in singing and also in talking, i have been singing in private choir also with almost the best people in voice from all the part of my state, and am the only male 20 years who sings alto. Presently i have the highest voice in pitch and volume in alto among ladies and was made the head of alto part. My question 1. is it through that all male must lose their voice to sing tenor or bass?
    2. How can i save my alto voice.

    • Hi Brown,

      The thing about choirs is that if you can sing it and your voice doesn’t stand out, you get placed in one voice or the other according to where there is a need for more singers. I just replied to a woman who sings in the tenor section.

      If you’re already in your 20’s and can still sing high, it’s a safe bet to say that your voice won’t get much deeper. Even if it does, it’s highly unlikely you’ll even be a baritone or bass. You might already be a tenor who, because of your experience, have figured out how to use reinforced falsetto, which basically blends so well with your head voice that you can’t tell there’s a change from one to the other.

      So, I wouldn’t worry. I don’t think you need to do anything to save your alto voice.

      I hope this helps!

  38. hi am just wondering how the piano keys go do u match voice to the keys? also i think am just a little louder than harry styles but i barely ever sing and i just downloaded this game called smule from app store on iphone its world wided and i really need to find my range to know were i stand..

  39. I am very curious about my classification as well. I am a 19 year old tenor studying Vocal Performance in college. I have a rich, brassy tone in my lower register (which goes down to F3 or so) with a full belt reaching Bb4. My head voice tops off around F5.

    • Hi Chase,

      You sound like a lyric tenor with a nicely developed falsetto. But you’re still in your late teens, which means that it’s quite possible that your voice might change. You’re voice professors, who can hear you sing, are more qualified in letting you know your specific voice type.

  40. Hello, I was directed by my choir director to the alto section. Sometimes I wonder if I’m a mezzo. Is there clear cut way I can test that without a piano? Also how can I expand my range?

    • Hi Debbie,

      I get asked by many women why they sing in the alto section, if they think they are mezzos or sopranos. There are reasons, other than range, for which a conductor might put a woman in the alto section. You might be able to sing those high notes, but if your voice is too piercing or metallic, it might stand out from the rest of the sopranos. That would be a reason for a conductor to have you sing with the altos. Another reason might be that you can’t control your volume and, again, stand out.

      If I were you, I would ask my conductor why he/she decided to have me sing with the altos. That would help you understand what’s going on and, also, give you something to work on. Many times, classical singers can’t sing with choirs, not because they can’t sing, but because their voices stand out and that’s something that’s not appropriate for a choir where everyone needs to sound uniform.

      Even if you test yourself and you think you’re a mezzo, that doesn’t mean that your conductor will have you sing with the mezzos. Plus most of the times, choirs only have a soprano and an alto section, so in order to sit with the sopranos, you must be able to sing all their melodies.

      Trying to expand your range without a teacher by your side can be very bad for your voice.

      I hope this helps,

      • Hello my name is nisa. I’m 16 y.o. can you help me to find my vocal type. My range around C3-F5 something I can do up A5. what is my type

  41. Hi Olga. I am 14 years old. I don’t sing in a choir, unfortunately, but I have always wandered what my voice type is. I’m pretty sure i’m a bass but i’m not sure. My range is C2-D4 and i’m straining with the D4. I’m very comfortable around C#2-F2 so that’s why i’m pretty sure i’m a bass. I have been working on getting more resonence and lately when I sing an E2 or lower I can feel my feet vibrating. I prefer southern gospel, cause i’m from the south I guess, and country. My favorite groups are the Oak Ridge Boys and the Statler brothers so I sing along with them quite often. To give you an idea I can sing Elvira with Richard Sterban, their bass, so listen too that. Anyway, does it sound like i’m a bass to you ?

  42. Hei ! I’m Andreea and I have a question. My range is E3-G5. Untill now i believed that I’m an alto but now i see that I’m a mezzosoprano. What’s my voice type? Thank you ! 🙂

  43. Hi, I believe I’m a dramatic tenor. My range can go from about Eb2 (chest mixed with fry) to about F5/G5 in mixed register. It’s kind of like Adam Lambert but I have less agility and flexibility after about C5. I’m most comfortable around B2-B4 I guess…I also can use falsetto with head resonance and vibrato. My falsetto ranges from about E3-G5. My whistle register ranges from about A5-C7 (on a good day). Can you comment about this? I feel like my voice is complex and would like to know my classification :/ thanks.

  44. Oh and I forgot to mention that I’m able to sing songs like Mirrors by Justin Timberlake and use vibrato and do vocal runs, riffs, etc. I think I am also an able to give like a third lung illusion as well. My speaking voice is baritonal. I can make my voice light and delicate or rounder and brighter. I don’t know if that helps much but that’s extra info. 🙂

  45. good day 🙂 im here just to ask whats my voice type is, 🙂 im a guy, 17 y.o. ,in my choir im a tenor, but my range or notes that can i comfortable to sing is g3-g5, but sometimes up to, i believe c7 using headtone, and i have a darker voice,., hope this time i will know. tnx

    im a male soprano when im younger.

  46. Hi, I don’t know if you can help me ? I’ve been told I’m a bass-baritone ,I’m comfortable singing down to b1 (I can go lower but I class this as vocal fry ) I can sing up to e4 or maybe f4 if I really push it ( not comfortable) is this a typical bass-baritone range? Thank you very much Paul x

  47. I need to make a small correction , my lowest comfortable note is A1 ,any lower than this sounds like vocal fry to me ! Thanks again x

  48. I need to make a small correction , my lowest comfortable note is A1 ,any lower than this sounds like vocal fry to me ! Thanks again ! ( Having said this I’m not really sure what counts as vocal fry ,I can sing an f#1 and stiil be heard over my guitar ,any lower and my voice starts to crackle and pop ,is that what counts as vocal fry??

  49. Hi, this is a great article. I am in a choir here in my country Botswana and I am an alto but i don’t study music. I have noticed that directors neglect altos and concentrate more on the sopranos, this does not in any way develop altos, we have a few good sopranos but no recognized altos. I guess in my country a profession as an alto solo is bound to be doomed. can you recommend any pages that can help me interact with other alto singers

  50. Just a little info – I found out I can actually go lower and higher than what I posted before. I can actually hit A1 in fry register (maybe I can go lower) and I can hit G7 in whistle register (maybe I can go higher).

  51. Hi, great article. I’m tenor but don’t know if i’m Leggero/Lyric etc, i’m 16, my lowest comfortable note is a B2, though my lowest note is a G#2. I have no problems to hit C5 and my highest note in chest is a Eb5 🙂
    I used to have a nice head voice, earlier this year between february-march I could even hit C6 in head voice, but after I started to hit whistle notes my range in head voice now is up to E5, now when I hit the F my voice breaks and then jumps straight into B5/C6/C#6 in whistle. How can I recover the notes above E5 in head voice?

  52. Hi i have a singing app and I work hard everyday. I am a writer at heart and I feel inspired to write an Opera for Contraltos and mezzos

    (Same Angela)

    • Hi Angela,
      This sounds great! I’m sure lots of people, me included, would enjoy a new opera. Let me know when you’re done and maybe we could have people on choirly come together and sing it.

  53. can you please explain what is the difference anatomically and physically in the different classifications. I know that it has to do with space in the vocal tract and something to do with the size? width? of the vocal folds, but i am hoping that you can articulate precisely what the difference is in the body of an alto or a soprano.

    • Hi Claude,
      Thank you for your comment. I believe an otolaryngologist would be more appropriate in answering this question (maybe somebody at MGH?)

      In any case, I think of the different singers somewhat like the different instruments in the string family of the violin. It’s like comparing a violin to a viola, or a ukelele to a guitar.

      The shorter the strings or vocal folds, the higher the pitch. The longer the strings or vocal folds the lower the pitch.

      The same goes for the size of the vocal folds, in the sense that the larger they are, the more they can billow and they produce more harmonics, therefore the sound is richer.

      Finally the larger the sound box (or the difference cavities in the face, throat, chest, and head of a singer), the louder the sound.

      What I would recommend for people who have higher voices and take on public speaking would be to try to speak through their diaphragm (though it might feel as if they are exhaling more air and initially they might get dizzy) and to try to take advantage of their chest sound box to make their voice sound warmer and more powerful.

      I hope this helps…

  54. Correction – my lowest comfortable note is E2. Anything lower, and I start to mix with the fry register. My highest comfortable note is A4/B4. After that, I can still sing higher, but try to avoid these notes because I’m not very comfortable around there. I can sing up to around F5/G5 in mixed voice. My head voice is about C3-G5. My whistle register is from A5-C7 I think. I feel most comfortable around C3-A4 I think…I’m a little unsure haha. Can you help me determine what my voice type is?

  55. Hiiiiiiii lol I’m 15(16 in a couple of months) I’m a boy, my voice is deep and it has been like that since middle school. I am also a sophomore in high school. I have been singing for a while now and my range is from G2-D6. I can go from G2-E5 in full voice without straining, and I also can hit a F#5 if I push hard with some strain, which I avoid most often. My falsetto is very high because I can go to a D6 and I also have a whistle register but I can only hit the notes from Mariah carey song Someday when she hits the whistle. I can also hit the notes at the end of Mariah’s Emotion song. Is that weird that I can only hit those whistle notes? And voice type am I? My voice is heavy at the bottom of my chest range and when I extend it up with mix it carries some weight. Like I said, I can hit all the way to a F#5 in full voice is that weird? And I know I’m young, but will my voice change dramatically as I get older? Will I keep my range? P.S I LOVE SINGING SO PLEASE REPLEY 🙂

  56. Hi. Im a 16 years old female and have recently discovered i have a very high whistle register. My singing teacher told me my vocal range is a D3 to an F7 which is apparently near the end of the piano. Please may you help me classify my voice as in whether i am a coloratura soprano etc. Would be much appreciated, thank you very much.

  57. I get so much confused about my voice that sometimes ι think ι’м α lyric baritone αη∂ sometimes a lyric tenor or legerrio tenor…ι нανє αn audible singing vocal range of E2-G5..at G5 my voice is α very clear head voice(the sweetest part of my voice) ι can sing up to α B5 with falsetto but with great difficulty…my most comfortable range is between (C3-A4) αη∂ comfortable note C4(speaking note)..my lower notes below C3# αяє rich dark αη∂ weighty…my voice between D4-C5 is light αη∂ very youthful almost like justin timberlake’ѕ but heavier though! From D5 is head voice. Pls, what voice type do υ think ι am?

  58. In addition ι can push my chest voice to E5 but might sound almost like shouting

  59. Hello , I have commented in this site before. I still don’t know what kind of tenor am i. Like i said before, my range goes C3 upto D5 . But I can reach as high as C#6 and as higher by mixed to falsetto.. Now my queries here are , some of today’s artist’s (male) voice range can reach upto Bb5 base on my researches. Why is that?? Is the using of falsetto included there or it’s just thier tessitura?? In finding your range, Mixed and falsetto should be included?? ’cause if these are should then, i can say that i have a wide range from C3-C#6 .. X) which can make me a nice pop singer.And that seems to be sarcastic LoL.. Please kindly give me a concrete reason(s) and answer(s) that will satisfy this questions that is confusing or should i say frustrating me.. Please don’t ignore . I just need Justice x’D . Very thanks in advance 🙂 .. PS: so yeah i’m aspiring to be a pop singer . Dont Have experiences yet but by answering my question can be my guidelines .. 😀

    • i just want to add … Hitting B2 for me is slight comfortable but every thing beyond A2 down hurts .. I don’t like hitting those B2 and down b’cause everytime i did sing that, my throat is hurting and i don’t want to take the risk of having sore throat . And E3 down is my fry
      My speech voice range is A3-G4
      My chest voice range is C3-D5, sometimes D5 and specially Eb5 shifts into mixed
      In E5 it shifts into head …
      My voice become lighter as i go A4 up ..
      That’s all . I will just commnt again if there’s something i want to correct/add..

      • And wait … (promise this will be the last x’) ..

        I’m 16 year old man whose speech voice is somewhat a li’l as in little dark .. Everytime i sing i feel a strong vibration and resonance in chest
        Also i’m good at imitating, singing and speaking in anime girl’s voice (if u have ever heard one) and i have faked many by that and many have been amazed .. I’ve just shared this since voice is concerned ..

        Is the given description is enough to identify my voice type in fach system ..??
        I think i’m a dramatic tenor but i’m unsure with that

        • I’m a musician, since my elementary years and starting to write songs and im knowledgable and skilled in music specially in instruments but not quite in Singing . That’s why i’m trying to consult singers and choir members and websites etc to gain knowledge and to improve skill in singing .. Hope u understand .. Thanks ..

          • I’m a musician since my elementary years and i’m starting to write songs by past years in highschool and I love all styles of music. Im knowledgable and skilled in music specially in instruments but not quite in Singing . That’s why i’m trying to consult singers and choir members and websites etc to gain knowledge and to improve skill in singing .. Hope u understand .. Thanks ..

        • Look dude. Your most likely a baritone. There is nothing wrong with being a baritone. It depends on your age an if you voice changed or not.

  60. Well, according to what I have discovered your vocal range may depend on what bases you classify it for instance…in operatic roles falsetto is not counted as part of your vocal range if I’m right but in non-operatic roles falsetto may be added. But as for me I think as long as your voice is audible enough for people to hear you it could be counted as part of your vocal range..you are probably a lyric tenor but I can’t be quite sure because I don’t know your vocal color. One thing that should be made clear is that people should be sure of the instrument they use to find their vocal range because I see so much wide vocal ranges here that are rare! Please this is a word of advice for everyone here your vocal quality is more important than your range!! BEWARE don’t kill your vocal quality in place of range that’s if u don’t want to be singing with a cracked voice

  61. Hello,

    This is a perfect article that I’m searching from a long time 😀 Thank you really for this ! 😉

    Emmm, in fact, my voice is soprano, I sing always in hight register.. And all the persons who listened to me said that my voice is soprano 😀 .. But I was surprised when a teacher tell me that my voice is Alto!!!!!! :/ :S I think he based on my vocal range.. When I arrived to G3 he said: “Your voice is Alto !” :O

    In my opinion the vocal range is insufficient to fixing this, and your article confirm that !! 😀

    So, I hope sending you my voice and you tell me exactly Its type

    Emmm my vocal range is C3-E6 … I sing confortable between C4 and F5 (with a natural voice). I often use my head voice that I can sing with it from C4 to E6. In the low notes C3-C4 I use my chest voice.

    I can test all this and send it as a sound file if It’s possible.
    I sent you the same message on your facebook page and I sent you some links containing my singing 😉 I’m waiting for your answer .

  62. i just want to add … Hitting B2 for me is slight comfortable but every thing beyond A2 down hurts .. I don’t like hitting those B2 and down b’cause everytime i did sing that, my throat is hurting and i don’t want to take the risk of having sore throat . And E3 down is my fry
    My speech voice range is A3-G4
    My chest voice range is C3-D5, sometimes D5 and specially Eb5 shifts into mixed
    In E5 it shifts into head …
    My voice become lighter as i go A4 up ..
    That’s all . I will just commnt again if there’s something i want to correct/add..

  63. And wait … (promise this will be the last x’) ..

    I’m 16 year old man whose speech voice is somewhat a li’l as in little dark .. Everytime i sing i feel a strong vibration and resonance in chest
    Also i’m good at imitating, singing and speaking in anime girl’s voice (if u have ever heard one) and i have faked many by that and many have been amazed .. I’ve just shared this since voice is concerned ..

    Is the given description is enough to identify my voice type in fach system ..??
    I think i’m a dramatic tenor but i’m unsure with that

  64. I’m a musician since my elementary years and i’m starting to write songs by past years in highschool and I love all styles of music. Im knowledgable and skilled in music specially in instruments but not quite in Singing . That’s why i’m trying to consult singers and choir members and websites etc to gain knowledge and to improve skill in singing .. Hope u understand .. Thanks ..

  65. Hiiiiiiii lol I’m 15(16 in a couple of months) I’m a boy, my voice is deep and it has been like that since middle school. I am also a sophomore in high school. I have been singing for 3 and half years now and my range is from G2-D6. I can go from G2-E5 in full voice without straining, and I also can hit a F#5 if I push with some strain, which I avoid often. My falsetto is very high because I can go to a D6 and I also have a whistle register but I can only hit the notes from Mariah carey song Someday when she hits the whistle note. I can also hit the notes at the end of Mariah’s Emotion song. Is that weird that I can only hit those whistle notes? And voice type am I? I am a leggerio tenor since I can hit a F5 with my upper chest register? My voice is heavy at my low register of my chest range and I sound like a baritone. Also, when I extend it up with mix it carries some weight. Like I said, I can hit all the way to a F#5 in my upper chest resgister, is that weird? And I know I’m young, but will my voice change dramatically as I get older? Will I keep my range? P.S I LOVE SINGING SO PLEASE REPLY

  66. Wat does an alto range from and wat does a higher alto range from?

  67. Hi! I’m a local singer, and was in choir until I left school to homeschool, then private voice lessons for a while. I consider myself largely untrained, and my music theory is incredibly lacking since I’ve always been a natural by-ear vocalist… Anyway, to the point, I sing locally and was checking on my range and found G3-C6 and as a female vocalist was curious where that would place me, since I see smaller breakdowns in these categories, people ask what vocal classification I would consider my self I’m just not sure how to answer. Please feel free to answer here if it’s easier for you but an email would be great! Thanks!

  68. Hi, Im a 12 year old girl and my vocal range is from E3-B5 its more comfortable to sing in my lower register but I dont have much trouble in my full range. My choir teacher tested my voice she didnt know where to put me as a mezzo soprano or alto because I could reach low notes and high notes easily. What voice type am I?

  69. my highest not is A5 not B5 typo sorry!

  70. Hi. I’m 13 yrs.old a female. My mom and friends say I have a high registered voice, but when I took up voice lessons my teacher gave me a lower song to perform and she thiks it’s for the best. I didn’t bother to ask her my vocal range but I can do a head register and I think I can do a whistle register without even knowing it. But most people say I’m a soprano, but I’m not so sure. I might be a mezzo but I surely cannot be an alto. I usually sing Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion songs.

    • Do you have a hunch where I belong? Please answer x

      • When I was your age, I had a whistle register and sang soprano 1 in the school chorus, but then my vocal range dropped. You teacher probably senses that the same will happen to you. You’re probably not a soprano.

    • Hi Dorothy,

      You’re still too young to be classified. The fact that you can still use your whistle register might mean that your voice hasn’t changed yet. Only girls and soprano coloraturas can use that register. Your teacher probably sees that and this is why she/he had you sing lower songs.

      I don’t have enough information to tell you your voice type, but I’m sure that your voice professor knows what he/she’s doing. I would suggest that you don’t try to stretch your voice to impress your mom and your friends because it can have negative effects on your voice.

      Try to record yourself with your phone when you sing to better figure out how you sound.

      I hope this helps,

  71. Hey Olga I think I am an alto as my range is F3-D4 However in my school choir I sing with tje mezzo sopranos is that possible

  72. What do you do if your only 15, and a bass that has difficulty at the D above middle C, but can hit D flat two octaves below without trouble?

    • You don’t sing that D. Choir songs are standardized, but not everyone’s voice is the same. If it’s hard to sing, just don’t. Trying to hard will only make you stress yourself and create bad habits.

  73. Hi. I can’t seem to find my voice type . I can sing from a c2 to an f6. My lower range is dark and low… my middle register is heavy snd has range as well as chest register. But head voice has weight its heavy. But recently my head voice has gotten brighter. I have the whistle register.. I ink I’m an dramatic coloratura contralto. Or maybe a coloratura mezzo. Idk for s fo. I’m female.

    • Hi Holly, C2 is impossible for a woman, your range is probably C3_F5, so you might be contralto or mezzo with a widde low range, depends to your sound, to your comfortable zone . Coloratura, if you easy sing with agility .

      • I assure you that I can sing a c2 with ease. If your familiar with tonic triad (Do, Mi, So, Mi, Do, So, Do) I can sing tonic triad (the one 1 octave below middle c) with ease!!!

  74. um hi.. i was in a choir when i was in 4th grade and i think i was a Soprano, but now my voice is MUCH different. i dont know what my range is or anything like that. I can sing kinda deep but not very high. im more in the middle of high and low… more on the low side.

    sorry i dont really know what im looking for here… i just really like to sing but i dont know what my range is or anything…

    i am homeschooled and i am quite shy so i dont really like singing in front of people… so that might be a problem with my imaginary ‘singing career’.

    umm… thanks for your help!

    ( You dont have to reply or anything cuz i dont think any of that made any sense… ^^; )

  75. Hello!!!
    I am a 17 years old (almost 18 xD) girl. I absolutely love to sing since i remember. I have been having some doubts about my vocal type. My vocal range is from F2 to C6, although i am not sure about it. I have recently started a band and my mates say that i have a powerful and heavy voice, like a blues singer . However, when i go to the highest notes i don’t have many problems to reach them and i can either produce a dulcet sound or a metallic one. For these reasons, I am very confused. Could you help me , please?
    Thank you so much

    • Hi, you means probably F3 . Well, you must be a mezzosoprano or a mezzocontralto with a widde range . Mezzocontralto is a contralto with a mezzo-soprano range, it is a rare voice

      • I did not know that type of voice. I went looking for it and i think that i match with it. thank you so much for helping me xD

    • well i have tested my vocal range, and my lowest note it´s actually a F2. Does it change my vocal type?
      PS- I would like to receive more opinions. thanks xD

  76. Hi! I’m a 14 years old girl, I have a pretty narrow range compared to most of the commenters here (E3-A5 but I can go a bit higher or lower if I try really hard). I was in the school choir last year as an alto, but I don’t think my range is wide enough to cover all the notes for alto?? So I’m not sure where exactly do I belong.

  77. hi guys,

    im a female, but my voice is simillar to kellin quinn of sleeping with sirens who is male and has a voice type of tenore de grazia. what voice type do i have?

  78. I go G3-C6 without warm-up. I could hit a D flat above high C after warm-up on a lesson. I really can’t tell if I’m a mezzo-soprano or a soprano. I’ve experimented with a lot of arias ranging from Stride la vampa (lowest I can comfortably do) to Or sai chi l’onore (highest comfortable). I find that heavy, dramatic arias are much easier for me. I know that some singers switched ranges at some point, like Vinay or Shirley Verrett, but that’s pretty rare.

  79. Hello there. I have discovered that my range (clear, comfortable and note perfect) is C3-C6. What does this mean? I have been singing for years in choirs, churches and bands but have learnt by ear as cannot read music. I am told I’m very good (prob the only only thing I am good at really) but have no idea what my range means?? Any feedback would be very appreciated

  80. Hello my name is Lawuan. After testing my vocal ranging carefully three times I fell between a B3-C6. I do not know how good or bad that is. I do not sing professionally was just trying to find my vocal range to see how good I would be at making my own music just for my YouTube videos. My voice is hard to describe because it is naturally very light but deep similar to Beyoncé except my singing is nowhere near her level LOL. I’m a 21 year old male who voice use to naturally high pitch when I was younger and has now drop to what it is to date. Not familiar with music vocabulary but to compare my voice I say with proper recording software compared to celebrity my voice is soft like the singer Ciara but my bass and volume is lot more deep like a lower version of Beyoncé. Do anybody have any suggestions on what should be the best singing style for me?

  81. My falsetto goes as low as the G above middle C.
    Using the “Find Your Vocal Range In 1 Minute” Youtube video, I conclude my approximate range is E2 to middle C. My falsetto can go very high. It feels very natural to switch out of falsetto an octave above middle C.

    I still have no idea what men’s part to sing. It feels like I can sing them all.

  82. My chest vocal range is G2-E4 and my highest falsetto is E5 is there possibilities that i can hit C5 in my mix voice and head voice? Beacuse i dont know how to uise head voice .And what is my vocal range

    • it depends on how “dark” your voice it and how much resonance you have, but i would say that you are a baritone

    • Hi Holly, there are many contralto categories . If you means only the tessitura , contralto with a short high range like Kathleen Ferrier, mezzocontralto aka contralto with a widde high range like
      Maria Alboni and Clara Butt who sang mezzosoprano parts like Eboli .

      If you means the voice s colour, there are light, lyric and dramatic contralto

      A coloratura contralto is a contralto with more easy agility .

      Kathleen Ferrier was probably a lyric contralto, Kerstin Thorborg a dramatic mezzocontralto

  83. hey guys my current range is from B1-C6 (with vocal fry i can usually reach a soft D0) have a lot of trouble finding choral music that fits my lower range, if anyone could help me find some it would be awesome!

  84. Hello! My name is Razvan, I am 27 years old and I don t know what is my voice type 🙂
    My vocal clean range is F3-G5 and sometimes, when my voice is well heated I can sing the note A5 with chest voice! Usually I speak on the note C4-D4, and part of the range which is most comfortable to sing for me is A3-F5! I forgot to mention that my voice is powerful between A3-F5 and has a timbre generally brighter! I am waiting for a response and thank you in advance! With admiration and respect for all that you do for music! Greetings from Romania!

  85. hey people, can help me with an answer from your experience?

  86. Hi, could someone help me please? So I’m a female and my vocal range is from C3 – B4 (sometimes C5 if I warm up). I don’t sing in a choir or anything but I considered myself a contralto. According to this article, however, and other research I’ve done, my voice type could be considered a tenor. But isn’t that impossible for a female to be a tenor? Would I just be classified as a dramatic contralto?

    • Hi, it is impossible for a woman to besonders Tenor because Tenor is only a man voice .
      A woman who can sing very low is a low contralto, dramatic contralto is not the same .

      • I don’t think it’s impossible for a female to be a tenor because ‘tenor’ is also a voice part in a piece of music. You could indeed be placed in the tenor section of a choir if you were needed to help ‘beef it up’ for a performance.

    • Hi Rylie,

      As Sandrine and Tabitha have pointed out, a woman can’t be a tenor. She can sing in the tenor section in a choir, but she’s a contralto. In the opera she would never be casted in a tenor role, and that’s where the voice classifications come from.

      I hope this helps,

    • We sound very similar. C3 to B4 and C5 with warmup. I assume you can go a little further with falsetto? I still find the description of tenor voices fits better because every example of. A contralto on the internet seems to sing higher more comfortably. Even most of Alto’s Lament sounds high to me or is performed by a mezzo SOPRANO. What’s all that about…

      Suppose we are contralto for the simple reason we are women?!

  87. Impressive vocal range!!

  88. Yzacam ama nolduğunu anlamıcaksınız hiçbiriniz haaımnaağğ godum.

  89. Gold evening, pour blog is very interesting . I have a question about my voice, I have a low voice ,many teachers said to me
    I am a contralto, but I sing in a Choral with the mein because the contralto woman voice ist too high for me .
    My deepest Note is mornings a A2 and evening a C3 and I can carry my chest voice above G 4
    My voice have a sad and lugubrious sound, my high notes are very little, I sing without difficulty tenor and bariton parts like
    Echo ridente or Deh vieni alla finestra, my comfortable zone is between D3 and D5
    Do you think I am a dramatic contralto or a low contralto ?

    • Hi Sandrine,

      It does sound that you have a very low voice. I’m concerned at the fact that you said that you can carry your chest voice above a G4. Overusing your chest register can have very negative effects on your voice. In general you want to use your chest register as little as possible.

      It might be that your voice sounds less full when you use your middle or head registro, but that’s the right form. Overusing your chest voice for high notes can create vocal fold nodes, tearing, hardening etc. All bad things.

      Now, women can’t be tenors… they might be able to sing some of the tenor notes, but that doesn’t mean she’s a tenor. These characterizations, i.e. soprano, alto, tenor, bass etc., are used to determine what roles singers qualify for. What this means is that a woman would never be casted as Rodolfo in Boheme or Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, so she can’t be a tenor.

      In a choir, your director might choose to have you sing with the tenors if there aren’t many men in the choir, but you’re still not a tenor.

      Just like a countertenor can sing in the alto or soprano range, it doesn’t mean he’s a soprano or alto. Personally, I feel it’s very irresponsible of a conductor to have a young girl or woman sing with the tenors, because no matter how low a woman can sing, it doesn’t mean that she has the same tessitura (comfortable area) as the men and singing low all the time will create long term problems.

      Your tessitura and way you self-characterized your voice would probably put you in the dramatic contralto category.

      I hope this helps!

      • Hi Olga, thank you so much for your answer .
        I am 39, I sing tenor in the choir because alt in this groupe is too high for me, but you are right, a woman cannot be tenor .

        I have problems to find solist parts for my voice,
        Che faro senza Euridice is too high for me, Der Tod and das Mädchen is too high, I can only sing the low part .

        Here some little question

        What sorts of contralto are Aafje Heynis, Marian Anderson and Christel Garnier ?

        Is Nathalie Stutzmann really a true contralto ?
        I can t find a contralto sound like Kathleen Ferrier in her voice, I hear more a low dark mezzo .

  90. Hello! Sorry if I’m coming a bit late to the party, but I would like your opinion on what voice part I truly belong to. I’ve been in a formal chorus for seven or eight years now and am preparing to, hopefully, enter the world of collegiate choral performance.
    Of all the years I’ve been in a choir, I’ve only been a soprano once (the balance was off and I can be a bit loud :)) But otherwise, I’ve been a proud alto 2, or contralto. With in the past year, though, I’ve been told by a university director of music that I am an mezzo, not an alto. I went back to my current director confused and unsure, but I’m hoping you can help.
    My tessitura is E3 – A4/C5 but my full range starts at a sketchy Ab2 and goes to an A5. Whats your opinion?

    • Hi Tabitha,

      There are reasons, other than range, for which a conductor might put a woman in the alto section. You might be able to sing those high notes, but if your voice is too piercing or metallic, it might stand out from the rest of the sopranos. That would be a reason for a conductor to have you sing with the altos. Another reason might be that, as you noted, you can’t control your volume and, again, stand out.

      Many times, classical singers can’t sing with choirs, not because they can’t sing, but because their voices stand out and that’s something that’s not appropriate for a choir where everyone needs to sound uniform. Also, usually choirs have a soprano and an alto section, so categorizing in-between voices like mezzo-sopranos falls on the discretion of the conductor on a case by case basis. It’s a safe bet to say that you’re mezzo but sang with the altos because of lack of volume control.

      I hope this helps!

      • HI,my name is rosabel am 13years,actually everytime i usually sing with my frnds they always laugh at me,so because of that i was nw using my other voice to sing,i dnt usually use it to sing wen people are talking becos that my other voice is very low and is more good than that me real voice,actually my real voice is bass i dnt realy no are to control it,so please are can i control it and are can i no my other voice that am using to sing.am waiting for your answer and tanx.

      • HI,my name is rosabel am 13years,actually everytime i usually sing with my frnds they always laugh at me,so because of that i was nw using my other voice to sing,i dnt usually use it to sing wen people are talking becos that my other voice is very low and i can use it draw song for a long time,actually my real voice is bass i dnt realy no are to control it,so please are can i control it and are can i no my other voice that am using to sing. and wish one at of my 2 voice did u think i should be using to sing,am waiting for your answer and tanx.

  91. Hi tabitha, you are probably contralto with a widde high range, aka mezzocontralto or mezzosoprano with a widde low range

  92. Hi Sam,

    It’s not always about what notes you can produce, but about what notes you can comfortably sing with proper form and volume. That’s the only way not to hurt yourself.

    Basses who know how to use falsetto, usually have a wider range that most. It’s probably because their vocal folds are longer and more flexible. Sometimes in opera, basses are called to use their falsetto for comic effect.

    What I always say is sing where you’re most comfortable.

    I hope this helps,

  93. Razvan
    January 26, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Hello! My name is Razvan, I am 27 years old and I don t know what is my voice type 🙂
    My vocal clean range is F3-G5 and sometimes, when my voice is well heated I can sing the note A5 with chest voice! Usually I speak on the note C4-D4, and part of the range which is most comfortable to sing for me is A3-F5! I forgot to mention that my voice is powerful between A3-F5 and has a timbre generally brighter! I am waiting for a response and thank you in advance! With admiration and respect for all that you do for music! Greetings from Romania! Please, give me an answer!

  94. Hi Razvan, are you a man or a woman ? If you are a man, you speak about the note F2 and no F3, A4 and not A5 .
    It you are a man, you might have a maritime voice, maybe a baritenore or perhaps a bass mit a short low range, depends how sounds your vocale timbre .

  95. Hello! I am a male, age 17. I am unable to find out my voice type. Many choir directors have said different things about my voice. For instance, my first choir teacher said I had a brassy quality to my voice, calling me a Basso-Profundo due to the fact that my range is from Bb1 ~ F4-G4 area. However, on the other hand, another choir director stated I was a bass-baritone. Then, another one stated I shouldn’t sing 2 notes below my speaking voice, which is at D2 because I am unable to project (even with breath support).
    What is my voice type? ;-;

  96. I want to know my vocal type. I am able to sing soprano songs without straining. I can sing low, middle and high notes easily without straining. I have a mixed voice. However, I still don’t know what my vocal type is. I love singing so much, PLEASE HELP 🙁

  97. Hello, I am a female with a full voice & my most comfortable vocal range is B2 -F4
    It almost sounds like I’m a tenor (I’ve been mistaken for a guy before) but I’m a girl.
    Would anyone happen to know any ways to make my voice higher?

  98. Where and when has the term lyric soprano evolved from and which country?
    Up until about 1800 all soprano voices were just termed soprano, female , treble or castrato.

  99. Hi! In my choir, I’m an alto, but when we vocalize/warm up, I sing soprano notes. Also, I can sing dramatic soprano songs from Les Miserables, like On My Own and In My Life, the latter with a lot of strain. Am I really an alto or soprano?

  100. Henrietta attard

    I have a ten year old boy. He can sing the high notes very well but when it comes to the lower notes he feels he cannot continue and changes tone. Can you suggest what type of voice he might have.

    • If you look at many sources, there is a whole other set of voice types for children. This is because they haven’t hit puberty, and their vocal chords haven’t had chance to thicken or lengthen. Therefore as a child your son will not be able to hit low notes, this is the same with all pre pubescent children. He cannot yet be classified with an adult voice type.

  101. The lowest I can sing is an E2, and the highest I can sing is an E6, so what is my classification, vocal range, as an vocalist?

  102. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your knowledge on this topic! There are no other websites that I’ve seen before that explains voice range and type so simply as you have here. If I could recommend anything it would be that there be a PDF version of this article so music and music related teachers can use it to help explain to students the difference between voice range and type because I have been acquainted with many students in choir and taking musical theatre that do not know this difference or are confused.

  103. I am a bass … Is there any chance I can turn myself into a baritone please reply … Asap coz we have been told in India the lower U go the higher note u can strike but with my own experience I find this theory Bull shit … So kindly help me out my comfortable range is E2 _ E4 can it be taken Upto G4 …

  104. Hello there

    When I was in middle school I sang in choir and won a few talent shows but never had any vocal training, so my range was limited and I stuck to songs I knew I could sing comfortably. Back then I could only get from E3-A4 or something. My music teacher tried to tell me I was a mezzo soprano because I could go to C5 with falsetto (or just plain straining) What made things difficult was that I was the only deep voiced black girl in an all white all soprano choir so I think they wanted to believe I was anything near a soprano and I’d just blend in…

    Now at 21 with practising for fun (singing in the shower) I am certain my range is C3-C5 (F or G5 if I strain) Everyone seems to say that women are only told they are altos by mistake and are actually forcing lower notes. Well, I’m not…

    I’ve been told my voice is warm, husky in the lower range and smooth but not as bright as your typical pop princess at the higher end. Apparently I’m not a contralto either? The only thing that seems to fit is the typical range given for a male tenor according to every other site I looked at.

    I feel most comfortable singing songs like Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah for lower stuff and Alex Clare’s music is about as comfortable as I can be higher (and warmed up).

    A little help? X To clarify, what’s C3-C5 for a lady?

    • Made this slightly more concise yet with more detail!

      What am I? Decided to use a tuner that shows octaves rather than trusting ear.

      Absolute bottom -> (A#2) C3-C5 (F5) <- falsetto

      Most comfortable in similar range (D3-D4) to speaking voice. 'warm/dark' tone.

      Was told I was a mezzo soprano (their wishful thinking?) in choir; always felt more comfortable with alto or even tenor parts but could probably improve higher notes if I ever had singing lessons.

      Comfortable singing Alex Clare, Usher, Dido, Amy Winehouse etc Daniel Bedingfield seems to show both ends of my voice well (thought the D#5 is falsetto as in his performance)

      • Hi Taima.
        It is obvious from your range and timbre alone that you are a certain contralto. No mezzo soprano would stop at a C5 (which isn’t a bad thing, choirs are always looking for true contraltos.) however as a woman you cannot be classified as a tenor, even if that’s what you prefer to sing. The lowest you can be is a contralto. There are many women who have similar ranges, and have enjoyed great success. I hope this helped a bit 🙂

  105. pls, i need to ask if it’s usual for a tenor voice to have a lower range that extends to E2 and yet can’t go very high..i sing tenor in my school choir but i end up hurting myself after rehearsals and church service each time. someone told me is because i want to hear my voice and since it doesn’t carry weight i end up shouting.. I’m realy confused of my voice type and i think my voice is even getting worse daily due to bad singing techniques.. i think my most confortable zone is C3-A4. below C3 i darken my voice to reach lower notes.and my highest head voice is F#5..Pls help out

  106. Hi. I am Janiya i am an mezzo soprano I believe that i am an alto but for some reason i go low like my voice starts kinda repeating its self as in my voice is mumbling and its very difficult to stop it. WHY?

  107. Hi. I am Janiya i am an mezzo soprano I believe that i am an alto but for some reason i go low like my voice starts kinda repeating its self as in my voice is mumbling and its very difficult to stop it. WHY? And also how am i able to hit a pitchy note

  108. hi.Im 15.My teacher said that i am baritone but im not sure about it because at that time my voice was allophone and i was tired and i didnt drink water before that.Now im learning classical singing and im learning guitar near one year.I can sing in high notes but i cant sing in very low notes.I just can sing to B(on the 5th line key fa).My voice changed one time last year summer and this year summer it was better. not like rooster!I saw a video yesterday that a man was singing and his range was lower than me and i doubted that im baritone because i can sing high notes but when i sing high notes i try a little.I think i am between baritone and tenor.
    this is my skype id: parsa.hajiamiri
    will you tell your skype id at the answer of this post.
    I want you to test my vocal range in skype.
    please answer and accept me to recognize my vocal range.
    thank you.

  109. hi.Im 15.My teacher said that i am baritone but im not sure about it because at that time my voice was allophone and i was tired and i didnt drink water before that.Now im learning classical singing and im learning guitar near one year.I can sing in high notes but i cant sing in very low notes.I just can sing to B(on the 5th line key fa).My voice changed one time last year summer and this year summer it was better. not like rooster!I saw a video yesterday that a man was singing and his range was lower than me and i doubted that im baritone because i can sing high notes but when i sing high notes i try a little.I think i am between baritone and tenor.
    this is my skype id: parsa.hajiamiri
    will you tell your skype id at the answer of this post or send it to my email and when you are online at time of your country ? ( I live in Iran.)
    I want you to test my vocal range in skype.
    please answer and accept me to recognize my vocal range.
    thank you.

  110. i have already given up in naming my voice but have rather picked more interest in what kind of style suit my voice and d xteristics of it…i definitely know am a tenor singer..i encourage others to do d same..and as far as there is no much strain in my throat i would be comfortable singing…cause before this classification people sung and would always do

  111. Hi. I’m a 25 year old woman who just started singing again (since Jan this year), after years of refraining to do so because I was convinced I was tone deaf and wouldn’t be able to hit a note to save my life so to speak. I really had no confidence whatsoever.
    I don’t know much of musical terms etc, so I’d really like some help in identifying what type of voice I may have.

    Now, my range is approximately A3-B4, though I still haven’t explored the full range of my chest voice yet.
    My voice does have more quality and overall sound better the lower I go.
    Currently, my lowest voice is (in my ears) sort of androgynous.
    My vibrato is also better in my lower register.
    I don’t know where my transitions at, unfortunately, however I feel the most power at the bottom of my voice than I do in the higher range.
    My middle voice is still not as good as I would like, but it doesn’t sound as awkward as before.
    My head voice… well, while I am able to reach B4 and even C5, I don’t feel comfortable doing it.
    It feels taxing and if I keep doing it longer than I absolutely have to (a few seconds or a minute), my throat hurts really bad, which isn’t that good of a sign in my book.
    Most of the higher notes sounds awful and lacks the power and (richness) I receive when using my chest voice.
    2 online self tests suggested that I was (if female) a contralto, or (if male) a bass.

    So, based on this… what do you think?

  112. I’m going into college to study vocal performance (opera, specifically), but I have never been classically trained and I have a question about my higher range. I can sing from a D3-E6 – however, the high E-natural is only attainable if I have done a substantial amount of warmups, and I can only sing it a couple of times before my voice starts to feel very sore, dry, and scratchy. I want desperately for this note to be part of my range, but I’m starting to worry that it will never be comfortable enough for performance, and that if I continue to try to train my voice to sing it, I will damage my vocal folds. Should I stop? And if I can’t reach it, do I still have a chance at a career in opera?
    If anyone can answer this, I would really appreciate it, thanks!

    • Hi
      I used to have a similar concern. Firstly if it hurts to hit the high E, STOP. If it only tires you out, you need abit more resonance, that will come. Secondly this will not ruin your chance at opera. As a soprano, you need realistically to be able to hit high C comfortably, that is a necessity. Anything beyond that Is a bonus. Only coloturas will need to go to the high F, so unless your aiming for that, your range sounds perfect for opera. Hope this helped.

  113. I’m pretty sure I’m a mezzo-soprano (I can comfortably sing from A3 to G5, which is one note less than the range specified here at either end) but there’s some weird things about my voice. My chest voice is clear and steady from A3 to about G4, but then it gives up, and my head voice doesn’t really sound its best until around D5, so I have these few awkward notes in the middle from A to C that are kind of weak. I can physically sing from E3 to C6, but when I try to go below A3, my voice fails and either sounds really weak and shaky or like a terrible impression of a man singing opera. At the other end, above G5, my throat starts to close up and my voice gets squeaky. I would just assume those notes were out of my range, but this doesn’t always happen; quite a few times, usually in the evenings after I’ve been singing all day, I can reach B5 or even C6 and have it sound reasonable. Any advice?

    • Okay, me again. Just updating that I managed to sing a D6 one day and my higher range is getting better. (I’d say my range is A3-A5 now rather than G5) I’m pretty sure I have a couple of higher notes, so I just need some tips for how to get them right consistently. Would you recommend lessons?

  114. Hi! I´m a 18 years old girl who has recently started to sing to big audiences. My friends when heard my voice for first time they were shocked. They said that my singing voice is way deeper than my speaking voice. Although my voice is deep I have a wide range. I can go from F2 to C6. I don’t know what vocal type I am, doing to my vocal range. My voice is powerful, groovy (like a blues singer) and velvety. Could you give your opinion, please? Thanks 🙂

  115. I am a fourteen year old girl. I can go from b3 to c6 comfortably. Any higher or lower and I have to strain. My voice is very airy and has been described as “sweet” and “pure”. I’m supposed to be a soprano, right? My middle school choir teacher put me on alto and we have a competition thingy in early July. Will it ruin my voice to try and sing that low? To be honest it is uncomfortable. We don’t have enough altos so I want to help us win, but I don’t want want to hurt my voice in the process. Is there any way I can condition my voice to singing lower easily? Thank you.

    • To Sarai:
      Well, I’m not a pro, but if you feel strained while singing low tones, then it is is more than likely you just don’t have the vocal capacity for that range and as such, you should refrain from doing that as it may indeed be harmful to your vocal chords in the long run.
      The problem with singing in choirs is the false classifications. A person may have been classified as a mezzo or alto, and infact have been a first or second soprano all along.
      The only advice I can give you based on what you’ve said is to listen/pay close attention to what your voice/body tells you and also discuss it with the choir director.

  116. Hello I am a 16 year old man . My vocal range is c3 to e5 . My voice is loudest and has the most resonance when I use my Head Voice . My voice is weakest in the middle register .What is my vocal type ? Iam considering joining a Church choir , will it help me to a better singer ?

  117. heyo. i turned out 16 at 18th june. i’m a self-taught musician also when i was 11 i realized i had a good voice so i worked on it myself. last year in my guitar class, our teacher found my voice. he knew that my voice was pretty. he decided to check my voice. i can whistle notes. my highest, i’ve known, is E6. also I can hit a C#7 as the way Christina does with falsetto. My highest chest voice is A5. But sometimes it can hurt, lol. My lowest note I’ve ever tried is C3 like Beyonce’s low in Halo. Actually I’m not forcing myself but it happens. So do I really have 4 octaves and a semi note?

  118. Hi Olga! I was wondering if you could help me in determining my voice type! I love classical voice and my range is B3-C6 (for now!) I’ve been told multiple times that I have a somewhat “bright” voice but I’m not quite sure which type that would determine? Unfortunately I don’t really think of my voice my voice as “rich” or “dark” or “powerful”.

    • Hey. I can tell you for a fact that you are definetly a colotura soprano. What told me that. Is that you’re bright. All this means is that you have a very high, flexible sound. Which is the biggest suggestion of a colotura soprano. Also your range suggests this, if you were a mezzo soprano, you could defienlty go lower. Hope this helped.

  119. Hi, I’m a 15 year old girl who just finished her 1st year of high school. My vocal range is G3 up to E6, I have been told on a number of occasions that I have a good voice for opera because I can produce a lot of loud notes even though I stand a little over 4 feet 11 inches, but that’s beside the point. I have also been told I have piercing, clear, bell like voice with a good top register. Although my choir teacher some times has me sing alto, which does not feel good to sing and also sounds and feels very forced. I would love it if you could provide some insight into what my voice part is. Thank you 🙂

  120. this didn’t help me much because I don’t completely understand how to read music as yet.

    • Its sequence is like this . FROM LOW TO HIGH NOTE..
      C , D , E ,F, G, A, B.
      and the numerical number after the note is the octave ,, 3 and 4 octave is the most common .
      5,6,7 octaves are the highest and 1,2 octaves are the lowest .

  121. I’m a 12 year old girl. I sing about C3-C7. I can’t figure out my vocal range. I’ve been in soprano, mezzo, alto, contralto, countertenor, tenor, baritone, and baritone/bass. My choir teacher moves me around so much. I would really like to know my true vocal category. Many people hear my low notes and call me a boy, but hear my high notes and call me a soprano! What am I?

    • Well in some rare cases people can sing more than one part. Such as my music school teacher can sing bass with us, then in their men’s quartet they have him sing soprano. It’s very hard to unlock this ability, and it’s extremely rare for it to happen without training, hope this helps

  122. Hello, I am a male from the Atlanta Georgia area, and i’m a 15 year old classical music singer. I feel that I am a bass but based on your article I believe I’m a low baritone. I don’t know and my range is from the first E on the treble clef to the first C below the bass clef. Any assistance would be beneficial. Thanks.

  123. Um, hey Olga, I’m Alex, 15 year old male. My vocal range is A2-A4, though i’m not comfortable with A4 cuz i was kinda straining to reach that note. So am i a bass-baritone or something, i’m confused :))). Oh btw, love your articles Olga <3

    • Hi. If A2 is your lowest note, then you certainly are not a bass-baritone, you would need to get at least an F2 for that. Also if that A4 is in chest voice, you could well be a tenor, however I would need to hear you to know for sure. But if that A4 is in falsetto like I’m guessing it is. You are defiently a baritone. Not a bass-baritone.

  124. I am a female but my voice ranges somewhere around Baritone and Tenor, is that possible for me to have such a deep voice for a 16 year old female?

  125. I can sing F3-C5 in full voice comfortably, and I can go up to C6 comfortably in head/high voice. My range is apparently from Alto to Soprano from what I checked in a video :/ I’m 14 and female, so…..what’s my voice type really?

  126. Hi
    I can sing from C3 to a E6…
    Chest: C3-E4
    Middle: F4-D5
    Falsetto: E5-B5
    Whistle: B5-E6
    3.2 OCTAVES
    I am countertenor??? If yes… mezzo or soprano?

  127. I’m 14 and I have a 3.2 octave range, from C3-E6.
    I have all types of register (vocal fry, chest, head and whistle register)
    E’m I a countertenor? If yes… mezzo or soprano???
    My confortable part of singing is from G#3-D6…

  128. I’m 14 and I can sing from F2 to C4. Am I a bass or a baritone?

  129. I’ve been struggling to find my voice type recentely and i’d like help. I can hit Bb2 as a low extreme and i can do a clean Eb5. I can hit F#5 with a bit more of a rock style e.g. Highway to Hell. I can just about hit F6 in falsetto. Am I a high tenor or a countertenor?

    • I’d need to hear you, but going by your range, you Sit in soprano range. Because of this you would need to take your timbre into acount. If it’s heavy chances are you’re a high tenor. If it’s light chances are you’re a countertennor.

  130. Hi my name is David can you tell me what type of voice do i have,i can sing high notes like Rihanna song we found love. but not Fly nicki minaj fly ft. Rihanna. plz reply i love singing on my won i start singing when i was 9 or 10. i’m a big fan of Rihanna

  131. I’m Nick and my vocal range is C3-G5 (I can reach C6 but with falsetto)
    What am I considered to be baritone, tenor, or countertenor?

  132. hi I’m a 15 going to 16 yr old boy and the lowest i can sing is D2 and my highest note in full voice is C#5 my falsetto goes up to F6, my voice is quite heavy in my lower range although as I go higher it becomes brighter and what is my voice type.

  133. I’m a 17 year old girl with basic music knowledge from piano but absolutely zero knowledge or training in the voice department. Based on your article I think I’m a mezzo because my absolute bottom note is F3, although that’s a strain. I can’t seem to figure out my top notes, they change day to day, but it’s somewhere around F5. This is all with no training or warming up at all. The thing is, my timbre/vocal quality or whatever you call it is naturally very high and light – just hearing my speaking voice, you’d probably think I was soprano. Does that make a difference in my classification? And could my range expand with training?

  134. Upon rereading, I don’t think I know how to use either my middle or head register at all, so I can’t tell what the top of my range is.

  135. I’m a 26 year old woman and I feel most comfortable singing between C3 and C4. Up to recently I could only sing low notes, but now I can access higher (higher for me, that is) notes more easily and my total range is G2 – C5. Contralto parts are usually too high for me, I usually sing along most comfortably to male baritone and low tenor parts. What the hell am I? 🙂

  136. Hi all.
    I hope one could help me find my range.I didn’t have any training but like to start ,I want to know if one can listen to me while singing to know my voice type better.
    This is my skype .Any one interested can call me to listen and share ideas .Skype: fatima.beygi

  137. Hello, I’m a 14 year old male and I’m wondering what my voice range is. I can sing comfortable from A2-E5 but can reach the range of G2-A5. Thank you.

  138. Hi all,

    I feel I am a mezzo because I have always been more comfortable in the mid range and my high notes are not pleasant to my ears (strident and shrieky beyond A5), however my full range is C3-D6. I have been working on mezzo coloratura roles, but recently tried an aria from one of these transposed into the soprano key, and it was more comfortable, especially at the lower end. I have a heavy, rich voice. Am I really a dramatic soprano?

  139. I would appreciate it if you could advise me of my voice range. I am afraid that I do not understand the different codes describing the various classes of voice range, but my voice range is from F(below the first line) in the bass cleft to Ab in the treble cleft. I sing the bass part in the choir, however I seem to be able to hit a much higher note than some bass singers. May I know whether am I a bass or a baritone? Thank you.

  140. my range is E3-B6 what fach is me

  141. Hi!

    I’ve always tried to copy the great basses that I have heard in opera, Moll and such. My range is now A1 – C5. Tiefer bass (and then some at the low notes) I sing A1 very easily, no strain and full timbre,. Upwards things are crap. Really need to strain my voice to get any higher. I’ve always prided myself on my deep voice, and I am quite happy with it – but my shortcomings upwards mean that I cannot sing any role in opera. 🙁 I have been to a specialist and got confirmed that my vocal chords are looking good, but a bit longer than what is normal. So I really wonder how I am going to be able to climb higher so as to fill a role at one point. Die Entführung aus dem Serail would be great to manage – Osmin role. But alas, I struggle on the “high” tones. Advice?

  142. HI,my name is rosabel am 13,actualy i ve 2 voice,my normal voice is bass bt i dnt no are to control it,so becos of dat i was using my other voice,i can use dat voice to draw song bt is nt dat loud,so how can i control my bass voice and how can i know my other voice type,am wating 4 ur answer thanx.

  143. Hi I am a 21 year old female and I just enjoy singing so much.. my voice isn’t bad at all but I’m very confused by my vocal range as I can only sing from D3 to C5 which sounds like a small vocal range and I have no idea which vocal range group I fit in or if it even fits in any.. Contralto?? I would appreciate an answer as it will help me a lot figuring everything out. Thanks so much!!

  144. Hi I am 23 years old , and think I am a baritenor but am not sure. I have been told that I have a deep speaking voice since puberty, my speaking voice around A2-D3. My vocal range is F2-D6#, my chest voice is from F2-F5, and with Head register I can extend it to G5. Most of the time I don’t sing higher than C5 or D5. My falsetto goes from F4-D6#. With Vocal fry I can go down to G0 but not often and my voice is loudest/ clearest between C4-A4, although i think my voice sounds best in the 3rd octave and start belting around A4. I have a very husky singing voice, very common with baritones, but I can barely hit F2, and most of the time the lowest I sing is G2#/A2. I sing mostly between G3-A4. What do you think my voice type is?

  145. Hi 🙂

    I’m 19 years old I’ve been a singer since I was 4. my two questions are: is alto and contralto the same thing? I was always an alto. if it is the same thing, what type of contralto would I be? my range is from C3 – E flat 5. anything Above B4 for me I have to use head voice, belt or sing airy. and below E3 or B flat 3 for me is very low. I have a Southern Gospel type of voice with a slow, wavy vibrato. when I sing, My voice is Powerful, or full. or like carrie underwood’s.

  146. I am a 18 year old girl. My range is G3 – C6. Could you help me with what type of voice I have? Many thanks xxx

    • C6? I’m not olga, but you’re definitely a soprano 🙂

      • Not necessarily. Some mezzo sopranos can sing high C, beyonce being a key example. Your lowest note would suggest a high lying mezzo to me, but I’d need to hear you.

  147. Im just plain old american and I am a mezzo-contralto. I can sing from C2 – C6

  148. My music teacher did not test me to see if I am a soprano or an alto? And still has not tested me I missed last choir practice and that was when she tested us. So should I have her test me or not? I am an Alto right now.

  149. Hello Olga.

    I’m a guy I can sing every note from bass up to a G#5 in Modal voice without falsetto. Also from A5 to D6 in Head Voice. I fell comfortable singing in all of my range. I grew up listening and singing songs from Mariah, Celine, Patti, Aretha and Whitney as a young boy. What voice type do I have?

  150. Hi I’m a boy and I can sing from an Eb2 to a C7. What vocal Type am I? I can sing to a B5 without switching to falsetto, and I can sing anything in my range above G6 with whistle register.

  151. Hey Olga, I am 16 male, and a Band Vocalist in three bands. Before I did, I was in school choir when I was a kid, and I am hitting sooranos before my adam’s apple struck me which made me not to hold the microphone for three years. After that, my voice changed, and I can finally sing of course, but I have tomadjust. My vocal range is D2 at the lowest and F5 in the highest. My guess would be I am a tenor. A Spinto Tenor probably, because my voice contains the chilly cool qualities and power at the same time. I can hit the songs of Bruno Mars and Secondhand Serenade with ease with my voice. I can hit some Alto singers without falsetto too. Probably I am a Tenor.

    • I personnally think you’re a baritone with a wide range. D2 is way too low for a tenor since most of them have a huge trouble singing below A2.
      My range is E2-B5 in full voice; I could be some sort of baritenor or even just a baritone with a wide higher range (im not sure at all, but thats my guess, I could be wrong of course).

      • Well that was an out dated post. My voice rested in a higher E2 now and I can finally hit C6. Highest belt is at D5… Thanks 😀

  152. HI all i am 16 and I am a colotura baritone(lyric with more agility) trained in a opera style.My highest noted is a b5 and lowest and lowest c2.If I train really hard I will be able to sing to C6.Don’t let you voice hold you back .All I have to say.^^

  153. Hi Olga, my name is Rhimson. i have my vocal range from E3-G5. but, when i use head voice i can reach to C6. i join a choir in my faculty and placed as Bass 1 because i am comfortable singing at that range(bass 1 range). I was placed as a bass when in junior high school choir in my church so i think i will always be a bass guy in a choir.

    My question to you is, why can i have a vocal range up to G5? my fellow bass in my choir group cannot reach that kind of note and they will have problem while accessing head voice. I was thinking that i am a baritone and my senior told me that i am a baritenor. is that true? because i kinda hesitate about his opinion about my vocal type.

    By the way, thank you for posting this nice article. it helps me a lot to understand and expand my knowledge about music.

  154. Hello, this seems like a great area fr people to speak about their range. I’d really like to know my range and possibly even the vocal fach, although I can understand the difficulty finding that. My overall range that I’ve measured extreme to extreme is C2 to G5, however, both extremes seem to be extremely rare for me and were on fairly bad days and of course also sounded absolutely terrible.

    On an average day, I’m more capable of singing between about Gb2 and E/F5 with my lower end not sounding as though it’s got any reasonable loudness until about D3 then I can sing with either a more full sounding voice or soft voice up to about F4, at which point, it becomes a little like straining to reach up to G4, but I feel that once I’m there, I can sing comfortably again up until about A4. Although I’m not straining very much, I think I can reach D5 quite easily and with a lot of resonance, but not while singing lyrics unless they’re widened (If that makes sense). Anything above D5 is considerably strained and sounds really quite horrible.

    I’m curious, with a range that seems most comfortable between C3 to F4, what would that make me? Are the higher notes being weaker or incapable of being sang due to a lack of training or are they not natural for me?

  155. I don’t know what my range is but I have a question for you!
    Okay, I am able to sing very low alto, maybe contralto, I don’t know. 😀
    But I am wondering if I could somehow stretch my voice to a tenor?
    Thanks so much! My choir needs another tenor and I want to sing it.

    So, in other words, could you do some warm up that would make your voice go lower than your natural voice?
    Thanks again!

    Ps. Wonderful article! Thank you!

  156. I find this article interesting, because I am a male, who going by this would be a countertenor. My low notes are quite weak, my chest/mix register can get upto high C (C5) occasionally higher, and my head voice comfortable gets to Bb5 often hitting soprano high C (C6). Having said this in my mid range I would identify as lyric baritone, due to tone and tessitura, ranging from A2-C5 (belting starting from an F#4) however in head voice I woukd class my self as more of a spinto tenor, possibly even lyric, due to lightness and ease. So as a whole I identify as a tenor. I also have a low whistle register that comfortabky gets F6. Any clarification to voice type would be appreciated. I’m 18 by the way.

  157. Hey im a girl. My vocal range from A#2 to C7. My lowest notes is quite weak. I can sing comfortably in B3 – C6. I can not belt very high in my chest voice. I could decently go C7 with my head voice sometimes. What exactly i am? My voice sounds like demi lovato.
    Thankyou Olga! Im 17 by the way

  158. Hello. I’m a female. I’m not exactly sure what my range is (according to this app I have, Pitchlab, I can go from G3 to A4), but I was labeled a soprano when I was in choir my freshman year, and a mezzo-soprano when I was in drama my junior and senior year. I’m not sure if I would be something else now since I’m older and my voice probably sounds different, but I was wondering, is it possible to further your range?
    There’s so many alto songs I love (like “When You’re Good to Mama,” “All That Jazz,” and a number of other songs), but I also really like really high soprano songs too. If I could expand my range— or at least figure out how to sing songs at my current level— that would be really cool.
    Do you have any tips?

    • Oh! If you reply, thank you in advance! 🙂

    • Well there are many things you could do.. I increased my head voice at least an octave by doing repetitive vocal excersizes everyday, sirens help out a lot. Be careful not to hurt yourself though :). Also you could just try dropping the octave to sing the notes you cant sing.

  159. hi guys I took a look at my voice im 17 male.I have operatic training my normal chest voice is e2-c6 maybe higher if I train very hard but my falsetto goes to c7 what vocal type am I?

  160. hi guys I took a look at my voice im 17 male.I have operatic training my normal chest voice is e2-c6 maybe higher if I train very hard but my falsetto goes to c7 what vocal type am I? I know I am a tenor but what sort of tenor am I? I can sing soprano

  161. Hi,

    I am 13, and I have etested that I have a vocal range of C2-Eb4 (can go as low as Bb1 on a good day), and my falsetto can only go up to G#4 (Bb4 on good days). Is this common for my age? From what I read above, this is common in older people, but for a 13 year old?

  162. My lowest note is G3 and my highest is B4. What am I classified as? I really want to sing in my schools musical 🙂

  163. I am 16 and I can reach D2.When I grow up will my voice go deeper or it may go higher?

  164. Olivia Orville Onet Johnson

    i really want to learn how to sing and what site can i download alto/contralto scores for practice.

  165. hi,i am 16 yrs old a female.What is Debbie Gibson vocal range when she sang Foolish Beat. Please answer me,i really need to know.Thanks

  166. Köves-Madarász Ráhel

    My vocal range is about Eb3 (or sometimes D3 or even C#3) to F6 (even G6) and I feel confortable in my top chest and middle voice. I am confused about my vocal type because my voice is middle deep and dark so I am not aware of if I am a high contralto or deep mezzo-soprano. Vocal tests I did showed both but one of my colleges who is a vocal coach said I am mezzo. I sing jazz mainly. Can you help me in this issue? Thank you very much in advance.

  167. Köves-Madarász Ráhel

    My comfortable range is E3 to E6. I just wanted to add it.

  168. Köves-Madarász Ráhel

    And I have a vocal break around A5 and B5.

  169. Hi! I’m a sophomore in high school and I am in my high school choir. Prior to this, I was in a youth choir offered in my city. I was apart of this for 6 years. For those six years I was a soprano and then last year my choir director had me move to being an alto. My vocal range is C3 (sometimes lower) to G6. I normally feel comfortable at both extremes of my range. Do you have any thoughts?

  170. Hey there, I’m female and I’m not quite sure what the correct term for my vocal type is.
    The lowest I can sing comfortable is D3 and the highest I can sing in chest voice is G5 but I can go as high as E6 (and arguably G6!) I’m able to sing Christina Aguilera songs with ease for example Hurt, but at certain times of the day I can sing Lana Del Rey songs and other lowing singing songs. I have also been told I have a unique tone to my voice, where I sound quite husky and, in my opinion, sort of rock-ish, I don’t know if this helps at all.
    Can anyone help me?? I’m kinda confused.

    • Oh I also forgot to mention, I have been in my school choir ever since I was 12, when I was younger I was classed as an alto, but now at 16, I’m one of the highest sopranos they have, I can sing both alto and soprano quite easily.

  171. Hi I’m a 11 year old girl my voice range is E3-G#6. I have no voice training other than a required school choir (I’m considered alto there but all the songs are in between Bb3 and E5) and another choir (I’m soprano, and the range is same as the other choir). My comfortable range is G3-A#5, but for some reason I can’t sing B5-E6 unless I hit it at random or am given a actual song with those notes, so I can’t sing it as part of a scale. I’m a utaite, and the highest pitched songs I’ve covered are the vocal synthesis songs Rolling Girl (Reaches around A5) The Umbrella Salesman (G#5) and Dark Woods Circus (B5). The lowest pitch is Trick and Treat (G#3) my notes lower than G3 are very whispery and barely audible. My high notes are weirdly loud and I can’t hum higher than A5 or lower than G3. What voice type am I?

  172. Hi, I’m am a 16 year old boy. I can belt a G#5 with ease but with a little strain I can belt and A5 but I can go to a D#6 in my head voice and I can reach an E7 with ease in my whistle register. So I am unclear to what my voice type is. Can you help me?

  173. Hello.could you or everybody here answer my question. I just wanna ask what type of voice does julia wu has? Could you give me the answer in detail? You can find her video in youtube.. You can try search on julia wu, julia wu x factor, or julia wu miss korea. I love her voice when she’s speaking and singing. I hope u can help me. Thank you.

  174. Hello. I am a male 12-year-old Soprano, and I can only go as low as Baritone. I’m looking for a Bass or Baritone singer to duet with, male or female I don’t care. If I can’t get a deepr singer, a female contralto would be acceptable.
    I plan to get singing lessons, join the choir when I attend Catholic School next year, and maybe even get into opera later in my life. Question: Does my vocal range make me a freak of nature?

    Thank you.

    • Ok, since you didn’t specify your vocal range, there is no way to know. Also here is no such thing as a male soprano, chances are one of two things. A) your voice hasn’t broke yet, therefore you’re a child treble or B) you’re a countertenor mimicking the voice of a female soprano. A) is far more likely

  175. Hello. I am a male. 24 years old. My lowest note produced was a C, two octaves bellow the middle C (sorry for not knowing well how to place the numbers after the notes, but I get really confused with naming them, as it changes a lot in everywhere I see it – so, continuing…) and my highest without falsetto was an extremelly painful F while warming up in my choir at full volume. So, what I want to ask you is something I’ve been noticing during four years:

    When I was 20, my lowest note was an F (two octaves below middle C). At 21, I figured out I could get one down, to the E… At, 23, I could get without any difficulty to the D… And, while I was rehearsing by my own pleasure Morten Lauridsen’s “Contre Qui Rose” (from Les Chansons des Roses), I figured out I was starting to reach the C# in the “au contraire’s – bass 3 part”. I’m not even in the middle of my 24s and I am perfectably confortable between the C# (two octaves below middle C) until the D above middle C. Of course I do have better spots to sing among these notes, yet, I’m in “no pain” in all of them.

    So, I would like to ask you the following: is it that my vocal range is going deeper as I grow older (because my father is a “house shaker”, he has really darkened sounds and “tough” voice, when he speaks and I want to be like him), or is it that my vocal technique has improved during these four years? And, could you tell me what am I? Some people say I am a bass, some say even I can’t be one because I’m brazilian and basses around here are rare, etc, so than I must be a baritone… Can you, please, tell me?

    My voice is dark, not as dark as my father’s, and I also can’t try to go to fast on singing or I’ll lose control and go out of tune, it is not so much agile, yet, I can match mine pretty well with him, but he can go a few notes lower than me, that is where I get sad while singing with him (hahaha).
    ps: in my opinion, my father goes like 4-6 tones lower than me.

    Thank You!

  176. Hi im a 15 year old boy.My vocal range is F2-sharp to F4 i can reach F5 with my headvoice what am i? a lyric bass or a baritone.please tell me 😀

  177. Hi im a 15 year old boy.My vocal range is F2-sharp to F4 i can reach F5-Sharp with my headvoice what am i? a lyric bass or a baritone.please tell me 😀

    • I’m not even sure if there is such thing as a lyric bass. But even if there is you’re definitely not that, you sound to me like a good old fashioned baritone.

  178. Hi Im 14 years old and Im wondering what my voice type is i can sing a range to F2-G5 or G#5 and idk what am I.Im comfortable singing high notes not the low notes all the time

  179. Hi, my name is juleah and I am 17 years old in high school and I wanted to know what voice do i call myself if I can hit every note there is to hit in singing.

  180. Hi I am a male and my question is. IS it possible to have different second passagios on different days? My vocal instructor tells me its eb4 but sometimes it is e4 or f4. My voice is warm and light. My present vocal teacher says Im a baritone. Another specialist told me I was a baritenor because Im not singing with an open throat and that my physical characteristics suggest I am some type of high baritone. I do have pleasant lower notes all the way down to c2 and my falsetto reaches a eb5 straining and probably a useful Bb5 to C5. How would you classify my vocal fach?

  181. hello everyone!! im 19 yrs/old at choir din po ako!

    guys tanong ko lang!
    pag ginagamit po ba yung lalamunan(throat) sa pagkanta? nakakaubo ba ito ??
    mas lalo na kapag ff(fortississ) o malakas na!!

    *kadalasan po sa amin puro maninipis lalo pag kumakanta? anu po ba yung ginagamit para kumapal ?

    then hingi din po ako ng advice kung paano turuan yung mga babae or lalaki sa pagkanta lalo na’t bago palang?
    kasi nahihirapan din pong magvocalization babae’t lalaki?

    —salamat 😀

    • What the hell is wrong with you? Ate some garbage on the way out before school this morning?

      • Hi I’m a 13 year old girl and I can sing from a D3 to a C6, but my voice sounds very airy on high notes (starting from E5).I’m in my school choir and I’m classified as an alto 2. I heard there’s a difference between alto and contralto so which am I?

  182. Hi. I’m a 17 year old. I can go down to a D2 (easily) and down an A1 in vocal fry. My chest voice goes up to an A4. I have belted up to a B4 but my voice was really strained. In head voice I can go up to a G5. Would I be a bass baritone or tenor? i don’t have a clue…

  183. Can anyone help me define my vocal type pls?
    I’m a 15 years old guy and I’m really bothered by my voice. I can reach a fine G#2 (can be used in my musicality) as well as C#5 (on a very good day). I also dont know if it’s a mixed voice I’m using. I can reach A2 – G#4 anyday regardless I can hit D6 with in headvoice/falsetto/whistle register (I don’t know, I’m sorry) but A6 at maximum. My choir teacher put me in the Tenor section though I’m still bothered. Please let me know my vocal type. 🙂
    Thank you in advance! 🙂

  184. Hi there! I am a girl, 16 years old, 17 in summer. I can go to C6 as my highest note, while I can reach a A2 as my lowest note (or to E6-G2 in I’m in a good day), without my voice straining or making a vocal fry. Can anyone tell me what is the type of my voice? ^^”

  185. Hello! My vocal range is from C1-C8. I can use falsetto and vibrato on all notes and I can produce it all with ease. Wha’ts my voice type?

  186. Hello, I am 15 years old and i’ve been singing for 1 year now . I wonder whether my vocal range is A2 -E#5 or A2 -E#4 i have really hard time getting down to this A2 and the E#5 or E#4 is belted but not strained My upper register sounds really bright and light . But my vocal coach told me that i lower one octave on Iron Maiden’s songs like Run to the Hills ,but not on Stairway to heaven. I am very confused what is my vocal range she told me it is A2 – E#4 but I don’t buy that , because when i was in choir i was always with the High voices plus she told me i have really big range and none of her students had this big range at my age most of her’s had something like B3 or strained C4

    • I think that in your country c3 is the middle C and so she maybe made a mistake with the run to the hills or stairway to heaven. But there is another option of all she did by now is basso profundo and you are just a little bit higher. Heh Just kidding this is not possible , basso profundo are so f*ckin’ hard to find. I am a choir teacher , trust me.

  187. Hello,
    I am a mezzo soprano with a vocal range of; E3 to A6.
    The tone colour of my voice is bright and sweet. The tessitura part of my range is the strongest (C4 to C5) and my lower register is the weakest part of range (E3 to B3).
    I’m wondering if anyone here would know what characteristic I would be.
    Thank you for your time.

  188. Hi Olga!
    I am not a classical singer. I just have a question for you.
    I have had a lot of conflicting professional opinions regarding my type of voice.
    Some say I am a contralto because of the low passagio I have. I switch registers pretty low for a female.
    On the other hand, my tone isn’t androgynous enough to be considered a contralto. However, I do sing in the contralto range.
    The recording software of my friend who recorded my voice has got me puzzled. It says I sing from the second octave to the fourth. I am a woman, like I mentioned, so I don’t believe that is true. I guess the software recognizes my third octave as a second one, and my fifth as the fourth.
    In that sense, my vocal range lies between D3 and D/E5. Anything upper than the fifth octave is extremely hard for me to do.
    I am trying to truly discover whether I’m a mezzo-soprano or a contralto. I would say maybe I am mezzo, because of my feminine tone, but at the same time, I really feel better the lower I go. Maybe I am a lower mezzo.
    I saw somebody mentioned a mezzo-contralto somewhere. Is that a real voice type? I can’t seem to find info about it on the internet.

  189. According to this, I am an alto, but I’ve been singing the soprano ensemble parts in my school’s musical. Should I switch to alto?

  190. Maddie Lancaster

    Hi! I have been wondering what my voice type is. My range is from C3-C6, With my middle register is smaller from E4-B4. I can sing low notes comfortably as well as high notes. The middle register is weak for me, but once i hit C5 and up or D4 and below I’m strong. I normally sing soprano in choirs and mezzo soprano for solo songs. What is my voice type?

  191. Hello !
    I’m a 13 year old kid who’s trying to learn how to sing rock music (mostly 80s rock).
    Ive never had any sort of lessons I would only sing along to singers (and never felt any pain except if my voice is dry or not warmed up).

    Over time I think my vocal range increased because it can reach both high bass notes and tenor notes.
    My vocal range in full voice is: E2-B5
    I can reach down to C#2 but its weak and sounds bad, my lowest usable clear note is E2.
    My whistle register once went up to F#6 but I prefer not to count it just because I often reach it by accident and can’t do it whenever I want to (i didnt get the technique)
    I almost never use falsetto because i find its too weak and it breaks a lot
    Anyways my range is E2 to B5 and I’d like to know my voice type please. My speaking voice is around G#2 to A#2 (which is pretty deep) so there are lots of chances that i’m not a tenor.
    On the other hand I can sing really high for a baritone, so it’s very confusing

    I also saw you could check the notes where your break occurs but I don’t have any (except in falsetto), So I just touch my sternum to feel if chest resonance is still there but it might be very wrong.

    My first “break” is around “B#3 or C4” Im not so sure; and my second “break” is around E4.

    I have no problem singing in head voice and I don’t feel any strain (until around A#5 maybe)

    So its all really confusing, there are lots of chances that i’m a baritone or a high baritone but i’d like to know your opinions.

    Thanks !

    • Also, just to precise something about my falsetto.

      Is it normal that I can go much higher in head voice than in Falsetto ?
      Or is it due to a lack of development of this type of voice ?

      Thanks !

  192. Hi, I’m from Spain and ‘ve been looking on internet the ranges and notes etc to find out what’s my range but it’s very confusing. I can C3 to G5 without falsetto and I don’t know what that means :'( lol Thanks in advance for your help!

    • Hello Melanie,
      It sounds to me like you would be a mezzo soprano.
      Although I could be wrong, as I don’t know where your tessiture (sweet spot) lies.
      If your tessiture is located at the end of your range, than you’d be an alto.
      If your tessiture is within the middle of your range than you’d definitely be a mezzo soprano.
      If your tessiture is situated at the end of your range than you’d be a soprano.
      I hope this is helpful.

  193. hello..
    i can sing E3 to C5
    my falsetto extends in Eb6
    and i can do some whistle notes up to d7 when my voice is rested
    ummm can you determine my vocal range??

  194. My comfortable singing range is B2 to A5 as a 13 yr old boy. What would I be?

  195. Hi, I’m Rhi. I have no idea what my vocal range is, but I think I’m something like alto. I can sing E3 to E5, but I can sing higher sometimes. I’ve been put with the altos in my choir, but I can sing the soprano part sometimes much better than the actual sopranos all put together.

  196. Hi ! I am 15 years old boy and i love singing.. I’ve always wondered if I sing right or and octave lower.. in the choir I always was with the high voices . My voice is d3-f#5 on a good day ( chest voice ) and I go upto d6 in head voice . My tone according to my friends and family is ”soft and thin”. Recently I started voice lessons and the teacher there told me that I am a tenor , but I am still not sure .. I love to sing high songs like Queen , Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin… I recorded myself quite a few times and on recording my voice sounds really thin… So my question is how can I be sure if I sing in pitch.

  197. Hi,
    I’m hoping someone can clarify something for me.

    My voice was recently described as having an ‘attractive’ voice and a heavy high soprano voice… can anyone shed some light as to which Fach this would be? I’m not sure of my Fach yet but this had me wondering. I was also described as have a ‘pure’ tone and again I’m not quite sure exactly how I should interpret this information as it came from highly respectable professionals.

    Thank you in advance.

    A confused soprano.

  198. Hello, I just figured out what keys I can sing but I don’t know what its called (I am D3 and E5)… Thanks!!

  199. Hey, could I get some advice?
    Would I be classified as a Baritone, or a Tenor?

    My vocal range as of now (I’m just picking up singing again from a 4 year hiatus, so hopefully it’ll expand as I continue on) is
    A1 to C4#, and my tessitura covers F2 to F3#.

    What confuses me is that my singing coach says my voice the tonal qualities of a tenor, but my vocal range sits sort of in the middle of Baritone and Tenor.. Any suggestions?

    • Whoops! I just noticed I read my keyboard wrong… (I use a compressed portable keyboard instead of a legitimate grand piano)

      Anyway, my full vocal range is actually A2 to C5#, and my tessitura is F3 to F4#

  200. Hello! I can sing c3-a6 comfortably and I was wondering what my vocal part would most likely be for audition purposes. Thank you! (:

  201. HI IM A 12 YR OLD BOY WHO has a vocal range of D2 to F5. when my voice drops will i be a bass ?

  202. Please help me understand! I am NOT asking for a determination of my voice type either! I’ve had singing lessons for a year, but when I started, I had an abnormal range; I could only sing from middle C (C4) to E4 comfortably, and sometimes sing up to G4. G#4 is my primo passagio. Now, I can comfortably sing up to C5, C#5 in most vowel/consonant sounds, and I’m currently working on D5 with great success. My teacher is driving me insane. She told me I was a mezzo when I first started, but I can’t sing below B3 without pain. She’s constantly pushing me to go lower and lower, but it’s so painful! She tried to get me to sing and sustain E3 last month. Everybody, mostly adults, say they can’t tell the difference between me and Shirley Jones and that I sound like Natalie Dessay (timbre, crystalline). I’m so frustrated, she’s constantly telling me to stop trying to hold out my higher notes because I’m “falling”, even though each time I come to her, I’m holding them out longer and longer successfully, and I’m so comfortable from around F4 and above now, esp. compared to going below that. I have trouble projecting from B3 – F4.

    Please, please answer. Is there a chance that she is wrong about my voice type? I feel that she is, but I’m inexperienced in singing! I want to know if I am automatically a mezzo because I didn’t have the range when I first started.

    Thank you very much.

    • I know I’m super late, but considering your uncomfortable past B3, I think you’re a Sopranino.
      What are you high notes, though?

  203. I am 22 and i love singing so much but i feel really dissapointed about myself. My chest voice can only hit it G4 and the lowest note i can sing is F2. It seems that my voice is a lyric barritone, that is so sad i cant sing such songs like o sole mio, nessun dorma… which is my most favorite songs

  204. thank you so much

  205. Hello, I am a 13 year old boy,and I am not sure what part I am. I can hit B2 flat in chest voice, when I am kind of straining, but C3 sharp, with no strain. My highest note without straining is C5, and E5 with strain. I transition into my chest voice at A3,and into my head voice at A4. Hopefully I can find out what part I am, now.

  206. I’m a 14 year old who has a range on vocal fry from G1 to a falsetto of G6 or C7 sometimes. So would I be a counter tenor or a higher voice of that
    (No Whistle Register 🙁

  207. I’m 13 years old and my lowest chest note is a D2, A1 when performing a vocal fry. Is this good if I want to become a low bass singer?

  208. my chest voice singing is from c2 to a 4 (head voice until eb5 ) my voice is soft, warm and can be strong on higher chest notes what kind of voice do i have ?

  209. I can sing the Phantom of the Opera theme song; the movie with Gerard Butler in it. I can’t sing as low as he does when he finishes his first part, so I sing it according to Christine’s vocal range. I have no idea how to sing off of a piece of paper so I don’t know what my range is, but I can hit with some ease the very highest notes (but not the ones at the very end). Actually, I haven’t tied them but a couple times, so maybe I could if I expanded my vocal range. I love singing but I’m very shy, so maybe if I knew my vocal range it would help me to find songs within that range to sing. By the way, I can also sing some pretty low notes. Thanks!

  210. I’m going to need a music professional to assess me, haha! I’ve always sung around the house or in my room but not a lot and I’ve never tested how high I can go because I don’t like others to hear me or to bother them. The only time I’ve ever been “tested” was in my high school choir and we just sang Do Re Mi Fa So Fa Mi Re, Do Mi So Mi Do, and he kept raising the piano tune higher and higher. I think he put me with sopranos but I on purposely sat with altos, feeling that there was NO way I could sing soprano anything (to my young mind, soprano was belting out high and very clear notes…I knew that wasn’t me, lol). Maybe it showed through though…I unfortunately left that school before even our first performance, which was to be the Star Spangled Banner, but he’d often stop us and look to the altos and demand to know who was singing soprano. There were a good thirty or forty of us (in the entire choir) so he never figured out who it was and I certainly wasn’t about to offer myself up to be moved into a category I just knew I would fail in (yeah, kicking myself down before I even started! I had no self-esteem back then, haha!).

    But now, I’m curious to know. I’m not going to be pursuing any kind of musical career but it’d be nice to have a classification to my voice to know what it might be capable of 🙂

  211. I spent so much time thinking I was a bass-baritone with a counter-tenor extension. But about 3 weeks I found out that I’m a Spinto bari-tenorino with an alto extension. And I cited this website for lots of the information I obtained to confirm this.
    I want to thank this website. I’m now training as a baritenor alto. It’s a different feeling because I spent 2 years training as essentially a bass/barite or and countertenor. It’s not hard sing higher but it takes Some stamina

  212. In my singing lessons my vocal coach wanted me to sing first soprano. I got there but everything was forced and I hated it. I still love to sing even though I wasn’t using my full potential I am an alto. my range now is E3-D5. Sometimes I can hit D#3 AND D#5 but it takes a lot of concentration and hearing the notes over and over. Singing is not about what notes you can hit it’s about your voice as a whole. Choir tells women they should be sopranos well at least mine did in high school so I didn’t know what I was. I don’t know my voice as a whole just yet but I know what notes I am comfortable singing and finding songs that fall within those notes.

    I love Karen Carpenter’s voice and found out I have her range! When I sing her music, I’m strong, confident, and have good projection. People also assume women who are altos will sound like men we don’t. Our voices are gorgeous but have a haunting and deeper sound then that of a soprano. There is depth to our voice

    I would say I’m a light lyric alto. My voice is pretty and it’s a little bit darker then a second soprano. When I go into the bottom of my voice has a deep depth to it but another interesting fact about my voice is all my life I was always told I was soft but when singing with my choir director he told me to do a siren and I did and he was woah “You have a powerful voice” never had I heard that.

    he also tested my range and said I hit tenor and soprano notes but I am most comfortable in the alto range. If you watch Glee i’d say right now my voice is like Diana Agron’s when I don’t know a song but when I do I shift into Jenna’s voice.

  213. Hi! I am a 16 year old boy who’s voice has already changed. I have a pretty light timbre on my high notes and rich low notes. My most comfortable range is probably from a B2-Bb4. I can maybe go down to an G2 in vocal fry as my low note, and to an Eb5 as my high note in full voice depending on how warmed up I am. My C5 are either really comfortable or really not. I don’t know if I’m a tenor or a lyric baritone. I’m pretty sure I’m a tenor and if I am what type?

  214. I’m a girl and my range is B2-A5. #1 is that normal? And #2 what would my voice classification be. Btw I’m 14 in case that helps. Thanks

  215. My range is (E3)F3-E6, my teacher has told me when I sing down low that my voice projects well and my voice is kinda dark at the bottom of range and light at the top of my range I project well. My voice is made for opera as many people have told me. I’m still in training and I am 18 years old. In choir I sing first soprano but every time we divided she would have me sing the F5 and G5 which she has told me that is my sweet spot. When we which from high notes to low notes I have noticed that I can change dynamics really well. What type of soprano am I?

  216. I don’t know what I am, I can go from C2 to G4(G#4 or A4 i think) in pure chest. I wanna know if i can belt C5 with mixed voice.In falsetto i can go to Bb5 without strain, but straining i can go to C6,so i believe my vocal range is C2-C6.By the way, my low notes are dark, my middle range is often heavy and mi higher chest notes are bright, sometimes light but not agile. My speaking range normaly is in the 3th or 4th range but when im bored in 2th. I would like my voice to be agile ,powerful and rich, also my voice is not connected and i want to controll the passagio.
    Sorry, I don’t speak english. Please answer this

  217. My range is from D3 to A5. I am a 14 year old girl. I noticed this was a huge range. I was wondering what voice type I would be?

  218. Hey, my range is c#3 to C7, but my voice is not like super bright. I sang 2nd soprano in my school choir 2 year ago. Then, my teacher moved me to 1st alto last year. Then, he moved me to 2nd alto this year again. I think the tone of my voice is dark when I speak, but when I start singing like from like a B4 the tone of my voice changes. It becomes a little brighter. I don’t know what my real voice type is. My sister’s voice is brighter than mine, but she can’t sing as high as me. Help me! I’m soooooo confused!

  219. I have a vocal range from C3-C6 but im more comfortable with singing high notes. Also when I can sing really low Im a soprano.

  220. My vocal range is from C3-C6, sometimes a bit higher. Im a soprano, even if I can sing really low. Im much more comfortable in higher notes and my voice sounds better in a higher range.

  221. Hello, I am 17 and male, I need help with my voice type. My range is from (E2), F2 – A4 – B5(I also have a whistle register that goes to G6) I can also mix pretty high to about an E5 or F5. I have 0 training lol, and I don’t know if I have a headvoice or a falsetto, but when I go up there I can feel the ring in my head but I heard it’s unlikely for a male to have a headvoice

  222. what would you say my vocal type is?
    Fry/Growls: C1-E2
    Strohbass/Fry mix: E2-A2
    Chest: A2-C4
    Middle: C4-F4
    Head Voice: F4-B4
    Mixed Voice: C4-B4
    Falsetto: C3-F6

  223. Hi… I’m a 12-year old girl with a pretty wide vocal range. I can sing from Eb3 to C#6 and occasionally higher than that, all the way to an E6. I am most comfortable from F3 to C#6. My choir teacher says I cannot yet be classified, so I don’t know my vocal fach. Can you tell me what my vocal fach is?

  224. More details about my voice:
    Chest Voice- E3 to G4
    Middle Voice- G4 to F#5
    Head Voice- G5- C#/D6
    My choir teacher has put me with the first sopranos on a part that goes up to an A5, which I can sing comfortably. Also, she said my voice will continue changing in the future… So any more help?

  225. I’m curious about my voice. My range covers pretty much anything, as it goes to about F2 to Bb5 without needing my falsetto, but it’s stamina and endurance I struggle with. If I’ve just woken up then I can extend much lower and can hit bass notes with ease and continue downwards into a vocal fry but this ability is lost later in the day. I don’t know why this happens. But I think I’m one of those Baritones said above who try to sing tenor parts and struggle with the melodies but I can hit some ridiculous notes in my chest voice. MY problem is that I have a passagio into my blend on the B4 and for some reason, that 1 note I just cannot sing. I can belt a Bb4 in my chest, or belt a C5 in my blend but I cannot sing on a B natural at all. I haven’t been able to find out why for years. It’s just like a cracking as if my body can’t decide what register to place it in. I can sing through it, but not on it… And I can’t fix it.

  226. I have never been able to really classify my voice properly so hopefully someone is able to see this and help me if at all possible. I am male and 17 years old at the moment.
    False chord voice technique(NOT VOCAL FRY-I HATE IT): G#0-G#1
    Chest voice: G#1-D4
    Head/mixed: D4-F4
    Falsetto: C3-F5

  227. how would you explain the differences between the voices of:
    Adele and Serena Ryder, vs Carly Rae Jepsen and Britney Spears/Ariana Grande?

    • I can explain Adele’s, Britney’s and Ariana’s.

      Adele: Lyric Contralto
      She has a very lachrymose voice with power that is carried throughout her entire range. Her chest voice delves into the lower third octave, and rises to the lower fifth. Her head voice is extremely cavernous and full, rising to a climactic G#5. Her tessitura seems to be A3 to F5, similar to other Contralto’s.

      Britney Spears: Soubrette
      She has a very thin, nasal, feminine and small voice, that can reach very high, but is very loose on it’s lows. She has good support, although it’s questionable when it comes to her lower notes. Her chest voice is thin, nasal and draggy, while her head voice/falsetto is light and quiet.

      Ariana Grande: Light-Lyric Soprano
      Phenomenal singer with excellent technique. Her lows are supported down to a G3, which is impressive for a Soprano. Light-Lyric no less. Her lows reach an Eb3, which is even more impressive. Her middle chest voice is feminine, light and supported. Her upper chest voice is her “WOW” factor, with amazing belts reaching B5, and Vibrato reaching G#5! She, as of now, can hit well supported and sustained Bb5 belts! Her falsetto is piercing, reaching an F6, and her Head Voice is full and clear, reaching a full rounded D6! Her flageolet notes are airy, disconnected but easy to access, reaching a C7 live. Incredible singer! (That I love A LOT <3)

  228. Hi I am Italian and my voice is slightly lyric soprano, but I am confused about vocal styles. I am not really sure what type I am, because I love singing t country-pop music. Does that affect anything as to what type of vocall I have.

  229. hi, miss Olga..
    I don’t know if you are still in this site or not..
    I just want to ask about my favorite vocalist vocal range n type..
    since I can’t classified him, n since he had a varient type n sing in many techniques, people debating about it, but I really want to know what professional say…
    I can’t attach the URL of his video, but the vocalist name is Kyo from the band Dir En Grey..the song I want u to listen are Diabolos, different sense, and kuukoku no kyuouon ft sugizo..I hope u didn’t mind to find it in YouTube yourself, I think its valueable cz his voice is not humanic..thank you…
    ah almost forget ..he is a experimental metal vocalist, I hope u didn’t mind.. thank you again …good day miss 🙂

  230. Hi I am fourteen and very confused. I am Italian so I have a light soprano voice, but I can sing perfectly with a country-pop song. Is there a difference between the two voices or is it just the same and I don’t realize it?

  231. Hiya! Name’s Cynthia.
    So, my total range is (B2)-C#3 to G#5-(D6)
    Vocal Fry: B2 to D4
    Chest Voice: C#3 to E4 (Anything below a Eb3 is quite foggy. Don’t know how to mix/belt yet)
    Middle Voice: E4 to A4 (I can bring it up at an Eb5 by ‘mixing’ it with my head voice. Very airy :l)
    Head Voice: A4 to G#5 (I can sing lower but it’s negligible. Also, above an E5 is pushed, I’m not well trained)
    Falsetto: A5 to D6 (I hardly ever use it, because of it’s extremely high placement haha ^^”)
    Tessitura: E3 to E5
    Tone: Bright and feminine (Chest, Middle, Falsetto), Full and Operatic (Head Voice)

    I’m barely trained, and I always sing ‘Alto’ in my A Capella group. I have extensive knowledge on vocal pedagogy, but I can’t classify myself properly. I can definitely classify others, though :P.

    Thankies, sunflower <3

    • Great comment every detail included. The tone tells lots. Because of the tone you are not an alto. An alto has a rich and deep tone. You’re most likely a Dramatic Lyric Mezzo-Soprano. After you get trained you’ll probably be able to sing that C#3 comfortably and hit A5 with head comfortably.

  232. Hello.
    My name is Dina and I’m 16 years old.
    Recently I watched the movie version of the phantom of the opera, the movie was so amazing and I loved it so much that a few days later i started singing the songs around the house and my family and friends were very surprised by my singing voice.
    I’m not sure about my voice type , too be honest I know nothing about it all.
    however a few weeks ago I went to a singing class and nearly all of the teachers who heard my voice compared it to the singer Jackie Evancho and though I’ve never had singing lessons they asked me to join multiple choirs.

    Can you please tell me what type my voice is? and also tell me how am I able to follow classical singing ?
    plus if the info can help you I can already sing all songs of phantom of the opera however English is not my mother language.

    I look forward to your replay
    please answer my question using my Email please don’t ignore it!!!!!!
    Kind regards

  233. Hi, I’m sunny and my vocal type is tenor. I can sing high and low notes mixed together. But I don’t know if I can do falsetto, how can I find out.

  234. Hello! Im a 15 year old girl and can sing an E3 to G5 comfortably in chest voice (it gets painful nearing E3) and can reach a C/D6 in a strong head voice. I flip up to head voice at A4, and am struggling to find my mixed voice/belt. What classification could i fall into?

  235. Hello! Im a 15 year old girl and can sing an E3 to G5 comfortably in chest voice (it gets painful nearing E3) and can reach a C/D6 in a strong head voice. I flip up to head voice at A4, and I currently am struggling to find my mixed voice/belt. What classification could i fall into?

  236. I’m a 15 teen year old that loves trying to sing, but however my voice doesn’t sound right. I’ve never had any singing lessons, but I plan to go to college and become a professional singer. When I try to sing my mom tells me I sound like a broken record. Do you need singing experience before you go to college to become a singer?

    • Your mom doesn’t sound very supportive.

      Also, usually there is an audition for these types of programs, so in essence you need experience but not exactly professional performing experience, however it’s always good. My suggestion is to always look for opportunities; join your school’s choir if they have one, join a local singing group if they’re looking for members, and PRACTICE as much as you can. Also, get informed on singing and music as a profession: what a note is, an octave, pitch, key, A’ Cappella, etc.

      Hope I helped!


  237. Hello Ms. Banis,

    I’m a 16 year old male obsessed with singing (especially A’ Cappella) and I need help expanding my range.

    Normally, my range is that of a Bass/Baritone, which is Eb2 to F5. However, I’d love to sing lower. Simply singing a C2 naturally would be amazing, as I can only hit it late at night or early in the morning, though it’s powerful (but then again, my voice is generally powerful). I want to be able to hit this all the time, and possibly expand my range lower than that. Any tips at all would be helpful, or perhaps remedies that can aid in singing a lower note (I have tried lemon and other citrus in water, and have been advised of but have not yet tried gargling a 1/2 teaspoon of salt and some water).

    I like to think that my voice is not completely mature yet, as my speaking voice often sounds like that of a Countertenor, speaking from D3-F3 on a normal day. I am very involved in my high school choir and sometimes take extra lessons from my director, who has a Master’s Degree in Music Studies.

    Again, any help or advice at all would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much for your time.


  238. Hey there i am a 17 year old guy and my vocal range is G3 to A5 .Is it a good vocal range and is it normal for a guy to be a Mezzo Soprano .this vocal range includes falsettos too.Please help..


  239. Hello Olga,

    My name’s Georgy, I am a 17 year old guy. I have no training in singing and just sing for fun.
    Usually my lowest note is E2, though I can hit D2 on a very good day.
    My highest note in full voice is B4, I also can sing notes up to G#5 in falsetto with relative ease.
    Overall my tone is smooth, without any rasp. My lows sound like proper baritone lows, while my highs are more tenorish.

    So, what classification could I fall into? I am unable to classify myself due to lack of knowledge, but I would like to know.


  240. Hi, my vocal range is from a C2 (lowest chest note) and i have a whistle register is up to a Bb7 what voice classification does that exactly put me in approximatley. I was told i am a bass baritone.

  241. Very informative article! The only question I have is … why are tenors male? As a female, I’ve always found it easier to sing from c3 to c5. Would be interesting to see a female tenor around.

  242. hey I am George…I am classified as a tenor in my choir but whenever I hit d high notes,my voice strains.Am I really a tenor or a baritone?

  243. My 16 year-old daughter has a range from E3-F6. She sings most powerfully in her lower range but her upper range is really coming in. She is singing with first sopranos in her choir. Some directors say she is a mezzo and others fist soprano. How do you know?

    • Thanks for saying that she’s most powerful in her lower range, it will put everything in way. She is a Coloratura Mezzo Soprano, but for now of course! Her voice will keep changing until she’s around 21-22. And when it’s over, she’ll be a Lyrical Mezzo with a C3-C6/D6 range I guess.

  244. Help! I’m really struggling to identify with a single voice part. I’ve been singing for awhile, and at first I was named a soprano. My head voice is strong since I’ve had voice lessons except I’ve had both classical and musical theater centered training and have sung tenor, alto, mezzo, AND soprano in multiple settings. I began singing more with musical theater and I sang soprano 1, not belting of course but I could shape my sound to be forward, but not nasal. I can belt to an D6 on a good day, if not a good day I can comfortably hit an E. I don’t know if the training I’ve received has given me a strong middle range, similar to a mezzo’s or what, because my voice gets a little more rich the lower the note. Recently, my chorus director in school has placed me in the soprano 2 section, yet I currently sing soprano 1 elsewhere. My range is an E3-D7 so I’m extremely confused… Help!! I don’t want to ruin my voice by singing a part incorrectly. Also, I have a hard time telling someone my voice part because it seems so complicated, so I always answer “anything you need me to” but I would like to have a more concrete answer than that :/

  245. My lowest note is that of an alto’s (E3) and my highest note is that of a mezz-soprano’s (A5). What would that make me? An alto or a mezzo-soprano?

    • That would probably depend on whether you have a lighter or darker sound, and are more comfortable in your lower or higher range. If you have a lighter sound and are more comfortable singing higher notes, than you are likely a mezzo-soprano. But if you have a darker sound and are more comfortable singing lower notes, than you are more likely an alto. Hope that helped!

  246. Hello! I’m a 14 year old girl and my rage is from C3 to A5 (or C5 without including my head voice). I can’t sing most of my favourite female singers’ songs unless I use my head voice but I can go as low as most of the male singers I listen to. I have no idea what my voice would be classified as. Any help would be nice. Thank you!

  247. hi i cant find out what voice i have i can sing pretty low but pretty high plz help

  248. Hi i am not quite sure is i am a alto or a soprano. the lowest i can reach is the D note above lower C . and i can reach little bit higher than upper C.can someone help me?

  249. Hi, I’m 15 and in my school choir, I have the widest range by far- A2 up to G6, which is wider than my music teacher.

    Oh, and did I mention that I’m female and there is literally no strain in reaching these notes. How would you define this range?

  250. HIII, I’m very confused, I’m a 16 years old and my vocal range is from G3-G6, I go from G3 to G5 in full voice, and use my falsetto from G5 to G6, what is my voice type? I’m a countertenor ?,will i keep my vocal range? would greatly appreciate your response, PS: I LOVE SINGING SO PLEASE REPLY!

  251. Im a 18 year old male who’s voice has been the same ever since sixth grade, my speaking voice usually spans in between the higher 3rd octave and the lower 4th octave. My lowest notes usually stay at a D2 or and E2 and go up to G2 these notes all being very weak but well supported. My chest range, upper and lower, spans from A2 to A4, then my mixed chest/head voice spans Bb4 to F5, my head voice is where I find a lot of strength and resonance with a good ringing and spin to it, it spans from A4 to D#6. Recently however, I discovered, while singing Caro Nome jokingly with my soprano friend, I was able to maintain an upward arpeggio from A5 to F6 with the F6 having a beautiful ringing to it, my friend telling me that I had just used my whistle register. I went to test my range and found that I have a whistle register spanning from D6 to E7. What am I?

  252. Hi guys! I’m Dylan. I’m a 13 year old boy who can normally sing A3-C7 but on good days I can sing G3-D#7. I think I’m a countertenor because of range but I’m not sure. My low notes are soulful and smooth while my high and belted notes are bright and clear. Please help!

    • At the age of 13, you’re most likely not a counter-tenor because chances are your voice hasn’t fully broken yet, so you would still have a child voice type.

      • Hi my voice is much like Adele soooo
        i dont know what voice range my voice is if i sing like Adele

  253. Hello!
    What about a contralto range but a mezzo timbre,tessitura,etc?Female,almost 16 don’t really Know my top notes as I’m not a trained singer. I do however Know that the lowest note I can kind of comfortably sing is F3 (bad tecnique as well as sinusitis,allergies,GERD,etc make singing very uncomfortable).The high notes are my biggest weakness,and I find the middle notes to be the most comfortable to sing…Could I be a dramatic mezzo or some sort of mezzocontralto?confused xD

  254. Hey! I’m female but, according to this website and several others, I’m a tenor because I CANNOT hit higher alto notes. Would I be considered a low alto or a tenor? Just wondering.

  255. Hi please identify in what voice type my voice belong i am a male i’m 12 years old and going 13 for the next 1 month this is my vocal range

    Lowest note: D3
    Highest note in full voice : G#4 (sometimes when pushed it goes up to B4)
    Highest note in falsetto: E5
    Highest note in Head voice: G5

    My tessitura lies at: C4-G#4
    The timbre of my voice is: rich, powerful
    on its weight when i sing a note in C4-G#4 is heavy when i go up to A4-B4 it sounds lighter

    pls reply MS. OLGA

  256. I usually sing soprano II in choir but my choir director said that she’s also willing to put me on soprano I if she really needs me to because I can sing up to a D6.
    I’m a 16 year old girl and my full range is about a F#3 to a D#6
    My tessitura is about B3-G5
    I’ve been described by my choir director as having a very big voice but I’ve been told by my voice teacher that my voice is very light and bright.
    I don’t know whether I’d be considered a soprano or a mezzo

  257. Matthew Jonathan G

    HI I am a male.I have completed 13 years and 14 running now.My Vocal range is F2(Which is Quiet and Soft) to B4(by straining).In 12 years,I was a tenor,and a baritone when i was 13.My neck’s height is also slightly long.Can i become a bass at least at 15 years?Im giving my parent’s email.

  258. Hello, my name is Olaoluwa. I want to know what notes an alto should sing in a song when a soprano is singing a song that starts with doh. What should tenor too sing.

  259. Sean Rkayne Caballero

    Hello, my name is Sean. I have a vocal range from E2-E6 but i dont know what is my voice type, and also im a boy, 11 years old. Please help me about this. Thanks.

  260. I have a vocal range of E2 to C6.. Where does that put me?

    • im a female..

    • I feel like that puts you wherever you want to be put. Just sing wherever you feel the most comfortable. I’m also female and have a vocal range of C3-C6 so I can relate to the confusion. Personally, I go soprano, but that’s just where my voice feels the best for me

  261. Amelia Delaware Earlescent

    Hi. I’m female and an alto. A couple of years ago, my music teacher had trouble trying to teach me a new song because I used to keep singing F sharps. When it was other notes, I would be singing F sharps but when we were singing F sharps I would hit the note perfectly. He had to change the guitar pitch. What does this mean?

  262. So.. i’m 17 years old and my vocal range is Eb2 up to F#4.. I can hit up to C2 in the morning and C#2 when i’ve been warming up a lot (even though it’s a bit forced)… So I was wondering what’s my voice type and will I grow to get lower than this since i’m in an A Cappella group and i’m considered their “bass”

    Thank you!

  263. Hiiiii…Im 18years old…….when i sing, my voice ranges from a rougly a F#3 to a A5… when I get the flu I can hit a B5 natural… I’m a tenor in my choir but would love to know from you which voice category or type do i fall under…

    Have a Great Day… : )

  264. Hiiiii…Im 18years old…….when i sing, my voice ranges from a rougly a F#3 to a A5… when I get the flu I can hit a B5 natural…this is when i soprano…lol…however I’m a tenor in my choir but would love to know from you which voice category or type do i fall under…

    Have a Great Day… : )

  265. Hi everyone. I’m 16 yrs old male. My vocal range is from G3 to D5. Could someone tell me which type of vocal i have?

  266. Hi, I’m almost fourteen. I’ve been wondering if I’m an alto or not. I can sing really high, not whistle tone high though and pretty low too. My range is a3 to f5. What voice type will I fall under. Please reply

  267. My voice is also a bit raspy.

  268. Hello. I´ve been singing in a choir since January 2015 as soprano / Mezzo. Recently they changed the director and now this new one changed me to the Alto range. I´m deeply confused and honestly sometimes I think I feel I can´t quite get that low. Is it possible that the director messed up? What should I do?

  269. I’m a guy and I’m 16. I want to know what’s my vocal type.
    My lower note in chest voice is D2 (C#1 using fry), the highest Bb4 but once (a few months ago) I mixed some B4s,C5s and C#5s but know I can’t reply these notes (p.s. My voice has already changed from a child one). Could I learn how to always reach those notes? Anyway my highest whistle is A6 and my highest head voice is D6. My comfortable range is F2-G#4-E6. HELP ME. WHAT AM I?

  270. I’m 17 and my range is D2 – F#4… but my low notes don’t sound like a true bass yet.. am I really bass? I have to admit my lower range sounds way richer than a baritone’s but not as rish as a bass

  271. I’m male
    my lowest is E3
    my highest is G5
    What is my vocal range. Someone help me pls 🙁

  272. Hi, I recently auditioned for a singing solo at my school but they said that they were searching for voices that had a sense of attitude and confidence. Before I was auditioned they checked out my voice range they said that my Top note was ‘G3’ and my Bottom note was ‘F5’. So what voice range am I exactly in?? Please tell me!

    • So I’m no amazing singing expert, but I’ll give you my slightly knowledgeable opinion. First off, you have your top and bottom notes the wrong way around. F5 is higher than G3. If we swap those to the right way round, then I would guess (keep in mind this is a guess) that you would be most comfortable with alto

  273. Hi, im actually a countertenor. My voice coach has classified me as a countertenor, My range is D2-B5-A6-Bb7, everyone is always surprised when I start singing because I can reach notes that are really high. Im glad I found your page, it is so helpful!

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  275. Hi Olga 😀
    Am male and 17 turning 18 next March (in 2017). Well i have always loved singing (since four, as far as i can remember and only sing-alongs at that). I actually possessed a more girlish voice then, up until i turned 14-15 when i was forced by my peers to try and phonate some bass tones as a way to show am actually a boy (which i really regret ever conforming to 🙁 ) I started singing at church at around age 5 to 7, but stopped and went about singing to myself or just for the fun of it. I joined the school choir at 14 when i went to high school as a boarder, singing with the sopranos. I could really hit high notes then until i unfortunately stopped and graduated. Now am at home and doing the sing-alongs again to popular music (trying to explore my chest voice, which, is now a bit like a countertenors) though my lowest without strain is a G#3 and the highest in the chest (if am to sing to my own songs or in my own way and feels way more of a mix) seem more of around D5 or higher. i can go higher but feel strained unless i use a more classical approach (that is to sing like a soprano), phonating well above the fifth octave into the sixth, though not as a coloratura soprano. Plus, i even doubt i have a falsetto (can’t even sing Adele’s own in Someone like you).
    Actually, the main reason for this whole stacked up words is to ask what voice type i am.
    Thank you.

    Also, I’d like to know, is it compulsory for sopranos ( both males and females) to sing classicals in their chest voice, cos i know a girl, from the high school choir who sang in a more head-falsetto like sound, way lower (in volume) than her talking voice?

  276. If my vocal range is B2-B4 does that make me an tenor or baritone, I’m confused

  277. My range is a D3-A5. What voice type am I?

  278. I had 2 music teachers they both classified me as tenor is that a good thing? I mean when they say it they have happy facial expressions

  279. Hi. Is it possible that I can reach the highest note of tenor? So far I can do F4.

  280. Hannah the Musician

    I would say I’m a Mezzo-Soprano, seeing as I have a darker tone, but my range is E3 to F5. I really can’t get any higher than F5, but I’ve never really tried.

  281. Hi
    I’m 16 yr ( male ) and my vocal range is F2-A5 and my teachers classified me as a countertenor. Which i don’t know yet ,and when i hit the high notes is I usually crack or it’s weak and note supported. My teacher told me that i need to control my breath and squeeze my stomach to push so i can able to sing the notes. I’m quite confused.

  282. This is quite interesting to me. I sing soprano in choir quite easily, but I feel like I could branch out more. My vocal range is currently C3-C6, although I’m working on extending my range higher and lower. The problem with that is that I’m not sure if I should. Neither end of my range really strains me but I would hate to get vocal damage by pushing it too much further

  283. Hi,

    I was just wondering, what would I technically classify as? I can sing a D3 at the bottom of my range (I had to learn this note for a song last year) and I can go up to E6 using the whistle register. D3 is slightly uncomfortable but E6 is perfectly fine for me, except that it requires a lot of air, and I often get a bit short of breath at the ends. I’ll need a few song recommendations (preferably more Broadway style songs and classical music, rather than modern music). I’ve been planning on choosing the title song from Phantom of the Opera, but is it suited for my voice? Thanks!

    Thanks in advance!

  284. Hi. I sing in the choir at my church as a soprano. But 2 years ago I was singing in that same church as a alto. But I want to learn more about music and how to sing properly so i decided to download this app to test my range and it said I sing between C3 – D5. So now I’m confused as to what type of voice is mine. Please help me… my leaders say my voice is strong and a little deep. What am I ?

  285. hey there i can go as low as an A1 with vocal fry B0 C5 without strain if I go to falsetto

  286. I’m just curious though. I’m a teenage girl. I can vocalize from a E3 to an A6 or sometimes higher because I frequently use the whistle register when I sing different arias and pieces. I’m just curious, because I often use a mix of whistle register and head resonace on notes starting from E6 to A6 or maybe higher, does it count as my range or does it not? I’ve read that only natural head resonance usually counts in singing but I’ve also heard that the whistle register can count towards range.

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  288. I’m a 17 years old girl. My full vocal range is C#3-D6, but my “no-straining” range is D#3-D5 (breaking into falsetto around A4). I also have a light, bright tone with slight metallic twang on more powerful notes, so what kind of alto I am? I find it hard to find song suiting my type of voice. Light voices are usually too high for me and vocals matching my range appear to be much heavier sounding than my own…