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I'm a writer, scientist, musician, inventor and lecturer. During the daytime I am advisor to the President of Shenkar College. In the evening I write children's books, satire, and "how to" manuals ("Mel's ten tips). I'm co-founder of Ourboox and married to Ourboox CEO Shuli Sapir-Nevo.
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Popular Music of the Twentieth Century – Voice

by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג

How important is the singer and the voice? Here is a comparison of the singing of Bing Crosby versus Billie Holiday. Which do you like better and why? How much is in the voice and the person singing?

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What’s in a voice? A lot! Here are some attributes of opera voices: (from Wikipedia) A voice type classifies a singing voice by vocal rangevocal weighttessitura, vocal timbre, vocal transition points (passaggia) like breaks and lifts, and vocal register.[ref]

There is also the Fach system for opera singer types. 

And in the page opposite, some voice attributes of popular singers. There are many more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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tension, raspiness, nasality, high/low register, breathiness, loudness, vibrato, reverb, ornamentation, vocal harmonies

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Getting rid of tension in singing

 

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And here’s your five minute warm up!

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One great way to love ‘old popular tunes’ is to listen to Chet Baker sing them.

Title Writer(s) Length
1. That Old Feeling Lew BrownSammy Fain 3:03
2. “It’s Always You” Jimmy Van HeusenJohnny Burke 3:35
3. Like Someone in Love Jimmy Van HeusenJohnny Burke 2:26
4. “My Ideal” Newell ChaseLeo RobinRichard A. Whiting 4:22
5. I’ve Never Been in Love Before Frank Loesser 4:29
6. My Buddy Walter DonaldsonGus Kahn 3:19
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. But Not for Me George GershwinIra Gershwin 3:04
8. Time After Time Jule StyneSammy Cahn 2:46
9. I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes) Hoagy Carmichael 2:59
10. My Funny Valentine Richard RodgersLorenz Hart 2:21
11. There Will Never Be Another You Harry WarrenMack Gordon 3:00
12. The Thrill is Gone Lew BrownRay Henderson 2:51
13. I Fall in Love Too Easily Jule StyneSammy Cahn 3:21
14. Look for the Silver Lining Jerome KernBuddy DeSylva 2:39
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