Monday, April 15, 2013

Vocal Range and Profile: Ariana Grande

Lowest Note: Eb3
Highest Belt: B5
Highest Note: E7
Vocal Type: Light-Lyric Soprano (4 octaves and a semitone)
Vocal Rating: A-List
Recommended Listenings: Emotions, The Way

Positives: A vocal actress, being able to mimic the tones and voices of Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, crying and laughing babies and more. Her belts are achieved with ease, making it up to brief A5's without issue. Her belting register is extensive and stretches up to an impressive B5. Capable of complex, fast melismas (see Hands on Me and Problem). A rolling vibrato can be heard in belts up to G#5 and as low as Bb3.

The head voice is light and sweet, and is also where the voice finds its 'ring,' being bright, healthy, and resonant. Her falsetto is also very bright and piercing, and doesn't demonstrate airy qualities.

The whistle register is piercing, and the whistles don't have disconnected tones attached to them. She is able to sing vocal runs in this register (See Emotions).

Negatives: The previously mentioned mixed belts lack power and the whistle register is not controlled (something she has admitted herself). Her slightly nasal and feminine tone is also polarizing. Her diction is unpolished, leaving her lyrics incomprehensible at points (see the bridge of Break Free). Intonation live has proved to be a problem at points. The lower register sounds unsupported in most instances. Control of her larynx is hit or miss.


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