Deciphering Singer Pro Sheet Music and Finding Your Vocal Range
Are you inspired to practice your singing? Want to sing one of the latest hit songs from your favorite performers? You may have noticed that we offer something called “Singer Pro” editions of our sheet music. This type of sheet music provides you with the ability to sing the vocal line for your favorite song with a piano accompaniment. Take a look:
These measures are from the spiritual Wade in the Water. You can see that the vocal line is separated from the piano accompaniment, and that the accompaniment complements the singer’s voice. Our Singer Pro sheet music is a type of scoring where the melody line is not included in the piano arrangement. If you sing in a choir or play any other instruments like flute or saxophone, you’ll be familiar with this type of sheet music because it’s intentionally composed to highlight and complement the vocal line.
Our catalog of Singer Pro sheet music also offers something to help you decide if the key the song is in will fit your vocal range. On the right-hand side of our products, you’ll see something called “Quick Details.” Pictured here are the Quick Details for the popular song Viva La Vida by Coldplay.
- Scoring: – This tells you what style of sheet music arrangement the song is in. For more about the types of products we offer, visit our earlier post about piano sheet music notation.
Instruments: – In this section, you’ll find information about your vocal range and whether or not backup vocals are included in the piece. C4 refers to “middle C” on a piano, or the “middle octave.” Read more about deciphering the numbers in our comments about vocal ranges below.
Pages: – This number reflects the total number of pages in your sheet music once you download it.
Average Rating: – This rating is an average of your reviews for our sheet music. If you’re interested in reviewing sheet music on our site, we recommend reading our blog post entitled How to Review Sheet Music on Musicnotes.com.
At a glance, the Quick Details will help you find out if you can sing your favorite song. If you can’t, you might want to see if there is a transposition available or request one from us. First, you do need to find your vocal range in order to make a good assessment.
How to Find Your Vocal Range
To find your vocal range, you’ll need to figure out what the lowest and highest notes you can comfortably sing are. Before you test your vocal limits, we recommend warming up your voice with a few exercises. If you don’t know of any choral exercises, try singing a children’s song or a tune you’re really comfortable with. (Remember the scene from The Little Mermaid where Ariel was showing off her voice? That’s a great example of a vocal exercise!)
In this particular singing warm-up, you don’t need to worry about volume or technique. Once you’ve “warmed up,” you’ll want to start by finding middle C (which is represented as C4 on our sheet music). The number “4” represents an octave on the keyboard, so all of the notes in the “C” octave, starting with middle C will have a “4” after it. The next octave will start with C5; the previous with C3 and so on. Your vocal range will be determined by the lowest note you can sing comfortably to the highest note. A song’s vocal range is listed the same way; from the highest note to the lowest note in the sheet music.
Let’s match up a few vocal ranges to some of our songs to show you how important your range is. Say that you find out your vocal range is from G3 to E5. Looking at the Quick Details above, you see that the range for Viva La Vida is from Eb4 to Ab5. That means the vocal line reaches a higher register because the lowest note is an E flat above middle C and stretches to an A flat above high C. In this case, your range wouldn’t match up with the song because you can’t comfortably sing a high A flat. For this song, you’ll probably need a transposition of the piece that would fit within your vocal range. For Wade in the Water on the other hand, the range listed is between A3 to D5. Your singing voice would be able to comfortably handle that song.
We hope our look into sheet music for singers has helped you today. If you have any follow-up questions, feel free to post them here in the comments!