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TheBeatlesJohn
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18 July 2014 - 2.03am

I'm just gonna get straight to the point and list the ones I find hardest to sing:

Baby You're A Rich Man - How the HECK did John get his voice to sound like that, low falsetto type thing? He must have used some technique, I know he was extremely talented and all but jesus

Here, There And Everywhere - Mainly the part that goes 'Making each day of the year', I don't know about anyone else but I find it extremely difficult to go from a calming voice to that little falsetto thing he does so quickly, my voice always cracks when I try it xD

 

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18 July 2014 - 2.08am

Ringo songs cause I can't go that low

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18 July 2014 - 2.11am

'Oh Darling'

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Bulldog
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18 July 2014 - 2.29am

Actually I have a problem with some of Ringo's songs too (I can sing Don't Pass Me By, though!)

Technically, Yes It Is is pretty tough because it's difficult to make out all the individual voices in the harmonies. Same with This Boy and Nowhere Man.

I know it isn't a Beatles song, but I just thought I'd put it out there. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey I find incredibly difficult. Parts of UA are too low. AH's verses by Paul are too low in parts, while it's hard to hold the high notes of the chorus.

Most of Within You Without You is too low for me.

Fixing A Hole has one part where he sings "where it will goooooo!" is a bit high.

Hello, Goodbye is overall pretty high in terms of notes, and I have trouble with "go, go, GO!" That last "go" is tough.

Back In The USSR.

I'm Down, if you intend to try to replicate the original. Throat shredding as well as some high parts. 

Oh! Darling, though, is without a doubt one of if not the toughest. The main part is easy for me, but then... "WHEN YOU TOLD ME!!!!!!!!" That section is ridiculous.

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18 July 2014 - 3.22am

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18 July 2014 - 3.52am

I think "Helter Skelter" is a real tour de scream - so many little things Paul does impressively in that track!

 

I don't know if John's illness made "Twist And Shout" possibly the more impressive achievement, but for mythology's sake I'll concede that it was.

 

I'll second @Bulldog's point about the convoluted harmonies in "Yes It Is" etc. being difficult just to break down, let alone sing.

 

(Personally, I find many, many Beatles songs difficult to sing (even just to amuse myself) because I have very little range/control/projection etc.)

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Matt Busby
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18 July 2014 - 6.39am

I've been singing karaoke, almost exclusively Beatles songs, every week for about 6 months.

I agree This Boy is hard to separate the melody and harmonies.  I ended up trying to sing all 3 at once and it was a mess!

I've Just Seen A Face is hard because of the breathing for one - it's not one you can just get drunk and decide to sing!  Also, in the refrain, the high notes ("yes i am falling, AND she keeps calling") required for me a lot of practice to switch into falsetto for the a fast word or two and back seamlessly.

I'm So Tired - shredding in "I wonder should I call you but I know what you would do-ooh-ooh", and controlled shrieking in "I'd give you everything I've got for a little peace of mind".  Not saying you (or I) should try to imitate the originals exactly but to get the necessary emotion into the "peace of mind" line you gotta get some high tones, desperation, into your voice somehow.

I find their songs generally very difficult to sing - their vocal range, versatility in many ways, subtle pronunciation changes to make a proper rhyme, harmony that's impossible to separate (although there's a dude on youtube who does this - separates the vocal parts of Beatles songs and teaches you how to sing them - guy's name is Frudua and his youtube account is "The Beatles Vocal Harmony"), etc.

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18 July 2014 - 10.46am

Matt, this help me with my cover of This Boy, try it!

http://youtu.be/9JqPwvU4gTY

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18 July 2014 - 10.50am

I have quite a comfortable range. I can't go as high as Paul can, but I can go pretty high.

The only problem I have is the vocal shredding songs like Twist And Shout, Long Tall Sally, I'm Down, etc, for multiple reasons. Firstly, I don't want to annoy my neighbours or family (usually I'll only sing when I'm home alone because it's embarrassing). But most importantly, it's not that I can't do it, but it just sounds weird and childish when I try. 

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18 July 2014 - 12.56pm

Matt Busby said

I agree This Boy is hard to separate the melody and harmonies.  I ended up trying to sing all 3 at once and it was a mess!

I will say this: when it comes to This Boy and Yes It Is, John's vocal stands out a bit because he sings the basic melodies, so try getting his down and just singing that. George does some really weird harmonies though, going really low then suddenly jumping up to a high note... And actually, I used the same video alabamaa posted to realize how they go and just how complicated they are.

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I have quite a comfortable range. I can't go as high as Paul can, but I can go pretty high.

The only problem I have is the vocal shredding songs like Twist And Shout, Long Tall Sally, I'm Down, etc, for multiple reasons. Firstly, I don't want to annoy my neighbours or family (usually I'll only sing when I'm home alone because it's embarrassing). But most importantly, it's not that I can't do it, but it just sounds weird and childish when I try. 

Right now my voice can go fairly high, I can even manage falsetto occasionally. (High range>low for me) I usually sing quietly though, because I'm insecure and I'm home alone with no other sounds in the house. I have trouble holding long notes (like the ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh in Lucy in the Sky...) when singing quietly, which makes it hard, but I can do it pretty well when I sing loudly. I have to sing really loudly to try the forced vocals, but it generally sounds pretty weird when I try it too. 

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18 July 2014 - 1.26pm

Some ceative person somehow isolated John, Paul and George's vocals on This Boy into three tracks so you can hear what each Beatle is signing. Its not the easiest listen due to the extraction remnants but its very interesting to hear.

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18 July 2014 - 1.48pm

meanmistermustard said
Some ceative person somehow isolated John, Paul and George's vocals on This Boy into three tracks so you can hear what each Beatle is signing. Its not the easiest listen due to the extraction remnants but its very interesting to hear.

And where can I hear it, if anywhere, @meanmistermustard?

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18 July 2014 - 6.17pm

If you're singing along to a Beatles song that has harmonies, which harmony do you usually sing along to?

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18 July 2014 - 6.25pm

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Linde said
If you're singing along to a Beatles song that has harmonies, which harmony do you usually sing along to?

I sing to whichever is easiest to hear: Paul's in Drive My Car, Paul's in If I Fell, Paul's in Please Please Me... The higher harmonies are easier to hear in those songs, so I just sing them.

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18 July 2014 - 7.06pm

Bulldog said

meanmistermustard said
Some ceative person somehow isolated John, Paul and George's vocals on This Boy into three tracks so you can hear what each Beatle is signing. Its not the easiest listen due to the extraction remnants but its very interesting to hear.

And where can I hear it, if anywhere, @meanmistermustard?

The link, posted on another forum, is long dead as it was only up for a few days.

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TheBeatlesJohn
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18 July 2014 - 7.12pm

Surprisingly, the only ones that I find difficult to sing that have been mentioned by others are Oh! Darling and Helter Skelter

I can do the falsetto parts in I Saw Her Standing There(if I had two voices obviously as it's a harmony) and Happiness Is A Warm Gun(it just flows for me)

To be honest, I used to find Paul's songs a lot harder than John's but now I find it can sometimes be the other way around

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Magical Mystery Tour: Your Mother Should Know/All You Need Is Love
White Album: Dear Prudence/Happiness Is A Warm Gun/Cry Baby Cry
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Abbey Road: Come Together/Here Comes The Sun

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18 July 2014 - 7.22pm

In This Boy did john record doble voice? Sounds doble I think. Solo part

http://www.thatericalper.com/2.....-this-boy/

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18 July 2014 - 7.26pm

alabamaa said
In This Boy did john record doble voice? Sounds doble I think. Solo part

http://www.thatericalper.com/2.....-this-boy/

Pretty sure he did, like you said it sounds like it (just from the released version - haven't tried the iso vocals)

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18 July 2014 - 7.37pm

alabamaa said
In This Boy did john record doble voice? Sounds doble I think. Solo part

http://www.thatericalper.com/2.....-this-boy/

George Harrison said that John double tracked his vocals on that song

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Please Please Me: There's A Place/Misery
With The Beatles: All My Loving/Please Mr Postman
A Hard Day's Night: If I Fell/And I Love Her
Beatles For Sale: No Reply/I'll Follow The Sun
Help!: Yesterday/I've Just Seen A Face
Rubber Soul: In My Life/Drive My Car/The Word
Revolver: She Said She Said/Here There And Everywhere
Sgt Pepper: Sgt Pepper/She's Leaving Home
Magical Mystery Tour: Your Mother Should Know/All You Need Is Love
White Album: Dear Prudence/Happiness Is A Warm Gun/Cry Baby Cry
Let It Be: Across The Universe/Get Back
Abbey Road: Come Together/Here Comes The Sun

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18 July 2014 - 7.50pm

TheBeatlesJohn said

 

George Harrison said that John double tracked his vocals on that song

Thanks, I didn't know. Really sounds double voice

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