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Ringo's "limited" vocal range?
8 September 2015
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I'm really confused about Ringo's vocal profile. I keep reading that he had a limited range but then I find videos claiming it's C2 - A4 full voice and that's not limited at all. In fact it's only 3 tones off Lennon's full voice range. 

That said wikipedia says Paul worked hard to get Ringo to do the final note in With a Little Help which is an E4, but why if Ringo easily did F4s years ago in I Wanna Be Your Man ? Can someone shed some light on this?

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He has a 18 octave voice that he hides out of shame.

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@mrno1324 said

That said wikipedia says Paul worked hard to get Ringo to do the final note in With a Little Help which is an E4, but why if Ringo easily did F4s years ago in I Wanna Be Your Man ? Can someone shed some light on this?

The note in With A Little Help From My Friends is a long, sustained note, whereas the notes in I Wanna Be Your Man are much quicker. Getting up there isn't the problem-- it's staying up there. 😀 

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mrno1324 said
I'm really confused about Ringo's vocal profile. I keep reading that he had a limited range but then I find videos claiming it's C2 - A4 full voice and that's not limited at all. In fact it's only 3 tones off Lennon's full voice range. 
 
  but why if Ringo easily did F4s years ago in I Wanna Be Your Man ? Can someone shed some light on this?

The boys sing the high notes in I Wanna Be Your Man , don't they?  and usually it's Paul singing high with John too!

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Yeah, it's definitely not Ringo singing the chorus in I Wanna Be Your Man .

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I'm really confused about Ringo's vocal profile. I keep reading that he had a limited range but then I find videos claiming it's C2 - A4 full voice and that's not limited at all. In fact it's only 3 tones off Lennon's full voice range. 
 
  but why if Ringo easily did F4s years ago in I Wanna Be Your Man ? Can someone shed some light on this?

The boys sing the high notes in I Wanna Be Your Man , don't they?  and usually it's Paul singing high with John too!

Yeah I was thinking about the verses. They're actually F#4. That's low for Paul but high for Ringo. It's when he goes "I wanna be your lover baby I Wanna Be Your Man " at LOver.

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I can go down to A2 and even one or two semitones lower it it's that short a note; doesn't mean I can actually *sing* that low. When I try Norwegian Wood or My Valentine , when the note is somewhat extended, it's hit or miss. I think Ringo is the same with the higher notes, as was John by the way. On some songs, Paul sings the highest note because John couldn't get there, whereas John can reach them in other songs.

 

I really don't know what Ringo's exact range is, but it's not particularly wide. But perhaps it's not just his actual tonal range, but more his vocal ability that was the issue; he doesn't appear to (be able to) do multiple notes in one syllable, or in short succession. I did also notice that when he'd sing off stage, in some of the Beatles documentaries, and even in Magical Mystery Tour , he'd sound much, much better. I'm thinking being self-conscious about his singing may also have had something to do with it.

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I can go down to A2 and even one or two semitones lower it it's that short a note; doesn't mean I can actually *sing* that low. When I try Norwegian Wood or My Valentine , when the note is somewhat extended, it's hit or miss. I think Ringo is the same with the higher notes, as was John by the way. On some songs, Paul sings the highest note because John couldn't get there, whereas John can reach them in other songs.

 

I really don't know what Ringo's exact range is, but it's not particularly wide. But perhaps it's not just his actual tonal range, but more his vocal ability that was the issue; he doesn't appear to (be able to) do multiple notes in one syllable, or in short succession. I did also notice that when he'd sing off stage, in some of the Beatles documentaries, and even in Magical Mystery Tour , he'd sound much, much better. I'm thinking being self-conscious about his singing may also have had something to do with it.

Maybe he just didn't want to embarass his bandmates with his superior skills so he kept them hidden 🙂

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I'm glad he does a lot of singing on his solo albums.

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Well i think going from C2 to A4 is quite a lot ... Even for Pavarotti... That means he could cover two full octaves and a bit more... when a tenor (a trained one) use to cover from C3 to A4, getting to C5 in the solos... 

also, there's the age factor... As you get older your voice range get lower... and a lot of other factors could help to "increase" his vocal range, like recording his vocals without drumming, or standing up... and the tape speed wich is something they did a lot...

I think his vocal range is really limited, probably one octave + a bit more ... 

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Never noticed that Ringo doesnt sing the 'I Wanna Be Your Man ' choruses as he always did them live and on the BBC. Wonder why he didnt - or is he just buried so deep in the mix?

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Reading about the writting of "Little Child ":

The only prerequisite in writing the song was to make it “fairly simple” for Ringo to sing, as Paul elaborates: “He didn’t have a large vocal range but he could handle things with good con brio and spirito if they were nice and simple.

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Never noticed that Ringo doesnt sing the 'I Wanna Be Your Man ' choruses as he always did them live and on the BBC. Wonder why he didnt - or is he just buried so deep in the mix?

I meant the (higher) harmony; sorry 'bout that...

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