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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    This is an interesting opinion. However, when I started singing I only had one octave (I'm not a natural singer). With a lot of different teachers and some hard work I now have two and a half stage worthy octaves. Of course, there may be some singers who have that range naturally and others who can sing many octaves with ease and intuition, but my own experience shows that a voice can be built (a bit like building an instrument).

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    At what age did you start?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonetan View Post
    At what age did you start?
    18

    Too young? Too old?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    18

    Too young? Too old?

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    At 18, the voice certainly requires building & one's range will grow as they go through their 20's, but I think their's a genetic limit to how far they can go. Similar to an athlete I suppose. They can increase speed & strength through training, but to become a world class sprinter or strongman requires certain genetic gifts. I feel the same about singing range. I know tenors than can sing lower than some basses & basses with easy high G's. I think they are just blessed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    That singers need to work on range and practice notes beyond what the music they sing requires should be obvious. Does anyone think otherwise? If high C is your highest reliable note, you're going to be terrified of high Cs, with unpredictable consequences. Of course some singers in this predicament may nevertheless do fine work, and shouldn't be accused of having poor technique.
    Rosa Ponselle comes to mind immediately. Her highest note was a Db6 if I recall correctly.

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