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Soul/R&B

Postby jollyjelly » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:20 am

At the risk of being controversial, I'm hoping someone can settle a 'subject of debate' that we have in our household at the moment... It's about Soul/R&B singing, typically female singers like Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston or those aspiring to sing like them (sorry not very familiar with many Soul artists names :oops: ) and whether the technique of putting as many notes in one vocal word as possible has a particular term? I've scoured the internet for this but cannot find a description of it any where? I won't go any further into the subject of female soul "vocalist" for fear of causing offense, but would be curious to hear other peoples views, and knowledge of this vocal style.

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Re: Soul/R&B

Postby riverdancefan » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:33 pm

DS calls it riffing but that's probably not the proper term :lol:
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Re: Soul/R&B

Postby islandofsodor » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:52 pm

In opera it would be called melisma.
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Re: Soul/R&B

Postby jollyjelly » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:55 pm

riverdancefan wrote:DS calls it riffing but that's probably not the proper term :lol:


Genius!! =D> thank you and T. That's exactly it! just found this on google just by typing in Riffing in Singing http://voicecouncil.com/get-your-riffing-right/ It even has exercise sound examples further down the page!!

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Re: Soul/R&B

Postby jollyjelly » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:58 pm

islandofsodor wrote:In opera it would be called melisma.


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that sounds more like it too, judging by definitions found on google, although it does sound a bit like a strange illness too ;)

I'm always so impressed by the huge wealth of knowledge of many the NAPMers on here have! Makes me and ds's efforts feel a little pathetic at times. :oops:


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