All Vocal Range Tests are Misleading for one critical reason and here it is.
Hi, I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing and creator of the Second Nature Singing System.
Vocal Range Tests are Misleading
All vocal range tests are misleading because unless you are able to “bridge”, your results will likely be flat wrong.
In other words, you can take the test today and the results might indicate you are an alto or a bass, because you can’t sing high notes, but you can sing low notes. If you learn how to bridge tomorrow, which is a major skill taught in Pillar One of the Second Nature Singing System, your range may increase by as much as an octave.
Suddenly you are singing baritone or tenor notes if you are a guy. And girl altos become sopranos because they increase their ranges so significantly.
This happened to me. My high school voice teacher told me I was a bass. For 24 years I thought the top of my voice was the E above middle C. [Demo] It’s actually over an octave higher. [Demo] Living with this belief about my range was extremely limiting to my singing.
What Does it Mean to Bridge and How Do You Learn to Do It?
Bridging means you have learned how to sing from your chest voice (low notes) to your head voice (high notes) with an uninterrupted tone and without any strain.
It means you can sing from low to high and back down to low without cracking or breaking into falsetto. It means that your head voice can now go as high or higher than your falsetto (they are different). Watch this video to learn the difference between falsetto and head voice. I’ll put it on the end screen for you to watch.
This means that you were never a bass or alto, but a tenor or soprano who just needed to learn how to bridge.
To learn to bridge, take this vocal test and discover your vocal type. Click here to take a simple vocal test.
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Your vocal test will help you discover your vocal type, which describes what your voice does as you sing higher, through your bridge.
Once you know your vocal type, you can do Designer Exercises custom made for your vocal type. The first thing these exercises do is teach you to bridge.
Learn to bridge first, then take a vocal range test. Or do a before learning to bridge and then do an after learning to bridge test. Otherwise you’ll get inaccurate results which is very misleading. Worse yet you limit yourself to what you’ve been told your range is, when it’s not close to being correct.
If you know how to bridge, you probably already know your vocal range…and I’m sure it’s much greater now than before when you were stuck in your chest voice.
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I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power to Sing. For you, singing can be second nature.