Singing science



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MUSIC THEOLOGY

LECTURE 23

SINGING SCIENCE
Col 3:16-17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Eph 5:18-21 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.




Soprano



Countertenor or Mezzo-soprano



Contralto



Tenor



Baritone



Bass



SINGING VOICE RANGE

Legend: C4 = middle C C5 = 1 octave above middle C C3 = 1 octave below middle C

F2 = an F that is two octaves below middle C (bass range) A6 = an A that is 2 octaves above middle C (not quite a hi-C)
Falsetto: false voice, using larger larynx muscles

Tessitura: a singers ‘comfortable’ range where there is rich ‘timbre’

Modal voice: chest or normal voice

Head voice: resonance occurs mostly in the head, not the chest; used for hitting high notes


Female:

COLORATURA SOPRANO: C4 – F6 to A6

SOPRANO: C4 – C6 (high “C” for female)

MEZZO SOPRANO: A3 – A5

ALTO: G3 – F5

CONTRALTO: E3 – F5


Male:

COUNTERTENOR: A3 – E5

TENOR: C3 – C5 (high “C” for male)

BARITONE: F2 – G4



BASS: F2 (or lower) – E4
Any person that has a ‘normal’ speaking voice, can learn to sing ‘just fine’. The key, as with all other ‘abilities’, is practic, practice, practice. Some will become phenominally great singers, others good singers, and most ‘just fine’ singers.
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