The Vocalist Magazine SPRING 2013 ISSUE - Page 41

Profile TINA TURNER RANGE Vocal Type: Contralto Vocal Range: 3 Octaves 4 notes and a semitone F2C#6 Whistle Register: No Vocal Pluses: Energetic and natural voice that has a character to it that is readily identifiable. Tina Turner’s exceptional control of her voice means it is capable of varied timbres and tones that give it great versatility, allowing it to adapt to many different genres of music. Her great technique has ultimately resulted in her still singing into her seventies. Tina Turner sounds comfortable and at ease with second octave notes, which are reached seemingly effortlessly. The notes themselves are thick and full, with a husky quality to them. Her midrange is also thick and rounded with a warm and full timbre and is connected well to both the lower range and the belting range. By Diva Devotee The mastery of her lower range is mirrored in the belting range of the voice. Whereas previously it had a rasp and an edge to it- Respect- it has mellowed and smoothed as she has aged- Golden Eye. Tina Turner has the ability to sing high up into the fifth octave but her voice finds the most resonance at around C5. Surprisingly for someone with such a strong lower range, Tina Turner also has access to a mid-weight, but bright and piercing head voice. Vocal Negatives: Some of Tina Turner’s earlier trademark growls, grunts and raspy vocals were achieved via questionable technique, and no doubt the unhealthy lifestyle she led. 41