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Vocal Range - When men sound like men.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Eric Karonen, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. davidge1

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    A manly man's voice...



    My father considers this to be the worst song of all time.
     
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    This is something that has always kind of puzzled me, why are male singers with high voices so attracive to women? It seems the oposite would be true, and the deeper macho voices would have more sex appeal. But if you look at the history of popular music, it seems the high voices win out. If you listen to old radio shows, it seems all you hear are Irish tenors and singing groups like the inkspots with high male harmonies. Later, you have a lot of high singing in doo-wop, and then Frankie Valli and the Beach boys. After that youve got the screaching metal singers. Even in country and especially bluegrass music high vocals seem to be more popular.
     
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    I think the higher voices make the individual easier to empathize with. Guys with deep bottom end voices send a signal which is "Man's Territory - Do Not Enter" which is intimidating and off putting to women and youngsters alike.

    I know I formed strong musical tastes when I could still sing higher than Julie Andrews. One tends not to just chuck all this "received wisdom" as it were or at least I never did. When I could still sing all the Eddie Brigati parts I figured I might get work when others could not. Unfortunately, singing too much Bob Seger put a permanent end to that.
     
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    I was a Buffalo Springfield, C,S,N, & Y lovin' kid.
    I'll never forget rockin' the then new After The Goldrush album on my GE record player.
    My dad burst in my room exclaiming "Who is she? She's terrible!"
    Sheesh, still love Neil and all those guys.
     
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    I gotta agree with you on this one. As a guy who's had to sing in bands most of my life, I've always had to pick and choose the lead vocals I'd do, mostly because when I get up to F# above middle C, I'm done. These days, even that is a stretch. And there's nothing worse than hearing a guy reach for those notes that are just beyond his range. I admire the guys that do it naturally.
     
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    I enjoy any well crafted vocal sound, the voice that really floored me was Sammy Hagar on the Ronnie Montrose album Called Montrose. He sang connection, a Stones song, it was so perfect I really couldn't conceive of how it was possible to have such a pure voice.
    Of course he has gone on to sing many more tunes throughout the decades. I am still awed by his willingness to go for a note that seems impossible to get. I can get them some times myself,,,,, but every time!,,,, Awwww come on it ain't fair.
     
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    If ya can - do both - it broadens the spectrum of expression!

     
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    The voice I wish I had belongs to Fagen & Becker's old boss Jay Black-"Come a Little Bit Closer","Cara Mia","This Magic Moment".
     
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    Now that clip had me smiling like a grinning fool!

    Redd (and his band) RULE!
     
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    That's a great call. Great voice.

    Here's a classic male voice that I could never get close to emulating:

     
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    +1 on Junior Brown!
     
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    What about that feller from the BeeGees who sang all that disco stuff.
     
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    Phew... I am glad I am not the only one. Everyone seems to really Rush and I just don't. I hear them and it makes me want to punch kittens.
     
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    two of my favorite singers of all time have incredible range...David Coverdale and Geoff Tate. Both men can go from warm low baritone to very high tenor. Nothin' girly about that....
     
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    I lived in Canada for about 12 years.
    I would hear these great, funky songs on the radio.
    I either missed the DJ saying who they were, or he did not say.
    I assumed the singer was female, and was a solo artist, not a band.
    I'd call the local station to find out who the artist was.
    One song, "Change (But Be Yourself)" had great vocals and guitar playing.
    Turns out the band, Wide Mouth Mason, was fronted by a young guy named Sean Verault(sp?).
    Kick a** band!
     
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    A VERY under-rated singer in my opinion.

     
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    Thank you Norway.

    Humans are unique, whatever gender. You are not less of a man because you can sing high, nor are you like a girl (which is used in a pejorative way)..If a girl sings low she is not like a man, she's a girl who sings low.

    All this "real men" chew nails stuff is so limiting. If you prefer baritones, then you may find both men and women with deep voices, both women and men also have high voices. Gender stereotypes are such cages we build around ourselves.
     
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    I can sing high. But cannot hit low notes that well.. I'm not a woman...
     
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