A Profile Look Into Gwen’s Vocal Range

Check out a pretty neat descriptive profile and video showcasing Gwen’s vocal range over the years in the studio and live. The blogger points out the positive and negative aspects of her voice and features some points that has continually made Gwen’s voice so unique and recognizable to this day. The video is also pretty incredibly cut so we can hear the differences. Thank you to Mark for sending over the link (during another slow news week!)

Diva DevoteeGwen Stefani

Vocal Type: Mezzo-Soprano
Vocal Range: 3 Octaves D3-D6
Whistle Register: No

Vocal Pluses: Instantly recognizable voice with a poppy and colourful tone that is well supported from the bottom to Middle of the voice and this is where it finds its most comfort. Gwen’s voice has managed to stay, relatively, in the same condition throughout her career (an aspect which is rare among most of todays singers).

The lower register, albeit lacking resonance, is very rounded, showing much control. The voice can easily mix into the upper belting register but Gwen stylistically often sings with a punky- throatier edge. The voice finds its ring within the middle of the belting register. The head register is light and agile, being able to instantly and seamlessly transition into it after a belted note.

Known for her unique trademark vibrato, Gwen’s voice is easily capable of transitioning from a solid belt to a Yodeling vocal wobble.

Vocal Negatives: Technique can be questionable at times. Her chest dominant belts can often sound heavy and strained due to the edgier sound she chooses. When performing live the key of her songs are often lowered so she can keep up with the band. Also, her head register is weak as it is often used merely for expression or exclamations; yet, can become much more resonant if properly executed. Also her Vibrato may not be to everyone’s taste.

Thanks to Brian for creating the profile, and Serendipity for directing me to the video!

8 Replies to “A Profile Look Into Gwen’s Vocal Range”

  1. Do they really lower the key of the songs live? I’ve never heard or noticed this before….I wonder if it’s true, I mean I guess I could see it for maybe a few songs that might strain too much to sing every night….

  2. I’d say she’s more of an alto than a mezzo-soprano. Her lower register is much stronger than her upper, and she employs it far more often. Most mezzos wouldn’t be capable of getting that low. She does have a very wide range, though.

    Also, many of the higher notes in the ‘Upper chest voice’ section of the video were surely just exclamations, like in the final section. This, too, would suggest that she’s just stretching for these and that they’re not truly within her normal singing range.

    Her upper register has definitely weakened over time, I think. She strains to get As and Bs in Settle Down.

  3. I have no knowledge of what any of this means but it all seems very interesting. I am glad this is here so I can learn something. I like her voice and especially on the latest album she slows it down so we can appreciate it a little more. Either way- great voice, great performer- hard worker.

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