– [O’Neil] The changes
happening in Beyoncé’s voice are part of a beautiful
and inevitable journey. This journey factors in the
ups and downs of her life to yield a sound. ♪ Ain’t no shame ’cause
I gotta get mine. ♪ – [O’Neil] Beyoncé’s
skill as a singer means that she is able to take the raw materials of whatever her voice is at at the time, and stretch them to the
limits of their development, yielding a highly skilled
use of this sound. ♪ Ain’t no shame ’cause
I gotta get mine. ♪ – [O’Neil] But what if
Beyoncé was given a new sound? A voice that blossoms in
different parts of the keyboard, has different strengths and weaknesses, and takes a completely new approach in order to activate
its fullest potential? (Beyoncé singing in a lower pitch) – [O’Neil] Beyoncé’s voice is changing, and it’s changing her music. I’m gonna tell you how in this video. This is O’Neil Gerald. (lively piano music) So Beyoncé’s voice is definitely changing. But what does that mean for her music? It means exactly what we’ve been getting. Music that is more suitable
for Beyonce to perform live. But before I take off on the concept of protective song
writing and performance, let’s take some more time
to confirm the validity of the claim that Beyoncé’s
voice is changing. (TV signal scratches)
A disclaimer. When I talk about changes in the voice, I’m not exclusively talking
about changes in range, although that’s included. I’m mostly talking about
changes in the timbre and tessitura of her voice. That is, how her voice
is behaving differently across the keyboard. This is where the juice
of the information is, and the beauty, too. When we study this evolution in a singer, we paint an elaborate, exciting picture that can only be completed
as a singer gets older and makes more music. So let’s paint that picture, shall we? (TV signal scratches)
“Get Me Bodied”, a song that Beyoncé has
consistently performed live since its inception in 2006 on “B’Day”, save the formation tour. Now, to test our theory,
let’s find a part of the song that Beyoncé has sung
like the record each time. This will help us to tell the differences. Ah, yes, ‘Ain’t no shame
’cause I gotta get mine.’ ♪ Ain’t no shame ’cause
I gotta get mine. ♪ – [O’Neil] Beyoncé’s early
belting has a history of having slightly more
of a nasal concentration, yielding a brightness to the sound. (snippets from different Beyoncé songs) This was her technical tendency at the beginning of her career. It’s not necessarily right or wrong, but if we know what her
technical tendencies are, we can determine when she is
and when she isn’t in control, and also when changes are happening. If we see a fluctuation in
the brightness of the sound, we can start to see that
something’s going on. Now, in this clip, when she
grabs the F5 on ‘shame’, she takes out a little
bit of the nasal resonance and therefore the brightness of the sound. ♪ Ain’t no shame ’cause I gotta get mine ♪ ♪ Aint no shame ♪ (singing decelerates) Now, for the “I Am” tour, we have a slightly less
concentrated balance of nasal resonance. Her instrument was very open, and the resonance of the climb-up mashed the climax on the way down in terms of brightness. ♪ Ain’t no shame cause I gotta get mine ♪ (singing decelerates,
repeats multiple times) – [O’Neil] Now, this
isn’t necessarily a change in the make-up of her voice, but a change in the technique
she’s using to sing. Use versus build. The changes I’m talking about
are deeper than just use. Now, when I first listened deeply to the “Mrs. Carter” tour
edition of “Get Me Bodied”, I thought I was hearing a slight artifact of a growl at the beginning of ‘shame’. ♪ Ain’t no shame ’cause I gotta get mine ♪ – [O’Neil] This made me wonder, if Beyoncé was slightly
uncomfortable when hitting the note. After some more listening, the vocals sounded pretty clean. But what I thought I
was hearing originally pointed me to something else that contributed to my original hypothesis of her being uncomfortable. Pitch. From the word ‘shame’ to the word ‘I’ Beyoncé falls slightly under pitch. (Beyoncé’s decelerated
high-pitched singing) (high musical note playing) (Beyoncé’s decelerated
lower-pitched singing) (lower musical note playing) (Beyoncés singing decelerates) (lower musical note playing) (Beyoncés singing decelerates)
(lower musical note playing) (Beyoncé singing) – The fact that her
pitch slipped a bit under also confirms to me
something is being factored into her navigation of that F5. That something could be a
brief loss of mental focus or breath support. But it could also be
a change in her voice. Another thing to note is the new robustness and fullness that has now become a part of her tone. That line is way more powerful than 2007. (Beyoncé singing with lower pitch) (Beyoncé singing with higher pitch) – [O’Neil] Now, she
could have been hoarse, tired in that point of the set, or just had a genuine slip-up. But considering the changes that happened to her voice
through to “Homecoming”, this clip may just be
representative of changes having already begun in her voice. (TV signal scratches)
Another disclaimer. To find these details we have to do an extreme
amount of nitpicking. These are all stellar vocals. But we are going this deep simply to find the changes in
the way that Beyoncé navigates a song written for her 2006 voice in 2014. (TV signal scratches) Homecoming’s take of “Get Me Bodied” presents an even more robust and full tone as she punches the climax of that line. (Beyoncé singing in a lower pitch) Also, the run on ‘mine’ is triggered by a very
powerful vocal onset that brings out the new,
greater fluidity to her runs. (Beyoncé’s singing repeating) I speculate that the way her
runs are landing harder now are due to a very slight new disposition to using her chest register. Packing a little bit more punch in the way that she
sings through her middle. Now, “Get Me Bodied” was
actually brought down by one semitone. (Beyoncé singing with higher pitch) (Beyoncé singing live with lower pitch) So, it’s important to note that whatever challenges
Beyoncé might have encountered in this performance, they would probably be increased by raising it back to the original key. But even in the adjusted key, Beyoncé ends up slightly under pitch on the way up to and on the now E5. (comparing Beyoncé’s
singing with musical note) This, again, along with the adjusted key, sends me the message that she’s needed to navigate
her belt in a new way that she wasn’t all the way used to at the time of this recording. And this new navigation is
an indication of changes that are happening in her voice. Now, the evolution of the
voice is also not linear. Imagine an alto saxophone player being given a tenor saxophone to play all of his repertoire on. The tenor is much heavier and
fuller in tone than the alto. And this extra weight requires the player to adjust air flow and fingering in order to access some of
the same notes of the alto. These changes have to be
interpreted and learned by the alto player, so that they can become a tenor player. That’s essentially what’s
happened in Beyoncé’s voice. She’s been given some
changes in her instrument that have made her tone broader, fuller. Those changes have narrowed
her access to her higher notes into a small window of vocal coordination. Now, if you give the alto
saxophonist some time, they will eventually
pick up on the nuances and be able to pull on the tenor saxophone’s
strengths and weaknesses to make the most of the use of this sound. And so will Beyoncé, with this new sound she’s working with. And a part of what goes into pulling out the strengths and
weaknesses of her new sound is found in songwriting. And that’s what we’ll be talking about in part three of “Beyoncé’s
Voice is Changing”. If you’re enjoying this content, I encourage you to
subscribe to this channel because this is the place
where we think deeply to create art that changes the world. I’m O’Neil Gerald and I’ll
see you in another video. Bye, everyone.

Beyoncé’s Voice is Changing (Part 2)

100 thoughts on “Beyoncé’s Voice is Changing (Part 2)

  • September 6, 2019 at 3:38 am
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    You’re dragging this out.
    Hurry up

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  • September 6, 2019 at 3:48 am
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    Drop the vid on Bday… okay I see you 👀

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  • September 6, 2019 at 4:39 am
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    Hurrrrrry I need part 3

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  • September 6, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    I'm imagining people looking out their windows and seeing O'Neil outside, and just thinking "?"

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  • September 6, 2019 at 5:25 am
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    #NoLife 🤦🏽‍♀️

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  • September 6, 2019 at 5:25 am
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    You should seriously consider doing a TedX on this using Beyoncé as a case study!

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  • September 6, 2019 at 5:35 am
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    People age Brenda.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 5:43 am
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    The editing of your videos have gotten pretty cool!

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  • September 6, 2019 at 5:43 am
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    This video just confirmed that she's probably never gonna perform freakum dress again. Because Mama was screaming back then. 😩

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  • September 6, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    I was going to watching part 2 anyways but the whole DISCLAIMER part really was the icing on the cake👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

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  • September 6, 2019 at 8:18 am
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    Love this keep on doing 🙌🏾😩

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  • September 6, 2019 at 8:32 am
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    Could it be child birth that caused her voice to deepen?

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  • September 6, 2019 at 9:17 am
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    I love her entirety 💕

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  • September 6, 2019 at 10:11 am
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    I'm familiar with this. I was a music major years ago, my voice change my last year of college few hours before recital.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 10:50 am
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    Whitney’s voice definitely became WAY more robust and deeper in her 30s vs her debut.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 1:24 pm
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    lol hey Beyoncé!!!! We know you’re watching. You’re amazing. And thanks O’Neil for the amazing content

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  • September 6, 2019 at 1:26 pm
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    …… oh my lord, her voice is literally just growing darker, happens to EVERY female vocalist as they age & especially after they have children.
    Some of these comments getting a little too deep🙄🙄🙄 not serious not even a wow factor

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  • September 6, 2019 at 1:39 pm
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    I would love to see your analysis on Mariah voice since she's been dealing with nodules on her vocals folds since "day one"☺

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  • September 6, 2019 at 1:58 pm
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    Also keep in mind that a recording is different from a live show.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 2:14 pm
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    Beyonce's voices is beautiful regardless ❤

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  • September 6, 2019 at 2:15 pm
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    I think her Star Spangled Banners are a beautiful example of how her voice has changed and how the way she uses her voice has changed 😀

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  • September 6, 2019 at 2:18 pm
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    omg when he slows down the video to hear the pitches, it sounds so scary 🤣

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  • September 6, 2019 at 2:43 pm
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    As she age (+ pregnancies) her voice is becoming thicker and fuller that made it more beautiful, just like wine.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 3:12 pm
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    Love the research that you've done, and its awesome you posted this on her birthday. Great video👍🏾💗

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  • September 6, 2019 at 3:21 pm
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    Love so so much your content . I hope after beyonce series you doing christina aguilera :))

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  • September 6, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    Excellent O'Neil! Just excellent.

    I can't wait for you to do the deep dive on protective songwriting, I think that's the secret sauce that has helped Beyoncé avoid the typical vocal decline that many amazing pop singers start to experience after decades of touring more vocally demanding studio catalogues. (That and lifestyle factors, but that's a whole other rabbit hole!)

    I particularly enjoyed that you picked one of her more physically challenging live numbers to do this analysis on. I know you picked it because it's been a consistent part of her setlists for over a decade, but another key point is that it actually adds in a control (or rather removes a confounding factor) for what some might dismiss as fatigue or breath support issues (you did touch on these reasons) to explain away the changes if you'd used a different number. Get Me Bodied has always been a grueling live number (prerecorded vocals for a lot of performances aside😂), so there must be other factors at play (which you covered beautifully in the last vid!)

    Very thorough and thoughtful, but we've come to expect it of you.

    Edit: Take your time with these, they are absolutely worth the wait!

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  • September 6, 2019 at 4:56 pm
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    I love how passionate you are on this topic. I learned a lot!

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  • September 6, 2019 at 4:56 pm
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    ❤️❤️

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  • September 6, 2019 at 5:18 pm
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    BET performance was lip synced. I am tour was re-recorded. So was the mrs Carter show. Not sure if it’s live on the homecoming performance

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  • September 6, 2019 at 5:55 pm
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    Amazing!

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  • September 6, 2019 at 6:14 pm
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    I remember reading a woman’s voice can change from age or can from after having a baby

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  • September 6, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    Love the video I been saying this for years I would LOVE to see you do a breakdown like this 4 Chris Brown and Brandy n forgive me if you've already done that I'm new to the channel

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  • September 6, 2019 at 6:22 pm
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    beyoncé isnt a girl anymore

    SHE’S A GROOOOOOWN WOMAN
    SHE CAN DO WHATEVA SHE WANT

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  • September 6, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Changing ? Has changed

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  • September 6, 2019 at 6:32 pm
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    🙄

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  • September 6, 2019 at 6:38 pm
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    She re-recorded "get me bodied". In 2011 for Michelle Obamas healthy youth initiative and it was brought down in tone from her original recording

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  • September 6, 2019 at 7:39 pm
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    This was so good. I wish it was longer. I appreciate this content.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 8:04 pm
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    She’s getting older 🤷🏽‍♂️

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  • September 6, 2019 at 9:14 pm
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    0:10 Baby B
    0:25 Diva B
    0:39 Queen B

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  • September 6, 2019 at 9:38 pm
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    I LOVE YOUR CHANNEL! can you please please do MARIAH CAREY ?! 🙏🏾

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  • September 6, 2019 at 11:12 pm
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    Beyoncé don’t have to do nothing but be rich, fabulous and Black. She has given us everything she needed to and more. If she don’t sing another dang note I am pleased and thankful. No one can touch her talent, creativity, performance and work ethic. Sincerely, Houston, TX

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  • September 6, 2019 at 11:32 pm
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    The fact that u have to do all these disclaimers cause the Hive crazy af.😂

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  • September 7, 2019 at 12:10 am
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    Your voice is sooooo calming! ASMR is calling you. Thanks for educating us

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  • September 7, 2019 at 2:08 am
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    I love this

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  • September 7, 2019 at 3:39 am
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    40 seconds in and I’m SHOOK

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  • September 7, 2019 at 3:50 am
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    Unpopular topic: Kim Burrell.. tho I’m not a fan of her antics, I must admit that ive seen her voice transition from high in her younger years to low in her 30’s and back high in her 40’s. What is this attributed to? Weight loss? Improper technique?

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  • September 7, 2019 at 3:52 am
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    Ain’t no shame cause I got a good mind! Lol. Love it! singing it that way from now on 😆😂

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  • September 7, 2019 at 7:17 am
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    Her vocal change is more of a vocal evolution/growth, and not a decline. Her range is still intact, but it's extended and gained more depths and fullness.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 7:44 am
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    You won me over with the alto to tenor sax comparison. I've been there and had to make it work the day before a game. That jump from Eb to Bb was a mess but the show must go on.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 8:00 am
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    Her chipmunk voice used to bother me, she sounds more palatable now.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 8:55 am
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    Take a shot everytime he says "changes"

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  • September 7, 2019 at 9:22 am
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    Beyonce used to sing. She now barks.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 11:45 am
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    Change is good..Thats part of life and growth…☺

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  • September 7, 2019 at 1:48 pm
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    I love Beyoncé voice now. It’s sounds more comforting and warm. she sounds like a mom (well she is)…but like…a hot mom? I don’t know. She just sounds so good. She’s was amazing before, but I think she’s even better now! It’s much more distinctive now!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 2:18 pm
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    Your work is amazing. Love it!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 2:39 pm
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    Amazing video ! It’s very refreshing watching you explain things in your own way . But I would just like to assure you that I am world tour, Mrs carter show and beychella’a performances of get me bodied are all lip synced

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  • September 7, 2019 at 3:06 pm
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    You are soooo amazing!! Love these videos of my favorite girl! Bey! These changes are so interesting that I picked up on before listening to someone talk about them. To me I love her sound now especially singing her earlier records. It’s so full and warm! You and her are so amazing! Lol ♥️

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  • September 7, 2019 at 3:17 pm
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    I’ve been saying this for years. It changed between the dc4 albums and the dc3 albums, and between each solo album. I prefer 2007 and back Beyoncé.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 3:38 pm
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    No wonder she barely performs tracks like suga mama or any other songs that her vocals demands higher tone.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 4:46 pm
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    Can u do Christina Aguilera?

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  • September 7, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    I love Beyoncé’s voice … it’s so deep! So .. full. So rich… her voice is so black!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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    Demons change your voice 4 sure

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  • September 7, 2019 at 5:47 pm
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    Somebody please make 5:00 to 5:04 a gif

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  • September 7, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    I don't believe it, her voice is the same but she change the The way of singing, because is very hard to sing like beyonce and in coachella she has to change because of the show that was large

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  • September 7, 2019 at 7:02 pm
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    This makes me excited to be in ma 30s and hear how my vocals will change uuuh I cannot wait. Great series❤️

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  • September 7, 2019 at 7:39 pm
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    Whenever she sing she sing and singer who are talented try new things. That called a changed in music . Leave the Queen B alone she one of kind no comparison. STOP BEING NEGATIVE SHE DON'T LIVE FOR THE PUBLIC SHE HAS BEEN GIVEN THIS GIFT FROM GOD. IT always the man world of the flesh that have nothing to do but criticize people for anything they do. Listen to your own pitch lol

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  • September 7, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    If you make a disclaimer about how your male privilege makes analyzing a woman’s aging process problematic, and the fact that you’ll never sing as well as Beyoncé, then might give this some real consideration.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 8:53 pm
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    You talked too much let she sings

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  • September 7, 2019 at 9:12 pm
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    I think some people take observations as criticism sometimes, and there's this odd subtle backlash that shouldn't exist. I'm a fan of Beyonce's too, but her voice HAS changed. Saying that doesn't mean you're a 'hater' or that you're unnecessarily bashing her. It's just a fact. No one is saying this to imply that she has somehow 'lost' it but it's a fact of life that your voice changes with age and other life-altering events, such as pregnancy and childbirth. Besides, O'Neil is a vocal coach and he does this for a living. That's why he's qualified to make these videos. Take it for what it is and enjoy the series.

    Keep up the good work, O'Neil! When you do these videos, I'm always reminded of how qualified you are to delve deeper into the vocal stylings of these musicians. I can't wait to watch Part 3. I'm sure it's gonna be just as good.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 9:14 pm
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    Could this be the reason why she NEVER performed Start Over….

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  • September 7, 2019 at 9:16 pm
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    I was waiting for Part 2!!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 10:16 pm
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    i could watch these videos all day omg

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  • September 7, 2019 at 11:20 pm
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    Wow, this was long overdue.

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  • September 8, 2019 at 12:26 am
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    That voice just aging and mature, she doesnt had nodule, some playback helps to save her vocal

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  • September 8, 2019 at 1:02 am
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    If you haven’t already, could you please talk about Freddy Mercury’s voice range?? This video was amazing!!

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  • September 8, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    this guy is genius..periiiiiiiiod

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  • September 8, 2019 at 1:44 am
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    Her nose and chin are changing too. Actually that was around 2002.

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  • September 8, 2019 at 1:55 am
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    With that being said, does that mean she can no longer hit those high notes in the original keys or even expand her range if she wanted to?

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  • September 8, 2019 at 1:57 am
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    If you love Bey so much then why are you making videos about how her voice is declining and she’s past her peak?

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  • September 8, 2019 at 2:47 am
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    Wtf??????????????????

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  • September 8, 2019 at 3:19 am
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    This is an amazing video!

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  • September 8, 2019 at 3:19 am
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    I miss those bright open belts! My lawd 😢

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  • September 8, 2019 at 4:33 am
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    I think when she was pregnant is when it started look at dance for you it’s a little lighter but still sounds like her voice now

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  • September 8, 2019 at 5:41 am
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    Beyoncé’s beautiful voice is becoming so much more beautiful!!!!! Her voice is changing like wine

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  • September 8, 2019 at 6:23 am
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    Loved this

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  • September 8, 2019 at 6:49 am
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    Disclaimer: I am in NO way comparing my vocal “abilities” to that of Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carrer lol
    I’m watching these videos and I’m seeing these changes but then I’m noticing changes in my own voice (I’m 33 btw). It’s got me thinking I need to get back on the mic.
    I can’t wait for more.

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  • September 8, 2019 at 7:28 am
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    She doesn't even climb the notes like she used to in Crazy In Love. I wouldn't say it's vocal decline but definitely not as epic as it used to be.

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  • September 8, 2019 at 8:33 am
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    Ain’t no shame ‘cause I gotta get mine

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  • September 8, 2019 at 8:40 am
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    We love stanning an ever evolving queen, mother, woman, feminist, legend, icon, and artist

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  • September 8, 2019 at 9:32 am
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    Непонятно

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  • September 8, 2019 at 9:33 am
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    Смешной дисклеймер

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  • September 8, 2019 at 10:31 am
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    I liked her high pitched voice better. Still love her.

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  • September 8, 2019 at 1:28 pm
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    You're so goofy and cute 😂😍

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  • September 8, 2019 at 1:28 pm
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    Plss do make a video like this for mariah!❤️

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  • September 8, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    Please listen your voice at 18 and at 28… All voices change, womenand men

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  • September 8, 2019 at 5:05 pm
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    I’m BEYOND CURIOUS TO hear you evaluate Mariah’s voice!!!! People say she lost her voice entirely, HOWEVER that’s EXTREMELY FALSE!!!

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  • September 8, 2019 at 5:24 pm
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    This series is a godsend. On her own, Beyoncé is such an interesting artist to witness especially having grown up with her music (throughout her solo career at least…I was born towards late ‘98 and unfortunately didn’t necessarily GROW UP with Destiny’s Child as much as others). It takes things to a whole other level when breaking it all down anatomically. I genuinely hope this series is shown in music classes because, no matter who the artist is, topics such as natural changes in voice are very crucial to have.

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  • September 8, 2019 at 5:28 pm
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    Hi could you do a video about Mariah Carey? Thank you

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  • September 8, 2019 at 5:37 pm
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    Gerald. This is such a great video. You should definitely consider making these '…voice is changing' vids a fixture or a series on your channel.

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