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Post  Guest on Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:54 am



Voice type: Baritenor (Possessing traits of both a baritone and a tenor)
Sung range: E♭2-E5
Total range: B1-B♭5

Significant high notes:

B♭5 ("I Need To Know")
G♯5 ("Century City")
F♯5 ("Century City", "Nightwatchman")
E5 ("Refugee", "Mary Jane's Last Dance")
D5 ("Here Comes My Girl")
C♯5 ("Century City", "Even The Losers")
C5 ("Refugee", "Here Comes My Girl", "Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)")
B4 ("Century City", "Something In The Air", "Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)")
A4 ("A Thing About You", "Refugee", "Something In The Air", "Free Fallin'", "Breakdown", "Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)", "Hometown Blues")
G4 ("Strangered In The Night", "Luna", "I Need To Know", "American Girl", "The Wild One, Forever", "Breakdown", "Good Enough")

Significant low notes:

B1 ("Joe" live at the Olympic 2002)
E♭2 ("Yer So Bad" live)
E2 ("Joe")
F♯2 ("Joe" live)
G2 ("Here Comes My Girl")
A2 ("Joe")
B♭2 ("Let Yourself Go")
B2 ("Candy", "You Don't Know How It Feels")

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*Blue marks probable non-modal notes.
*Italics mark non-melodic notes.


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Maxim wrote:Surprisingly good range for someone who I've heard described as being "unable to hit a high C if you stood on his cojones" (though the person who said that also said that "Jailbreak" had Bon Scott's lowest vocals in it). Probably a lot more notes to be found on both ends, though this is probably the extent of his high range.
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Re: Tom Petty

Post  Young Heroins on Thu May 02, 2013 9:22 am

what a fuckin weird voice. It was attractive in the 80s but his voice got really nasally and it's just annoying now. Bob Dylan + Neil Young + George Harrison + Another singer who is nasally and really bad and takes away the technical skill of the prior three = Tom Petty.



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Re: Tom Petty

Post  Timmerbo on Mon May 06, 2013 5:49 am

18:00 - non-modal G♯5
18:13 - non-modal F♯5
19:25 - B4
19:42 - C♯5. Full and sung.

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Re: Tom Petty

Post  Hopscotch on Mon May 06, 2013 6:39 pm

Hey, good find with that "Century City" note! I think it sounds closer to C5, though... Sad
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Post  Timmerbo on Tue May 07, 2013 3:16 am

Abacus wrote:Hey, good find with that "Century City" note! I think it sounds closer to C5, though... Sad



He sang it live as a C natural, but the studio recording sounds to me like a C#... Confused

Either way, 5th octave singing for Tom.
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Re: Tom Petty

Post  Holsety on Thu May 29, 2014 1:04 pm

Looks like it's time to update this thread..  albino 
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Post  INFINITE POTATO on Mon Sep 22, 2014 5:27 am

Lots of A4-C5's in Joe but god do they sound nasally Cringe

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Post  Hopscotch on Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:34 am

Uhhh that song tops at like G4, dude.
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Post  The Great Heroins on Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:52 am

Pre-Kepp Heroins wrote:what a fuckin weird voice.  It was attractive in the 80s but his voice got really nasally and it's just annoying now.  Bob Dylan + Neil Young + George Harrison + Another singer who is nasally and really bad and takes away the technical skill of the prior three = Tom Petty.



... yuck...

Wow, this comes across so harsh.  Yeah, his voice is pretty weird now from what I hear but I completely failed to illustrate how much I love Tom Petty's music and voice in his prime.  I am actually going to see him in concert on my birthday.  One thing I find so endearing about his vocals is the fact that he always seems to be on the verge of cracking under the pressures of a strange Bob Dylan/Geore Harrison-esque singing technique.  Yet, he always powers through it and gets these really intense moments where he is careening into the upper fourth octave.  Here is my favorite example of this:



1:43 - I feel you Tom, I feel you on that note.
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Re: Tom Petty

Post  wabba_treads on Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:57 am



These are probably two of my favorites by him, cool riffs/ melodies, awesome vocals with a neat rasp and tone.




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Post  The Great Heroins on Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:04 am

Nice, I agree both of those songs are great as well. All though, it took me awhile to get into the chorus of "Here Comes my Girl" because of the nasally soft singing. Laughing Tom Petty in my eyes is like the singer that shouldn't have made it big. It is just by sheer power of his songwriting skills, band mates, and vocal charisma that he made such a successful career. Even still, i've had friends in the past that will hear Tom Petty and say, 'What the hell is he trying to do with his voice?" I don't know if i'm just desensitized to the nasality or something, but I think his voice is cool as hell. Not sure what it will sound like live though.
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Re: Tom Petty

Post  wabba_treads on Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:09 am



Ok here's how he would sound nowadays doing "Refugee". A bit nasally on the verses but its impressive that he could still hit the A4s pretty strong and clean like in the old days. Its one of his more demanding songs and I think the band sounded awesome too!
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Post  The Great Heroins on Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:33 am

wabba_treads wrote:

Ok here's how he would sound nowadays doing "Refugee". A bit nasally on the verses but its impressive that he could still hit the A4s pretty strong and clean like in the old days. Its one of his more demanding songs and I think the band sounded awesome too!

Holy shit, that was not bad at all!  He sounds pretty much just like the record besides his voice sounding a bit brighter and light to me.  I was seriously impressed by that chorus though. Surprised I'm actually pretty excited for this concert now.
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Post  INFINITE POTATO on Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:45 am

Wanderlust wrote:Uhhh that song tops at like G4, dude.
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Post  wabba_treads on Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:32 pm

The Great Heroins wrote:
wabba_treads wrote:

Ok here's how he would sound nowadays doing "Refugee". A bit nasally on the verses but its impressive that he could still hit the A4s pretty strong and clean like in the old days. Its one of his more demanding songs and I think the band sounded awesome too!

Holy shit, that was not bad at all!  He sounds pretty much just like the record besides his voice sounding a bit brighter and light to me.  I was seriously impressed by that chorus though. Surprised I'm actually pretty excited for this concert now.

Ok this took me way too long to figure out, but you're seeing Tom Petty live? Awesome! Try to keep us updated on how he is live in person if you can, maybe theres gonna be some surprising moments.

Where are you seeing him?
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Post  The Great Heroins on Mon Sep 22, 2014 1:18 pm

Not sure exact location, my mom ordered the tickets, sometime in October though. Los Angeles, California.
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