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Old 07-13-2011, 08:56 AM   #1
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Height vs Vocal Range

I was thinking about how larger musical instruments tend to produce deeper notes (e.g. a double bass), and how smaller instruments produce higher notes (e.g. violin).

Does anyone know if this is the same with humans?
i.e. does your height affect how high/low you can sing?

Can anyone think of any counter examples to this?

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Old 07-13-2011, 09:07 AM   #2
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It doesn't. Length affects wind instruments because thats how long the air collumn is. (which is why uncovering holes higher up on the tube gives a higher pitch. Pitch in vocals is dependent on the frequency of oscillation of the vocal chords not the length of any tubes.
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:13 AM   #3
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There is some corolation between height and vocal pitch, however not as much as you are thinking. Tension is the main key here, just like in guitar strings. The vocal chords work the same way. Tighten the string, the higher the pitch. Loosen the string, the lower the pitch.
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I dont really remember all the details. But the longer the vocal chords the lower. shorter the higher, then theres the quality thin vs thickness. But I dont really remember. Iv seen big people with tinny voices and vise versa. Like stevo said im sure theres some corolation But its not always true.
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:25 PM   #5
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Vocal range has more to do with genetics, environment, and practice than it does size. For example, Mike Tyson. You'd expect him to have this great big voice, but he sounds like Mickey Mouse.
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:28 PM   #6
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Vocal range has more to do with genetics, environment, and practice than it does size. For example, Mike Tyson. You'd expect him to have this great big voice, but he sounds like Mickey Mouse.

mike tyson is only 5'10'' though. thats pretty much average height.
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Old 07-14-2011, 12:47 AM   #7
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mike tyson is only 5'10'' though. thats pretty much average height.


Wow, I thought he was bigger than that! But - the point still stands. He has a higher than average voice, when by this height=voice theory he should be a baritone of some sort. I know plenty of short dudes with deep voices and tall dudes with high voices and vice versa.
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:36 AM   #8
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Wow, I thought he was bigger than that! But - the point still stands. He has a higher than average voice, when by this height=voice theory he should be a baritone of some sort. I know plenty of short dudes with deep voices and tall dudes with high voices and vice versa.


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Exceptions don't disprove trends.


What I'm saying is that there doesn't seem to be a trend. If exceptions to a trend occur just as if not more often than the "norm", then there is no norm. Not that any of us have the resources to even attempt a scientific study on this, it's all just conjecture. I'd be willing to shut up if somebody had a study that put this to rest.
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Okay, talk to everyone you know and listen to their voice. If all the tall people have deep voices, and the short people high voices, then your theory is correct. Case closed.

Or better yet, let me save some trouble. Try just THINKING about all your friends' voices. You don't actually have to talk with them. Is there a correlation between height and vocal range?

Ya know what? Let me save you some more trouble. The answer is no.
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Okay, talk to everyone you know and listen to their voice. If all the tall people have deep voices, and the short people high voices, then your theory is correct. Case closed.

Or better yet, let me save some trouble. Try just THINKING about all your friends' voices. You don't actually have to talk with them. Is there a correlation between height and vocal range?

Ya know what? Let me save you some more trouble. The answer is no.


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Old 07-20-2011, 08:57 PM   #13
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I was thinking about how larger musical instruments tend to produce deeper notes (e.g. a double bass), and how smaller instruments produce higher notes (e.g. violin).

Does anyone know if this is the same with humans?
i.e. does your height affect how high/low you can sing?

Can anyone think of any counter examples to this?

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Does it matter? you're born with what you got. work with it.

It's not like you can change your body to match your desired vocal style.

Worry about shit that you can do something about.
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Old 07-21-2011, 05:43 AM   #14
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Does it matter? you're born with what you got. work with it.

It's not like you can change your body to match your desired vocal style.

Worry about shit that you can do something about.


Who said that I was referring to myself?
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:59 AM   #15
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i don't think there's much of a correlation, i know a lot of people (including me) who are small but have very deep voices. in the choir in my college, in general the tenors were a lot taller than the basses.
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Who said that I was referring to myself?


it doesn't matter. you can't change other peoples size either. (or vocal range).
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