Ep. 26- “Baritone Curse”- Voice Lessons To The World

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Are you a baritone who yearns to be a tenor? Maybe you feel cursed to never hit the high notes that you’ve always wanted. In Episode 26, Voice Teacher Justin Stoney discusses whether it’s possible to break the curse and discover your upper range as a baritone. Enjoy Voice Lessons To The World!

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41 thoughts on “Ep. 26- “Baritone Curse”- Voice Lessons To The World

  1. My “baritone curse” was a psychological aversion to singing high. I
    couldn’t access my head voice, never mind falsetto, and would only sing in
    chest voice. I thought my higher notes sounded terrible and I just did not
    feel comfortable going there. Eventually I found a song that started in my
    baritone range, got higher, and then returned to baritone. I also forced
    myself to stop caring about sounding terrible :’)

  2. I love tenors as well as baritones who are free from the baritone curse and
    can sing the tenor high notes. Especially non classical styles of singing.

  3. I’ve had the same feeling of being “cursed” with a baritone register for
    years! My favorite singers are nearly all tenors/sopranos in metal (I’m not
    stupid enough to attempt soprano songs). I’ve tried to get up there, but
    didn’t have any real success until I discovered how to reach head voice
    with consistency. It makes all the difference in the world when you can
    reach the high notes. Now I can appreciate the tone of my lower notes too

  4. The only “curse” being a male with a deep natural voice like a
    bass-baritone is that is takes more effort to get a smooth transition from
    chest to head if you want to sing high notes..
    My transition starts at A3 and then a fairly short middle voice uptil the
    D#4 and from E4 it starts getting into headvoice.. Its the second passaggio
    at D#4/E4 that is difficult to ride through with the thick male chords..

    One thing I though discovered is that doing scales from C4 to G4 (middle to
    head through the passaggio) is easier when I tune my guitar to 435Hz which
    is just -19.8 cents down from standard A4=440Hz.. (-100 cents being a half
    step down at G#4=415.3Hz).. the interesting note is that Verdi proposed A4
    to be 432Hz (~ 32 cents) which makes my A3 nice and natural sounding,, In
    440Hz tuning that A3 sits high in the throat and uncomftable….

  5. I’m a baritone… And I’m very proud of my vocal range… But I’m Tenor in
    my choir, so for me it’s bad to be baritone xDDD

  6. i have a higher than average voice but my singing voice is baritone and all
    my favorite singers are high tenors/altos…

  7. I understand that breaking the “curse” is totally possible, and that a
    baritone CAN sing high, but can a baritone be able to sing as high as, say,
    Adam Lambert and still be able to be a baritone?

  8. I have heard that it is possible to extend your range to higher registers
    but not down lower. I was told recently that I am am actually a bass
    baritone yet I have the capability to sing a B above the high E on a
    guitar. Because I can actually reach the E an octave below the low E on a
    guitar. I have the potential for a big range.
    Anyway I can’t use all this unless I work on my technique because just
    because you have the potential don’t mean you have the mastery.
    Regarding the ‘baritone curse” issue I am of the belief that putting songs
    in a different key solves the problem and it also gives new colors to a
    song. Johnny Cash had a deep voice and he gave songs a new life just by
    singing them in his own unique way.
    Low voices are wonderful so embrace it if you have it. That is what I say
    anyway.

  9. I’m a lyric baritone and I’m very proud over my curse, the ability to sing
    with some tenor quality and still having that rich, darker timbre is kind
    of cool 😀

    Hopefully one day I will be fully educated and be able to use my voice to
    it’s full capacity.

  10. Thanks for making this video, guys. I can relate to what the guy who asked
    this question is talking before because I’ve been told many times that I’m
    a baritone because my speaking voice was deep despite my ability to hit
    high notes in my head voice or falsetto. However, when I started singing in
    the choir at my former church, the choir director told me that I was a
    tenor according to the SATB setup, and at my open mic nights, I have had
    people compare my voice to those of Neil Young, the Bee Gees, and Chris
    Martin of Coldplay. My voice ranges from baritone to countertenor, so my
    fellow male vocalist, don’t limit your vocal abilities just because
    somebody else tells you that you need to sing in a certain range based on
    your speaking voice.

  11. I can’t express how much I love watching this one episode in particular,
    mainly because I feel like I can relate to Justin’s story, and the reasons
    he gave as to why so many men are classified as baritones. I started voice
    lessons when I was 15, and it was during a point when my voice was going
    through the expected teenage awkwardness. As a result, I had a lot of
    trouble hitting high notes that were easy for me before puberty, and I was
    classified as a baritone.

    Now at a later point in my life where my voice is finally starting to
    settle in (I’m 23, now), I’ve done an extensive amount of research and
    found that I might actually have a completely different voice from what my
    teachers believe. I’ve found that my middle voice (End of my chest voice
    and the beginning of the passaggio) begins at the E above middle C and goes
    up to A4; I eventually found out that I can easily belt out a good Tenor C
    and beyond with a good mix. And even as I develop my breath support more
    and ease on the weight of my vocals as I get higher, I can go from the
    bottom of the baritone range all the way up to countertenor. I don’t hurt
    either; it actually feels great.

    The problem is, I don’t think all voice teachers are aware of this. With my
    current instructor, he has me classified as a baritone because I still have
    an awkward transition into my passaggio, and he thinks it’s my falsetto or
    head voice. He has been having me sing lower songs as a result, and just
    today has been trying to get me to darken my tone to a point where my voice
    doesn’t sound nor feel natural. It’s not that I’m not grateful for him
    teaching me or that I’m doubting him, but even though my higher notes are
    strengthening with breath support, he doesn’t want to go any higher with
    me. It’s very frustrating. It’s like he just stops where my chest voice
    ends. Even when we warm up and I have a good number of notes left without
    falsetto. Again, I could be wrong and just living in denial, but I’m just
    really confused and kind of concerned for my vocal health at this time. I
    just hope one day I’ll know for sure and find a way to make the best of my
    instrument.

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  13. I am beginning to sing for theatre, and am trying to figure out what range
    I am. I talk fairly low in my range very comfortably and naturally, but my
    range cuts out a little below that. I can sing pretty high, but my voice
    begins to sound shaky and the quality just drops. If anyone has a little
    insight to offer, or has an idea of what range I might be, id appreciate
    it.

  14. I have a range from C0 to E4
    but I have to maintain it
    if I don’t practice for two days , I lose it
    tell me some exercises
    to increase my range

  15. I really needed this video, I was just saying today to my dad its really
    annoying that i cant find any male vocalists that arent tenors or high
    tenors in music i like (rock/metal). I can never get a powerful high mix
    voice, i can power really high head voice though, but thats not great for
    the styles i like. I think i may get some more professional help to help my
    mix voice

  16. I had been singing professionally for 16 years but never were able to reach
    above f sharp. So after practising for years and years, both off stage and
    on, I quit singing all together. It broke me mentally. Unfortunately.

  17. i enjoy a plethora of music and %80 of my music that has voice is either
    high voice or female. i am a baritone, and truly, i’ve actually been marked
    as a bass when i was in choir. i have an awesome low range and i like low
    range stuff but there are more songs sung in the higher ranges 30/1. i have
    learned a powerful mixed but still can’t reach a lot of the songs i have. i
    have private music lesson which i’ve done for a year and he told me about
    working on my falsetto. i do have falsetto (everyone does) but in a singing
    standard it’s practically non-existent. everytime i get up to the head
    voice/falsetto it sounds very rhaspy and i almost have a whole octave of
    break between my mix and my head. i have not found a single famous song
    done solely by a baritone. show me a song that you’d like done by a
    baritone? i’ll record something.

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