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George's Vocal Range..?
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Silly Girl said

@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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Which post should I start with for the move?

EDIT: Posts moved. For context, originally they were in the Miscellaneous questions about the Beatles thread around page 20. The conversation is a follow along from AD 40 asking, "What Beatle has the highest pitched speaking voice? The lowest? The second lowest? The second highest?" and RN responding, "Guessing, as one could only know by technical analysis, and voices change over the years, from lowest to highest I would suggest - Ringo, John, George, Paul."

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To continue, it's interesting to me how much George's voice changed and/or was recorded over the years; a song like Ding Dong, Ding Dong seems like he's really pushing it but the vocal take has got a harsh metallic sound as well which doesn't help. But then you get a song like Brainwashed and he sounds much better, which is confounding and also a testament to good production.

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Ahhh Girl is quoted as having said

For context, originally they were in the Miscellaneous questions about the Beatles thread around page 20. The conversation is a follow along from AD 40 asking, "What Beatle has the highest pitched speaking voice? The lowest? The second lowest? The second highest?" and RN responding, "Guessing, as one could only know by technical analysis, and voices change over the years, from lowest to highest I would suggest - Ringo, John, George, Paul."

...And then the Harrifans took over. a-hard-days-night-john-1 

I agree with @ewe2 (no pun intended), George had a very special voice *wipes sentimental Apple Scruff tear away* and it needed good recording to bring out the beauty in it. Of course, you really can't compare any of his vocals on Dark Horse or Extra Texture with any of his others, as we all know his larynx was quite shredded. ahdn_paul_01 

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I think this is the highest George ever sang in full voice:

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Yeah, I think so too. 

It's a Bb4 if anyone is wondering-- not bad, not bad at all. a-hard-days-night-george-4

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It turns into a B4 just about by the end of the held note.

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Oh really? Cool stuart-sutcliffe

...Time to go listen to 'You' again... a-hard-days-night-george-9 

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Ben Ramon said

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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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.

It's an A4. I'm pretty sure that's his highest full voice note of the Beatleyears. 

I haven't paid as much attention to his falsetto notes... I think we all know of his experience doing falsetto backing vocals, but he also does some good falsetto leads, particularly on the Living In The Material World album; pity he didn't explore that more, as I'm very fond of his falsetto. 'I Really Love You' from Gone Troppo has him being a woman a-hard-days-night-george-10 (several women, actually) and he does some lovely layers there, though they're not particularly high-- the highest note I think is C5. 

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What's his lowest note? I think that's more important for tone quality.

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I won't lie.  I don't know how to read sheet music, so I can't measure his range.

But I do know that George just has such a beautiful innocent tender gorgeous soulful voice.  I'm working on music and my singing right now, and while Bjork and Death Grips are my inspiration for the production, George's voice is what aspire my voice to be like someday.

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KaleidoscopeMusic said
What's his lowest note? I think that's more important for tone quality.

I know that his voice was always very low when he spoke but I'll try to find his lowest singing note in a song later.

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 @KaleidoscopeMusic see my post above wherein I quote Ben Ramon as saying 

George's highest note that I know of is a B4 from You, and the lowest an E2 from The Ballad of Frankie Crisp

It's in the backing vocals, though, where he's whispering the title, and so I'm not sure if that would be considered full voice-- it's pushing it. I think his lowest practical note was G4, heard in songs such as Cloud 9 and Pisces Fish. 

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That John Paul Ringo guy has nothing on George! a-hard-days-night-george-10

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Silly Girl said
 @KaleidoscopeMusic see my post above wherein I quote Ben Ramon as saying 

George's highest note that I know of is a B4 from You, and the lowest an E2 from The Ballad of Frankie Crisp

It's in the backing vocals, though, where he's whispering the title, and so I'm not sure if that would be considered full voice-- it's pushing it. I think his lowest practical note was G4, heard in songs such as Cloud 9 and Pisces Fish. 

To me, the "Sir Frankie Crisp" backing vocals sound slowed down. They might not be, but I have always assumed they are.

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That's a good point. I honestly doubt that George could go down to E2-- from what I could tell, G2 was pushing it already.  

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He has a powerful voice. 

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 @Paul mccartney is the man, you asked 'Was George a tenor or a baritone?' and said 'He sounds like either a low tenor or a high baritone'. I thought this thread might help you, as it seemed like the right place for such an inquiry. 

My two cents is that he's a low tenor; as evidenced here, he could do some respectably high tenor notes, but they certainly weren't his forte-- his tessitura was about D3 to E4 (perhaps that's why so many of his songs are in the key of D?). 

His speaking voice was always considerably lower than his singing voice, even when he was young and scrawny. a-hard-days-night-george-9

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Silly Girl said
 @Paul mccartney is the man, you asked 'Was George a tenor or a baritone?' and said 'He sounds like either a low tenor or a high baritone'. I thought this thread might help you, as it seemed like the right place for such an inquiry. 

My two cents is that he's a low tenor; as evidenced here, he could do some respectably high tenor notes, but they certainly weren't his forte-- his tessitura was about D3 to E4 (perhaps that's why so many of his songs are in the key of D?). 

His speaking voice was always considerably lower than his singing voice, even when he was young and scrawny. a-hard-days-night-george-9  

so like me?  i'm a low tenor.

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Well I've always classified Paul McCartney to be a mid range tenor so he has the highest range of The Beatles. Obviously Ringo Starr has the lowest range, which I consider to match that of a mid range baritone. I've always classified John Lennon to be a low tenor, only just short from being placed in the baritone category. I've always considered George Harrison to be the opposite of what I've classified John as, being what I consider to be a high baritone, only just short from being placed in the tenor category, as opposed to being a low tenor, only just short from being placed in the baritone category. It's been debated what category John and George both fall under, since John is listed as a baritone on the Wikipedia, despite being considered a tenor by some, including but not limited to myself.

While George is listed as a tenor on the Wikipedia, despite being considered a baritone by some, including but not limited to myself. I personally consider myself to be a high baritone, possibly somewhere between a high baritone and a mid range baritone, since my vocal range is deeper than the vocal ranges of Paul, John, and George, though higher than the vocal range of Ringo. I can get the second lowest note of the bass range. Not sure if I can reach the lowest note of the bass range, but if I can, I certainly can't do it without the risk of straining my vocal chords.

The main reason I consider George to be a baritone is because although he adopted a tenorish vocal from the late 60's onwards, in the earlier 60's, he sang quite comfortably within the baritone range, not too far from the range he speaks in when he isn't singing. From the late 60's onwards, his singing range seemed to get higher than in the early 60's, but it seems clear to me that the singing range he adopted in the late 60's onwards is a fair bit higher than his natural vocal range. I guess this explains why some consider him to be a tenor.

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