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The Voice, devoiced.

Sitting in wonderment for the past three Saturday nights listening to Jessie J and Will.I.Am waxing lyrical about all things musically technical would put your head in a tizzy.  For me, trying to learn this convoluted new language is almost as sweat inducing as sitting my Irish Leaving Cert. I hate to say it but I much preferred it when the judges gleefully agreed with every fritter, fratter the contestants sang (I’m looking at you, Mr. Louis Walsh).

So for all The Voice fans out there, and myself included, I’ve stumbled upon this clever little glossary of all the music terms that not of us understands. So this means no more staring gormlessly at our TV sets on a Saturday night, we can all be clued up on the muso lingo and use our new found knowledge to impress all our friends.

Runs – When a singer starts off at a very high note and drops quickly through the scale down to a very low note in the space of a second or two. It can also be done from a low note to a high note.

Licks – This is a very short solo that is performed to a complicated and fast melody during a little break in the song.

Tone – The overall effect of someone’s voice based on its quality, loudness, high or low pitch and intensity.

Pitch –  The frequency of a note determining how high or low it sounds.

Vibrato – This is the effect of regularly and dramatically changing the pitch or notes of the music as you’re going along. This is used to make the song sound really emotional.

A cappella – singing without music. Does exactly what is says on the tin.

Falsetto – A style of male singing where the voice is able to reach the pitch of a female. Like Justin Timberlake or like Justin Bieber in that new song of his.

Soprano – This is basically a female warbler who can hit very high notes. A la  Mariah Carey.

Head voice – when a coach says ‘use your head voice’, it basically means switch into an impossibly high voice in a nano second.


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