Why voice classification isn't that important

Why voice classification isn't that important

One of the most common questions beginning singers ask is, “what type of voice do I have, soprano or alto? Tenor or bass?” It’s easy to understand the urgency of this question, as new singers are anxious to learn about the unique strengths of their instrument, plus they want to be able to choose roles and songs that will fit with their voice type. Much to their dismay, I usually answer this question by saying that it’s not as important as they think, and that I don’t like using strict labels in vocal instruction. I explain that voice type is a convention used mostly in choral and opera music, and modern singers would be smarter to focus their attention on creating a versatile, consistent, flexible voice that can sing a wide variety of music, rather than stick themselves into a box and sing material written exclusively for their type.

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