Alto 1 vs 2

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    Robin Medina 3 years ago

    Hi Camille,

    I've worked on the Daily Warm-ups for Altos a few times. My question is, how do I know whether I'm an Alto 1 or 2? 



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    Camille van Niekerk 3 years ago

    Hi, Robin! Alto 2s occasionally need to sing as low as Db3, whereas Alto 1s may sing as high as F5. If you're generally comfortable with your voice sitting lower: Alto 2. If you're generally more comfortable with those higher pitches: Alto 1. 

    Sometimes a conductor/choir director will also place you in one section or another based on vocal timbre. They may want a darker, richer tone for the Alto 2s and a brighter tone for the Alto 1s, for example. 

    But if you're self-selecting, consider which part of your range (low vs. medium-high) will sound the best and cause you the least vocal fatigue. Also worth noting: most of the time, altos will be singing together (unless it's an SSAA choir)!

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