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Post  SpiralStatic on Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:03 am



Voice Type: Tenor
Total range: E2-C♯6

Significant high notes

C♯6 (Doing A (Pretty Awesome) High Note live on Sing-Off 2011)
A5 ("Sports & Wine", "Fired")
G5 ("Sports & Wine", "Fired", "Get Your Hands Off My Woman")
F♯5 ("Underground")
F5 ("Uncle Walter", "Careless Whisper" live)
E5 ("Rockin' The Suburbs","Careless Whisper" live)
D5 ("Rock This Bitch (Fremantle Version)", "Dr. Yang", "Jackson Cannery")
C♯5 ("Jesusland")
C5 ("Rock This Bitch (Fremantle Version)", "Bitches Ain't Shit", "Alice Childress", "Not the Same", "I Killed An Ewok", "Kalamazoo", "Landed")
B4 ("Underground", "Bastard", "Time", "Prison Food")
B♭4 ("Rock This Bitch (Fremantle Version)", "Fired", "The Ascent Of Stan")
A4 ("Rock This Bitch (Perth Version)", "Brick (live Perth 2005), "Alice Childress", "Sports & Wine", "Uncle Walter", "Dr. Yang", "Brick", "Best Imitation of Myself", "Sports & Wine", "The Last Polka", "Annie Waits", "Careless Whisper", "Gone", "Losing Lisa", "Not The Same", "Zak and Sara", "Give My Judy My Notice", "Sentimental Guy")
G♯4 ("Underground", "The Secret Life Of Morgan Dave",  ''Gone'', "Adelaide", "Trusted")
G4 ("Sports & Wine", "The Last Polka", "Still Fighting It", "I Killed An Ewok", "Kalamazoo", "Rent A Cop", "Landed", "Prison Food")

Significant low notes:

C3 ("Rock This Bitch (Fremantle Version)", "We'll Be Back With Racing Pigs", "You to Thank", "Give Judy My Notice")
B2 ("Bitches Ain't Shit")
B♭2 ("Gone")
A2 ("Brick", "Annie Waits", "Time", "Prison Food")
G2 ("Bitches Ain't Shit", "The Ascent Of Stan", "Lullabye")
F2 ("Zak And Sara")
E2 ("Fred Jones, Pt.2")

Lead singer of Ben Folds Five and solo career

Also arguably one of the coolest people in the history of the universe.
I've yet to go through his newer material, but I'm sure I've heard some strong C5's from him before

Edit: screw that, there's some great wailed D5's at the end of this live performance:
Spoiler:

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*Italics mark non-sung notes.


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Re: Ben Folds

Post  walkingstethoscopes on Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:21 am

Thumb up been wanting to make a thread for this guy for a while

He gets to A4 and a non-sung D5 in Dr Yang and Adelaide has some good 4th (lower 5th?) octave notes, if I remember correctly.
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Re: Ben Folds

Post  walkingstethoscopes on Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:16 pm

I'm pretty sure there's F2s in Zak and Sara. Will have to check later (of the pitch that is), but I'm like 99% sure that they are F2s.

Btw, the D5 in Dr Yang should prooooobably be red. Razz If you haven't heard it it's pretty raspy and gross and he only just gets there before cracking into some weird distorted scream.
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Re: Ben Folds

Post  Starman on Tue Dec 31, 2013 4:32 pm



A4s and falsetto E5 and F5.
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Re: Ben Folds

Post  walkingstethoscopes on Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:11 am

I notewatched the Rockin' The Suburbs album and jeeez I didn't remember his lows being that strong (Fred Jones Pt 2 low harmonies are crazy)
I also added Starman's notes to this, so all these can be added to the OP

Highs:

F5 - "Careless Whisper"
E5 - "Careless Whisper"
C5 - "Not The Same"
B♭4 - "The Ascent Of Stan"
A4 - "Annie Waits", "Careless Whisper", "Gone", "Losing Lisa", "Not The Same", "Zak and Sara"
A♭4 - "Gone"
G4 - "Still Fighting It"

Lows:

B♭2 - "Gone"
A2 - "Annie Waits"
G2 - "The Ascent Of Stan"
F2 - "Zak and Sara"
E2 - "Fred Jones, Pt. 2"
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Re: Ben Folds

Post  Starman on Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:27 am

Great finds man! You found some great lows too. here, i'll update the OP with these notes

SpiralStatic wrote:

Voice Type: Tenor
Total range: E2-A5

Significant high notes

A5 ("Sports & Wine", "Fired")
G5 ("Sports & Wine", "Fired")
F♯5 ("Underground")
F5 ("Uncle Walter", "Careless Whisper" live)
E5 ("Rockin' The Suburbs","Careless Whisper" live)
D5 ("Rock This Bitch (Fremantle Version)", "Dr. Yang", "Jackson Cannery")
C5 ("Rock This Bitch (Fremantle Version)", "Bitches Ain't Shit", "Alice Childress", "Not the Same")
B4 ("Underground")
B♭4 ("Rock This Bitch (Fremantle Version)", "Fired", "The Ascent Of Stan")
A4 ("Rock This Bitch (Perth Version)", "Brick (live Perth 2005), "Alice Childress", "Sports & Wine", "Uncle Walter", "Dr. Yang", "Brick", "Best Imitation of Myself", "Sports & Wine", "The Last Polka", "Annie Waits", "Careless Whisper", "Gone", "Losing Lisa", "Not The Same", "Zak and Sara")
G♯4 ("Underground", "The Secret Life Of Morgan Dave",  ''Gone'')
G4 ("Sports & Wine", "The Last Polka", "Still Fighting It")

Significant low notes:

C3 ("Rock This Bitch (Fremantle Version)", "We'll Be Back With Racing Pigs")
B2 ("Bitches Ain't Shit")
B♭2 ("Gone")
A2 ("Brick", "Annie Waits")
G2 ("Bitches Ain't Shit", "The Ascent Of Stan", "Lullabye")
F2 ("Zak And Sara")
E2 ("Fred Jones, Pt.2")

Lead singer of Ben Folds Five and solo career

Also arguably one of the coolest people in the history of the universe.
I've yet to go through his newer material, but I'm sure I've heard some strong C5's from him before

Edit: screw that, there's some great wailed D5's at the end of this live performance:
Spoiler:

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*Orange marks notes with questionable registers: absolutely no use figuring out these.
*Blue marks probable non-modal notes.
*Red marks extremely bad, unimpressive or unintentional notes.
*Italics mark non-sung notes.


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Re: Ben Folds

Post  Timmerbo on Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:49 am



G2 at 0:27.
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Re: Ben Folds

Post  walkingstethoscopes on Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:01 pm

Starman wrote:Great finds man! You found some great lows too. here, i'll update the OP with these notes

A2
("Annie Awaits")
 Thanks  Thumb up  If I get time in the next couple of days I'll notewatch some more of his solo stuff

Also that should be Annie Waits, not Annie Awaits Razz
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Re: Ben Folds

Post  Starman on Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:06 pm

walkingstethoscopes wrote:
Starman wrote:Great finds man! You found some great lows too. here, i'll update the OP with these notes

A2
("Annie Awaits")
 Thanks  Thumb up  If I get time in the next couple of days I'll notewatch some more of his solo stuff

Also that should be Annie Waits, not Annie Awaits Razz

Woops! sorry will change that now xD
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Re: Ben Folds

Post  Starman on Tue May 20, 2014 10:35 am

G4s throughout and 0.54 C5
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Re: Ben Folds

Post  Maracheski on Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:09 am

At 4:53 he did a C#6.


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Re: Ben Folds

Post  Starman on Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:21 am

Maracheski wrote:At 4:53 he did a C#6.


I'd count it as significant given that context that he is imitating something sung. Definitely italics, but it's intentional and should be counted.
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Re: Ben Folds

Post  walkingstethoscopes on Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:20 pm

Notes from Songs for Silverman and Super D:

More notes from Songs for Silverman and his EP Super D:

G5 - "Get Your Hands Off My Woman"
C5 - "Jesusland"
C5 - "Kalamazoo", "Landed"
B4 - "Bastard", "Time", "Prison Food"
A4 - "Give My Judy My Notice", "Sentimental Guy"
G4 - "Adelaide", "Trusted"
G4 - "Kalamazoo", "Rent A Cop", "Landed", "Prison Food"

C3 - "You to Thank", "Give Judy My Notice"
A2 - "Time", "Prison Food"
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Re: Ben Folds

Post  Starman on Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:22 pm

Shall I Update the OP?
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Post  Starman on Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:42 pm

Fixed up the OP quite a bit because the size of the picture was annoying me.
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Post  walkingstethoscopes on Sun Sep 07, 2014 2:09 pm

Looks good man, you may want to remove the little [/quote] at the bottom though Razz
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Post  Starman on Sun Sep 07, 2014 2:31 pm

walkingstethoscopes wrote:Looks good man, you may want to remove the little
at the bottom though Razz[/quote]

It was faster to just quote my OP I made in the comments. Done!
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