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25th Apr '16 10:57:12 PM Elan
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* ToddInTheShadows notes that this tends to embarrass to anyone who tries to sing Ah-Ha's "Take On Me" on Karaoke night, since few can match Morten Harket's high notes.
25th Mar '16 12:53:30 AM jormis29
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* The Fat Lady portrait in ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'' tries to sing high enough to shatter a wine glass, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-bXjK_5C8g culminating in her just shrieking at the top of her lungs.]]

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* The Fat Lady portrait in ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'' tries to sing high enough [[GlassShatteringSound to shatter a wine glass, glass]], culminating in her just [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-bXjK_5C8g culminating in her just shrieking at the top of her lungs.]]
24th Mar '16 11:47:00 PM Twentington
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* Sara Evans obviously strains her voice a lot on "Fool, I'm a Woman" (e.g. "Did I say that I'd never ''leave you behind'' / Well, just ''keep treating me unkind''").

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* Sara Evans obviously strains her voice a lot on "Fool, I'm a Woman" (e.g. "Did I say that I'd never ''leave you behind'' / Well, just ''keep treating me unkind''"). This is particularly strange, as many of her songs before and after it have her hitting higher notes with no trouble.



* The 1987 LiveAlbum ''Live In Australia With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra'' by EltonJohn was recorded in late 1986 at the end of a grueling world tour for the artist, at a time when he was straining his voice from overuse, drug abuse and bulimia. He very clearly was having vocal problems, including difficulty reaching his falsetto range, and the recording shows it. By the end of the year, non-cancerous, career-threatening nodules would be found on his vocal cords, requiring him to have surgery. The surgery was successful, but after a year of rest (his rendition of "Candle In The Wind" from the album would be a surprise hit), [[VocalEvolution he would emerge in 1988 as a baritone]].

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* The 1987 LiveAlbum ''Live In Australia With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra'' by EltonJohn Music/EltonJohn was recorded in late 1986 at the end of a grueling world tour for the artist, at a time when he was straining his voice from overuse, drug abuse and bulimia. He very clearly was having vocal problems, including difficulty reaching his falsetto range, and the recording shows it. By the end of the year, non-cancerous, career-threatening nodules would be found on his vocal cords, requiring him to have surgery. The surgery was successful, but after a year of rest (his rendition of "Candle In The Wind" from the album would be a surprise hit), [[VocalEvolution he would emerge in 1988 as a baritone]].



* Ozzy clearly can't hit the low notes on the final track of Music/BlackSabbath's debut album.
** "Just a little bit too strong"
* Creator/JAMProject had problems hitting two high notes in the song GONG, the theme to ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha 3''. While they got it for the soundtrack, they won't do it when they sing it in concert.
* Creator/GarthBrooks has the vocal range of ''[[UpToEleven over two octaves]]'' necessary to sing ''Friends in Low Places'' correctly. Many who try to cover the song... don't.

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* Ozzy clearly can't hit the low notes on the final track of Music/BlackSabbath's debut album.
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album: "Just a little bit too strong"
* Creator/JAMProject Music/JAMProject had problems hitting two high notes in the song GONG, the theme to ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha 3''. While they got it for the soundtrack, they won't do it when they sing it in concert.
* Creator/GarthBrooks Music/GarthBrooks has the vocal range of ''[[UpToEleven over two octaves]]'' necessary to sing ''Friends in Low Places'' correctly. Many who try to cover the song... don't.
28th Jan '16 5:13:16 AM gallium
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* Susan Alexander in ''Film/CitizenKane'' can't hack being an opera singer.

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* Susan Alexander in ''Film/CitizenKane'' can't hack being an opera singer. Creator/OrsonWelles went for this trope instead of HollywoodToneDeaf by getting a professional alto to sing a soprano part.
21st Jan '16 7:27:44 PM wolftickets1969
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* In Richard Harris's original version of "[=MacArthur Park=]", the last notes are sung by a female backup singer, due to being beyond his range.
10th Jan '16 4:48:50 PM Prfnoff
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* At the end of "Do, Re, Mi" from ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', Maria sings a scale starting "do, ti, la" from middle C, and can't quite make the final "do". (This gag was not used in the movie because Julie Andrews had a higher vocal range.)
* ''{{Spamalot}}'' does it in "The Song that Goes Like This".

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* At the end of "Do, Re, Mi" from ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', Maria sings a scale starting "do, ti, la" from middle C, and can't quite make the final "do". (This gag was not used in the movie because version, where Julie Andrews had concludes the number more conventionally on a higher vocal range.high note.)
* ''{{Spamalot}}'' ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'' does it in "The Song that Goes Like This".
7th Oct '15 4:15:14 PM nombretomado
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* In "WesternAnimation/LongHairedHare", Characters/BugsBunny directs pompous opera singer Giovanni Jones to sing a note far below his vocal range.

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* In "WesternAnimation/LongHairedHare", Characters/BugsBunny WesternAnimation/BugsBunny directs pompous opera singer Giovanni Jones to sing a note far below his vocal range.
26th Aug '15 7:26:49 PM nombretomado
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* [[TheMuppetShow Miss Piggy]] gets into a vocal range duel on Music/RideOfTheValkyries with a real opera singer (Beverly Sills) at 1:55 in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4jXBpPwJv0 this video]]. She can't quite hit the high note.

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* [[TheMuppetShow [[Series/TheMuppetShow Miss Piggy]] gets into a vocal range duel on Music/RideOfTheValkyries with a real opera singer (Beverly Sills) at 1:55 in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4jXBpPwJv0 this video]]. She can't quite hit the high note.
12th Jul '15 7:23:47 AM Camassia
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** This seems to have gotten worse as Bono has aged. "When I Look at the World" on ''All that You Can't Leave Behind'' is one example. Though this doesn't stop him from belting out the old hits and fan favorites in concert.

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** This seems to have gotten worse as Bono has aged. "When I Look at the World" on ''All that You Can't Leave Behind'' ''Music/AllThatYouCantLeaveBehind'' is one example. Though this doesn't stop him from belting out the old hits and fan favorites in concert.
29th Jun '15 4:40:48 PM foxley
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* In an episode of AreYouBeingServed Mr. Humphries and Mr. Lucas are trying to sing a very high version of HappyBirthdayToYou. They are not successful, and Mr. Humphries complain that his braces (suspenders) have broken because of it.
* An episode of Wings had Roy singing the Star Spangled Banner and being worried about failing to hit the high note on "wave."

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* In an episode of AreYouBeingServed ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'', Mr. Humphries and Mr. Lucas are trying to sing a very high version of HappyBirthdayToYou. They are not successful, and Mr. Humphries complain that his braces (suspenders) have broken because of it.
* An episode of Wings ''Series/{{Wings}}'' had Roy singing the Star Spangled Banner and being worried about failing to hit the high note on "wave."
* Regularly used on ''Series/{{Svengoolie}}'' when his musical director [[PunnyName Doug Graves]] arranges songs for Sven to sing, just a bit higher than Sven can sing.
* [[TheMuppetShow Miss Piggy]] gets into a vocal range duel on Music/RideOfTheValkyries with a real opera singer (Beverly Sills) at 1:55 in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4jXBpPwJv0 this video]]. She can't quite hit the high note.
** Again in ''TheMuppetMovie'' when Miss Piggy is singing "Never Before, Never Again", she's straining to hit the last note. Presumably, PlayedForLaughs.




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* "Open Sesame Seeds" from Music/PDQBach's oratorio ''The Seasonings'' gives the bass a ridiculous melisma that descends lower than he can actually sing.

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* Creator/AnnaRussell's coloratura aria parodies "Canto dolciamente Pipo" and "O gentle bird with feathered breast" end with cadenzas that are obviously going to end on notes high above the staff, except that, after a few seconds of breathing (and, in the case of "Pipo", with an audible mutter of "Oh, the heck with it"), she instead sings her final note two or three octaves lower.
* DannyBhoy discusses these in one of his comedy routines, saying that when they started off singing the hymns in church they'd all start off singing too high and run into trouble when they were required to sing higher, and then compensating by singing too low and running into the opposite problem in reverse.



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* This is entirely possible when playing vocals in ''RockBand'', to the amusement of anyone else in the room.



* "Open Sesame Seeds" from Music/PDQBach's oratorio ''The Seasonings'' gives the bass a ridiculous melisma that descends lower than he can actually sing.
* Creator/AnnaRussell's coloratura aria parodies "Canto dolciamente Pipo" and "O gentle bird with feathered breast" end with cadenzas that are obviously going to end on notes high above the staff, except that, after a few seconds of breathing (and, in the case of "Pipo", with an audible mutter of "Oh, the heck with it"), she instead sings her final note two or three octaves lower.
* Regularly used on {{Svengoolie}} when his musical director [[PunnyName Doug Graves]] arranges songs for Sven to sing, just a bit higher than Sven can sing.
* Common advice to people learning Arabic in pronouncing the letter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayin#Arabic_.CA.BFAyn `Ayn]] is to "sing the lowest note you can, then one lower." This leads to all kinds of amusing sounds until the student finally gets it right.
* This is entirely possible when playing vocals in ''RockBand'', to the amusement of anyone else in the room.
* [[TheMuppetShow Miss Piggy]] gets into a vocal range duel on Music/RideOfTheValkyries with a real opera singer (Beverly Sills) at 1:55 in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4jXBpPwJv0 this video]]. She can't quite hit the high note.
** Again in ''TheMuppetMovie'' when Miss Piggy is singing "Never Before, Never Again", she's straining to hit the last note. Presumably, PlayedForLaughs.
* DannyBhoy discusses these in one of his comedy routines, saying that when they started off singing the hymns in church they'd all start off singing too high and run into trouble when they were required to sing higher, and then compensating by singing too low and running into the opposite problem in reverse.
* Pretty much any time [[{{Music/aha}} Take On Me]] comes up for karaoke, you can be sure this trope will hit in the chorus.

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* "Open Sesame Seeds" from Music/PDQBach's oratorio ''The Seasonings'' gives the bass a ridiculous melisma that descends lower than he can actually sing.
* Creator/AnnaRussell's coloratura aria parodies "Canto dolciamente Pipo" and "O gentle bird with feathered breast" end with cadenzas that are obviously going to end on notes high above the staff, except that, after a few seconds of breathing (and, in the case of "Pipo", with an audible mutter of "Oh, the heck with it"), she instead sings her final note two or three octaves lower.
* Regularly used on {{Svengoolie}} when his musical director [[PunnyName Doug Graves]] arranges songs for Sven to sing, just a bit higher than Sven can sing.
* Common advice to people learning Arabic in pronouncing the letter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayin#Arabic_.CA.BFAyn `Ayn]] is to "sing the lowest note you can, then one lower." This leads to all kinds of amusing sounds until the student finally gets it right.
* This is entirely possible when playing vocals in ''RockBand'', to the amusement of anyone else in the room.
* [[TheMuppetShow Miss Piggy]] gets into a vocal range duel on Music/RideOfTheValkyries with a real opera singer (Beverly Sills) at 1:55 in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4jXBpPwJv0 this video]]. She can't quite hit the high note.
right.
** Again in ''TheMuppetMovie'' when Miss Piggy is singing "Never Before, Never Again", she's straining to hit the last note. Presumably, PlayedForLaughs.
* DannyBhoy discusses these in one of his comedy routines, saying that when they started off singing the hymns in church they'd all start off singing too high and run into trouble when they were required to sing higher, and then compensating by singing too low and running into the opposite problem in reverse.
* Pretty much any time [[{{Music/aha}} "[[{{Music/aha}} Take On Me]] Me]]" comes up for karaoke, you can be sure this trope will hit in the chorus.
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