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17th Jun '17 10:20:50 AM nombretomado
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** Again in ''TheMuppetMovie'' when Miss Piggy is singing "Never Before, Never Again", she's straining to hit the last note.

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** Again in ''TheMuppetMovie'' ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' when Miss Piggy is singing "Never Before, Never Again", she's straining to hit the last note.
10th Jun '17 11:22:06 AM nombretomado
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* Parodied by Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart in his composition ''A Musical Joke'' not with vocals, but the violin. At the end of the violin solo near the end of the 3rd movement, the soloist plays ascending scales, slowing down and playing a whole-tone scale at the higher registers. This was to imitate a clumsy violinist floundering with high notes. The solo can be heard [[http://youtu.be/wFPoRmsiFzc?t=14m52s here]]. The ascending scale happens at 15:30.

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* Parodied by Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart in his composition ''A Musical Joke'' not with vocals, but the violin. At the end of the violin solo near the end of the 3rd movement, the soloist plays ascending scales, slowing down and playing a whole-tone scale at the higher registers. This was to imitate a clumsy violinist floundering with high notes. The solo can be heard [[http://youtu.be/wFPoRmsiFzc?t=14m52s here]]. The ascending scale happens at 15:30.
10th Jun '17 10:02:22 AM perfectpieces
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Gags where someone comically tries and fails to sing a note too high or too low for him or her. May cause InopportuneVoiceCracking.

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Gags where someone comically tries and fails to sing a note too high or too low for him or her.them. May cause InopportuneVoiceCracking.
29th Apr '17 12:21:19 PM nombretomado
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* ToddInTheShadows notes that this tends to embarrass anyone who tries to sing Ah-Ha's "Take On Me" on Karaoke night, since few can match Morten Harket's high notes.

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* ToddInTheShadows WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows notes that this tends to embarrass anyone who tries to sing Ah-Ha's "Take On Me" on Karaoke night, since few can match Morten Harket's high notes.
21st Jan '17 12:04:11 AM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* A part of "Alto's Lament". "Although I've got a great high C... ''(cue this trope)''"

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* A part of "Alto's Lament". "Although I've got a great high C... ''(cue this trope)''"trope)''". Although some performers subvert the expected gag, hitting the high C properly and then changing the auditioner's reaction to something along the the lines of "That's great, but we already have too many sopranos", thus reinforcing the "pushed into the harmony section" idea.
30th Sep '16 7:48:45 PM thatother1dude
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* An unintentional example in ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' when Fievel and Tonya are singing [[AwardBaitSong "Somewhere Out There"]]. Both are clearly straining to hit that one high note.

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* An unintentional example in ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' when Fievel and Tonya are singing [[AwardBaitSong "Somewhere Out There"]]. Both are clearly straining to hit that one high note.
30th Sep '16 7:44:50 PM thatother1dude
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* 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.
* Pretty much any time "[[{{Music/aha}} Take On Me]]" comes up for karaoke, you can be sure this trope will hit in the chorus.
16th Jul '16 8:20:35 PM Monolaf317
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Gags where someone comically tries and fails to sing a note too high or too low for him or her.

Note that straining one's voice too much ''will'' result in a sore throat. Doing it to extremes could even necessitate surgery.

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Gags where someone comically tries and fails to sing a note too high or too low for him or her.

her. May cause InopportuneVoiceCracking.

Note that straining one's voice too much ''will'' result in a sore throat. Doing it to extremes could even necessitate surgery.
surgery.
30th May '16 9:40:14 AM thatother1dude
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'''Only''' include examples where the singing is deliberately out of range or someone discusses out of range singing.



* Very common in talent contest shows like ''Idol'' or ''X Factor''. Often happens because the person has never even rehearsed the song they are auditioning with, that is, if they've even sung it before at all. Extremely funny with men who try to sing like female singers, being completely unable to realise the difference in ranges.



** 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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** 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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* David Gilmour admitted he had trouble reaching a high note in Music/PinkFloyd's "Welcome to the Machine", so they resorted to recording that note a semitone lower and then playing it back at the right pitch. Roger Waters, on the other hand, famously exceeds his range on "The Post-War Dream" off ''The Final Cut''. No correction involved.



* [[Music/{{Megadeth}} Dave Mustaine]]'s risible attempt at singing Music/LedZeppelin's "Out On The Tiles" is a good example of this. It was a Japanese bonus track on ''United Abominations''.
* Non-Comedic Example: On the Music/{{Metallica}} album "Reload", James' voice was clearly sped up in parts of some songs (most noticeably "Attitude"), because he couldn't hit some of the high notes with his normal voice.
* This is one of the most prevalent turn-offs for potential listeners of Music/NeutralMilkHotel.
* It's common to hear Bono strain to hit notes in Music/{{U2}}'s songs: listen to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWueEST0kqo "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"]] again. It seems to work in their songs, however.
** This seems to have gotten worse as Bono has aged. "When I Look at the World" on ''Music/AllThatYouCantLeaveBehind'' is one example. Though this doesn't stop him from belting out the old hits and fan favorites in concert.
* 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.
* Blue County's vocalists also show a lot of strain on the chorus to "Firecrackers and Ferris Wheels", thus causing them to sound like they have sore throats.
* Music/RascalFlatts on the last chorus of "Summer Nights". Even though Gary [=LeVox's=] voice is extremely high, the TruckDriversGearChange ''still'' has him straining noticeably at the end.
* The 1987 LiveAlbum ''Live In Australia With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra'' by 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]].



* [[{{Narm}} Not-intentionally-comedic]] examples can occur whenever people try to sing the American national anthem. ''The Star-Spangled Banner'' spans one-and-a-half octaves. Your typical citizen, untrained in singing, can manage one-and-a-quarter.
* Ozzy clearly can't hit the low notes on the final track of Music/BlackSabbath's debut album: "Just a little bit too strong"
* 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.
* 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.



* 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.

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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.



* ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'' does it in "The Song that Goes Like This".

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* ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'' does it in ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'', "The Song that Goes Like This".



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



* [[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh Oancitizen]] does this in his musical review of ''TheManWhoFellToEarth'': "A man, a man from MA- God ''damn'' that's high!"
* ToddInTheShadows notes that this tends to be embarrassed for anyone who tries to sing Ah-Ha's "Take On Me" on Karaoke night, since few can match Morten Harket's high notes.

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* [[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh Oancitizen]] does this in his musical review of ''TheManWhoFellToEarth'': "A man, a man from MA- God ''damn'' that's high!"
* ToddInTheShadows notes that this tends to be embarrassed for embarrass anyone who tries to sing Ah-Ha's "Take On Me" on Karaoke night, since few can match Morten Harket's high notes.
30th May '16 9:33:37 AM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': "Gerald's Tonsil" centers on Gerald having a tenor solo in school choir right before his tonsil are removed, which makes his voice low and raspy ([[RealLifeWriteThePlot and let them keep the same voice actor even as he entered puberty]]). After spending a while in denial and getting mocked for his new voice, Gerald's doctor mentions the same thing happened to the mailman Harvey (who's voiced by Creator/LouRawls). Harvey advises Gerald to sing whatever he feels like, so Gerald sings a ''much'' lower version of the solo. Everyone is impressed, and several students fruitlessly attempt to imitate it backstage.

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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': "Gerald's Tonsil" centers on Gerald having a tenor solo in school choir right before his tonsil are removed, which makes his voice low and raspy ([[RealLifeWriteThePlot ([[RealLifeWritesThePlot and let them keep the same voice actor even as he entered puberty]]). After spending a while in denial and getting mocked for his new voice, Gerald's doctor mentions the same thing happened to the mailman Harvey (who's voiced by Creator/LouRawls).Lou Rawls). Harvey advises Gerald to sing whatever he feels like, so Gerald sings a ''much'' lower version of the solo. Everyone is impressed, and several students fruitlessly attempt to imitate it backstage.
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