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    Default Michael Jackson's Vocal Fach

    Is Michael Jackson tenor or a baritone?

    He had a natural deep speaking voice, like an average man. Seth Riggs said he was a Baritone, but MJ preferred high tenor so he spoke softly. So he is a tenor or a baritone?

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    Default Re: Michael Jackson's Vocal Fach

    If I recall correctly, Seth Riggs only said Michael had a strong baritone voice, not that he was classified as such.

    Michael was a tried and true high tenor. The general tenor vocal range peaks at a C5 (or, for those of us who aren't musicians/singers, is the note sung on the line "truth unfurl" in "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"), which Michael was able to surpass for a majority of his lifetime. Baritones can be trained to sing higher, but the vast majority aren't able to sing any higher than A4 to A#4. Michael was belting those notes naturally.

    As an adult -- for the sake of argument, let's say from age 21 onward -- here are some of his highest full-voiced moments:

    • D#5: "Lovely One," age 21-22 ("You're driving me insane!"); "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," age 23-24 ("I took my baby to the doctor"); "Will You Be There," age 32-33 ("Yeah! Will you be there?")
    • D5: "Walk Right Now," age 21-22 ("Why'd you do it to me?"); "Baby Be Mine," age 23-24 ("Won't you stay with me until the morning sun?"); "State of Shock," age 25 ("'Cause you're so fine"); "The Way You Make Me Feel," age 28 ("... Paint the town"); "Dirty Diana," age 28 ("Because she's sleeping with me!"); "D.S.," age 36 ("Did he say to either do it or die?")
    • C#5: "Can You Feel It," age 21-22 ("Yes, it's alright"); "The Girl is Mine," age 23 ("My girl forever and ever"); "Will You Be There," age 32-33 ("Carry! Carry, yeah!"); "They Don't Care About Us," age 36 ("He wouldn't let this be")

    No doubt -- he was a tenor.

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    Default Re: Michael Jackson's Vocal Fach

    Tenor? I always thought tenor.
    Ew barrio tone no way wtf
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    Default Re: Michael Jackson's Vocal Fach

    Seth Riggs stated that Michael Jackson had an extraordinary vocal range and he could easily sing bass, baritone, and tenor but he always chose the tenor vocal range.

    Seth Riggs statement means that just because he could easily sing also bass and baritone, this did not necessarily qualify him as a baritone singer, because being a baritone singer should not be based only on vocal range.

    Besides, in another interview, Seth Riggs stated that Michael Jackson was classified as a high tenor singer.

    Also, if you listen to some baritone singers (like, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Jim Morrison, etc) you will realize that Michael Jackson should not be put in the same, baritone category as them.

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    Default Re: Michael Jackson's Vocal Fach

    This been talk about before but the thread is close. michael had a large voice rage. he was very gifted. michael voice was soft spoken but he most certainly had a deep voice. it's creep me out sometimes. but yeah he did.

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    Default Re: Michael Jackson's Vocal Fach

    Michael Jackson had a median speaking fundamental frequency of 130.0 Hz.
    Last edited by Sophia2023; 25-12-2020 at 09:26 PM.

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    Default Re: Michael Jackson's Vocal Fach

    one of the most impressive low notes i've ever heard MJ sing is on the ending of you can't win

    3:03

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPVpMxVn6mk

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    Default Re: Michael Jackson's Vocal Fach

    Jackie has a higher voice than Michael, but they are both tenors.

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    Default Re: Michael Jackson's Vocal Fach

    According to concerthotels.com/worlds-greatest-vocal-ranges it was G#2 (Dangerous) to C#6 (Smooth Criminal).

    Just checked Wikipedia and they have each song different by a semitone.
    Last edited by R1chard; 21-05-2021 at 07:54 PM.

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