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Should I Sing in High Voice or Low Voice?

Hello!  I am confused about finding my ideal range to sing most songs because I feel comfortable singing in a low voice or a high voice (I have had voice lessons in the past and have been told I have a 2 1/2 octave range) but I struggle as a new singer in what octave to sing.  I can sing for instance Dolly Parton’s songs in the same octave as her or Adele songs in her lower voice.  But I would like to figure out for myself which octave is best for me so I do not strain my voice either and sound good.  Thanks for any tips!  Also my high soprano voice doesn’t have as much power as my lower voice….is there exercises or a way to add power to my high voice?  Thank you!

When it comes to the question about where you should sing a song, I’d suggest singing wherever you feel most comfortable. Also, I’m not usually overly shy about changing the key to a song as long is it doesn’t take away too much energy from it.

I would like to add that one of the things you definitely want to be working on developing now that you’ve expanded your range to around 2.5 octaves is finding your mix voice. A mix voice will allow you to connect your chest (low) and head (high) voice, giving you one connected sound. You can find out more about a mix voice here –

I sang for over a decade before I found a teacher that could show me how to get into my mix voice. Once I made that discovery, I went from being able to sing 2 octaves connected (though forced on both ends) to over 5 octaves. It’s crazy how big of a difference that made with me.

If you’d like more guidance on how to achieve a mix, I can recommend a product or two, or even do a lesson or two with you via skype. Just reply to the email that sent you here if you’d like more information.

I hope this helps, and best of luck along your vocal journey!

~ Vocal Coach Ken Taylor

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