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Posted: 04 Apr 06, 14:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Awhile ago, there was a thread about singing Queen songs and sounding not so good - I can't find it now. I have the Queen karaoke dvd, and it is great fun; however, when I turn the lead/vocals off, who let the croaking frogs in the room? Oh, dear - that's me. Anyway, I was wondering if Queenzoners doing Freddie open their mouths as wide as he does. That is very hard to do. Jaws get very tired. I have a question for Queen music experts. Does how wide you open your mouth make a great deal of difference when you sing? Does the sound come out differently? In the early years when Queen was doing more ballady sounding songs such as at Hyde Park, was Freddie's mouth not so open, or is that a natural thing to do when singing softer songs. And when the hard-hitting rock and roll songs came about, did he start opening his mouth wider to give the songs more punch.


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Posted: 04 Apr 06, 16:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

well , with yuour mouth widely opened you can make a better vibrato( sometimes)


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Posted: 04 Apr 06, 21:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I found singing the chorus to 'Crash Test Dummies' 'Mmmmmmm' really effed it up with one's mouth wide open....


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Posted: 04 Apr 06, 22:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

goodco wrote:

I found singing the chorus to 'Crash Test Dummies' 'Mmmmmmm' really effed it up with one's mouth wide open....


I always have trouble with that song. Sometimes I get mixed up with the words. Stupid Lysdexia.

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Posted: 05 Apr 06, 02:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The real query is: did the peculiar slant of his teeth influence his sound?

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Posted: 05 Apr 06, 07:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

yes it does influence it and gives him a slight lisp occasionally when singing. This is very obvious in another one bites the dust on wembley.


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Posted: 05 Apr 06, 13:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've noticed a lisp on occasion, too, but I don't think that has been talked about on this board - not that there is anything wrong with that. I have no music, chorus, choir, or singing training or experience which is why I am curious about the subject.


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Posted: 05 Apr 06, 13:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You're suppossed to open your mouth wide to get certain vocal qualities. To get a more resonant head voice and full voice and to add whisper to certain parts of your vocal.


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Posted: 05 Apr 06, 14:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In my few times karaoke-ing Queen, I have yet to have the opportunity to sing that loud.
Or hell, even to strut around a little.
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Posted: 06 Apr 06, 19:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i can only tell for opera singers (but it should be similar to every singer) - it depends on each person, - there are people whose voice sounds much louder and more voluminous when they open their mouth, - but for the soubrette voices for example it's quite uncommon to open the mouth very wide, you need a very fine&high voice, and you get this better with other techniques.
(sry if this sounds confusing, i should better explain that in german ;)