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Velvet voice contralto. What is the main secret of his popularity

Contralto is one of the brightest female voices. Its velvety low sound is often compared to a cello. This voice is quite rare in nature, so it is very appreciated for its beautiful timbre and for the fact that it has the lowest notes for women.

HOW AND WHEN A CONTRALTO IS FORMED This voice has its own characteristics of formation. Most often, it can be determined after 14 or 18 years. The female voice of the contralto is mainly formed of 2 children: low alt, which from an early age has a pronounced chest register or soprano with an inexpressive timbre. Usually by the transitional age, the first voice acquires a beautiful low sound with a velvety chest register, and the second unexpectedly expands the range for everyone and starts to sound beautiful after adolescence. Many girls are surprised at the changes and the fact that the range becomes lower, and the voice acquires beautiful expressive low notes.

Such a situation often occurs: a girl with an inexpressive 1 soprano is told that she has a weak voice and she should not professionally engage in vocals. And then, after about 14 years old, they have expressive chest notes and a feminine sound, which is characteristic of contralto. Upper case gradually becomes colorless and expressionless, and low notes, on the contrary, acquire a beautiful chest sound. Unlike mezzo-soprano, this type of contralto in sound does not resemble a juicy girlish voice, but the voice of a very adult woman, much older than her calendar age. If the mezzo-soprano voice sounds velvety, but very juicy and beautiful, then the contralto has a small hoarseness that the average female voice does not have.

An example of such a voice is singer Vera Brezhneva. She had a high soprano in her childhood, which, unlike other children’s voices, seemed inexpressive and colorless. Whereas in adolescence other sopranos only gained strength and grew richer in their timbre, beauty and pectoral notes, while in Vera the colors of her voice gradually lost their expressiveness, but the chest register expanded. And in adulthood, a rather expressive female contralto voice was formed in her, which sounds deep and original. A vivid example of such a voice can be heard in the songs “Help me” and “Good day”. Another type of contralto is formed already in childhood. These voices have a rough sound and often sing in the part of the violas in the school choir. By the transitional age, they become mezzo-sopranos and dramatic sopranos, and some turn into deep contralto. In colloquial speech, such voices sound rude, becoming like boys.

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