- Below are descriptions of vocal ranges to help you identify your own.
- Remember, every voice is different.
- Find a key to sing in that is comfortable for you, and allow your range to expand a little at a time.
- Note: 'Timbre' is a term used by musicians to refer to the quality of the singer's tone.
|Common Voices||Description||Timbre||Vocal Range|
|Soprano||High female voice||Bright, clear and free||G below middle C to anywhere above high C|
|Mezzo Soprano||Middle female voice||Thick and rich||E below middle C to at least high C|
|Alto or Contralto||Low female voice||Deep and chesty||D below middle C|
|Tenor||High male voice||Light, colourful, and flexible||B an octave below middle C, and up to high C or D (or above)|
|Baritone||Middle male voice||Thick, rich, and creamy||G or F an octave below middle C, to F or G above middle C|
|Bass||Low male voice||Dark, heavy, and voluminous||E (or lower) an octave below middle C, to E or F above middle C|
|Coloratura||A singer, usually soprano, who sings ornamental passages in music|
|Countertenor||The highest male voice, also called alto, which is often falsetto|
|Bass Baritone||The highest male voice, also called alto, which is often falsetto|
|Basso Cantante||A high bass voice suitable for solo singing|
|Basso Profundo||A deep bass voice having a compass of about two octaves above C below the bass staff|
|Heldentenor||A tenor with a powerful dramatic voice well suited to heroic roles|