How do you know your singing range?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Voice Instructor Jennifer Rutherford breaks down the singing ranges, including soprano, alto, tenor, and bass.

    Host: How do you know your singing range?

    Jennifer Rutherford: There are four main voice categories, everybody is probably familiar with them, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass. Within those broad ranges are more finely tuned categories. For instance, there is Coloratura Soprano, Mezoo Soprano, Lyric Tenor. Those categories are more often used to categorize the Operatic voice or the Choral voice, but for the purposes of pop singing, we use what's called the Belt voice. It is more or like a speaking quality voice with some pitch added in it. It really comes from a very open throated quality and singing from the belt, which is really your waistline. You just bring up all that energy through a nice open throat. You will have to take a few more breathe, that's why you might hear pop singers take a few more take some breath in places that I normally wouldn't not recommend. But that's why, it just takes a lot more of air to sing that belt quality voice.