Most common octave range for singers!?

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Post  samuelhinchliffe01 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:35 pm

I've heard it's 3 octaves (exactly), but many singers have two octaves or less. A part of me thinks that the 3 octave claim is false.

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Re: Most common octave range for singers!?

Post  Wanderlust on Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:37 pm

I'd say most singers start out with about two octaves of full voice and one octave of falsetto.

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Post  Guest on Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:55 pm

three octaves is still considered a very good range. although many professional, "well-known" (dare I say popular) singers have this range - and has such become a selling point between fanboys of the likes of Whitney Houston or Freddie Mercury etc - it is not by any means too common IMO. Two octaves is the standard, three is very good.

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Post  Maverick31 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:11 pm

Abacus wrote:I'd say most singers start out with about two octaves of full voice and one octave of falsetto.

Sounds about right to me.

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Post  AJD125 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:40 pm

Abacus wrote:I'd say most singers start out with about two octaves of full voice and one octave of falsetto.

yes seems about right. maybe even a bit less in some cases and I think some guys struggle to do falsetto at all.

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Re: Most common octave range for singers!?

Post  Maverick31 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:10 pm

AJD125 wrote:
Abacus wrote:I'd say most singers start out with about two octaves of full voice and one octave of falsetto.

yes seems about right. maybe even a bit less in some cases and I think some guys struggle to do falsetto at all.
Yeah, you're right about that. I think it's mainly because men might feel a little bit embarrassed to sound feminine.

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Post  Pre-Kepp Heroins on Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:32 pm

My range is E2 - G4 plus about two octaves of falsetto. Id say this is the average for a good baritone. Though ive trained my voice to able to sound incredibly feminine. Forgot where I was going with that but I just came. Good little range wank session

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Re: Most common octave range for singers!?

Post  Angus on Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:54 pm

I'd say the standard is around two and a half.

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Post  inhibitions on Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:27 am

For girls, I think it may be a little shorter.

1.5-2 is what I'd say is average for the AVERAGE female singer. Not counting head/mixed/whistle.

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Post  Wanderlust on Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:51 am

Isn't female mixed-head blending naturally better than that of males, though? But yeah, I know females generally have more limited chest voice ranges.

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Re: Most common octave range for singers!?

Post  Angus on Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:16 am

Let's put it this way: the average singer possesses 2 1/2 octaves and uses 2 octaves and women have slightly less range than men.

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Re: Most common octave range for singers!?

Post  Wanderlust on Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:39 am

No.

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Post  Guest on Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:55 am

Wasn't it thought that women have bigger ranges than men?

not as a rule, but as a standard, because of mixing and some other shit. dunno, my choir teacher told me, and I have personally observed most females have decent ranges and good connection while new males struggle for the two octaves initially.

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Post  Crimsonfripp on Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:18 am

They can, or so goes the theory, access their middle and head voice more easily because they do a lot of speaking in that register. For women, using more of chest voice is a challenge and for men, letting go of vocal weight and connecting their middle and head voice is.

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Re: Most common octave range for singers!?

Post  OldSchoolHeavyMetal on Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:28 am

Pretty interesting. My usable range as far as I know at the moment starts around B♭1 and really doesn't go much past the upper 3rd octave. For example, I'm really reaching my ceiling around D4, if that. Funny that I initially thought I had an unusually small range, when in reality, my range is just in the worst possible area. Facepalm

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