Every day, the voice-type line of thinking ruins the vocal development of singers everywhere. This concept can be a real curse, bringing misfortune to all who believe its lie.
Read below to learn about the Voice-Type Curse and how to avoid it:
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First, what are voice types?
Voice types are categories used to describe a singer’s vocal range and tone quality. Singers typically fit into one of three voice types:
1. Low-pitched, alto for women and bass for men.
2. Midrange, mezzo-soprano for women and baritone for men.
3. High-pitched, soprano for women and tenor for men.
Within these categories are sub-categories that add further detail. For example, a male singer with a high-pitched voice and light tone-quality is called a lyric tenor.
Without a doubt, voices can sound extremely similar or vastly different to one another; voice types give us an easy way to describe a singer’s vocal qualities. Given these points, you may be asking yourself, “where does the curse come in?”
The voice-type curse is the belief that you can’t develop vocal abilities outside of your natural voice type. Sadly, countless singers fall for this line of thinking and it stops them from developing the absolutely incredible singing voice they could’ve had.
Unfortunately, many people are taught the voice type-curse and believe it because they experience difficulties in their singing. They take challenges to mean that a certain vocal range or tone quality just isn’t in the cards for them. Instead, singers should know that challenges simply reveal under-developed areas in their vocal technique.
The human voice is so much more malleable than you might think. Even fifteen minutes of good, regular practice can be a total game-changer for your vocal skills. Don’t lose hope because someone told you that your voice-type can never do the things you dream of singing.
You can make it happen!
Benny Meza is a Master Associate at Brett Manning Studios in Nashville, TN. He’s taught over 7,000 vocal lessons and has worked with clients from Warner Music, RCA, Universal Music Group, and many others.
Need help breaking through the confines of your natural voice type? Book a lesson with Benny today!