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What do you call a note you can produce but not sing in?

Asked by MaisyS (514points) July 9th, 2019

I have a vocal range of B2 to E5, but I can’t sing an E5. Okay that sounds silly. Let me clarify. I can produce an E5, just as an ah or ooh sound. I can produce it towards the end of the last word in a line, or as a singular instance in any word in a line. But I can’t sustain an E5 throughout the entire line or verse. So does this note count as part of my range? If so does it have a special name, or some such thing?

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kritiper's avatar

A squawk.

MaisyS's avatar

Err that would be more of a squeak at E5 haha. But no seriously would that note be part of my range though? Serious answers please, no more quips.

seawulf575's avatar

Well, first off, Welcome to Fluther!

Now, on to the question. I think that if you can hit that note, it is great, but not sure I would claim it as part of my range. If I was going into a recording studio, I would make sure they new I could hit it, but not hold it. To me, when someone says they have a certain range, I picture them singing in that range. I can go falsetto and hit some interesting notes, but you certainly don’t want to hear me sing in those notes. I couldn’t do it for long and maintain the key.

kritiper's avatar

Or a screech. I am trying to be serious, really…

MaisyS's avatar

@seawulf thanks for answering. And thanks for welcoming me. I’m glad to have some clarity on this :).
@kritiper Good Lord ur serious isn’t very serious is it ?

kritiper's avatar

“Cheep” would work…like a young chicken and maybe better than “peep”...
Sounds better than a screech…
Bark, yip, yelp, ...
Still thinking…

kritiper's avatar

I’ve decided to go with “yelp.” Hope this helps!

MaisyS's avatar

Haha not really @kritiper. But thanks I guess.

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