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Comparative Vocal Ranges
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30 December 2010
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I was wondering if anyone knew for certain the vocal ranges of the Beatles. I know Paul's is A1 to F5 not including falsetto - which is frankly astonishing. There's a good video on youtube if you google "Paul McCartney Vocal Range".

I know John sings an A4 (the A above Middle C) in Twist And Shout, as well as on a number of other songs. That A sounds very strained, but given he had a cold and had been recording the whole day I wouldn't rule out him hitting a few notes above that on a better day.

George apparently has a higher range than John, but I can't give any examples to verify it. Obviously Ringo was the baritone of the group.

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Hey JD, welcome the forum. brian-epstein

This came up not too long ago, and there's a video covering Paul's range. If I'm reading it right, John's range is wider*.

 

*not set in stone.

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Paulrus said:

Middle C is C4, I think, so your lowest would be A4.


There seems to be a lot of confusion on the internet as to how Scientific Pitch Notation works. There is a good article on Wikipedia as to how it works: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.....h_notation but I will try and explain it for you how I understand it.

Middle C is usually designated as C4, although I've seen it written as C3 and C5 in some places, which is wrong. The High C an octave above Middle C is C5. The notes between C4 and C5 all have 4 after them meaning that A4 would be the A above Middle C. The A below Middle C is an A3.

Vocal range does not define voice classification, rather it is the transition between chest and head voice (passagio), where your speaking voice lies and the general timbre of your voice. For example, Robert Plant has a high, girlish quality to his voice (for a man anyway) while Eddie Veddar has a manly growl. The baritone range is the most common range, while tenors are more common than bass voices. (And just for laughs, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....cKA-Pf3qLc and note the tone of the Tiger's voice at the end. True bass at its best).

However, certain voices are associated with certain ranges. Baritones are expected to hit A2 (second A below Middle C), while true Tenors cannot.

The best vocal classification to have is a matter of opinion as to what tone you are going for, but those who's comfortable ranges are lower tend to have greater ranges overall. This is because the lower your comfortable range the longer your vocal chords. In reaching higher notes we shorten the vocal chords, and while it is possible to shorten your vocal chords far beyond your comfortable range it is impossible to lengthen your vocal chords any distance.

This is why most baritones can with training sing in the tenor range. It is also one of the reasons tenor parts in popular music are more common - it's very hard to fake a bass voice.

MotherNaturesDaughter, From what I you told me your lowest note is an A3 and your highest is a B5, giving you a comfortable range of 2 octaves and a tone. Bear in mind that vocal range is usually taken in the modal register (ie head and chost voice), and does not include vocal fry or falsetto.

Hope that's helped someone a-hard-days-night-george-10

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