Voice Types

What Type Of Singing Voice Do You Have?

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A voice type is a particular human singing voice identified as having certain qualities or characteristics of vocal range, vocal weight, tessitura, vocal timbre, and vocal transition points (passaggio), such as breaks and lifts within the voice. Other considerations are physical characteristics, speech level, scientific testing, and vocal register. A singer's voice type is identified by a process known as voice classification, by which the human voice is evaluated and thereby designated into a particular voice type. The discipline of voice classification developed within European classical music and is not generally applicable to other forms of singing. Voice classification is often used within opera to associate possible roles with potential voices. Several different voice classification systems are available to identify voice types, including the German Fach system and the choral music system among many others; no system is universally applied or accepted.

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  1. If you can comfortably sing along with this scale, you are a bass: 00:34

  2. If you can comfortably sing along with this scale, you are a tenor: 01:26

  3. If you can comfortably sing along with this scale, you are a soprano: 02:52

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  1. Tim Storms holds the world record for deepest voice. 00:01

  2. The man with the deepest voice in the world can hit notes lower than the human ear can hear. 00:10

  3. Tim Storms can sing notes eight octaves below the lowest note on the piano. 00:25

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  1. According to author William Vennard, singing is not a "natural skill," but an art. 00:34

  2. Approximately 95% of people can understand the concept of pitch. 01:43

  3. Certain genes have been linked to musical ability. 02:59

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