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Posted: 06 Jul 05, 11:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

On IMDB.COM it states that Freddie's vocal range is 3.5 octaves, while Mariah Carey's is 5. Jeff Buckley's official site states that his range is 4 octaves.

Does anyone know the vocal range of other famous rock/pop stars.


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Posted: 06 Jul 05, 19:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

When he sang BoRhap live, the range used there is just 1 octave from some A3 to a Bb4 (according to my keyboard). There are few songs that go further down (live). And from what I heard in the officially released live recordings, he reached the C5 (as in WATC, "keep on fighting") only at rare occasions such as Live Aid or the Live Killers album.
I think it's more the mix of harmonics in the voice that make it special (and make other singers' voices annoying). Maybe somebody with better knowledge in this field can explain it. The range itself is perhaps not so terribly impressive.



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Posted: 06 Jul 05, 19:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

sorry, I think it should read A2 to Bb3...
It's past midnight here, not a good time to try this on the piano.

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Posted: 07 Jul 05, 14:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I read somewhere that his range was

3.5 Octaves

Just found this website

It's all about Freddie's voice

http://www.f-mercury.com.ar/frames_eng.htm

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Posted: 07 Jul 05, 15:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<b><font color = "crimson">ThomasQuinn wrote:

Mariah Carey 5? Someone needs his/her HEAD examined!


Mariah Carey is in the guiness book of records, beacuse this year she has performed the American National anthem at an event and has reached the highest note in falseto ever recorded. They say that only dolfins can hit such notes.

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Posted: 08 Jul 05, 04:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

There is also something called the whistle register..

Check this out from Wikipedia (Mariah Carey's voice info)

* Voice type:Dramatic Coloratura Soprano
* Highest notes: G#7 (Emotions at the 1991 MTV VMAs)
* Lowest notes: A2, B2 (My All)
* Vocal range: 5 octaves (A2-G#7)
* Longest note: 20 seconds (Lead The Way)
* Highest note in chest voice: G5 (Anytime You Need A Friend)


BUT THIS GUY (Adam Lopez) has a vocal range of seven,

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1f/VocalRange.ogg

but freddie mercury will always have the best voice, its not his range, its just the naturally likable voice.

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Posted: 08 Jul 05, 05:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Can someone tell me James LaBrie vocal range?

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Posted: 08 Jul 05, 07:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

For excellent info on Fred's voice and range, go here:

http://www.f-mercury.com.ar/cgi-bin/framed/2459/eng_range.html

http://www.f-mercury.com.ar/cgi-bin/framed/2459/eng_notes.html

The lowest and highest notes so far discovered for Fred are an F1 and a D5, giving him an absolute range of just over 3.5 octaves.

EDIT: I swear that earlier post that mentions Andres' site wasn't there when I posted this...


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Posted: 08 Jul 05, 08:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) might have something like 4.5 octaves, IF that story about him hitting super-high soprano G5 at some gig in 1975 is true - but this is hard to believe. Highest note _I_ heard from him was C5. His falsetto screams are usually something like A4 or G4 (a bit lower than Roger Taylor on BoRhap).

BUT... i found out one more thing. We call those Roger Taylor's, Halford's or Gillan's super high notes "falsetto screams", but it actually isn't falsetto! Halford claimed he NEVER used falsetto!!! Listen, for example, to Freddie's falsetto, it sounds completely different...

Fenderek wrote:

Can someone tell me James LaBrie vocal range?

I read somewhere that his highest headvoiced note is F#4, so I'd give him 3 or maybe 3.5 octaves WITHOUT falsetto, if he could hit the low stuff as well. I heard him doing part of Bohemian Rhapsody, and he reaches the high C nicely and easily. An awesome voice BTW :)

This is crap, we (Fenderek and I) are both Polish, and now we're talking English :)



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Posted: 08 Jul 05, 14:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Just saw this on a website a few minutes ago for what it's worth. No idea if it's true on Roger's range or the difficulty of hitting that note:

"The note hit by Roger Taylor at "for me__" is a high B flat (the B flat immediately above middle C). Sit in front of a (remotely tuned) piano and see how far out of a mere mortal's range that is. Has any other man, ever, been able to sing that high? BTW greatest song ever."


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Posted: 08 Jul 05, 18:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This is true and Bb4 on BoRhap is probably highest Roger's note ever recorded. That's pretty amazing, but there are still some singers (like Halford) who can go a little bit higher. And I'm not talking about those whistle-freaks such as Adam Lopez :)


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Posted: 09 Jul 05, 04:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lowest note ever recorded is probably C#0 sung by Viktor Wichniakov, Russian bass. It means that there are about 7 octaves between the highest and the lowest note ever produced by human being.

Check out this site - there's just about everything about super high and super low notes.

http://www.dutchdivas.net/frames2/highC.html

EDIT: In Wikipedia it says that this Lopez guy hit the B below Wichniakov's C#... this is creepy ;) And there's also recording of Barry White hitting A below that Lopez's B.


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Posted: 11 Jul 05, 10:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Roger's Bb4 is the same note Fred sang in Let's Turn It On and Rock In Rio Blues. They both got higher than that: Roger in Seaside Rendezvous (C5) and Fred in some impromptus.

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Posted: 13 Jul 05, 13:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I would just like to correct the quote made by BHM 0271 of a post I made on another website (which I can now longer find).

According to the website:

http://www.f-mercury.com.ar/frames_eng.htm

Roger Taylor hits the B flat almost 2 octaves above middle C (Bflat5 taking C1 as lowest C on piano) at "for me__" in Bohemian Rhapsody. After listening to the song and looking at the score more closely I would have to agree with this observation. The website also suggests that this was also the top note in Freddie's recorded range.

The is a great audio clip of Freddie straining to get up to the A just below the above mentioned note at "frightning me__" in Bohemian Rhapsody on the website, and I don't think that his range could have extended much above that.

Still, it's over an octave above the top of my range.

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Posted: 15 Jul 05, 02:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hey you guys.
The lowets note ever achieved by a human being is an 8 hz blast from a basso profondo. The note is actually so low the human ear can't hear it, but can be measured.
The larynx vibrated 8 times per second... almost like a transatlantic ship.

I'll try to get you some clips from this guy, who likes to double octaves any song melody.

And Freddie's highest note is a High F headvoiced and overhigh D on a Japan 1985' Impromptu. Both files would be uploaded to the website as soon as i udpated (i'm trying to get there as soon as possible)

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Posted: 20 Jul 05, 13:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hey I am new here. I was just wondering what is the highest note that Freddie sang and what is the lowest note that he sang?

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Posted: 20 Jul 05, 15:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 10 Aug 05, 06:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

James LaBrie can easily hit the F#5!!! Check out Learning To Live or Under A Glass Moon.

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Posted: 10 Aug 05, 13:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If I'm not mistaken, I think Labrie has a singing trainer with him, I read it somewhere!