Alto is the voice for women with lower voices – sometimes called contralto when it’s a really good, low “weighty” voice.
In Germany, but hardly ever in England, boys also sing alto. They do this before their voices change. Most would still get a blue shirt on the app (probably dark blue)
Beat this guy!
If you are or have been a boy in a choir, you might have come across men who sing alto too – sometimes called counter-tenors.
Yes, yes! Well I’ve tested my voice again and it’s got lower. Can I be a counter-tenor?
No. Counter-tenors are full-grown men. You aren’t!
Alfred Deller -the “godfather of the counter-tenor” Check him out!
Fact Number Nine
The adult human voice has at least two different parts, an upper (“head”) register for the high notes and a lower (“chest”) register for the low notes. The split between the two registers hardly exists in a young boy’s voice, but during adolescence it becomes much more obvious.
So, why can’t I use my new lower register to sing alto?
Because it will sound horrid and won’t produce the right notes for alto.
OK, I’ll use my old high register then!
Nope. Can’t do that either. Right in the middle of the alto part your voice will “crack” into the low register and everybody, especially the girls, will laugh.
That’s tough. What can I do?
Yes, it is tough. When your voice starts changing, it’s one of those times you have to think about where you’re going. You could watch Riding the Changes and you could think about alternatives