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George's Vocal Range..?
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Holsety
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7 October 2012 - 1.37am

I've seen videos of John and Paul's highest notes, of which John's is probably in Please Please Me (the album) or elsewhere. Paul's is the Hey Jude climax, but I've never known what George's highest note was. I know he never tested his limits as much as the other two did, maybe because he was insecure, but I'm not sure if that's likely. In his solo career he probably had some high notes, too. I'm watching a video that notes high and low notes in general, and it's already mistaken one of George's for Paul (I know this because it was She Said She Said), and that's why I randomly wondered. In which songs did he hit his highest and lowest notes? Was it in While My Guitar Gently Weeps

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7 October 2012 - 12.37pm

Paul's highest recorded (full voice) note is not the F5 from the Hey Jude climax, it is in fact a G5 from the ending of Soily live in LA 1976. 

George's highest note that I know of is a B4 from You, and the lowest an E2 from The Ballad of Frankie Crisp (I've done extensive research into the vocal ranges of each Beatle, although I haven't notewatched George as much as John and Paul).

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7 October 2012 - 3.03pm

I was going off of what they recorded during the Beatles, but considering I was looking for George's highest in his entire career, I probably could have counted Wings and solo as well for the rest of them. I'll have to look into that.

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18 October 2012 - 11.26pm

I'd hate to double-post, but I'm a bit curious. Does anyone know exactly what George's highest note was while he was still in the Beatles? I know he has a couple notable high notes like "cause I KNOW" from Don't Bother Me, or maybe "if they only KNEW" from Within You Without You. He has a lot of falsetto too, but considering I can't read music or tell notes by ear I'm wondering if research has been conducted.

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18 October 2012 - 11.33pm

"Paperback Writer" has some pretty high harmonies (a little TOO high imho). And there's that falsetto bit in "Tell Me Why".

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19 October 2012 - 3.20pm

The highest harmonies in Helter Skelter are a bit high, and if Paul didn't do backing vocals I'm inclined to think George did those too. They sound like John, though.

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19 October 2012 - 11.22pm

I believe it's George who's doing the high voice on the final verse of "Sun King" -- when they sing "here comes -- the su--u-u-u-u-n king" -- if you listen to his solo song "Here Comes The Moon", the vocal sounds almost identical.  

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31 October 2012 - 8.58pm

He has a note right around in the middle of Long, Long, Long which sounds like full voice. Not sure how high it is, though.

EDIT: That actually sounds like Paul after hearing it again.. not sure.

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11 November 2012 - 2.25am

If George is in fact singing the falsetto on Run For Your Life (as has been alleged), I think that would certainly be his highest.

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12 November 2012 - 12.34am

'm currently watching their live at Japan concert, and I noticed George was doing the highest part on the "paaperback WRI-iterrrrr" if you know what I mean..

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....tsrXRGje1Y

26 minute mark or so on there if you don't know what I mean. He does the highest one the 3rd time at around 26:19.

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 I don't know how high that is, but it's certainly high.

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3 December 2012 - 2.41am

I may be horribly wrong, but I'm going to take a guess that George is doing E5 there? It's falsetto though, and I'm not quite sure of George's falsetto range. I've been paying a little more attention to George's vocal performances so I can find out his highest note, whether it's falsetto or not. I've been telling these notes by ear and my ear deceives me sometimes..

edit; he also tops the backing vocals in Let It Be (at least the version I was listening to) with a possible C5 before he descends downward. Also falsetto. I've only been concerning myself with what's higher than his highest note anyone else has found (B4).

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18 November 2015 - 8.05pm

George's voice is surprisingly low, he's very close to John's at times, I reckon it could be a tie depending on the time of day.

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18 November 2015 - 8.16pm

^^G.H. did have a low speaking voice, yes, and naturally it got lower as he aged, but vocal-range-wise he's a tenor like Paul (though not quite as awesome), as opposed to John, who is quite possibly a baritone or low tenor at least... the jury is still out on this. ahdn_george_01

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18 November 2015 - 8.40pm

John's a low tenor he's got about 2/3 of an octave on my range and I'm definitely a baritone. I think George's range is underrated that way, he seems to have a very complete tenor range, with John and Paul either side. Even Ringo as a baritone has a pretty good range, I can't do that high note in With A Little Help From My Friends (although I'm not sure Ringo's been able to do it since).

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18 November 2015 - 8.54pm

ewe2 said
John's a low tenor he's got about 2/3 of an octave on my range and I'm definitely a baritone. I think George's range is underrated that way, he seems to have a very complete tenor range, with John and Paul either side. Even Ringo as a baritone has a pretty good range, I can't do that high note in With A Little Help From My Friends (although I'm not sure Ringo's been able to do it since).

I agree. His high end was rather weak in the early days, but as he sang more, it improved (naturally). He may not be as range-wise astounding as Paul (but seriously, who is?) or as throat-shredding incredible as John, but he is a talented singer in his own right (now there's a difference between being a talented singer and a talented vocalist-- I'd say J&P were in the latter category while G was in the former)... once again the curse/blessing of being in a band with Lennon & McCartney.

Actually George is the only vocalist I can think of about whom I can honestly say his range, control, etc. actually improved as he aged. 

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18 November 2015 - 9.00pm

Yes, I think George suffered from some not-good vocal recording on many of his 70's tracks where there could have been some mid-body left in or at least double-tracking, he did a lot of very high singing on many tunes.

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18 November 2015 - 9.06pm

And he did tend to sound better in the studio than live. 

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18 November 2015 - 9.40pm

I think we've covered a few questions there ahdn_george_06

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27 November 2015 - 7.49pm

@ewe2 Look what I found! http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo.....cal-range/

Hmmm, think we should move this conversation over there? Or would that be too disruptive?

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27 November 2015 - 7.51pm

Silly Girl said

Actually George is the only vocalist I can think of about whom I can honestly say his range, control, etc. actually improved as he aged. 

Same with Nick Jonas omg

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