Popular Music of the Twentieth Century – Voice by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג - Ourboox.com
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?



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.








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


Getting rid of tension in singing



And here’s your five minute warm up!




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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