The term ‘singer’ is obviously not only limited to a woman but, today our main concern will be to know all about singing voice types female. Many singers want to determine their singing type, but it is not an easy task to do so. But, to become a good singer, you need to know your voice type so that you can have your masters in that type. Today, we will help you with how you can find out your own voice type. Before we start, in this process, you need a lot of determination, studies regarding the various types and examining yourself. So, clearly this won’t be an easy task to achieve, but keeping on with it will surely help you in determining your voice type.
Characteristics in determining the voice type you belong to
There are various “features” you can say, on which the type of voice depends. Before you jump on to studying the different voice types to know you fall in which type, examining yourself through these following features are necessary. Below are the characteristics which will help you determine your voice type.
1. Range: Range is defined as the notes produced by your body.
2. Weight: The term ‘weight’ refers to light voice, agile voice and bright voice, heavy voice, powerful voice, rich voice and dark voice.
3. Tessitura: Tessitura is the specific measure of the range that your body is comfortable with.
4. Timbre: Timbre can be explained as the voice quality which is unique.
5. Transition Points: Transition points are the specific points from where the voice can easily be changed from chest to middle and head register.
6. Vocal Registers: Vocal registers illustrate how a register extended can be.
7. Speech Level: Speech Level is known as the range of speaking.
8. Physical Characteristics: Special characteristics which depend on the physique of your body.
Now when you have a clear idea of the different “features” or characteristics you possess in order to determine your own voice type, without further ado, let us straight head to the major category of the different voice types.
The Major Category of the different voice types
The major category of the different voice types includes the voice types Soprano, Contralto, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass, and Countertenor. Let us now these different voice types so that you can identify for yourself in which voice type you belong to.
1. Soprano: This is known as the highest type of female voice. There are further divisions of Soprano, namely Lyric Soprano, Coloratura Soprano, Soubrette and much more. These basically differ in the vocal timbre, vocal quality, vocal weight and vocal agility. Generally, anyone belonging to the Soprano group vocalizes from around B3 to C6. However, if you are a Coloratura Soprano when your range is much higher than what is required to reach F6, G6 and much more.
2. Mezzo-Soprano: Following Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano is the second highest type of female voice. When present in a chorus, the Mezzo-Sopranos always sing along with the Sopranos to maintain that level and are commonly called Soprano II in a choir. Generally, anyone belonging to the group of Mezzo-Soprano or Soprano II (as called in the choir) can range from about G3 to A5. However, there are singers present in Mezzo-Soprano or Soprano II who can sing as high as typical Sopranos, and there are singers who can’t sing as high as the preferred level of a typical Mezzo-Soprano or Soprano II.
3. Contralto: This is the lowest type of female voice. Alternatively known as Altos in the choir, the singers of the group of Contraltos or Altos generally match the tune to the Sopranos. This is a very important group as it is very difficult to find a Contralto or Alto and singers of this group are proven to be better solo singers than Sopranos. Generally, a typical Contralto or Alto can vocalize around E3 to F5, but, the lower the tessitura of the singer, the valuable it gets.
4. Countertenor: This is the rarest group of singers. Even along with being rare, their uniqueness prevails over every other existing type. Countertenors are extremely difficult to find and more difficult when it comes to females. This is a group generally comprising of the men, but that doesn’t mean females are not there. They are extremely difficult to find, but female Countertenors do exist. Generally, a countertenor has the aptitude to sing or vocalize to C6.
5. Tenor: This is the smallest range of voice types amongst all the existing various voice types. Very much similar to the Countertenors, Tenor is also the voice type which is maximum composed of men. But, again, that does not eliminate the chances of females to be a tenor. Yes, it is extremely difficult to find females in Tenor. Generally, a typical tenor can vocalize from around C3 to B4, thus justifying themselves as the shortest range of voice types amongst the various voice types existing.
6. Baritone: For females, this is what you can call as an “anti” zone. Not like females don’t belong to Baritone, but this is common in men. We have already seen how difficult it is to find females in Countertenor and Tenor voice types. This shows that finding females in Baritone is like next to impossible because it is more difficult compared to countertenor and tenor. But, there are unique people existing. Thus, there do exist females in the group of Baritone. Generally, a Baritone can vocalize around G2 and G4.
7. Bass: This is lowest possible voice type humans can sing in. It is actually difficult to find a good bass and even more difficult when it comes to younger ages. This is due to the range of the bass which ranges around D2 and E4.
Low and Deep Voices
So, these are the different categories of the various types of voice for females. If you want to know which category you belong to, it is very important first to study yourself. The easiest way of finding out your voice type is to study the range in which you can vocalize. Then by studying the range, you can get to know which voice type you belong to. Hopefully, this has cleared your doubts and has given you some ideas regarding singing voice type’s females.