View Full Version : Soprano. Concert. Tenor. Baritone. Why not "Alto" instead of tenor?

12-17-2012, 05:39 AM
Alto would seem more logical to me.

Tim Mullins
12-17-2012, 06:08 AM
Actually, the concert size is also referred to as "alto."

12-17-2012, 06:09 AM
Sometimes, but rarely, I hear the Concert referred to as Alto.


12-17-2012, 08:45 AM
You're probably asking the wrong question: Out of the four, only Concert is not a voice type.

So coming back to your thread title I'd simply say: because alto is a higher vocal range than tenor. As simple as that.
Thinking that a bit further you could even say that soprano and tenor are nonsense anyway, because they are tuned to exactly the same pitch.

mm stan
12-17-2012, 08:51 AM
The concert as referred as the alto long ago but not much anymore...

12-17-2012, 08:54 AM
This kind of question pops up every once in a while on the forums. I think Louis worded it the best, though.

12-17-2012, 10:09 AM
Out of the four, only Concert is not a voice type. Well, that's what I mean. Concert doesn't fit into the analogy.

...because alto is a higher vocal range than tenor. Right, following the voice analogy a "concert" ukulele would be referred to as an "alto because it falls between tenor and soprano; SATB.

Not a big deal, clearly, I was just curious. I'm also on the Southwest Chief to Chicago and the scenery, as beautiful as it is, is starting to look the same so I needed a little electronic distraction.

12-17-2012, 10:15 AM
I think think they should be named:

soprano = Bedroom
alto = Concert
tenor = Party
baritone = YouTube

12-17-2012, 10:33 AM
Why not use common standards: S, M, L and XL

Or the "Land Rover" method*: name each one after its scale length, perhaps combined with the above for body size.
A soprano would be a 13S, a longneck soprano would be 15S, concert 15M, etc. up to 21XL for the bari

*Land Rover names the Defender after the wheelbase

Rubio MHS
12-17-2012, 07:26 PM
aNueNue calls them just I, II and III.