Have you heard this very famous bit of Mozart?
Not all women are the same are they?
There are sopranos who sing high (very if they’re Queen of the Night)
And there are contraltos who sing low (just don’t ask. . .)
Wouldn’t it be the same for boys, then?
Hmm. For a bit of fun, how about a 14 year old boy singing Queen of the Night?
All things are possible!
But enough of this frivolity. You ask a very reasonable question! It’s not quite the same for boys.
Fact Number Eight
Buried deep inside your brain is the tiny pituitary gland. For reasons only it knows and at a time only it knows, it will make your voice start to get lower. The exact time is different for everybody.
And this has consequences!
Test yourself with the speech test app. If you get a dark blue shirt, you are a boy with a voice a bit lower than a boy who gets light blue shirt.
So what does that mean?
It means that your voice has started changing. If you get a light blue shirt, you are technically still a child. Any other colour and it means you’re an adolescent and your voice has started to get lower.
Would that make me an alto, then?
Not a proper one, no. Dark blue shirts can’t get to the bottom of the alto range, although they’re good on second treble or an alto part that doesn’t go too low. You might find that the highest treble notes don’t come as easily any more.
Once your voice has started changing, you need to test yourself regularly. You might find one day that you get a light green shirt.
And what does that mean?
It means that if you are still singing treble, you’re doing it in a falsetto voice.
Really? So have I become a counter-tenor?
But altos are cool in my choir, when can I be a counter-tenor and sing alto?
You are so impatient! Alright, read this…
And another thing, if you’re reading this page, it’s probably time you started taking more responsibility for looking after your voice.