Showing posts with label vocal range. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vocal range. Show all posts

Friday 21 October 2011

Faith Evans-Vocal Range/Profile

Vocal Type: Mezzo-Soprano
Vocal Range: 2 Octaves 5 notes and a semitone C#3-B5
Whistle Register: No
Vocal Pluses: Comfortable in her heavy, low range as well as adept in her light, agile chest register that she mixes well to achieve great sounding upper chest belts or keeps throaty to give a soulful rasp to.  The voice has a smooth tone and a smoky quality that lends itself well to harmonising well with others, as well as layering well over itself. The voice is dexterous enough to complete complex melisma through the registers.
Vocal Negatives: Her head voice isn't as characterful, or exciting as the rest of the voice.

Sunday 2 October 2011

Lisa Gerrard-Vocal Range/ Profile

Vocal Type: Dramatic Contralto
Vocal Range: 2 Octaves 1 note E3-F5
Whistle Register: No
Vocal Pluses: Incredibly versatile voice that has many colours and timbres throughout the range. Her lower chest voice is heavy,rich and dramatic with a dark colouring and operatic timbre. This contrasts greatly to the higher part, that is bright, thin and piercing with a greater affinity for melisma.

The lower part of her head voice sounds warm and rounded and can either have an operatic mezzo-esque quality to it or a breathier lighter sound depending on the desired effect. The top part of the head voice shares the piercing and shrill qualities of the upper chest voice.

Vocal Negatives: The harsher, more penetrating, parts of her voice are not as easy to listen to as the more rounded and fuller parts.

Recommended listeningNow We Are FreeThe Valley of the Moon, Come TendernessSacrificeElysium

Saturday 1 October 2011

Listen to Mariah Carey's ENTIRE 5 octave range, Note by note. Haters doubt it no more!

Now there is no other way to sum up this video other than EPIC! I have wondered, since practically forever, why no one has ever created a video displaying all of Mariah Carey's 5 octave range, note by note. So intrigued was I, that I even contemplating doing it myself, but was just too darn lazy. It seems such a mammoth task was no bother for heroic Youtuber MCLAMB4LIFE1, who created just such a video.

Wednesday 28 September 2011

Maria Callas- Vocal Range/Profile

Vocal TypeSoprano
Vocal Range: 3 Octaves  F3-E6 (though the E6's vibrato touches an F6, so will count as 3 octaves)
Whistle Register: No
Vocal Pluses:Callas's voice was noted for its three distinct registers: Her low or chest register was extremely dark and almost baritonal in power, and she used this part of her voice for dramatic effect, often going into this register much higher on the scale than most sopranos. Her middle register had a peculiar and highly personal sound—"part oboe, part clarinet", as Claudia Cassidy described it—and was noted for its veiled or "bottled" sound, as if she were singing into a jug. Legge adds, "Even in the most difficult fioriture there were no musical or technical difficulties in this part of the voice which she could not execute with astonishing, unostentatious ease. Her chromatic runs, particularly downwards, were beautifully smooth and staccatos almost unfailingly accurate, even in the trickiest intervals. There is hardly a bar in the whole range of nineteenth century music for high soprano that seriously tested her powers."

Vocal Negatives: Rodolfo Celletti states, "In certain areas of her range her voice also possessed a guttural quality. This would occur in the most delicate and troublesome areas of a soprano's voice—for instance where the lower and middle registers merge, between G and A. I would go so far as to say that here her voice had such resonances as to make one think at times of a ventriloquist. . .or else the voice could sound as though it were resonating in a rubber tube. There was another troublesome spot. . . between the middle and upper registers. Here, too, around the treble F and G, there was often something in the sound itself which was not quite right, as though the voice were not functioning properly."

Note:I am in no position to be a judging a voice like this- you need college degrees and schooling to do that- so I pinched the positives and negatives from Wikipdiea. I am forever in your debt! Read the article here, its fascinating stuff.

Friday 23 September 2011

Julie Andrews Vocal Range/Profile (Vocal Prime)

Vocal Type: Soprano
Vocal Range: 2 Octaves 2 notes and a1 semitone F#3-Bb5 (Note: she has claimed to have had a 4 octave range. If anyone knows any lower, or higher notes she has sung, please get in contact or comment.)
Whistle Register: No
Vocal Pluses: Classically trained, powerful yet dexterous soprano, with a gorgeous clarity to her tone and a natural vibrato. Seamless transition between registers. Vocal stamina in her youth - she was on Broadway constantly from the age of 20 - 23. Wonderfully expressive phrasing and emotive interpretation of song. Also a superb actor (Oscar-winning) and dancer.
Vocal Negatives: Due to her reliance on classical technique, she struggles with certain styles (ie her 'Jazz Hot Baby' from 'Victor Victoria' isn't really that jazzy or bluesy!). However superb at musicals, operetta and light classical music.

Thanks To Karen V for directing me to the notes, and providing the positives and negatives.

Thursday 22 September 2011

Erykah Badu- Vocal Range/ Profile

Vocal Type: Mezzo-Soprano
Vocal Range: 3 Octaves  5 notes D3-B6
Whistle Register: No
Vocal Pluses: The voice has a distinctive character that is audible throughout the range. Incredibly elastic, clear chest voice that can reach high up into the fifth octave via deft mixing with the head voice. The narrow vibrato she can apply gives the voice a jazzy, soulful colour.
Vocal Negatives: The voice can be biting at times, in it's extreme, due to its clarity.

Tuesday 20 September 2011

Carrie Underwood - Vocal Profile/ Range

Vocal Type: Mezzo- Soprano
Vocal Range: 2 Octaves 3 note and a semitone D3-G#5
Whistle Register: No
Vocal Pluses: Steely tone that is bright and robust, with a coarse edge to it that gives it a distinctive character. Solid wide vibrato and Soft head voice, that has a warm and airy quality.
Vocal Negatives: Sometimes the chest notes sound pushed and forced, indicating they are not being achieved by mixing correctly, if at all.

Wednesday 14 September 2011

Esmee Denters - Vocal Profile/ Range

Vocal TypeSoprano
Vocal Range: 2 Octaves 1 semitone Eb3-E5
Whistle Register: No
Vocal Pluses: Dexterous voice capable of quick vocal runs. The voice has a solid and stable tone to the low to midrange and has a lightness to the top of the range that allows it to hit notes in the chest register seemingly with little effort.
Vocal Negatives: Head voice sounds light, and weak and sometimes the higher chest notes sound nasal.

Friday 26 August 2011

Vanessa Hudgens- Vocal Profile/ Range

Vocal Type: Mezzo-Soprano
Vocal Range: 2 Octaves 4 notes and a semitone F3-C#6
Whistle Register: No
Vocal Pluses: Lower part of the range is where the voice sounds healthiest, with it being fuller and more substantial than any other part.
Vocal Negatives: Thin, slightly nasal quality runs throughout the range and becomes more noticeable as it extends into the chest voice.

Wednesday 17 August 2011

Lauryn Hill- Vocal Profile/ Range

Vocal Type: Contralto
Vocal Range: 2 Octaves 7 notes and a semitone Bb2-A5
Whistle Register: No
Vocal Pluses: Smooth, dark low notes and clear, bright chest voice, with great dexterity and control that allows for complex melisma that can span the different parts of the voice.
Vocal Negatives: The voice has become coarser and the chest voice has been reduced in scale in recent years.

Wednesday 10 August 2011

Jordin Sparks- Vocal Profile/ Range

Vocal Type: Mezzo-Soprano
Vocal Range: 2 Octaves 6 notes and a semitone  Eb3-C#6
Whistle Register: No
Vocal Pluses: Comfortable in all parts of the voice with the tone remaining clear and pure throughout. Strong chest voice that can be delivered with or without a thin vibrato.
Vocal Negatives: Though the voice is impressive as a whole, it lacks an individual sound or style that makes it easily identifiable.

Wednesday 27 July 2011

Fantasia Barrino- Vocal Profile/ Range

Vocal Type: Mezzo- Soprano
Vocal Range: 2 Octaves 6 notes and a semitone C3-Bb5
Whistle Register: No
Vocal Pluses: Voice has a rasp that gives it a distinct, husky sound. She has great control, and understanding of her voice which allows her to sing in the extremes of her voice- both high and low- with apparent ease.
Vocal Negatives: At times her voice is placed in the throat, causing it to sound coarse and pushed. The raspiness of her voice is also somewhat of an acquired taste.

Saturday 16 July 2011

Lily Allen- Vocal Profile/ Range

Vocal Type: Soubrette
Vocal Range: 1 octave notes and a semitone  G3-Eb5
Whistle Register: No
Vocal Pluses: A light, warm and sweet voice that has a pleasant, effortless tone to it in part due to her voice never being pushed or strained. Her head voice has a pleasing quality about it, and is accessed reasonably lower than most female singers, starting at the top of the fourth octave.
Vocal Negatives: Her real skill comes from her lyricism, attitude and not her voice. Her range is limited and doesn't have any strength in its chest register or its lower extremities. Overall, her technical proficiency as a vocalist doesn't seem to be too high, if her skills are to be judged on the musical output so far.

Wednesday 13 July 2011

Monica Naranjo - Vocal Profile/ Range

Vocal TypeSoprano
Vocal Range: 4 Octaves and a semitone 7 notes D3-Eb7
Whistle Register: Yes
Vocal Pluses: Strong, full, robust voice with brilliant control and support demonstrated throughout the registers. Has a dark, heavy midrange belt that is a marked contrast to her bright, light and higher range mixed belt which allows her incredibly to sing up to a C6. Her head voice is warm, thick and strong, with an operatic quality to it.
Vocal Negatives: Voice struggles a little on the lower notes.

Wednesday 6 July 2011

Amber Riley - Vocal Profile/ Range

Vocal Type: Light Lyric Soprano
Vocal Range: 2 Octaves 3 notes and a semitone F3-C6
Whistle Register: No
Vocal Pluses: Amber Riley has great breath control which allows her to hold notes for notable periods of time without issue. Her ability to support her voice with great technique means that these notes are sustained with no pitch deviation or lose of dynamic. She can also sing melisma and has the use of a quick vibrato.

Amber's main vocal strengths comes from her extensive belting range. It has power and great dynamics, combined with a light and bright quality. She appears to have great technique when mixing her voice on the higher notes and this avoids undue strain on the vocal chords, and produces a consistent sound throughout the belting range. This allows her the impressive feat of being able to ascend to a soprano high C (C6) in what sounds like the chest register alone, when in fact it is a deft mix with her head voice.

Vocal Negatives: Voice lacks agility, so complex vocal runs can sound clumsy and a little laboured. The voice also struggles with the lower notes and has an immature, childlike colouring to it at times.

Wednesday 29 June 2011

Bjork - Vocal Profile/ Range

Vocal Type: Robusto Soprano
Vocal Range: 2 Octaves 7 notes and a semitone E3-D6
Whistle Register: No
Vocal Pluses: Voice is strongest in the midrange and in the lower chest register (up to a D5). Unusually the chest voice retains its power, volume and strength despite its timbre thinning somewhat as it pushes higher. As a whole, the voice is a dynamic one that can be oppressive and domineering one moment, and soft and sweet the next. It has the dexterity to sing complex melodies and vocal runs, but also the stamina to hold notes, while maintaining its quality, at length.
Vocal Negatives: The lack of vibrato sometimes makes the higher chest notes sound too sharp and piercing, thus becoming overbearing at times.

Wednesday 22 June 2011

Joss Stone- Vocal range/profile

Vocal Type: Mezzo-Soprano
Vocal Range: 2 Octaves  4 notes C3-G5
Whistle Register:  No
Vocal Pluses: Expressive, soulful voice that manages to maintain these qualities throughout the registers.The lower range has a beautiful cool, smoky tone to it whereas the belted voice is warmer with a gutsy, passion to it. Her head voice is also full, and bright.
Vocal Negatives:  The technique she employs to generate grunts and growls, though sounding good and in keeping with her vocal style, can cause problems to the voice if used extensively. 

Saturday 18 June 2011

Avril Lavigne - Vocal Profile/ Range

Vocal Type: Mezzo-Soprano
Vocal Range: 2 Octaves  6 notes and a semitone (approx) C#3-B5
Whistle Register: No
Vocal Pluses: Punchy, peppy vocals that are full of attitude. Has a sharp, piercing chest register.
Vocal Negatives: Voice is thin and weak throughout the registers.

Wednesday 15 June 2011

Cyndi Lauper- Vocal Profile/ Range

Vocal Type: Lyric- Soprano
Vocal Range: 3 Octaves 4 notes F3-C7
Whistle Register: Yes
Vocal Pluses: Expressive, versatile voice, that can switch from sounding innocent and sweet like a child to coarse and throaty like a rock star to crystal clear and dramatic like a diva extraordinaire all within the space of a lyric. The voice sounds most impressive when belting clearly with her dramatic vibrato applied.
Vocal Negatives: Lauper's deployment of the child like singing style is an acquired taste and can quickly turn off a listener.

Saturday 11 June 2011

Lara Fabian- Vocal Profile/ Range

Vocal TypeSoprano
Vocal Range: 2 Octaves 7 notes  D3-C6
Whistle Register: No
Vocal Pluses: Strong, powerful,clear belting range, that has a dark, heavy timbre.
Vocal Negatives: Belting (chest) voice can become overbearing due its power.