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What’s My Exact Voice Type

My voice instructor told me I’m a lyric baritone, does this mean I can singer tenor also?




Hey Lawrence,

That’s tough for me to say, because everyone’s voice is different. I was trained as a lyric baritone when I was in high school and college, but in certain genre’s of music, I can easily sing tenor as well.

…I think that’s one of the reasons I don’t really like the idea of boxing solo singers into voice parts. If you have the notes, or can work on developing them, why limit yourself?

Since I’ve left school and started working on developing my voice through other places, I’ve discovered a range that I never would have thought was possible (and others may have likely told me was impossible or unhealthy). Just last night I was playing with my whistle voice and singing E’s above soprano’s high C’s, and I’ve easily sang down to the lowest note of the piano while using vocal fry.

I say this not to brag, but merely to suggest that perhaps voice parts are unnecessary, except when choosing which parts to sing in ensemble work.

Regardless, keep playing with your teacher in the baritone range. See how well they bring you along. If you continue to grow in a direction that you’re wanting, awesome!! If not, then maybe it’s time to try something new. I did this for a while, and learned tons of things when I studying voice during this point of my life. Some of those things I still think are good ideas, and some things I’ve let go and have expanded upon.

It’s all about discovering what works for you… I just don’t accept limits very well ;-)

Anyway, I know I didn’t offer a specific answer for you, but I hope I’ve given you plenty to contemplate. As a final thought, I want to say this… Discovering more and more about your voice and it’s abilities can be an exciting journey, and the more you learn, the better you’ll get. So don’t be afraid to continue looking for more and more ways to get better.

I hope this helps, and wish you the best of luck along your vocal journey.

Vocal Coach Ken Taylor

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