The voice lessons in Erol Singer’s Studio are always customized to your exact vocal range. In other words, the application decides what notes to play in each exercise based on the lowest and the highest notes you can sing*. To take advantage of this feature, you will need to either let Erol Singer’s Studio know what your range is (if you know it), or let the app measure your range for you.
Everything related to your range is accessible via the My Range tab of the app. The green bubble over the piano keyboard represents your current vocal range, which you can adjust using any combination of the following techniques:
- Using Automatic Range Detection
- Selecting a predefined vocal range (e.g. Tenor, Soprano, etc.)
- Manually adjusting your exact range
You can also combine either of the first two techniques with the last one. For example, you can first use Automatic Range Detection to determine your range, and then manually adjust it to fit your needs.
Automatic Range Detection
If you are a beginner, you may want to use the Automatic Range Detection feature to give you a rough estimate of your range. To activate it, simply double-tap the green bubble on the piano keyboard. Once the bubble starts pulsating with a red glow, say a long “ahh” in your normal speaking voice. The app should automatically detect the pitch of your voice, and shrink and move the bubble to the corresponding note. Now, say a long “ahh” again, but this time higher in your range without pushing or straining your voice. You can later repeat the automatic range detection after a thorough warmup, and slowly build up to your full range by first singing a scale or a melody (just remember that you will need to sustain the highest and lowest notes you can sing to demonstrate to the app that you are comfortable hitting those notes). Your initial goal should be to find notes that are comfortably within your range without pushing your limits. After you determine the highest note you can comfortably sing, repeat the long “ahh” in a lower pitch voice. Remember not to strain or push your voice and go only as low as feels natural and comfortable. It is okay if your starting range is limited; not everyone has a 5-octave range like Mariah Carey, but as you practice and improve, your range will naturally expand at both ends.
The app stops automatic range detection on its own when you change tabs (e.g. when you go to the Training tab to practice lessons), but if you would like to stop it yourself, just tap on the piano keyboard.
Selecting a Predefined Vocal Range
If you know your voice classification, you can select one of the predefined voice types (Bass, Baritone, or Tenor for males and Contralto, Mezzo-Soprano, or Soprano for females) by tapping on the corresponding label. Note that these ranges are approximate, and you will likely need to fine-tune your selection after a few practices using the manual adjustment explained below.
Manual Selection/Adjustment of Vocal Range
After you use automatic range detection or select a predefined vocal range as explained above, you may want to fine tune your exact range manually, especially after you go through a few exercises. For example, if the lessons consistently play notes that you are unable to sing comfortably, you should decrease your range. On the other hand, if you believe you can easily sing lower and/or higher notes, you may want to increase your selected range so that the application can better customize the lessons for you.
For manual adjustment:
- Hold and slide the center of the bubble with your finger to move your selected range
- Hold and slide the left edge of the bubble to change the low end of your range
- Hold and slide the right edge of the bubble to change the high end of your range
Note that as you get better, your range will also expand, and you will want to modify the size of the green bubble over the keyboard to match your new skill level.
* This app uses some additional logic to determine the best range to use for each lesson. For example, warmup and cool-down lessons generally don’t use your entire range, and neither do exercises that involve sounds that are harder to reproduce in higher ranges such as ‘mm.’ Some other lessons, such as “Range Extension ‘Ooh-Ah'” play a couple of semitones just out of your range to push your limits.