Felipe Carvalho Singer/Coach

Professional Vocalist and Singing Teacher/Coach


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Voice Classification and Pop music

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (1)


I see commonly on singing communities over the internet this idea/concern with "classification" amongst singers that are not interested on performing classical material.

Plain and simply, it does not matter.

First of all because many of the issues addressed by classification on classical singers are not relevant, one of them being the demands required of a classical tessitura regarding dynamics and control (a pop vocalist can use falsetto, for example, with no concern for character consistency).

And second, even if it did, there are no rules on pop songs that requires you to perform it on the original key. If its the case, change the key! Even the original performers do it all the time, there is no shame on it. Neither it is a magical solution, its not one or two semitones that will make a difference between not being able to perform a song at all, and a high quality and comfortable delivery.

Voice classification should be done by a professional and can only be done with precision after at least the core work on breathing and emission is settled. An untrainned voice usually sits on an unballanced state that can not cope with any other task other than speaking, so simply finding the notes where it is able to "hold together" will give very misleading results.

The usuall classifications for male voices are:

Bass - Baritone - Tenor

The usuall classifications for female voices are:

Contralto - Mezzo - Soprano

Subclassifications are even more complicated since it will vary greatly with the direction of trainning and is bizarre to try to apply it on pop singers.

In the hope that this clarifies the issue, my advice: forget it and study! Without results those classifications have no meanning at all.

Felipe "Vox" Carvalho

Cover - SoaD Aerials

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi there, my first entry in this blog, my cover of this awesome song from System of a Down, requires the use of a more agressive approach \m/ very fun to perform, enjoy:


Felipe "Vox" Carvalho ;)