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Started by Delighted_User on Oct 11, 2021 2:36:26 PM
If you don't C#, you'll Bb

Sorry about the title.

I vaguely remember reading (in something by Fritz Spiegl?) about what the annoyed author called the tendency of singers to sing sharp, and to call it 'bright'. I don't remember coming across it anywhere else, which ups the chance of it being Spiegl.

Recently a musician I know told me that singing sharp was a mortal sin, and that if you couldn't hit the note squarely, it was better to be flat than sharp. He couldn't really explain why, though. As someone who can't sing, I asked him why, if I could hear myself singing flat, I couldn't correct it. He said he didn't know.

As I am a complete musical illiterate, I'd appreciate the input of people who know what they're talking about on any of these points. Or anything else of related interest, really.

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OldLefty - 11 Oct 2021 14:47:29 (#1 of 6)

In my experience, a lot more people sing flat than sharp. It is a particular problem in unaccompanied choral singing, as the flat singer will tend to drag the rest of the choir down with them.

This doesn't matter all that much if the whole piece is unaccompanied, but in my church choir days, one of the masses we sang had an unaccompanied section in the Gloria, and when the organ came back in, we were always flat, due to one of the basses (not me, I hasten to add) singing flat. In the end, the only solution was for the organ to play quietly in the "unaccompanied" section.

And talking of Fritz Spiegl, someone I worked with had some dealings with him, and said he was a patronising twat.

dreams99 - 11 Oct 2021 15:53:50 (#2 of 6)

had an unaccompanied section in the Gloria

Patti Smith or Laura Branigan?

OldLefty - 11 Oct 2021 16:01:42 (#3 of 6)

Sorry, never heard of either of them.

Ebadlun - 11 Oct 2021 16:50:41 (#4 of 6)

Has anyone ever tried to autotune a whole choir?

dreams99 - 12 Oct 2021 11:48:17 (#5 of 6)

Laura Branigan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNEb2k_EmMg

Patti Smith:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JMSkcCV790

slicey - 12 Oct 2021 11:56:24 (#6 of 6)

Has anyone ever tried to autotune a whole choir?

<Rick Beato takes notes>

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