How To Train Your Voice To Sing Tenor

This guide shows you How To Train Your Voice To Sing Tenor
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38 thoughts on “How To Train Your Voice To Sing Tenor”

  1. Manuel Araujo-Guzman

    Wow, sounds like you must be highly talented. Can you please post a video i would love to see you hit all those ranges 🙂
    And are you in a chorus?? Or do you mostly do solo vocals? Or both?
    All I am saying is that it is VERY DIFFICULT to go from a bass to a tenor unless you already can naturally hit various ranges. I know of some professionals that have started at baritone and have moved up to tenor but that in it’s self took them YEARS to master.

  2. Scott Castner

    Male voices (especially young male voices) change ranges all the time. Last year I was auditioning for a production and I was singing as a Bass (by the request of the instructor) and could hit the entire operatic range with minimal stress. However, this year I joined my school choir, and the same instructor has placed me as a tenor. After that I explored the idea of being a tenor, and I can currently hit a high c, and I can still hit most of the bass notes (not very well though)

  3. This is a very good thing for all new singers to know… There are soo many young singers who don’t get taught correctly and have no idea that singing high is NOT pushing your chest range as far as it can go.

  4. Jon The Lion

    I’ve studied voice for 20+ years with three different (and very good) teachers. But I’ve never heard any of them sum up the tenor’s singing technique more succinctly and perfectly than this. I’ve been practicing the three simple things suggested in Christopher Jacklin’s video, and they’ve worked wonders!! So there’s no need to pay any mind to the crass, negative, know-it-alls who in actuality know nothing. Thanks for the on-line tutoring, Christopher. It’s a free gift.

  5. Thank-you. 
    You’re great at explaining these techniques. I look forward to viewing your other videos.

  6. Jerad Boggs

    My voice used to sound like a bag of cats thrown into a woodchipper. But Thanks to this simple lesson from this professional opera singer and singing teacher, I now feel confident about my audition with the Dallas Opera next season.

    1. :0:):0 sorry I just couldn’t help laughing!!! “like a bag of cats thrown into a woodchipper.” That’s a good one! So how did the audition go?

  7. I wanna learn this so I can sing greek tragedies when I’m walking home alone drunk on friday nights

  8. I was really having a bear of a time trying to navigate my passagio, but that close-up at 2:48 instantly resolved the issues I was having with my rising larynx! In case you guys didn’t catch it, the key to singing high notes is to never blink. Granted, this can be a little awkward in your daily interactions (had a couple dates that didn’t go well, me staring unblinking at a woman, her not understanding that I was simply modifying the third formant of my vocal tract to achieve imposta, quite pedestrian really…)
    But yes, maintaining a lifeless, penetrating gaze has helped my high notes immensely, and working at K-Mart I get a great discount on Clear-Eyes. Aside from some rather unjust restraining orders, I feel staring unflinchingly upon others has benefited me greatly!!

  9. Brandon Ward

    These are exactly the exercises my voice teacher taught me, and they work wonders. Still trying to sing Dalla sua pace, though. working on it. I’m a baritone too.

  10. Ian Skeenes

    I sing both bass and tenor and have found that tenor is more interesting to sing in my opinion. As he says the key is to keep your throat relaxed. If this is done some can sing from bass to low soprano if you’re like me.

  11. Anthony Hodgson

    Thanks a lot for this – very informative and useful. It’s sad that some folk feel they can be abusive just because you took time to create a video in order to help others. Keep up the good work. To the others: watch your language (it’s offensive) and try a little respect.

  12. Hi, I’ve been having some confusion as to my classification for a while now. Sometimes I think I’m a bass, others I’m told I’m a baritone. I sing tenor for Concert Choir, but low bass for my A Capella group. My lowest note, chest voice, is a B1. My highest note chest voice, keeping an operatic tone and steering clear of anything that sounds like screaming, is an F4. I can belt up to a G#4, and that leaves me fried. I consistently see friends of mine who can sing as low as me scream/yelling as high as a C5. No matter what I do be it screaming yelling or frying, I can not reach above an A5 in chest voice. My falsetto, however, ranges from E3 to B6. Before you ask, no that is not my head voice. It is full falsetto. My head voice is incredibly weak and I can’t sustain it for very long. I have been trained and know the difference between the two.
    Anyways, what would you classify me as, and do you have any tips for me? Thanks.

    1. Edward Pierson

      It’s not only range, but the tessitura of the piece. At my best I could sing an Ab above middle C, full voice, but rarely. My dad, a bass-baritone said if you can sing a song several times without getting vocally tired or fried, it was meant for you.

  13. Patrick Biachi

    Many thanks Mr.Jenkins for the lucid explanation you have given; the lesson is quite helpful.

  14. Alexander Cheong

    Someone please give him a Guinness World Record for his longest time not blinking record.

  15. Great video another tip is don’t allow yourself to get louder as you move up in chest towards the break try to keep the volume constant then the transistor thru the break will appear to be seamless which Is what every singer is after.

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