Can Baritones Sing High Notes?

Dec 21, 2019

If you’re a baritone, you have probably been told by your teachers that you’ll never be able to sing high notes like many of the great tenors out there.

The good thing is,

It’s not true at all.

Hitting high notes is a skill that can be developed by any singer as long as that singer has the proper training. Of course, expanding your range takes a fair amount of work, though, with enough diligent practice, you’ll be able to slay those high notes like Bruno Mars or Freddie Mercury.

The Struggle of the Baritone

Most boys or men who sang in choirs in church or school get labeled a tenor, baritone, or bass. This vocal perspective is what is known as the German Fach System.

In choral settings, it is necessary to have sopranos, altos, tenors, baritones, and basses, as we need to have separation to sing most arrangements. We can think of these boundaries as guidelines, which ultimately help arrangements to come together nicely.

Singers are usually cast into one...

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Hitting High Notes - FOR BARITONES!

Jan 26, 2018

Are you a baritone who has heard all your life that you will NEVER be able to sing tenor notes? Because that is NOT TRUE.

The simple fact of the matter is that hitting high notes, just like anything else, is a skill. It will take some work to expand your range, but it is within your grasp with the right training and diligence.

Making an effort to strengthen your voice will be well worth the time and energy…once you show those past nay-sayers how you can knock those tenor notes straight out of the park!

Most voice teachers approach voice parts from the perspective of the German Fach system, simplified for modern use. The Fach system is an extensive index of over two dozen different voice types. However, we most commonly see the below, simplified categorization in typical choral settings:

It’s great that we have this system in place for choral music and opera.

After all, ensembles like these need clear systems, where every single vocalist knows what their...

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