Baritone Rocker YKTTW Discussion

Baritone Rocker
A vocalist in a rock genre singing with a relatively low voice
(permanent link) added: 2012-02-14 13:31:54 sponsor: Gwardyn (last reply: 2012-02-26 06:57:35)

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Up for Grabs, perhaps Needs a Better Title? Rock and heavy metal listeners have a thing for high-pitched male vocals - around 90% of singers in the genre have (or pretend to have, using strong, reinforced falsetto) tenor voices, while less than a third of the male population operate in that register.

Baritone Rocker isn't a part of this majority, deciding not to pretend to be someone he's not (or perhaps not being skilled enough to pull it off) - high notes are heard occasionally, and certainly aren't the thing that the singer's style is known for.

  • The trope isn't exclusive to baritone singers - the bass ones (although they seem to be nonexistent) also qualify, and there may also be some examples of tenor singers who fit to this trope.
  • Not every singer with a natural baritone register qualifies for the trope - for example Axl Rose and Rob Halford are disqualified because their styles rely on falsetto.
  • Growling vocalists shouldn't qualify, because in the genre it's more or less a standard, while this trope is meant to contain exceptions.


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