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Comparative Vocal Ranges
Ben Ramon
612 Posts
3 April 2012 - 11.36am

I know this is dredging up a relatively old thread but I do know quite a lot about this (because I'm a geek!)

Paul had the greatest range of the Beatles, a staggeringly enormous A1-G5 in full voice, and was totally comfortable with singing the higher tenor harmony which often went up to around the tenor high C (C5): here's a youtube video I made showcasing his range. See the video description to see what each note is and from which song.

John was a light baritone with pretty strong lows, who was out of his comfort zone around A4 but could get quite far above that if he really screamed (see Mother). With his highest screams in Mother included, although I'd argue it's not really singing, John had an impressive C2-Eb5.

Admittedly I haven't notewatched the other Beatles so much, but George was a low tenor with a very light voice, the lowest I've heard from him is E2 in The Ballad of Frankie Crisp and the highest a B4 from You (which to my mind is his best vocal performance).

Ringo was a standard baritone, who apparently felt the E4 at the end of With A Little Help From My Friends a very difficult note to hit.

SHUT UP - Paulie's talkin'

Ben Ramon
612 Posts
18 September 2012 - 5.00am

Sorry to dig up this old thread but a B1 has been discovered by John, the spoken "yeah" in You Know My Name (Look Up The Number). If I find the time I may make a Lennon vocal range video to accompany the Macca one.

SHUT UP - Paulie's talkin'

511 Posts
18 September 2012 - 11.01am

Awesome,I really appreciate your efforts. I'm not really sure I undersand it totally, though. Does it mean John's vocal range was four octaves and two notes? If it does, I'm awed

Ben Ramon
612 Posts
18 September 2012 - 12.16pm

Not quite. Singers with four octaves of full voice are very rare. Paul is only one tone away from four octaves though with a frankly insane A1-G5. John's range is still pretty impressive, maybe less impressive by the fact that his top notes were achieved by wild screaming rather than more controlled singing, but still a very decent three octaves and five notes (if you're talking semitones as "notes").

SHUT UP - Paulie's talkin'

Over the Rainbow
117 Posts
18 September 2012 - 7.40pm

I think it's really interesting to look at. I'm no musical genius, but I definitely could tell that Paul, in my opinion, was the better singer, mainly for his huge range. I wish I knew more about the technicalities of it cause it seems very interesting! 

You make your own dream.

15 Posts
17 October 2012 - 5.47pm

The Walrus said

The highest note I can remember John hitting is "takes to fill the Albert Hall".

It's a high G but it's not very high (and sung in falsetto too a-hard-days-night-ringo-8).
Actually, I may be wrong but I think John's peak throughout his career, as far as his vocal range is concerned, is the first two notes of the terrific intro to Mr. Moonlight.

God Only Knows
262 Posts
29 September 2013 - 4.21am

Just like it was bumped before, I'm gonna bump this thread again, because I have something special to contribute.. In the spoiler below, are links to a forum that documents vocal ranges; I found this forum in April according to my join date, and I've added a significant amount of information to their Beatle threads. It lists it in a format that every note we deem 'significant' from B2 to A1 and A4 to F6 is listed (in Paul's case, at least).

But if you're too lazy, here's what each of them say.

John: B1 - Bb5 (his supposed C6 isn't him, and he has a B5 I posted recently I've hesitated to put on the original post)

Paul: A1 - F6

George: C#2 to F#5

Ringo: C2 to E5

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