Monday, 21 November 2011

Minnie Riperton- Vocal Range/ Profile


Vocal Type:Coloratura soprano
Vocal Range: 4 Octaves 2 note and a semi-tone D3-F#7
Whistle Register: Yes
Vocal Strengths: A technical singer, who was operatically trained. Amazing control, that allowed for effortlessly sustained notes in all parts of the range. A fluidity and a dexterity to the voice that showed she was capable of complex melisma throughout the brilliantly connected registers. Her voice had a light, and sweet timbre throughout as well as a warm colouring. The lightness of the voice leant itself to the upper register, with the chest voice being expertly mixed so that notes hit in the upper half of the fifth octave displayed no decline in the quality of the sound. The head voice was bright and resilient and could switch between a pop styling or a fuller, grander operatic tone. Her whistle register was bright and versatile; allowing for her to annunciate words in it, mimic instruments and copy intricate birdsong.
Vocal Weaknesses: The lower range wasn't as strong, or versatile as the higher parts of the voice.
Recommended Listening: Can you feel what I'm saying [demonstrates how easy it was for Minnie to hit the whistle notes LIVE ], Adventures in Paradise, Les Fleurs [Demonstrates Minnie's operatic tone]

29 comments:

  1. Totally underrated vocalist! A true classic!

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  2. This was an awesome post...love Minnie! Did you know her daughter is a singer too? It's Maya Rudolph from the American show Saturday Night Live (SNL). I don't know if her voice is anything like her mother's but maybe one day she will have a profile on her too.

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  3. Totally underrated vocalist! A true classic!

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  4. Who ever the douche is that keeps copying my posts - let me just say 'go get a f*****g life' and grow up! Your childish behaviour is pathetic and sad, perhaps a word with mummy and daddy in regards to why they didnt bother to teach you what manners or respect are all about. Or maybe they just didnt see the point on wasting time on what clearly is just that - a total waste of time and energy.....yours lovingly The 'REAL' Stuey!!! Thank You!!!

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  5. Blimey that's a big range :OD

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  6. WoW! Minnie Riperton could whistle as a coloratura soprano. She's my favourite! I hope I just singing as a coloratura just like her. Hope it so. :D

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  7. i have to say this; any singers should watch Minnie's live singing before they go to vocal class.

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  8. Minnie had a 5.2 octave range & her longest note is 21 seconds. She was also a soprano

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  9. Minnie didn't have much of a middle or a lower register.

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  10. Can she hit notes lower than D3 and higher than F#7? Please provide divadevotee some recordings and clips of hers. Thanks =)

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  11. Hi Carmela. Are you the one who posted a question on Yahoo about your vocal range of Bb2 to G#7? You're technically a soprano - probably a lyric or coloratura. I dunno if you can hit lower than Bb2 since I'm pretty sure you're an aspiring singer?

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  12. Yes, I am. I'm also a fan of female singers who technically use the whistle register. But my whistle today is throaty. Thanks! :D

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  13. Have you consider going into vocal rehab for months? I think that might help. =) BTW, are a classically-trained singer?

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  14. Probably, yes. but I want to work hard and taking my voice at rest. More powers!

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  15. She's my idol next to SJ-KRY male singers Yesung and Kyuhyun! I'm sorry because I ate much ice cream. :(

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  16. one of the best whistle registers in the world

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  17. One of the best vocalist i ever heard!! I would put in the ranks of the greats like Mariah and Whitney

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  18. Minnie Riperton is definitely on the same playing field as Whitney, Barbra, Judy, Mariah, and Aretha. She died extremely young but she was an amazing vocalist. I thought Minnie Riperton had a 5 octave vocal range. I could be wrong, but I think she did. I don't think she showed off the other octave that much.

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  19. I'm surprised there's no controversy on the comment section about her vocal type XD

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  20. Well, most sopranos don't have a strong lower register and her voice was so light that her middle register wasn't very powerful as such.

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  21. Serendipity.-30 July 2013 03:44

    She's not coloratura.

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  22. That's not the point. It's not about having a "strong" lower or middle, but SOLIDITY in those registers and she didn't really have it.

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  23. Oh Minnie...

    You were my Grandmothers favourite Pop- Soprano. (She still plays "Perfect Angel" & co. in its entirety every Christmas)


    Her timbre, diction, phrasing, elocution and intonation was, absolutely, near- perfect. She didn't, necessarily, attain much of a mid/lower- register but her upper-register/whistle register was flawless.


    I know I am 34+ years too late but - R.I.P MINNIE.

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  24. Can someone please point me to music where she has displayed coloratura abilities? This is the first time I have ever read this about her.

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  25. I don't even think that, that's even a vocal flaw like come on.

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  26. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auYCXBzep9o

    3:22 though

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  28. Best whistles ever!

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