Acting in Plays, Singing/Vocal range
I am having a hard time trying to understand my voice. I've had singing classes for two years now and I am a soprano.
But I study classical music, which means I only use my head voice. And I can hit pretty high notes, such as A and bB (not the central ones, one octave higher)
But now I've been trying to sing some musical theatre songs and I can't even reach the middle B properly because my chest voice has the smallest vocal range.
What am I? What can I do to increase my vocal range? And why does this happen?
Hi, Mafalda --
Thank you for the question. As a professional singer, I appreciate your concerns.
But after two years of Classical vocal instruction – you should know that sopranos don’t confine their sense of placement to what you refer to as your “head voice”.
If you were to come to me for a vocal coaching session – and if we determined that you are a true Soprano – it’s because I pulled a High C out of you right then and there.
Two years have gone by and all of you’ve got is High A or Bb?
Find another teacher. You are wasting your time and, more importantly, your money.
The problems you describe are totally fixable. But it has to happen during an actual exchange between the coach and the client. Consider doing a lesson on Skype.
I am a vocal coach to working singers in the San Francisco Bay Area. When you want to make an appointment, contact me at: BroadwayBelters@yahoo.com.
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