Felipe Carvalho Posted December 16, 2014 Share Posted December 16, 2014 This is a subject that appears often and always stir the same kind of debate, so please READ this post carefuly before making a new thread on the matter.New threads with the following subject:"What is my vocal fach?""I can hit a G9 on chest voice, what is my fach?""I think I am a bass, can I sing jazz?""Is singer Joe Blow a bass or a soprano?"Will either be closed or have their contents moved into this thread, so please exercise your reading.Let's begin.The fachs, with their respective most common tessituras are:Male voices:- Bass - F2 - F4- Baritone - A2 - A4- Tenor - C3 - C5Female voices:- Alto - F3 - F5- Mezzo - A3 - A5- Soprano - C4 - C6Now the catch to this is:- These fachs are only relevant on the execution of classical repertoire, so for pop singing, this information is not relevant. While on classical a Bass will not perform a Tenor aria, on pop nothing prevents you from singing any song you want, even of opposite genders. If the range is too prohibitive, you can just change the key, and this is not the common case.- Classification is done based on tessitura. I can sing a F2 in voice with no problem when using a mic, it does not mean I am a Bass. If I tried to sing a Bass Aria nobody would hear me. So, range is not relevant for classification, neither high or low;- Because of the importance of tessitura on classification, it's necessary to receive the kind of training expected of the fachs (classical). And then, when issues with registraton and control are solved, your teacher will be able to tell you. You can classify your voice on your own by measuring the notes you sing comfortably without breaking and trying to fit it over there, but hardly it will be correct;- If you want to know the classification of your favorite singer, the best way to do so is to go ask him, I understand there is some fun involved on finding out the highest and lowest notes of those, but as said before, range is not relevant in this matter;- The fachs are a result of multiple factors, one of them being your physiology. Culture, personality, afinity with a certain kind of singing, and the direction taken on training can have a major influence on the outcome. So even on classical where it is really important, depending on your choices during training, fachs can vary and even change;- A perfect example of this is the difference of execution from male to female classical voices, that can be huge on the case of a soprano compared to a baritone, there are very different uses of registration and resonance strategies;- On that same line of thought, subclassifications are specializations, they are even more dependant on the training received. Lyric, dramatic, or coloratura loses its meaning almost completely on pop singing. So I suggest that we avoid taking a glance at a youtube video and going "definitely leggero tenor".And once more, please DO read the whole post. 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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