Mudcat Café message #2046194 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #64600   Message #2046194
Posted By: GUEST,Russ
08-May-07 - 12:00 PM
Thread Name: Falsetto
Subject: RE: Falsetto

Too much generalization here.

There is no such thing as "The style of singing for mountain type music"

Everybody does it differently.

For example,
If we look at female traditional singers from the Southern Mountains of the United States,
"Some sing low, some sing higher"

Maggie Hammons Parker, Pocahontas County WV, always preferred to sing high. She often apologized for not being able to sing as high as she used to. My wife is from Eastern Kentucky. She grew up singing high and thinks that might have been a regional preference.

On the other hand,Sheila Kay Adams (NC) comes from a family a low singers. She and her mentors tended to sing in the same range as their speaking voices.

If you want to hear a "mountain type" singer sing falsetto, listen to Maggie sing "Wicked Polly." She starts high, then goes higher, and then enters the stratosphere. Not everybody's cup of tea but astounding.

My guess that a preference for high singing owes as much to the classical European female singing tradition as it does to anything else.

Russ (Permanent GUEST)