Are YOU a Baritone Voice: Vocal Range and Definition | #DrDan 🎤


– The baritone voice type
has a beautiful, rich timbre, that tenors like me can only dream of. Why is it, then, that so many men with a baritone voice spend their time wishing they could sing high like tenors? Surely there’s more to
being a great singer than uber-high notes. Well, there is, and
this video is all about getting the most out
of the baritone voice. If you’re a baritone,
then I highly recommend watching this video to the very end. – [Announcer] ♫ Sound check. ♫ Check one, check two. – Good day there. My name is Dr. Dan, and I’m a contemporary singing voice specialist. It’s my passion in life
to help you realize the full potential of your singing voice. But you’ll never realize that potential if you’re constantly
trying to be something or someone that you’re not. With over 20 years of teaching experience, it’s been my observation
that, for males at least, much of their time when seeking to develop their singing is
spent in trying to sing outside the anatomical
boundaries of their voice. The baritone voice, as
a voice classification, wasn’t formally recognized until the beginning of the 19th century. Dr. Matthew Hawk observes that “During the first two
centuries of opera history, baritones were not labeled as such and were simply known as ‘basses.’ All bass roles, regardless
of range and tessitura, were lumped together in one category.” Now, I think this is an
interesting and helpful point when discussing voice classification in general and baritones
more specifically, because I’m never keen to put
any voice in a strict box. Sure, I’ve done videos
on this channel before where we’ve discussed voice types, but I’m always keen for us to be general when applying the information, especially when it comes
to contemporary singing. This video has come about because I regularly receive comments and questions on the Voice Essentials channel
about the baritone voice. It seems, at least to me,
that there are many guys dissatisfied with their
anatomical lot in life, and I don’t believe it
needs to be that way. And no, I’m not just saying that because I’m a tenor with a voice that can reach really high notes. Personally, I often listen to baritones with a profound sense of admiration, because I know that
they can achieve colors with their voice, that
I can only dream of. So, as we proceed with today’s video, I want to state again, as
I have many times before that discussing voice
types has limited value within popular culture music. Contemporary genres typically celebrate diversity and unique
sounds, and you should never allow your anatomy to limit the
type of music that you sing. With this said, let’s take a closer look at the baritone `voice. – [Announcer] ♫ Essentials. – One of the challenges we face when seeking to define the baritone voice is the many and varied vocal ranges that can be found in the literature. While doing the research for this video, I came across a number of
different vocal ranges. For example, Professor Inge Titze presents the following graph in
Principles of Voice Production showing the baritone voice range to be approximately between G2 and G4. The next graphic is taken from the Thurman and Welch text Bodymind and Voice. You’ll notice that this graph suggests that the baritone vocal
range is from F2 to A4, with a potential G5 in falsetto. And this third graph, found
in Dr. Matthew Edwards’ book, So You Want to Sing Rock ‘n’ Roll has the baritone singing
from B2 up to a G4. So, here we have three
different vocal classifications from three leading authors. Who’s right? Well, they all are, and that’s the point. You can’t lock the human
voice into a rigid system. For example, when discussing
male vocal ranges, Dr. Edwards writes,
“Rock voices are unique; they do not fit into a box.
In rock ‘n’ roll there are basses and baritones with both bright and warm voices and tenors
with dark gravely voices. There are male and female
singers whose ranges defy traditional descriptions.” Edwards, then, goes on to
make this critical point, “Unless you are attempting
to make a career covering the songs of other artists, you should not worry about
labeling your vocal range. Instead, focus on developing your voice to its full potential and writing songs that work for you.” – [Announcer] Sound check. – Having a baritone voice doesn’t make you a second class citizen, and it certainly doesn’t make
you a second rate singer. But I know that’s easier said than done when it seems that the
general public is fascinated with the higher voice
classification of tenor. And here’s the thing, if you want to be real rock ‘n’ roll, go against the flow. Don’t subscribe to what the masses tell they want or need. I dare you to name one breakthrough artist who built a career on sounding just like the next guy or girl. My advice, stop fighting your anatomy. Embrace who you are. If you’re a baritone,
then explore your biology and all that it has to
give to to its fullest. If that means being
and sounding different, good, different is good. Secondly, stop fixating on range. Instead, focus on developing
the many other areas that lead to quality vocals. Workshop your dynamics, timbre, and style. More importantly, developing
the skill of storytelling. Great singing is not about perfect notes, and it’s certainly not
at all about high notes. No, excellent contemporary vocals are driven by the
narrative and the capacity of the singer to communicate the story. Thirdly, don’t hesitate to transpose songs into more comfortable keys. I’m constantly changing the
keys of songs here in the studio for my private singing students. Some of you might even be shocked to learn that many of your favorite artists are doing the very same thing. More often than not, the key
you listen to on recordings is performed live three
to four steps down. That’s right, most of
today’s touring artists have recorded keys and performance keys. It’s not about cheating, it’s just smart. And if they can do it, so can you. And if singing other artist’s songs continues to prove too
difficult regardless of key, then I encourage you to start
writing your own material. I know this can sound a little
scary, but it needn’t be. Everyone can learn to write songs, and if you don’t play an instrument, collaborate with a friend who does. Some of the best songs have been written by two people collaborating, with one writing the music and the
other writing the lyrics. At the end of the day, your voice type should not, and is not, a hurdle to your learning to sing journey. Baritone, tenor, base, it doesn’t matter. I encourage you to stop fixating on the classification, and just sing. Be the best singer you can possibly be. I’ve put together a video playlist for you to watch after this video. The playlist will cover
voice classification a little further, how to
find your comfortable range, as well as a couple of
other instructional videos I think you’ll find helpful as you embrace your full vocal potential. Here at Voice Essentials, everybody sings, not just tenors and sopranos. I hope today’s video has encouraged you, especially if your anatomy classifies your voice as baritone. If you’ve enjoyed today’s video, then I’d invite you to
subscribe to my channel. I release new videos just
like this one once a week, and with nearly 300 Learn to Sing videos already on the channel, I
know you’ll learn something as you continue your
learning to sing journey. I hope to see you again soon. I’m Dr. Dan. Sing Well.

100 thoughts on “Are YOU a Baritone Voice: Vocal Range and Definition | #DrDan 🎤”

  1. Soy barítono y estoy experimentando con los agudos ya que de donde soy nadie aprecia los bajos , así que ya soy capaz de hacer agudos y estoy tratando de combinar los bajos con los agudos para que tengan un toque impactante en los oídos de mis espectadores

  2. So, I am confused. What I am then? I am male. I can Lou Rawls' notes, but occasionally when I hit high notes on audio clip, I am mistaken for a woman. At rare moments, I can hit classic rock high notes. Even though my voice can easily become very feminine without me even noticing occasionally, I try not overuse my ability to go into high-pitch head voice (*probably is no such thing as that, sorry…*) so that I don't destroy my voice.

  3. My vocal type: Baritone (more on the higher side)
    Vocal range: E2-Bb4 (G5 my highest in head voice)
    Supported range: F2-G4 (E5 my highest comfortable head voice note), nowadays Ab4 (and F#5 in head voice) is within my supported range as well

    Is that right Dr. Dan?

  4. Not enough great lead parts for baritones is the usual reason people don't like being a baritone. Also, pop and r&b greatly privilege a tenor voice. While a good number of people like jazz and blues, it just doesn't draw the numbers as pop outside of big cities from what I have seen. There are maybe 5 big name baritone that will sell out venues as a solo artist. Who wants your bad to sell things out? I mean…I want to sell out a show unassisted by co-stars heh 🙂

  5. I'm pretty sure I'm a baritone (a little on the higher side)
    Vocal Range: E2-C6 (with head voice)
    Supported Range: F2-Bb4

  6. Great video Dan! I always singed as a tenor, but now most of the people consider me a baritone. I would love to know your opinion about it!:)
    Keep it up!

  7. Name someone who built a career on sounding like someone else.

    Scott Stapp!!!!
    But wait? He sounded just like Eddie Vedder, and they’re both baritones!!!!

    It seems a lot of the most highly acclaimed rock singers are usually well trained baritones.

    I’ve heard Myles Kennedy maybe a baritone who’s just really good at transitioning into his mix.

    Axl Rose has a really strong mix

    Freddie Mercury likely was a baritone but just had a natural tendency for phenomenal technique.

    Mike Patton!!! The guy some say has 6 OCTAVES!!!

    Corey Taylor, Ivan Moody, Brent Smith, David Draiman, Layne Staley, Shaun Morgan, Aaron Lewis, Scott Weiland, Sully Erna and Chris Cornell!!!!

    Plus which ever high note is super impressive for a singer is usually relative to the persons range. A Baritone belting a G4 could be just as impressive as a Tenor belting a C5.

    It’s really all quite relative.

  8. I dont know if I'm baritone or tenor… My vocal range is A2-G4-G7.
    Consistent: E4-G4 but can hit C5 when strain
    Falsetto: F5-G5
    Whistle register: C7-G7
    And another question. When you can do whistle note, are you most likely to be a tenor or not? (In MALES)
    sorry for my terrible grammar.

  9. There is so much truth in this video. I am a baritone and i adjust the keys to the songs whenever needed for my gigs. Works everytime! And people are pleased just the same. Thank you for this!

  10. I think I am bass/baritone my vocal range is [C2 – D4 – E5]. I want to hit a G4 like a tenor but the funny thing is, when I "belt" a C4 it sounds super high for me but for others it's 'Nahh not so high"

  11. I'm having significant trouble with this as most people who hear me sing initially note me as a baritone.
    But I don't actually have any of the lower range, I have to strain to hit an A2, can reasonably do a B2. but beyond that my range extends upwards to comfortably at A4 and then there's some tricks I've come up with by imitation to go beyond that (note: am an untrained singer).
    Trained musicians have then told me it's more likely that I am a heldentenor(where the power of my voice and my build influence the sound of my singing significantly giving that baritone-esque quality), but except for the range and the opera style I haven't been able to find any reference for it.

    How would you define my range and do you have any tips on what to focus on or singers with comparable range you know of for reference?

  12. Great video man, I´ve always wandered if im a baritone or bass but i still dont know and i would want someone to help me or tell me at least what could i be:
    Comfortable Vocal range:
    D2 – E5
    I sing comfortably until the E5, then I have to force my voice, but forcing it on low notes and high notes it would be like:
    A1 – C5
    C5 its the highest note i can reach and A1 the lowest.
    I consider myself a bass because of the graphics of bass singers vocal range, but i dont know what i am.

  13. My primo Passaggio is Ab3 and second Passaggio is a E4
    My primo makes me like like a lyric bass, but my secondary makes lit look like a lyric baritone
    I have a chest voice from C2-E4 and falsetto/whistle from D4-C7

  14. I am a tenor and I dream of myself as a tenor but there could be times that I could use songs in between baritone and tenor.

  15. Check out my NEW comprehensive video which shows you how to ACCURATELY identify your voice type – https://youtu.be/mNppbS_p5qA
    If you really want to develop your voice check out my comprehensive singing course for beginners – https://drdan.co/VE1Course

  16. I've been trying to embrace my voice. It's weird. I'm most comfortable between F2 and A3 but am starting to also be fairly comfortable up to a D4. My bridges are a little bit lower than average as well. But my voice doesn't have the warmth or heaviness one would expect of that range. I actually sound more like a tenor, even if I darken the colour of my voice a lot (which I don't do habitually). Jealous of the high notes of tenors, jealous of the warmth of basses/baritones. Bleh. So, I'm trying to convince myself that I have an unusual voice and that it is a good thing lol =/

  17. Love baritones more than tenors and basses, they can do everything, more than mezzos too. They have a beautiful timbre and many of them can go high, too. I wish I could be born baritone😂😂😂

  18. Sometimes when I just absentmindedly sing I always end up changing certain bits of songs because my voice can't handle long moments, a song where I'm god tier at is Ten Feet Tall by The Devil Makes Three.

  19. What I hate about being a baritone is that a lot of the pieces I sing aren't written for Baritones. Only Tenors and Basses.

  20. You all need to realize. Even if you are a tenor, you aren't gonna come out of the gate with no training being able to hit Bb4 or C5 effortlessly. That's not realistic.

  21. The radio stations don’t want to change their technology. That why, tenors get the unnecessary spotlight

  22. I appreciate the message of the video but I feel it wasn't very specific. I'd love to know more about different types of baritones with clear examples…

  23. If you could be Sinatra why in the hell you wanna be maroon 5 or Justin Bieber. Baritone is unique and hard to find. Tenor- the whole nyc and LA is full of it.

  24. My range is E2 (sometimes Eb to D2 in the mornings) to like an D4 in chest voice and then a c6 if I’m really trying but I strain a bit. I have no idea what I am, am I just a not trained enough tenor? Or am I a baritone. I started not too long ago and I’ve just been trying to teach myself from YouTube videos

  25. I've always wanted to be a tenor,I just love the high notes and recently I just went to a vocal coach a asked my type,guess what?

    I'm an extended tenor!!

  26. I'm 17, and my comfort range is E2-E4 (I have to mix my belts above E4) My head voice is very strong, which lets me expand my range up to an B5. I'm not sure if I'm a lyric Baritone or a hybrid between Baritone or Tenor. Ive been told that I can be Bass (I can also hit low supported notes down to D2).

  27. My range is C2-F#5/G5
    My prime is more F2-D5
    I can do chest voice from F2-A4
    I can mix vocal with vocal fry to C2
    I can do nasal belts that go beyond A4
    My falsetto goes to E5 which is weird cause I can belt higher with my belting voice sometimes
    Am I a baritone?

  28. why are there so many men that wanna sing all high up? I never see a baritone wishin they were a bass, which is my boat. fixation on pop music maybe

  29. I’m definitely in the same boat as most baritones other than the fact that my head voice goes up extremely high on a good day.
    My full range is: F2-B4-E6
    My supported range is: B2-F4-C6
    Other than my head voice (which I can only do Sustained notes in…I can’t sing words in it without sounding like a 5 y/o impersonating a female opera singer), I often find myself dissatisfied with not being able to hit the high notes that most modern male singers hit.
    Thank you for this video! I absolutely hate when people range shame others and this video helped me realize that it’s ok to not sing high.

  30. Thank you! I know I have a good voice but my tone doesn't fit the cool songs I like and enjoy. I always thought I was stuck between octaves, reaching some higher notes and some lower. Your positive attitude and approach have answered a question I didn't know I had. Now that I wont be wasting time on trying to change physical restrictions I can focus on making my own music. Thank you for your guidance!

  31. I just don't know how the heck you have so few subs. You content, material is excellent. Thank you, Dr Dan!!!

  32. I'm a baritone with a pretty low voice and I've never understood why some want to become tenors. Being a baritone is awesome! Especially, if you have a low, masculine type of baritone voice, you stand out from the rest…I'm proud to be a baritone!

  33. I thoroughly enjoyed this video and your outlook on vocals. You're spot on! I've spent most of my life studying all forms/genres of music. I admire others like yourself, who have a clear open mind/understanding of what music/art is. From playing in concert/jazz band, to playing in bands w/different styles (metal/rock/industrial/alternative), and college for music production. I learned much from classically trained musicians. While technically skilled and precise playing/singing/composing; many lacked what you keyed in on, about (paraphrasing) making it work for them/the piece (setting aside theory/set standards and allowing timing/tonality to make it come together). I had to take advanced music comp twice, because my first professor wanted me to compose original harmonies/accompaniments for classical pieces, and wouldn't accept me adding unconventional notes/patterns along w/the set standard for musical notation. Obviously since there are a few musicians/bands, famous for the ability to pull it off and are considered musical geniuses by peers. Then not only does it work, but it defines what makes music a true artform. The ability to warp/redefine genres and create endless possibilities of sounds. I was blessed that my second professor shared your understanding and had a real appreciation for what I could create. Nothing unique and special is birthed from sticking to what's already been done a million times. Music is meant to break the monotony that can become life; not to become the soundtrack for it.

  34. Hi, I'm not sure if I'm a baritone or a tenor. My tessitura is A2-G#4 but sometimes I can reach A4 and above, being E5 the highest I can go with my full voice. My head voice/ falsetto goes up to G5/A5. I can also hit some low notes like G2, F2 and C2(Vocal Fry), does it mean I'm a baritone or a tenor? thx

  35. When considering your vocal range when determining your voice type do you take into consideration your head voice and whistle notes?

  36. I'm a lyric baritone I know my vocal range but Idc as long as I can sing good and voice healthy who cares 🙄🙄🙄🙄

  37. My vocal range is E2-G#5-C6 but when i sing from G#4 I have to strain. I wonder if my voice is martin baritone or full lirico tenor because my mid notes is brighter than high notes

  38. Can You able Tell Me Some Updated Baritone Country Singers please? As I've got Baritone Singing Voice

  39. I’ve been raised with hard rock, heavy metal, soul music and classical music. All of the idolized singers usually have a abnormal range in the high notes spectrum.
    The greatest thing in my life was having coaches that always encouraged me to explore my true original voice, from register to tone. That made me evolve tremendously as a singer, not trying to emulate my references, but instead always searching for my original sound.
    And even though many people tend to overvalue high voices, most who listen to my singing actually compliment it (please I’m not trying to sound arrogant here) for its originality, lower tone, and technical higher notes with correct use of drive in them.
    Let’s start giving lower voices more value hahahaha!

    Here is one of my bands songs. Please do give your honest opinions and thoughts, for its not mastered yet and all tips are great so that we can keep on evolving.

    https://youtu.be/JQkKv42Jmqg

  40. I wish you were a vocal trainer at SM Entertainment. They need to celebrate and respect their baritones a hell of a lot more than they do!

  41. Lmao then Freddie Mercury just flexes on us with a baritone rich and fat sound singing like a tenor and even further than that like a soprano ** cries **

  42. I can hit most of the notes & think I have a very good ear for music (annoying, sometimes – I remember every note and most of the orchestration I hear, which my brain plays back as I sleep) … anyway, I can sing the notes, but my voice is just ugly – think of Kermit The Frog with really tight pants. Can one make one's voice more attractive?

  43. When i first used a piano to determine my range… I found it was between C3-G4

    But after singing for a year my chest voice can go a little bit higher than A4.. And using head voice i can even reach D5

    Being baritone is awesome

  44. I'm really glad I found this video. I'd been working so hard to sing like a tenor and it's been so frustrating. I had a eureka moment today when I was performing and I decided to play a Johnny Cash song and it felt so comfortable and I got compliments. I realized i really need to start picking songs or transposing songs to fit my deeper voice. It also explains why I have an easier time singing my songs. I have been writing them, albeit unknowingly, to fit my range!

  45. hmm, as a Baritone i find it much more konvinient then if i where a Bass or Tenor.. best of both worlds i guess.

  46. Even tenors are envy to baritone's voice. But I think it's only because of Baritone's "speaking" voice, not for singing. When u searching in the YouTube "Male Singing High Notes" many people go watch it and there is so many discussion. Different with "Male Singing Low-Mid (as Ex : B1 – G#4) it's seems like ordinary note. Bass note are awesome if you can reach it with your modal voice and recude ur fry. It's really hard to consistent low notes. Also we can reach some high note with belting but what Baritone's want is "singing high with their modal voice (chest-mixed) not with a technique. I'm low baritone, but my tone is not so rich. First, I'm 17 y.o. My Lowest Chest Voice is at Eb2/E2/F2 and Fry Chest on D2 and go down to C2. It's extended day by dy. Ok, now how about highest notes I've singing in Full voice (mixed)? It's Bb4 but really I'm uncomfortable and so close with belt quality but still controlled bcoz it's full voice. I was only reach C4 and can't go higher when I started singing for the first time… I can belt up to B5, falsetto up to C6 and whistle up to C#7. But it's so fake because that's only a technique. Our body wants to use our full voice to reach a C5 that bruno mars can reach E5 or maybe F5. We're envy so much lol… So what I'm trying to say is, both of us (tenor and baritone) are envy each other, in many aspects. If you're baritone, and you're happy with your high note in full voice, you will never be a tenor, and if you go higher up to G4 your voice is become thin, even Ken Tamplin can reach C#5 (he's a lyric baritone) but it's so thin and masked but it's so awesome for baritone, that's something that most people can't do. Sometimes you need to break your limit dude. Baritone's mid voice is so boring if there's no dynamic (overtune etc.) In my region, people only respect on highnotes and don't care about it's quality, high note high note and high note. If you eant to be a great singer, you should have a good control all over your voice register. Look at "Dimash" in low-upper register he can control every register that he have. It's not only about high note but also low note and the most important, control and quality of note itself. I still envy to tenors, even John Lennon hate his voice, dunno why… I wish someday i can kill that C5 with ny modal voice without any strain, nice quality, also good to hear (not sounds like forcing my voice). Sorry for my grammar anw, I'm Indonesian, love to see this vid, it bring me happiness and ur channel is so awesome sir, I Really appreciate it. Thank u ^^

  47. I'm a transitioning baritone, I was a Tenor but dropped to baritone and will be one for my college audition

  48. I’m a baritone and I almost fit perfectly into the range but I like just turned 14 so I’m hoping that I can drop down to a bass. I’ve always wanted to be a bass. My lowest voice is an E2 and my highest is probably a G4 (it might be a little higher though). Do you think that my voice will drop more?

  49. Im Lower Than Bass i Can Sing C#2 75Hz And IM Tenor i Sing D#5 625hz Very very Easy And i Hit 666hz E5 Singing Yeeeees im Back Ac/dc

  50. My voice goes from a D2 in low notes, C5 in Mixed belt, G5 in falsetto(D2-C5-G5) Do you think I’m a baritone or tenor?

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