11 Sept 2017

My Vocal Range III

I once told someone my primary concern with my voice was to figure it out. This turned out to take eternity. However, just recently I achieved that.

I came to realize that I actually sing with more than one voice type. And it must have been why I interpret notes wrongly and think awkwardly of my vocal range. It turned out that I go roughly between A2-D6 on my voice types.

This was unveiled while working on Moving during the production of the Why album. The voice used on the chorus didn’t fit well on the verse. The beat was just being created, so I decided I’ll look into it. While studying it later on, I observed that the verse would work well if fuller. After different tests (from thinking it was a case of key to that of range or octave), I realized all I needed to do was just switch voice type; the chorus voice is light and soft, (that it’s high makes no difference) and using it (even on a lower pitch) on the verse lacks the intended force and effect. Then when I got to the bridge, I found there was the need to switch voice again, different from the chorus and verses. This made me observed my previous songs and how the voice types played out. And it turned out that they were not all done with the same voice type, i.e. one standard voice type wasn’t used, though some songs shared same voice type. 

Funny enough, Oblivion has mixed voice; the chorus voice being different from the verse; and the bridge diverse. And this was consciously arranged by me. But then my thoughts were, they were extensions of each other. And Hey is mixed voice too. While Why (chorus) is not mixed voice; but just off-pitched or wide ranged.

So, it turned out that it’s the unconscious switching that makes me assume extra octaves. It had been a case of adding the range of one voice to that of another and summing them up as one continuous voice and range, whereas they overlap.

Thus henceforth, I have to be conscious of what voice type(s) any song of mine is during composition and before production.

Worthy of note, I think this present knowledge seems to be helping my vocalization and note hearing…