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Jun. 2nd, 2003

so, can some kind music person explain to me, as if I were a 6-year-old, what is 5 part harmony, what are the different parts and how it applies to NSYNC. And what, exactly, is a falsetto. Because I don't know this stuff well enought to explain it.

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sweatergurl
Jun. 3rd, 2003 01:21 pm (UTC)
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well, it's enough as far as I'm concerned. but somehow I don't think the 6-year-old will be satisfied with that answer. :) I think I was looking for a bit more of a techinical explanation, but so that a 6-year-old could understand it. why do Justin and JC always sing? how come Lance never sings? you know, stuff a 6-year-old wants to know. :)
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sweatergurl
Jun. 5th, 2003 12:27 pm (UTC)
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yes, that makes complete sense. :)
aproposofnothin
Jun. 3rd, 2003 07:44 pm (UTC)
Falsetto is the maximal elongation of vocal cords with minimal glottic gap. It can be produced at almost any frequency, but is mostly produced in the upper range for both male and female voices. Falsetto was originally called "false voice" because of the use of castrates (castrated males) when women were not allowed to sing in churches.

It is the breathy sound that occurs when the vocal cords are allowed to separate. Falsetto will not blend with chest voice, therefore making it impractical to use except for special vocal stylings.


Think Justin, in much of *NSYNC's work -- or, specifically, the "sing this song with me..." riff in Like I Love You. His actual voice is much deeper when he sings "from his chest." Justin sings falsetto a lot "".

As for why doesn't Lance get to sing, he does, but bass voices aren't very practical for melody lines, so you just don't hear him by himself very often. Basses are given to lots of dum dum doo doo round-out-the-bottom-of-the-chord stuff, to provide a base (no pun intended) for the other ranges to build on.
sweatergurl
Jun. 5th, 2003 12:29 pm (UTC)
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coolness. thank you very much. :)
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