Mitko, age 15 says: Me again, sorry if I’m getting annoying.
So right now my voice has changed more and my full range without falsetto is the 3rd B below middle C to the G above middle C. My singing range goes from 2nd F below middle C to F just above middle C. My favorite range (very comfortable) is from the 1st C below middle C to D just above middle C. I still have a lyric tenor sounding which stops and becomes a deep bass sounding at the 2nd E below middle C to the lowest part of my range which I don’t use and I struggle to produce notes any lower than D2. I think I said one of my questions that my vocal teacher told me that I’ll be high baritone or dramatic tenor when I grow up. I’ve been there since like 7 months so he told me that he knows where my voice is going. My range is the same as the one of a bass-baritone, but my comfortable range and stamina don’t match it. My head voice starts at E or D above middle C. The usual notes I speak with are from E to E below middle C. What do you think I’ll become? And can anyone learn how to sing with a lot of practice?
ANSWER: Mitko, don’t apologize when you have genuine questions. It is well that you get “informed” answers to help you think rightly.
You have given a good deal more information this time than previously. That is helpful. Let me commend you for describing plainly and carefully:
1. Your ENTIRE range (growl through squeak) [low low B to high G]
2. Your possible singing range [low F to high F]
3. Your tessitura (comfort range) in which stamina is not a issue – seems to be in the upper middle part of your vocal compass: “C below middle C to middle C or the D above.”
4. Your comfortable speaking pitch, left me a bit confused “E to E below middle C”. This needs clarification because I suspect you don’t mean ONE NOTE! This makes a big difference if the low E is two octaves below middle C. But if you’re referring to the octave surrounding middle C, well that presents a very different scenario. I am going to guess, but I will need you to confirm whether I’ve gotten it correct or not, that you are referring to the E’s that surround middle C; the low E being a minor 6th below middle C and the upper E being a major 3rd above middle C. I guess this to be so based on the observation of No. 3 as well as No. 5.
5. the approximate note(s) where you move into “head voice”: D or E above middle C.
6. You are 15 years of age with a lyric quality.
BASED ON THE INFORMATION YOU HAVE GIVEN ME, but without me ever having heard you I venture to tell you the following:
You, knowing your own voice, as you have described, is MOST important. Well done. While it is not unusual for a young man to have a wide range, from “growl to squeak”, it is unusual for a boy of 15 to have arrived at his full potential range as reflected a decade or more later. Although your singing range is two octaves already, it would be VERY unusual for a low-voiced young man to be comfortable singing middle C or much above – and you are comfortable up to F above already. If I understand your comfortable speaking pitch area correctly – you are speaking as a tenor would. Also, the notes at which you find yourself moving into head voice are higher than most baritones and all basses at age 15. Baritones will find in later years that this may coincide with their move into head on some vowels, but not at age 15. At 15, 99% of all singers are “lyric” so that is not surprising.
I would say that what you describe appears to be “a tenor in formation” – and at the very least, a lyric baritone. Still, allow your voice to indicate to you, as time goes by in what direction it is growing.
Best wishes to you Mitko.