How to increase your voice range?
Each vocalist dreams of having a wide range of working voices. But not everyone can use professional methods to achieve a beautiful sounding voice in any part of the range and try to expand it on their own at the expense of health. To do this correctly, the vocalist needs to follow certain rules.
VOICE POSSIBILITIES AND CONTRACTOR’S AGE
The range of voice changes throughout life. Even for talented children, it is much narrower than that of an adult vocalist with average abilities, so expanding it to 7–9 years is useless. The fact is that in young children, the vocal cords are still being formed. To get a beautiful sound at this age and try to expand the range artificially is a waste of time and energy, because the child’s voice is very fragile and it’s easy to harm the wrong exercises. In the process of singing, its range itself expands, without additional effort. It is best to start active exercises to expand it after the end of young adolescence.
After 10-12 years, voice formation reaches the active phase. At this time, the chest expands, the voice gradually begins to acquire its adult sound. The first stage of adulthood is approaching, in some children (especially boys), a mutational or pre-mutational period. At this time, the range of voice begins to expand in different directions. For high voices, falsetto notes can become more vivid and expressive; for low voices, the lower part of the range may turn out to be lower by a quarter or fifth.
In the transition period (from 10 to 13 or 14 years) it is also not worth artificially expanding the range of the voice, because it can harm its natural formation and cause injury. When the mutation period is over, you can begin to gradually expand the range. At this time, the voice capabilities allow you to form a wide range and learn to sing in a different tessitory. Even a narrow range within 2 octaves can be significantly expanded if you learn to sing correctly and correctly get into all resonators. A few simple exercises will help you expand your voice and learn how to easily pick the extreme notes of the working range.
WHAT THE VOCALIST NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT VOICE RANGE The voice range consists of the following zones: – primary zone (the height of the speech sound that is convenient to speak at); – working range; – a non-working range, including low and high notes, which the vocalist takes on chants, but does not use while singing. Each voice has its own primary zone. This is the middle of the range, the height at which the performer is comfortable talking and singing. With it, you need to start various chants in order to expand the range of the voice. In soprano, it begins with mi and fa of the first octave, in mezzo – with si small and large.
It is from the primary zone that one can start chanting up and down to expand the range of the voice. The working range is the portion of the voice where it is convenient to sing vocal works. It is much wider than the primary zone, and it can be gradually changed. To do this, you need to not only sing correctly, using all the necessary resonators, but also regularly do special exercises. With age, with regular vocal lessons, it will gradually expand. It is the wide working range that is most appreciated by the vocalists. The total non-working range is the full voice coverage of several octaves. It is usually achieved while singing chants and vocalizations. This range includes working and non-working notes.
Usually the extreme notes of this large range in works are sung very rarely. But the wider the non-working range, the more complex works with a large tessitory will become available to you. The working range is usually not wide enough for inexperienced vocalists. It expands as you sing, provided it is correct. Ligamentous, throat singing will not help you expand the working range of your voice, but it will lead to professional diseases of the vocalists. Therefore, expanding the range is possible only if you sing correctly.
EXERCISES: HOW TO EXTEND YOUR VOICE RANGE To do this, you need to do some simple exercises before singing. Find the primary notes on the piano and start singing a simple chant in the quinte range up. Singing should be light and free, without voice clips. The voice should flow easily and naturally, and breathing should be taken after each link of chanting. Notice how the voice began to sound in each section of the upper range. After what notes did its coloring and timbre change? These are your transition notes. Having reached the highest notes, gradually begin to sink down. Notice when the voice has completely switched to chest sound and how wide this range is. Can you sing a melody freely in this tessitur? If so, this is the lowest part of your operating range. After this exercise, select a chant in the octave range and sing it upwards on vowels.