Vocal Ranges


I was reading up on Brendon Urie and it said his voice is four octaves (D2 to C7). What do these numbers signify? Does this mean he can hit half of all physically possible notes? Also, does this depend on the deepness of his normal talking voice?

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The notes D and C are the pitches he can sing. The number is the octave he can sing it in. For example if it were D2 and C2 he would only be able to sing two notes. There are 7 notes in each octave so he can sing a range D2-C7 of 34 notes.
Edit: math.

The numbers refer to the location of notes in the musical scale.

Visualize the 88 keys on a piano which total 11 octaves.

His range starts at D2 or the second D note on the piano (from left to right/low to high) to the 7th C note/key on the piano. The range means he can sing each note and all the notes in between.

If you look at a piano, you can see a pattern of octaves. D2 refers to the D note on the second octave of the piano (11 white keys from the leftmost). C7 refers to the C note on the 7th octave (8 white keys from the rightmost). This range is one note less than 5 octaves. D2 to D6 is 4 octaves so perhaps you meant C6.

His range, going by what you wrote, is most of the notes on a piano but that is NOT all possible notes in music or playable by musical instruments. But it is a good enough estimate that his vocal range cover half of the notes available in an orchestra (typically 8-9 octaves, give or take)

Hard to say what his normal speaking voice is. Not sure it is related to a vocal range.

Anyway, vocal range is a bit of a “bragging rights” thing and isn’t as important as a number of people think. Arguably more important is a singer’s tessitura, broadly defined as the comfortable singing range. (where they maintain good timbre, able to project power etc)

Some singers can produce a high “whistle” (eg. Mariah Carey) and control the note but it hard to say that it is singing in some sense. (it always sounds like “eeeeee”) IMHO