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Post  Tinkerbell on Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:47 am

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Voice Type: Tenor
Vocal Range: F♯2-G5

Significant high notes:

G5 ("Road To Nowhere")
F5 ("The Book I Read")
E5 ("Thank You For Sending Me An Angel")
D5 ("Who", "Thank You For Sending Me An Angel")
C♯5 ("First Week/Last Week...Carefree")
C5 ("First Week/Last Week...Carefree", "Clean Break (Let's Work)", "The Book I Read")
B4 ("Found a Job", "Houses In Motion", "Psycho Killer", "Pulled Up", "Memories Can't Wait", "Girlfriend Is Better" live, "This Must Be The Place")
B♭4 ("Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)", "Burning the House Down", "With Our Love")
A4 ("Who Is It?", "Psycho Killer", "No Compassion", "Girlfriend Is Better" live, "Crosseyed And Painless", "With Our Love")
G♯4 ("Road To Nowhere", "Happy Day", "The Great Curve")
G4 ("Thank You for Sending Me an Angel", "Heaven")

Significant low notes:

F♯2 ("Once In a Lifetime")
G2 ("Houses In Motion")
G♯2 ("Road To Nowhere")
A2 ("Once In a Lifetime", "The Overload")
B2 ("Listening Wind", "The Overload")

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*Italics mark non-sung notes.

Thread originally by Warmerchord.

For the record, David Byrne is primarily known as the lead vocalist and guitarist of Talking Heads, an American new wave band formed in 1975 and active until 1991. You'll find some notes that are not sung are listed as sung. This is not on purpose, so please address these if you see them.
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Re: David Byrne

Post  Preacher on Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:18 pm

Hey Tim, have you watched the live talking heads concert? Stop making sense.



Piss easy A4's and B4's. I'm thinking his voice is a good example of a light low tenor.



This song is just fucking awesome
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Re: David Byrne

Post  Guest on Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:32 pm

Very cool performances right there!
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Post  Martian5795 on Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:21 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDQinQvWTXk 3:27 Falsetto F5?

Am I the only one who hears something baritonish about his voice? Sure, he sings more effortlessly in the fourth octave and his highs sound generally easy, but his timbre is pretty dark to my ears.
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Re: David Byrne

Post  Guest on Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:33 am

Tenors keep on tenoring
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Re: David Byrne

Post  Martian5795 on Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:46 am

Well he sounds like a baritone in the spoken parts of "Houses in Motion" in motion and in "The Great Curve" but anyway...
Any ideas about the note I posted?
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Re: David Byrne

Post  Spydr on Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:28 am



Believe David Byrne is doing those D5 shouts in the verses of this song.

And right off the top of my head I know Burning down the house has Bb4s and Road to Nowhere has G#4s, weird falsetto G5s and some G#2s in it.

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Burning down the house

Post  jxd812 on Tue Jun 04, 2013 3:13 am

Could you tell me the vocal range in Burning down the house?

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Re: David Byrne

Post  Young Heroins on Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:08 am

Wow this thread is really lacking.. Wish I had some notes off the top of my head.
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Re: David Byrne

Post  Martian5795 on Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:57 am

Notes to be added:
G5 ("Road to Nowhere")
F5 ("The Book I Read")
D5 ("Who")
B4 ("Girlfriend is Better" live)
B♭4 ("Burning the House Down")
A4 ("Girlfriend is Better" live)
G♯4 ("Road to Nowhere")

G♯2 ("Road to Nowhere")

Also:

Pretty cool C5 in 2:06.
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Re: David Byrne

Post  Young Heroins on Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:30 am

B4 ("This Must Be The Place")
G#4 ("Happy Day")
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Re: David Byrne

Post  persons on Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:32 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JccW-mLdNe0

This Must Be The Place (Live).. Raised one step from the studio version, the highs he hits are now C5's and there's a bunch of really strong ones...

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Post  The Great Heroins on Sat Apr 05, 2014 2:33 am

Awesome performance! He did such an amazing job I can't even tell if that's lip synced or not.. but i'd assume it isn't.
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Re: David Byrne

Post  persons on Sat Apr 05, 2014 6:14 am

Yeah I had the same suspicion just because it's so spot on, and it seems so effortless. But he just seems like the type to not succumb to that level. I agree, amazing performance Smile

Also even if it is pre-recorded, it's still damn good lol.

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Re: David Byrne

Post  Starman on Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:11 pm

I watched Stop Making Sense like a week ago and i'm still trying to get my head around how incredible it is. This guy's voice is awesome.
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Re: David Byrne

Post  ThePotatoKing on Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:53 am

Are the A2s (or whatever note it may be) in Swamp from Speaking in Tongues Byrne?
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Re: David Byrne

Post  lopan017 on Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:24 am

David Byrne is the bomb!!
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Re: David Byrne

Post  Misukiy Lambertson on Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:26 am

lopan017 wrote:David Byrne is the bomb!!

No, he's just a person.
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hey

Post  lopan017 on Thu Aug 25, 2016 1:39 am

I was kidding dude. Wink
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Re: David Byrne

Post  Misukiy Lambertson on Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:19 am

lopan017 wrote:I was kidding dude. Wink

So was I.
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