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Just a quick correction: Julie Andrews does NOT have a “four octave range”. That is a physical impossibility.
Most trained opera singers have 2-octave ranges (more or less, depending on the type of voice, some have slightly wider ranges, by up to a 5th or 6th).
Let’s use an example from Ms. Andrews’ repertoire: Le Jazz Hot (Victor/Victoria).
The famous glissando at the end, which sounds so “impressive”, only covers two octaves, from G3 to G5.
Anyway, /pedantic self off, yeah, no four octave range. No singer does.
Deborah Cox has never had the career her talent deserves.
A couple of years ago I saw her at Southern Decadence…and she whipped the crowd into a huge frenzy.
@MikeE: I beg to differ. As a singer myself on a good day I can clear nearly 4 octaves. Of course it’s not of 100% practical use, but to say it’s a physical impossibility is not accurate.
Any female singer with a whistle register should easily be able to span 3 octaves.
Not impossible. Just unusual.
you cannot hit 4 octaves.
I’ve met countless singers who’ve pretended that they had 4 octave ranges. and they were just counting it wrong. Most I’ve ever heard is a sloppy three octaves.
and yes, I teach singing, I coach singers, I’m writing an opera, and I’ve been doing this for 30+ years.
4 octaves covers the C below the bass clef, and reaches to the C above the treble clef. it’s impossible.
@MikeE: So this guy isn’t covering a 4 octave range? I do not wish to cast doubt upon your impeccable resume, experience, and body of work, but one doesn’t need a degree in music theory to know how to count an octave.
It’s not pretty. But it’s most certainly 4 octaves.
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being able to croak out low notes, then squeak out high notes does not a “4 octave range” make.
if Julie Andrews says she has a 4-octave range, then she is expected to be able to USE that 4-octave range. which is patently impossible.
The video you showed is not of a usable 4-octave range. he basically burps out the lowest notes, then screeches out the entire last octave+ in an unusable falsetto.
Note to Queerty and the NY Daily News…. it’s NOT news that Dame Julie’s voice is not coming back… she said as much in the early 2000’s! Love her all the same, of course.
That woman is a bitch. I worked somewhere where she was expected in. We were told NOT to speak to her or even LOOK at her. She spent eight hours terrorizing the owner and the entire place…
@MikeE: I agree with you regarding that Youtube guy. That was pretty funny and hardly indicative of a 4 octave vocal range.
Though rare, a 4 octave range is not impossible. It has happened and I guess the best example I can think of is the late Yma Sumac who I had the opportunity to see once. I also thoroughly enjoyed John Gilkey and Cirque Du Soleil’s usage of her Gopher Mambo.
4 octaves or higher? Exceedingly rare, almost to the point of impossibility, but not quite.
Who’s the “man dish” in the photo???…
There is no such thing as a 4 octave range. The terminology IS “usable octaves”. A vocal fry on the low end (Britney-like) and whistle on the high end (Mariah) are just tricks and not usable. Just “hitting” a note with vocal chord tricks is not singing a note.
Yma Sumac was a trick singer. She wasnt’ singing WORDS and songs in those extremes outside of her NATURAL range. Google Chuncho or “Vírgenes del Sol” or the show on Letterman.
Someone who works on it with a decent basic voice can hit SOUNDS but that’s not singing WORDS.
That’s why she was a pop singer with a small cult following, not any type of accomplished singer or hired for her actual singing.
@MikeE: Wait a second, what about Yma Sumac? I’m pretty sure her range was well document.
@hf2hvit: Are u referring to Julie Andrews or Kathie Lee??
@ScaryRussianHeather: I’m a big fan of pedantic (being a big old pedant myself), so it’s all good and I want to hear about your opera for reals! (I want to produce an opera!) But I think if someone can “output” notes I think that’s singing… anyway it’s just my opinion.
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