What is an average male falsetto reach

Statistical mean range for a singer

The average male is a baritone with a range between 1.4 and 2.0 octaves. I learned that in a workshop about writing melodies for songs. This area starts with the chest voice and changes to the head voice at the top of the area. By head voice I don't mean falsetto. Switching to falsetto would likely add two to three additional notes. Most men who consider themselves "singers" have a range in the upper average to above average. All singers have a point at which they have to switch from their lower register to their upper register (not falsetto) as they sing higher. Well-trained singers can convey this transition to the listener very smoothly. Untrained singers can have an abrupt shift in tone character when the switch registers.


I disagree a little with you on this - your reach is a little generous. The average, untrained male adult without falsetto produces an average range between approximately 0.66 and 1.3 octaves. The average trained singer / musician should be able to cover the area you mandate.

Rockin Cowboy

@jjmusicnotes I'm not going to say you are incorrect, but do you have a source for your 0.66 octave statement? Just curious. That is a range of four and a half notes on a scale. So the average untrained man can sing "do re mi fa" but may not be able to hit like that? (Assuming they are singing the lowest note, defining the scale they are singing.) That may be true, but I find it hard to believe. Not to say it's not true - but I want to research further through your source.


My source is years of writing music, attending clinics, working with professional musicians, teaching and working with untrained musicians. 2/3 of an octave actually sets the minimum range to a small 6th, not a 4th as you claim. In the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the cantus firmus of a chant was written with intervals no greater than a perfect fifth, since many untrained voices could not sing higher. My statements are historically, contextually and pedagogically relevant and accurate and are based on years of study and professional work.

Tim H.

From personal experience: Yes, I had the impression that my voice only had a range of 0.66 octaves. However, this is only a psychological barrier. What I had to learn was that using the head voice or falsetto as a man wasn't wrong or funny. But it was inherent in the practice of singing. Once this mental block was lifted, my range reached 2 octaves, which I now consider to be pretty average. If you call breaking this mental block "training" you are right, but it can be learned fairly quickly.

Barney Chambers

This didn't really answer my question, I was more curious about the actual notes that average guy could sing. Ie E above low C to G about middle C.