The best first step to expanding your range is to focus on making the most of what you have now -says Mark Baxter
Are you a size 8 or 13 when it comes to footwear?
Do your feet create narrow little deer prints or bear-sized craters in your path?
Whatever your answers, there’s no sense in complaining; your shoe size was determined the day you were conceived.
Voices also come in a variety of sizes.
Just like the foot, the size of your larynx was determined by a genetic code.
And like every other musical instrument, size determines range.
If you have a small larynx your voice will be high-pitched.
That’s why both male and female children sing into the stratosphere.
As we age, the genetic code begins to unfold.
Some experience tremendous growth spurts during their teens.
If your voice is super low – that means you have a super-sized larynx.
Most of us, though, grow to average proportions and have average vocal ranges.
Just as your shoe size does not determine where you’ll go in life, an ordinary larynx does not mean an ordinary voice.
It’s important to remember that awards are not handed out for singing glass-shattering high notes.
Yet, we singers tend to fixate on range as if it’s the reason we’re not selling lots of downloads.
True, there is an emotional lift when a melody soars upward, but the pitches should always be proportionate to the instrument.
Sing at the height of your potential and your audience will assume your abilities are limitless.
Sing beyond your boundaries and you call attention to your limitations.
This does not mean you are stuck with a limited range; rarely does a singer access his or her full potential without some training.
It does mean, though, that the best first step to expanding your range is to focus on making the most of what you have now.
Mark Baxter has worked as a coach with Aerosmith, Journey, Goo Goo Dolls — and many others. He is the author of The Rock-n-Roll Singer’s Survival, creator of The Singer’s Toolbox instructional DVD, Sing Like an Idol instructional CD. Mark operates vocal studios in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and online via Skype. Visit his website: VoiceLesson
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