Comments: The Evolution of Bones to Man

I'm not sure what I am. I can sing nearly as low as Cash (if it's particularly early in the morning/late at night I have no trouble though), there are a couple notes that I can't hit which he can. I can sing Frank, Sammy and Dino all day long though.

Posted by Andrew Phule at June 25, 2011 09:21 PM

You may be a baritone. I think Sammy and Dean Martin were tenors, and Frank was too, but I think ultimately Frank was a baritone. I had to look him up. I assumed tenor, but I read as he aged he became a baritone. (Something about the smoking and drinking... lowered his voice.)

Tenor doesn't mean your voice is 'high' per se. Think of the three tenors. They have an amazing range, they just don't hang out in the low zone. Tenors are pretty versatile.

Last year Bones was a Tenor 1. His voice has dropped enough, he may have become a Tenor 2. We'll see during vocal try outs this August. The boys' vocal instructor has to stay on top of things in middle school. Usually they only listen to voices and distribute twice (I think) once at the beginning and once at mid year, but he is listening to them constantly and I think every now and then you get a kid who's voice just puts him in a different range right then and there, no waiting. It's absolutely fascinating.

His vocal coach also said the beauty of Bones' and it happening so gradually is he's able to keep up with it and move with his range change. She said she gets boys all the time that suddenly BLAMMO!, have a new voice and don't know how to use it.

Posted by Bou at June 26, 2011 07:49 AM

Change can continue, too.

One of my high school vocal teachers told us that in college, he was a bass. Within the next ten years, he lost the low end of his range and moved into the baritone world. No smoking or other abuses. It just happened.

Posted by Versatek6 at June 27, 2011 12:35 PM

Versatek6- You know, I can see that happening. I think with age and use, our bodies change, why not should our voices?

I know the range of my voice has changed considerably, and I don't even sing. And my voice takes far less abuse. For instance, I could go to a football game and yell and scream with everyone else and feel no effects. Now when I do it, I'm a mess for two or three full days.... sometimes a week. I consciously make an effort not to yell at events because I really hate losing my voice. And truly, I have actually full on lost my voice over a dang game.

With Bones, we're constantly reminding him to protect his. His... is a gift.

Meanwhile, I envision mine turning into the scratchy old lady voice my paternal grandmother had. I give it 10 years... ;-)

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