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As noted elsewhere, I have a reeeeally hard time singing this song. But I've practised it, and with the proper warm-up (which means singing at least half an album of normal-range songs first), I can do it! 

It's really a different thing altogether-- more like controlled shouting than singing. I wait till everyone's gone outside and I'm alone in the house to do it. a-hard-days-night-george-9 

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As noted elsewhere, I have a reeeeally hard time singing this song.

So did Paul.

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John and Paul harmonise beautifully on it tho. 

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Ohmygoodness I didn't know I started a song topic!!! 

Anyway... 

Silly Girl said in post 1 of this thread
As noted elsewhere, I have a reeeeally hard time singing this song. But I've practised it, and with the proper warm-up (which means singing at least half an album of normal-range songs first), I can do it! 

It's really a different thing altogether-- more like controlled shouting than singing. I wait till everyone's gone outside and I'm alone in the house to do it. a-hard-days-night-george-9 

I found a good quote by The Man Himself (re Kansas City /Hey-Hey-Hey!) that perfectly applies to both tunes: 

I could do Little Richard's voice, which is a wild, hoarse, screaming thing; it's like an out-of-body experience. You have to leave your current sensibilities and go about a foot above your head to sing it. You have to actually go outside yourself. It's a funny little trick and when you find it, it's very interesting. 

I have nothing to add-- can it be expressed any better than that? Just Listen To What The Man Said. a-hard-days-night-john-1

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Interesting quote, Silly Girl.  I created a thread here long ago about Paul's "screaming vocals".  There are a few other pop/rock singers who scream well, but Paul does seem to be able to do it more effortlessly than most.  I would never even dare to try to replicate it. 

On a related note about the song, I recall a late spring afternoon, I was sitting in the library studying, on an upper floor at a desk by the window.  Most students had left the campus by then.  About three floors down directly from my window was a row of bike racks.  I heard someone clanging the chains of unlocking his bike, and he began singing in a very deep baritone "Oh Darling" -- not screaming, but very methodically baritone.  It occurred to me that I recognized the voice of a friend.  Later, I learned he had just broken up with his longtime girlfriend.  I suspected that he was singing that because he thought (or knew) she was sitting in the library within earshot.  Or maybe he was just venting his heartbreak...  It's nice to know the Beatles can provide such outlets for us... 🙂

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@Beatlebug, each song has their own thread created by Joe using its entry in the 'Songs' section of the forum, when someone posts in that thread that first post is removed and what was second becomes first. You can quickly navigate to the song entry by clicking on the link under the thread title.

One reason behind such a move is to spark discussion as some folk dont like creating topics but adding a post is not an issue.

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One of my absolutely favorite songs and definitely a favorite of many people who pass by in the shopping mall where I play. I remember when I first learned to play it and, oh God , I still have the recording of when I first tried to sing it... yeah, no one should even hear that. Like @Beatlebug said, it is more like controlled shouting than singing, but then again, that is mostly my singing style when it comes to playing in public places (it was actually a year a ago where I played and sung solely acoustic, no amp and microphone like nowadays!) but I rarely ever go through vocal warm-ups of any sort (I know, I know, it's bad for the voice, but half of my making it a successful day at the mall is playing what other people request, and I can't very well go, "Okay, but I haven't warmed up yet"), and when I first played the song, about two and a half years ago, Goodness, it was pain. But it's a matter of practice, really, and nowadays singing it feels just like any other song. And it better, I do play it at least five times a day in front of many, many people!

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Silly Girl, each song has their own thread created by Joe using its entry in the 'Songs' section of the forum, when someone posts in that thread that first post is removed and what was second becomes first. You can quickly navigate to the song entry by clicking on the link under the thread title.

One reason behind such a move is to spark discussion as some folk dont like creating topics but adding a post is not an issue.

Yep, that's a great shortcut to any song thread. 

I rather wondered, though, because by the time I got here, all the songs had topics, and besides, I don't remember creating a topic for Oh! Darling . I'm often reluctant to create topics anyway, seeing as there are already 3,494 on everything you might ever need. 

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One of my absolutely favorite songs and definitely a favorite of many people who pass by in the shopping mall where I play. I remember when I first learned to play it and, oh God , I still have the recording of when I first tried to sing it... yeah, no one should even hear that. Like Silly Girl said, it is more like controlled shouting than singing, but then again, that is mostly my singing style when it comes to playing in public places (it was actually a year a ago where I played and sung solely acoustic, no amp and microphone like nowadays!) but I rarely ever go through vocal warm-ups of any sort (I know, I know, it's bad for the voice, but half of my making it a successful day at the mall is playing what other people request, and I can't very well go, "Okay, but I haven't warmed up yet"), and when I first played the song, about two and a half years ago, Goodness, it was pain. But it's a matter of practice, really, and nowadays singing it feels just like any other song. And it better, I do play it at least five times a day in front of many, many people!

I was reading a WikiHow on how to improve one's singing, and they were talking about always warming up before singing (with an actual warm-up, not a song) and stopping when you start to go hoarse and I was thinking, 'Oh crap, I do everything wrong then. Guess I won't be able to belt out 'Maybe I'm Amazed ' when  I'm sixty-four-- or seventy-three... ahdn_paul_01' because I frequently sing without warming up, although I know better than to attempt really rangey stuff without doing a couple easier songs first. And if I stopped singing as soon as I started to get hoarse, well, goodness! I'd never get through Side 1 of an album. a-hard-days-night-paul-9 

(Yeah, I sing albums.) 

Anyway, I begin to turn this thread into a singing thread... sorry about that... I like singing a lot. 

Um... Oh! Darling . *racks brain for non-singing-related comment*  The bass really is something else on this track, isn't it? 

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Actually, in a mod email thread from November, we talked about keeping Joe's first post because it gives a nice unified look to the songs section of the forum. Also, I don't think we want to delete the posts and cause broken links.

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I thought that Joe had only had time to do some threads and other songs were filled in by members who wanted to discuss the songs...

For what it's worth, I like having Joe's first post. ahdn_george_06 

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Actually, in a mod email thread from November, we talked about keeping Joe's first post because it gives a nice unified look to the songs section of the forum. Also, I don't think we want to delete the posts and cause broken links.

Oh. I dont remember that. And i would have been part of it. ahdn_paul_01

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The mod email conversation.

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but I rarely ever go through vocal warm-ups of any sort (I know, I know, it's bad for the voice, but half of my making it a successful day at the mall is playing what other people request, and I can't very well go, "Okay, but I haven't warmed up yet"), and when I first played the song, about two and a half years ago, Goodness, it was pain. But it's a matter of practice, really, and nowadays singing it feels just like any other song. And it better, I do play it at least five times a day in front of many, many people!

I was reading a WikiHow on how to improve one's singing, and they were talking about always warming up before singing (with an actual warm-up, not a song) and stopping when you start to go hoarse and I was thinking, 'Oh crap, I do everything wrong then. Guess I won't be able to belt out 'Maybe I'm Amazed ' when  I'm sixty-four-- or seventy-three... ahdn_paul_01' because I frequently sing without warming up, although I know better than to attempt really rangey stuff without doing a couple easier songs first. And if I stopped singing as soon as I started to get hoarse, well, goodness! I'd never get through Side 1 of an album. a-hard-days-night-paul-9 

(Yeah, I sing albums.) 

Anyway, I begin to turn this thread into a singing thread... sorry about that... I like singing a lot. 

Um... Oh! Darling . *racks brain for non-singing-related comment*  The bass really is something else on this track, isn't it? 

You don't warm up a-hard-days-night-ringo-6Yis are disgraces!

 

Moses supposes his toeses are roses but Moses supposes erroneously.....

The tip of the tongue, the teeth, the lips...

She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore...

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, people say. For picking them I hope that Peter got a penny for his pay...

Red leather, yellow leather, red leather, yellow leather...

And repeat!

 

And then my old drama group had a really funny one that I can't post here because I'll be banned*. We also used to say "FENTON, FENTON, OH JESUS CHRIST, FENTON! Before we went on stage a-hard-days-night-paul-7 Ah good times...

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I never worked as a 'pheasant plucker.......'

In fact why not?

To be said at speed

'I'm not the Pheasant Plucker

I'm the Pheasant Plucker's son

I'm only plucking pheasants until the Pheasant Plucker comes,

It's pleasant plucking pheasants..........'

 

But I'm not sure tongue twisters have much to do with warming up vocal cords ..........

As for Silly ...credit to you I've never had the nerve to sing in front of anyone. I just played in the background like Stu in our group.

We were called 'Spanking The maid'.......(Couldn't call a group that these days)

 

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As for Silly ...credit to you I've never had the nerve to sing in front of anyone. I just played in the background like Stu in our group.

<trim>

Aww thanks. a-hard-days-night-george-9 

I think I sing better when I'm alone, but I still enjoy singing for people. I never do it alone, though, y'know? I'm always accompanied (in both senses of the word) by my trusty Martin. (Martin being both the make and the nick-name of my guitar.) 

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I just sing out of key and out of speed, it's great! a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

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Wigwam said
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As for Silly ...credit to you I've never had the nerve to sing in front of anyone. I just played in the background like Stu in our group.

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Aww thanks. a-hard-days-night-george-9 

I think I sing better when I'm alone, but I still enjoy singing for people. I never do it alone, though, y'know? I'm always accompanied (in both senses of the word) by my trusty Martin. (Martin being both the make and the nick-name of my guitar.) 

I've got a Martin.....Never play it. It guzzunder the bed. 

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Can we get back on topic?

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I was at a little BeatlesFest outside of Ottawa yesterday and heard some pretty eclectic choices of Beatles songs.  Not your typical Tribute bands, just bands playing Beatles music their way.  This one band attempted Oh! Darling ! and for the life of me, I cannot understand why the singers band members didn't tell him he just couldn't sing it.

What is wrong with people!!!!!!paul-mccartney

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