What are the male voice ranges?
- The voice from childhood to adulthood.
|alto (contralto)||a high male or low female voice||Janet Baker, Kathleen Ferrier|
|tenor||a high male voice||Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jeff Buckley|
|baritone||a medium male voice||Bryn Terfel, Elvis Presley|
|bass||the lowest male voice||Willard White, Paul Robeson, Barry White|
- Major Category – Voice Types by Range and Tessitura
- Soprano is the highest female voice type.
- Mezzo-Soprano is the second highest female voice type.
- Contralto is the lowest female voice type.
- Tenor is the highest male voice type you will find in a typical choir.
- Baritone is the most common male voice type.
- As a rule of thumb, usable range is typically about two octaves. It's usually less for an untrained singer, possibly more for a trained singer. Falsetto can add another fifth or more to a male voice -- a generous estimate would have it adding no more than an octave.
- Lowest and Highest Sung Notes – Guinness World Record. The piano has 88 keys, the highest note playable is a high C, often referred to as C8. For a long time, Maria Carey was credited with the highest note – a G7 during a 2003 rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.
There are basically 3 voice types for females and 4 voice types for males in the realm of classical singing, and they are as follows:
- 1) Male Voices – Countertenor, Tenor, Baritone, Bass.
- 2) Female Voices – Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Contralto.
- Katherine Jenkins is a mezzo-soprano. Contralto. Also known as alto, the contralto is the lowest female voice and a true operatic contralto is rare, so much so that roles intended for this voice type often go to mezzo-sopranos. The typical contralto range lies between F3 (just below A3) and F5, just above A5.
- Definition and background: Term that distinguishes one style of vocal music from another. Among the many different vocal styles, there are: sacred, secular, Baroque, Classical, Renaissance, Romantic, solo, choral, operatic, madrigal, jazz, pop., etc.
- Bass (vocal range) A bass is a type of male singing voice and possesses the lowest vocal range of all voice types. According to The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, a bass is typically classified as having a range extending from around the second E below middle C to the E above middle C (i.e., E2–E4).
Updated: 30th September 2018