Questions related to the use of the human voice as an instrument (singing).

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Why does moving the rear of the tongue up towards the soft palate make it easier to hit high notes strongly?

I sometimes have to sing songs at the very edge of the top of my vocal range. I have a number of techniques to do this but when I'm singing blues or American Oldtime I sometimes use a folk song ...
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How to practice singing

So I’ve been practicing singing for about 4 months now about 4 hr a week doing 30min sessions when I have time. I’ve started recording myself over the past month to see what I sound like in ...
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Role of muscle memory vs. ear-based micro-adjustments in non-fixed-note instruments

Many instruments have fixed notes tuned according to equal temperament, but some don't. The most common examples are the violin family, the trombone, and the human voice, but one can also find ...
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Exercises to improve guitar playing while singing at the same time

I notice a big gap in the complexity of what I can play on the guitar when I'm just playing, compared to playing and singing together. I'm by no means an expert guitarist but I can learn specific ...
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vocal technique

I have a 16 year-old daughter who has been singing and playing piano since she was a child. She has been taking voice for 7 years and has been studying classical voice for the last 2. She has always ...
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Mezzo soprano and Soprano difference

What is the exact difference between a mezzo soprano and a soprano? Have heard that both have almost the same range but what is the exact difference? If mezzo is slightly weak in singing in head ...
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Head voice techniques for singing

My head voice goes a little weaker after an hour of practice (after warm ups). I do take sufficient breaks in between. Is it normal and will it improve with regular practice sessions that I do ...
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Why can I only reach high notes after an extended warm-up session?

I am a countertenor. In order to reach the soprano range, I need to warm-up for an extended period of time, usually within the span of 30 minutes to 2 hours. Think of it as crafting a key for 1 hour ...
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The best way to process vocals during live performance?

What is the best and handy way to process vocals during live performance? Vocal processors, guitar pedals or maybe through Ableton Live with some kind of vocal controller? Thanks!
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What are the things a vocalist or singer eat or drink to enhance voice

I am a keyboardist and love to sing, but my voice is not up to my satisfaction. I have been wondering if there is any specific food, fruit, drinks or anything whatsoever that can improve a vocalist ...
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Would I be a baritone or bass baritione if my vocal range is (C1)E1-A5? [duplicate]

I can sing quite low and I can sing comfortably until about G3 which is kind of high to sing :/
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Singing in an open voice?

I get complaints that I should sound more open while singing... Now, how much should I open my mouth while singing.Sometimes while implementing this, I have jaw tension, since I did not follow correct ...
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Are parallel octaves okay in other styles of music?

In a musical theatre piece is it wrong to have lots of parallel octaves in the voices?
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How do I know whether I feel head vibrations/sensations while singing?

My question is that how do I know whether I feel head vibrations while singing? In a book, it says that head vibrations are centered mostly around the eyes and bridge of the nose. Later on in the ...
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Effect of age on vocal range

What happens to head voice on aging? Heard that low ranges will improve with aging, but what happens to head voice ? Is it possible to maintain my range for ever ?
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What is the name of the (I think) Renaissance harmonic device used in choral music that sounds slightly odd today?

I remember in college hearing about people playing minor 'pranks' using this device, however I've forgotten the name and I can't remember the exact details. It has to do with notes (possibly ...
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Have I blended my singing voice right?

I am able to successfully blend my voice: by following the sound of a baby cry I could bring my head voice to chest voice pitch, at least until f4, and I am able to sing that way, but I found that my ...
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What is my voice type category in general?

I do not want to categorise myself into an alto or mezzo or soprano, but do want to understand my comfortable voice range. I can do a siren exercise which ranges from b3 to b5 or c6 with ease.But ...
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What note is this? And how would I got about working out what note I have sung in the future?

I was wondering what highest note in this recording was? I tried analysing using Audacity using the "Plot Spectrum" tool but I didn't really know what I was looking for. I think it's G4 but I'm not ...
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FL Studio 12 - How To Create An Overlay (Double) Effect With Your Voice

In many songs, this song for example - namely from 00:54 to 01:52 also - namely from 00:15 to 00:50 (I know there's many others that I ...
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Do great singers primarily listen to themselves through ears, or through bone conduction, or mixture of the two? What source of feedback do they use?

Looking for sourced answers, i.e. "Pavarotti says X in interview Y": When practicing specifically for tone, do great singers listen to themselves – more through sound traveling though the air to ...
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How to find your mix voice

This questions seems very common and I have been struggling to get my mix for maybe months and I am very stressed out I just feel like I should belt everything in my chest as my hope is falling ...
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Why is my choir director telling a bunch of rednecks to drop their Rs as though they were Londoners?

I currently live in the American South, where every English speaker within a hundred miles speaks with a rhotic accent. Recently, I spent an afternoon with a local choir in practice, and was somewhat ...
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Songs suggestions for a capella agnosticist choir? [closed]

We've set a choir at work, and we rehearse every week. We've made a lot of progress thanks to our teacher, but we mainly sing religious songs, and it bothers some of us (As well as the other ...
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What is a good way to choose syllables for an acapella arrangement?

I arranged a song for my acapella group. I have chords, the solo, and a basic background which I can change easily but, I need to know a method or a direction to look for background syllables.
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Trying alternative tuning outside 440Hz [closed]

Lately I have used some time and research on the standard pitch at 440Hz.. The tuning of A4=440Hz has been used a couple of times in late 1800 but it was not until 1939 at an international ...
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Singing with allergies and asthma?

Save your voice while being sick but it gets blurry with allergies and asthma. I can hear an allergic reaction from my voice before I can feel anything, like playing Singstar and a pet visiting. The ...
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Learning to play multiphonics on a brass instrument

I would like to learn how to play multiphonics on brass instruments. (I am referring to the kind of multiphonics that are produced when singing/humming a note whilst playing another note.) I gave it a ...
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Throat gets itchy when singing loud

I'm a guitar player and although I enjoy singing when I play, I am not what you may consider a stage performer. I used to sing out loud everyday in my car (not yelling) on the way to work, but after a ...
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How much should you practice singing?

How long should a singer (not a beginner but average) practice daily? How long do professional singers practice daily?
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How do you notate vocables?

Is it the same way as notating regular lyrics? Some of the vocables I would like to use are "ah" and "ooh".
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vocal software for singing in tune

I have problem with singing in tune. I'm looking for a software that could recognize live when I'm out of tune and show me how far I am from the right note. I have two questions: Has anyone used a ...
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What note should I start singing with if I'm in a certain key? [closed]

So, I'm pretty confused. If the song I'm singing is in the key of C, and this first Chord played is C major, what note should my voice start with? My friend kinda told me that I should start to sing ...
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Singing Evolution: could I ever achieve the voice I want?

Background: I love all types of music. I was raised listening to Elvis, British Invasion bands, blues, soul and the like all from the general era, but my love I constantly return to is rock music: ...
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Any recommended plan, sequence, methodology on self-learning the vocal effects?

I have the vocal processor device (Digitech Vocalist Live FX to be precise, but hopefully the answer could be generic enough to suite other devices as well). The user manual describes its capabilities ...
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How to connect a Shure SM58 to a mac? Do I need something like an XLR-USB adapter or just an XLR-jack cable?

I am a newbie and would like to record my singing with a Shure SM58 and a Mac (MacBook Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015). My question is: Can I plug the microphone directly to my Mac through an XLR-jack ...
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Theory of country music vocal harmonies

This is a question that I have overcome simply by harmonising by ear, however I've recently joined this forum and in the time I have been here, I've been amazed by the clear knowledge and talent of ...
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Two simultaneous notes for singing?

I was studying a sheet music for chorus and accompanying piano and have seen a notation that I didn't know how to interpret. There are several parts of the score that shows two simultaneous notes ...
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How can I determine my voice class?

I went to a music class and the teacher said my range is A3-C5. How can I use the knowledge of my range to determine what my voice class is (e.g., alto, bass, suprano etc.)? Also, can I be a singer ...
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Breathing when singing (inhalation timing)

I noticed a possibly major detail when listening to some tracks. That is, when a singer breathes in for the next phrase, they do it almost immediately before that phrase. For example, they would: ...
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How to get a louder voice - layman

I don't make music anymore and particularly, I am not a singer, but simply would like to train my voice intensity and clarity. Singing was recommended to me so I made an attempt using this Vocal Match ...
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How common is to use the pitch correction (autotune) effect for vocals?

Many vocal processors I see on the market feature and advertise the pitch correction. As I understand, they use the sound input from the instrument (analog or MIDI) to decide how the note should ...
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How does one project well when singing in the low range of their voice?

When I sing low in my range (notes around G2-A1), I often get a really resonant, airy sound that is quiet enough that it cannot be heard when singing in a group setting. How can I make these notes ...
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Is there a name for the sound of a performer physically interacting with their instrument?

Is there a name for the sound produced by the mechanical action of a musical instrument? I'm referring specifically to sounds not usually associated with the instrument's voice—the movement of a ...
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usb audio interface for laptop [closed]

Hi I am using linux and recently ran into some issues. I have a mac laptop with debian on it. The macbook pro only has one combo audio 3.5mm jack. I use jackd on this machine with pulse audio bridge. ...
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Singing and Using a Waist trainer [closed]

I wanted to know if waist training will effect the way I sing. I have been waist training for about three weeks now and haven't noticed a change in my voice, but will I experience it in the long run? ...
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Do capable harmony singers sing in just intonation or tempered tuning?

I understand that the mathematical frequency ratios between certain intervals will correlate with the overtones that are present when a note sounds in a fundamental frequency. Certain predictable ...
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Singing well: mind or muscle?

When I sing, it sounds absolutely nothing like Idina Menzel. Which is probably why she's a world-renowned singer, and I'm not. But now what I'm wondering is... if you could somehow remove my brain ...
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What instrument can help increase your lung capacity and vocal projection?

I am interested in picking up a musical instrument which can also help increase my lung capacity and vocal projection. Trumpet, trombone, and saxophone are some of the instruments cross my mind, are ...
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What is the difference between a soprano and a mezzo soprano

I am referring to opera singers. I know that soprano have a lighter voice and higher range up to C6 while mezzo soprano extend to only A5 and have a denser voice but what make the singer a Mezzo with ...