Ep 26 Baritone Curse Voice Lessons To The World
Hi everybody! My name is Justin Stoney and I'm the founder of New York Vocal Coaching here in New York City. Welcome to Episode 26 and Voice Lessonsto the World The show where we want to help you guysas singers by answering your questions from all over, and I'll give you a chance toask questions later, but our question for this week comesfrom Randall O in Orlando, Florida and Randall writes: quot;Dear Justin, I have thebaritone curse. All my favorite singers
are tenors that sing pop, rock, and RB but i'm a baritone. Am I doomed with thebaritone curse, or will I ever be able to sing highéquot; That's a great question Randall, andthank you so much for writing. That's very funny, quot;the baritone cursequot;, I like the way you say that and today we're going to talk about thiscurse that you described and see if we can dispel some of that and give yousome ideas and some options so that you don't feel doomed and cursed for therest of your life.
So let's dive right in the baritonecurse I think I know what you mean by thatRandall, but I'm going to just talk us through that. First of all, abaritone, a lot of people think that somebody with a low voice, andand it could be, it is. However, just know Randall and all,I haven't heard you Randall but a low speaking voice does not necessarily meanthat you're a baritone. So if you have a low voice, if you have alow baritone speaking voice that doesn't mean that you're a baritone.There's plenty of guys with a low
speaking voice who are actually tenorsand actually have a great high range. And there's also baritones and bases thatdon't actually speak all that low. A lot of times it does cross over butnot necessarily, so you may indeed have a low speaking voice and not be a baritone. That's one thing to keep in mind. Anotherthing is a lot of people have been told that they are baritones, maybe you've sungin choir in the past and you were put in the baritone section. And thatcould have been due to blend, but then you start to think to yourself, well I'ma baritone
and you identify with that, you identifywith low notes, and with singing low and you think of your voice as low. Voiceteachers as well often classify their singers as baritones and havethem singing low repertoire and singing low and middle notes all the time. Justbecause somebody has told you you're a baritone in the past, doesn't necessarilymean that you are. Personally, growing up I always sang baritonein choir. I was trained as a singer as a baritone, and I found out later that Iwas actually a tenor, and had a real easy time getting up to high notes. Butall growing up, and all through my
teenage years and even early twenties, Ireally didn't have a tenor range. But I found out later that I was a tenor. Sojust because people have told you that you're a baritone, that also doesn't meanthat you're cursed to be a baritone. The next thing is just because you havetrouble with high notes, doesn't mean you're a baritone. A lot of people say, quot;Well Ijust can't hit those high notes, I must be a baritonequot;. Even voice teacherswill say, quot;Well you're not really getting up to these notes and you're kind ofstrained up here, I bet you're a baritonequot;. Just keep in mindthat a struggle with high notes, doesn't