4

I have been listening to old recordings of sing-alongs. It wasnt too low for me as a tenor. Today many people sing too low for me. I am thinking of music from older movies.

I actually like this key. It works well for tenors. It is not too low. It is often too low when I try to sing with people today. Did people sing higher before? And if so what was the reason for it?

  • 1
    At least in classical music the trend is towards higher and higher pitches, an effect called pitch inflation, see this question, so I tend to answer no. – guidot May 16 at 13:44
8

Perhaps I (and Cheddar) can be of assistance.

Essentially, this video covers how the invention of the microphone influenced the early 20th century music/recording industry and how it changed the music being produced, including the shift in popularity from tenors-only to more baritone/bass voices.

Namely, male singers had to sing higher to be recorded, but with the microphone, they didn't need to have high voices to be heard.

  • 2
    There are probably other reasons, including popular taste, but this is a cool chunk of info. – Carl Witthoft May 16 at 13:11

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.