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« on: March 24, 2006, 07:33:34 AM »

When you're singing along with the Beach Boys in your car all alone, or what have you, what are the songs you generally struggle with? I don't have a very deep voice, so I can't hit the low note in Shut Down, for example. I also struggle to keep up with Darlin' and Cotton Fields (the second time through "it was BACK IN LOUISIANA"). I also have trouble with Don't Worry Baby, as I am sure many people do, what with the seamless register switching. Similarly for Don't Talk, Let Him Run Wild, and even Lonely Sea.
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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2006, 07:37:59 AM »

Mike's parts are usually within my range, all the others are usually too high for me.
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2006, 07:42:39 AM »

Mike's parts are usually within my range, all the others are usually too high for me.

Try an elastic band.
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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2006, 07:42:57 AM »

My voice can go actually a little higher than Brian's, but I can never hit the transition in Surf's Up (Columnated Ruins Do-AH-mi-nooooo). Going from low to high, I always miss the pitch. Same thing with Elton John's Rocket Man.

And yet the original Don't Worry Baby is right in my range, as is Don't Talk. Go fig.
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2006, 07:44:55 AM »

That's Not Me is very hard to sing - i'm talking about holding the long note
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2006, 07:45:22 AM »

My voice can go actually a little higher than Brian's, but I can never hit the transition in Surf's Up (Columnated Ruins Do-AH-mi-nooooo). Going from low to high, I always miss the pitch. Same thing with Elton John's Rocket Man.

And yet the original Don't Worry Baby is right in my range, as is Don't Talk. Go fig.

That bit in Surf's Up must be one of the most difficult in pop.
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2006, 07:51:34 AM »

WIBN….just a bad key for me. I just can’t hit those notes for some reason.
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2006, 07:54:17 AM »

Yeah, WIBN is another ridiculously high head voice lead. I can hit the notes, but I get all whiny.
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2006, 08:01:27 AM »

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That's Not Me is very hard to sing - i'm talking about holding the long note

Yeah, that's actually an interesting one that not many people would think of, but it's just an awkward song to sing.  Something with the phrase lengths.  Mike did a good job, but you can hear him struggle with certain parts.  It's not one of those songs that sings itself.
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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2006, 08:24:56 AM »

I really only have trouble with that note when I am walking and listening to Pet Sounds, because the walking makes me use up my breath. It's an interesting challenge, I guess. I always try to hold it as long as I can.
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« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2006, 08:51:20 AM »

Don't Talk is super hard. Actually unless I have a cold Dennis' post 74 leads are a little rough.
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« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2006, 09:16:01 AM »

Wild Honey and Darlin are bitches.
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« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2006, 11:27:03 AM »

Wild Honey and Darlin are bitches.
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« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2006, 12:13:17 PM »

Wild Honey and Darlin are bitches.

Don't feel bad, they were for Carl too, yet they still released 'em.  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2006, 02:24:23 PM »

In my honest opinion, the most impossible Beach Boys song to sing is "Don't Worry Baby".  It's hard for me to believe anybody can seamlessly go through head voice into falsetto like Brian does in that song, and not only does he do that little trick right there... he does it OVER AND OVER AGAIN, and even goes like Head Voice, Falsetto, back down into Head Voice.  It's like vocal gymnastics. 

I think my voice is pretty decent but nothing great.  I've just been recently getting more consistant at being able to sing things like "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "You Still Believe in Me" in key and fully. 

I like the little things they do live in concert sometimes that add a lot to the song.  For instance on the "In Concert" CD where Carl? I guess sings "Wouldn't It Be Nice" the way he walks down "stayyyy to GETHA!" is flawless.  Brian sang the original just in a pure falsetto sound, but Carl turns it into like a sterling, elated comment on how he loves this girl he's singing about.

Al's live version of "You Still Believe In Me" is just beautiful, too.  The end part is kind of weird to sing solo or acapella.

The funnest Beach Boys song to sing is "I Get Around".  The way it's made, you can jump from the "my part of town" up into falsetto on "I'm a real cool head! I'm making real good bread!" and it sounds great.

Another impossible one to sing for me at least is "Catch A Wave".  Brian sounds like Jesus or something on that song, it's incredible.  "those who don't jussss HAVE TO put it DOWWWWWN, owww OWWWWNNN" head, falsetto, head, falsetto.  Incredible voice. 
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« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2006, 02:30:44 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2006, 02:31:02 PM »

Nearly all Beach Boys songs are hard for me to sing right. When I'm singing Wouldn't It Be Nice, for example, I sing most of it a little lower than my range, which is much lower than the recording and then I sing the "staayy together"-type parts in my normal voice.. even with all that, the "let's taaalk about it" part is sometimes too hard.

Hawaii just rapes my larynx.
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« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2006, 03:44:00 PM »

"Friends" is nearly impossible for me; ditto "Wild Honey" and "Darlin". "In My Room", however, is ridiculously easy for me, as are "Don't Worry Baby" and "Surfer Girl". Oddly enough, though, my voice is a mix between current Brian and Sunflower-era Brian...
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« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2006, 05:15:41 PM »

Without a doubt, "Surf's UP" You might nail it one day, and completely miss it the next. An impossibly beautiful song to vocalize...
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« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2006, 03:45:34 AM »

Brian´s falsetto on the chorus of "She Knows Me Too Well", and then again at he fade-out. It´s so incredible powerful.
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« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2006, 07:36:09 AM »

Even with a female voice, it's hard to hit Brian's falsettos in the early songs, Why do fools fall in love is nearly impossible for me.  But, I can hit Surf's up spot on a good part of the time, the easiest for me to sing is either Til I die or Cottonfields, Al's vocals are pretty easy for me.
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« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2006, 07:54:17 AM »

Funny you should say that, Carly - i use Brian's falsetto on the early songs as part of my warm-up before a gig, because it makes me work through a break and get it seamless before i have to perform!

Hardest vocal line for me to sing is the Cry-y-y--yy-y-y in "You Still Believe In Me."  The whole song is channelging, because it works through a couple of breaks and requires a pretty good range in the first place, but that "cry" not only goes through two breaks, but also goes on forever!  THAT is one tough MF to sing!
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« Reply #22 on: March 25, 2006, 08:07:59 AM »

Funny you should say that, Carly - i use Brian's falsetto on the early songs as part of my warm-up before a gig, because it makes me work through a break and get it seamless before i have to perform!

Hardest vocal line for me to sing is the Cry-y-y--yy-y-y in "You Still Believe In Me." The whole song is channelging, because it works through a couple of breaks and requires a pretty good range in the first place, but that "cry" not only goes through two breaks, but also goes on forever! THAT is one tough MF to sing!

I don't know why it's so hard for me to sing Brian's falsetto, but after doing it for a while, I end up hoarse, I am need of a vocal coach for sure.  I would never be able to get the cryyy part in YSBIM.
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« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2006, 12:48:16 PM »

When I sing that part, I sing the first part in head voice "I, wanna" then the next in falsetto "Crrrryyyyyyyy", then the next down into head voice again "aaaiiiiiiiii" then all the way down into chest voice "iiiiii".  Who in the hell writes like that?  I can't really hit it very well but it's fun to try I guess. 
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« Reply #24 on: March 25, 2006, 08:00:55 PM »

"Columnated ruins domino," from "Surf's Up."

I have to sing the lower harmony part--the part that Brian himself sings on the 2004 SMiLE version--if I'm going to get through the song.
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