Gregory Felton reveals his technique for hitting the high notes
In December, our colleague Greg decided to make a video to illustrate his incredible vocal range. Prepare to be amazed.
For a man to sing as high as this is by no means impossible – but it is unusual. Greg’s range in this video extends to B6, a note that usually sits in a part of the voice called the whistle register. This register is most commonly dipped into by women, children, and Mariah Carey – although men occasionally use it too. But no-one else has yet managed to produce these notes in quite the way Greg does here. So, what’s his secret?
He *may* have cheated a bit.
Inspired by Shane Lee of ‘Shane sings 5 octaves on piano’ fame, Greg filmed his video in a single take: singing up to the limit of his real range, then repeating the same note over and over. (Make no mistake: F5 is still pretty flipping high for a bloke to sing in chest voice.)
Armed with this disturbing raw footage, Greg brought out the software big guns: Melodyne to alter pitch and timbre, Logic Pro to mix and adjust audio, Adobe After Effects for visual effects and Adobe Premiere Pro to edit it all together.
TLDR; he auto-tuned himself. The result is less ‘Shane sings five octaves on piano’, more ‘Greg sings five octaves on piano on steroids’.
Having come clean, Greg has this message for his new fans: ‘This was a really fun project and I’m pleased that so many people have enjoyed watching my video. But I’m pretty sure that singing like this is the worst possible technique. And using your shoulders as much as I do is just not healthy.’
We salute you, Greg – you fiendish technical genius.