Debunking K-pop Vocal Myths #11: Alto is NOT a voice type!

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23 thoughts on “Debunking K-pop Vocal Myths #11: Alto is NOT a voice type!

  1. Thank you so much. I can’t handle the stupid that comes out of people’s mouths when I politely and tactfully try to correct them. A girl said she was an Alto in a school choir. I told her it’s a choir part and not her voice type. After the same explanation you gave, she said ”All I know is I was an Alto in choir.” Another dude said ”I’m a bass, I was a bass in choir.” And I said, you’re actually a baritone, and I explained the three types. And then he said he’s a bass.

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    1. well, what else can it be if she’s a woman? Her name is Galina Baranova btw. The song is called ”The song of desire” i think.

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  2. This video was very surprising for me. I, just like the girl mentioned before in comments, sing alto part in my choir and I don’t really believe that I’m a soprano who’s just afraid of high notes.
    Some time ago my friend, who’s a professional musician, mentioned to me as a fun fact, that in some countries alto isn’t even recognised as a voice type. I recalled this conversation while watching your video. I understand that in the US you don’t have alto as a voice type, but I’m quite sure that it’s classified as a voice type in Europe or at least in Poland, where I live.

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    1. I think you’re confusing alto with contralto and I’m sure the person you’re talking about was talking about contralto and shortening it as alto, that’s what 95% of people everywhere do. The problem is calling sopranos and mezzo by alto.

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  3. All of this being said: how do you feel about male sopranos, like a male that is not just capable of it, but they sound like a woman when they talk and they truly naturally developed with comfort in the soprano range just like a female. I know they are REALLY rare, but I have a friend like this named Tyler. He is being trained at my college as a male soprano. This is a video of him doing a duet last year: https://youtu.be/SLOxAvjDhsw
    P.s. According to literally all of my music professors, the most common female voice type is a mezzo. Why do you say it’s soprano? Just curious as to your reasoning.

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    1. I would have to hear what he sounds like singing in a register that’s not his head voice. So this alone doesn’t show me a soprano. Also what I’ve learned from my own instructors is that sopranos are the most common. Not only that, from experience I’ve met a lot less mezzo sopranos than sopranos in my life.

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  4. I know Jisoo is not a mezzo but I’ve noticed her voice seems to have a relatively darker color than Rosé,Lisa and even Jennie. I could be wrong but it doesn’t sound as “bright”. Do you hear this too Ahmin?
    *Also on a side note is Yuqi from (g)idle a mezzo? Or is she just a husky soprano? Like Tiffany?

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    1. I have been asked about someone from G-Idle before and I heard no mezzo, now it it were Yuqi or not I don’t recall. I’m not 100% sure Jisoo is not a mezzo actually.

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      1. It would be cool if she was.
        Also how is everything going for you? What’s it like living in South Korea?

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      2. It’s great for the most part, there are very few things I don’t like about living here. Thank you for asking.

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  5. No problem (^_^) Just hoping you’re in good health. You too Pandayeu and frostprincess21 if you’re there.
    Ahmin, I really hope you get to work with some big name singers/performers soon. I believe you would really make a positive change in the quality of their singing. It would be amazing if one of the big 3 hired you to train their idols. I would be happy with any company though. I’m rooting for you!
    (◍•ᴗ•◍)

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