QUOTE(Dulcet @ Aug 9 2012, 12:40 PM)
QUOTE(Tenor Viol @ Aug 6 2012, 07:49 AM)
QUOTE(MKP @ Aug 5 2012, 11:40 PM)
QUOTE(karslima @ Aug 5 2012, 03:00 PM)
I've discovered that my vocal range covers alto and tenor, but I definitely prefer singing alto. Are there any ways of making sure that my voice stays in the alto range as I get older?
I am slightly confused with the terms you are using. Alto is a female voice, Tenor refers to a male voice??
Also, you have absolutely no control over the direction your voice goes in. All you can do is limit yourself by trying to fit into a certain "box". Your only goal should be to develop your voice to its full potential, which will be revealed in its own time. If you try to control your range you will only end up with a produced, damaged voice that will neither be authentic or real.
"Building walls dosent keep the world out, it simply locks you in"
Tread carefully :-)
Not quite - alto / tenor refers to range not gender. You do get ladies who sing tenor, but it has a different timbre.
I'll let the singing teachers comment on voice maintenance.
Keep using the upper register... if you want to maintain your range you have to use it, and be very careful about how you use the extremes of your range. Although you will be fawned over a lot as a tenor, if you want to sing it with the power of a male tenor you do run a risk of vocal damage I suspect...
My advice is to learn to love your voice and enjoy singing every note within your natural range. To force your voice to sing outwith this range or to somehow shift your upper or lower notes to align it with someones else's range is a very very bad thing to do and can only end in very bad results.
I assume you wish to sing at your best . This may be much better in some areas than most others in the range in which you hope to sing. There are numerous voice characteristics within the general description of SATB. Germans have been calling this characterisation, FACH.
So don't contemplate singing at your worst by forcing yourself to move your larynx unnaturally upwards or downwards. If you do this you may be in for a great deal of trouble as you put stress on your vocal folds.
You may find that you need to have your voice characteristics analyzed so that you know which songs you should concentrate on singing. My advice would be to have a session or two with a singing teacher in a similar range (tessitura) and who can teach you to sing in a similar genre to your own , preferably someone who has some recent knowledge of vocal technique. Vocal technique is changing at the speed of light.
This will ensure that you sing at your best safely and that you continue to enjoy your singing.
Best of luck. Let me know how you get on.