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

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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

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 [on hold]

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 ...
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Why would food or drinks affect the vocal folds?

It is often mentioned that eating certain food or drinking certain liquids would affect one's singing. However, it seems to me that neither food nor drinks ever touch the vocal folds since the latter ...
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Is microphone useful when singing pop for a small audience?

When learning to sing pop music (not classic), I have difficulties in taking the highest notes. It seems that I can do this, but much more silently than I normally talk. Would it help to try ...
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After singing, how long do you remain warmed up for?

If you are singing on and off during the day, and begin with a decent warm up in the morning, how frequently do you need to sing/do exercises to remain warmed up? Doing a warm-up over and over again ...
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What Vocal Exercises Should I do?

I'm a tenor with a range of A2-D5(F5) I can almost belt an A4. The songs I perform require me to sing with a full tone through all of the phrases, even into the high notes. A weak falsetto won't cut ...
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Regaining falsetto after a cold

I occasionally use falsetto/head voice in singing and more generally, I use my head voice sometimes when I'm speaking. But whenever I'm sick, my head voice goes away for literally months. Well after ...
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Always Having To Swallow When Singing?

I am a singer, and I do believe that I have a nice voice, but my nerves tend to kill me. I've always had a nervous problem when singing in front of audiences, even a small part. I always swallow ...
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Inhaling for a good breath support, through the mouth or the nose?

Inhaling through the mouth can be fast and leads more naturally to a good deep breath, but hitting the back of your mouth with dry and cold air doesn't seem to be the most healthy thing to do. On the ...
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Is everyone capable of singing?

So here is the exciting analogy I am going to cite: "While singing, our body is like a musical instrument, having distinct body parts playing different roles in creating the sound we produce." Felicia ...
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Will my range get lower?

I'm 15 years old, and my range is A5-B1. Is there any chance that my range will get any lower? I really enjoy singing bass and wish I could sing a G1.
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Voice Range help [closed]

I am currently barely 16 years old, male and my voice seems to be very uncommon. I can hit a low D & low E with a bit of warming up and hit a low F without much trouble. Due to this I wonder how ...
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Adding warmth to my vocals

As a quick background, I've been able to find and practice my mixed voice which helped me hit most of the notes in my song collection. However, I feel that the warmth of my voice is gone, and instead ...
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How to “saturate” one's voice using sound engineering effects?

I'm studying guitar and I'm trying to sing in the meantime I'm playing. I was wondering how to saturate one's voice such as in Alizee's song at 2:27 "Le flower power Est mort de sa belle ...
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Pitching a note based on where it resonates in your body?

I was noticing how in the range E3 - E4, every note feels like it's coming from a specific point. e.g. E4 is at the back of my mouth, C4 feels around my Adam's apple, G3 is at the bvery bottom of my ...
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What features are important in a simple keyboard for vocal training?

I am lucky enough to have a real piano but for vocal exercises and learning songs I feel like an electronic keyboard on my desk would be perhaps more convenient. It doesn't need to feel like a real ...
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What is a good exercise to get people singing loudly and confidently in a small rehearsal room?

I'm in a small choir where we typically have 5 people rehearsing in someone's front room, we haven't sung together much and none of us are very confident although we can all sing OK once we 'get ...
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Voice parts exercises for blending

Are there any exercises you can do as a singing group to improve the blend between the various voice parts, that's soprano, alto and tenor...? If yes, any recommendation is welcome...
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I feel like my falsetto doesn't go as high as my head voice, is that likely?

The terminology of head/falsetto voice is still slightly confusing me (or maybe it's just got different interpretations - see the video in the answer to What is the difference between male head voice ...
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When someone plays vocal warmup scales on a piano, what do they play?

A very typical vocal warmup is to sing scales up and down from a note. Then again from the next note up. And so on, so you're going up and down but slowly moving higher and higher (or sometimes lower ...
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Is it possible to increase the range of mixed voice?

I can smoothly transition from mix to head and back, but I was wondering if I can stretch out the mix so that I don't have to transition to head voice for those high notes. I'm a male, and I can reach ...
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How is vocal fry used in singing?

I only came across this term recently. Wikipedia explains what it is quite well (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocal_fry_register) and I came across this introductory video which uses it as an ...
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Naming of notes in choral music?

I've got to grips with Scientific Pitch Notation (e.g middle C is C4) but in a choral setting I am often confused because there seems to be a whole nomenclature where certain notes have specific ...
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Holding a long note without wobbling

As an untrained, inexperienced singer, long sustained notes really show up my lack of skill. Whether singing or even humming, I can't keep a single long note from wobbling badly. I can hide this in ...
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How can I tell if I (or other male singers) are using falsetto or head voice?

There are some related questions: What is the difference between male head voice and falsetto? (but the accepted answer answers a different question) How to differentiate between head voice and ...
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How do I write an original melody? [closed]

I'm trying to write a song, and I keep thinking of a melody, but they have all been taken. How do I find a melody that hasn't been taken?
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How do I know if I've been abusing my voice?

I feel like I might've been abusing my voice. How do I know for sure?
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Vocal warm downs and post-singing routine?

Warm ups are always talked about as being crucial to singing, both in terms of performance and safety. They're often compared to warming up for sport. But in sport, warming down is also important - ...
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Singing lessons for an instrumentalist

I'm a guitar player, but I'm considering getting singing lesson because I think it would improve my ear for music. I'm not looking to be the next Pavarotti or the local karaoke king. Would this ...
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Why can I sometimes find a note, other times not?

I'm doing a bit of choral work in a tiny choir - one each of SATB typically so often there's nobody good to follow! I'm finding we might have a phrase which goes D3-A3-C4, E4-C4-A3. Up to the £ I can ...
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What is the term for this - not vibrato, or tremolo

Vibrato is a change in pitch, tremolo is a repeated note, or rapid change in amplitude of a note. Often, I hear, particularly with vocals, a rapid change in tone, which is neither of the above. The ...
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What is this (“frequent vibrato”) vocal technique called?

What is this vocal technique called and any hints/links on how to master it? Here is one example: It sounds like a frequent type of vibrato. But searching web for ...
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I've booked my first ever singing lesson - what should I do in preparation?

I've finally taken the plunge and booked a singing lesson. I wondered what I should do to prepare for it, what questions I should expect to be asked, etc? I enjoy singing but am not particularly ...
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How much can one (on average) increase chest voice range before reaching genetic potential?

I have been receiving singing lessons for 3 months now, from (I believe to be) a fantastic vocal coach. I have managed to increase my range in this time, from my highest note being G4, to achieving B5 ...
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Presenting lyrics for two singers

Myself and another singer will be performing a song together. Some parts I sing, some parts she sings, and some we sing together. But when it's time to perform we get confused as to who sings what. ...
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How to be sure vocals are transcribed into the right octave?

I was trying to figure out the exact score of some songs I'm trying to cover. In a very similar case to this question (How do I distinguish my voice singing a c3 from a c4?) I've lost confidence that ...
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How to sing SATB parts as a Baritone

Wikipedia lists these guidelines as typical ranges for different vocal types: Soprano: C4–C6 Mezzo-soprano: A3–A5 Contralto: F3–F5 Countertenor: E3-E5 Tenor: C3–C5 Baritone: G2–G4 Bass: E2-E4 My ...
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Which key to move higher to?

When you are singing in the key of C and you want to go a bit higher, then do you go to G (next on the circle of fifths) or C# / D (closest tone above c)? Edit: just to clarify: when I said go ...
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The Greg Kurstin ethereal breathy vocal effect

I think I'm a pretty solid producer and engineer, but there is one specific effect I've always had a hard time reproducing... that shimmery, breathy, bordeline-ghostly vocal sound. Greg Kurstin uses ...
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How should a boy who has already started to go through puberty learn to sing in falsetto?

Inspired by How can I safely extend my vocal range The above question had a great answer. I would like to know what, if anything, is different about learning to sing in falsetto. (My son wants to ...
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Why do female opera singers use head voice?

Why do female opera singers mostly sing in the head voice? Is this a stylistic thing, or is it because it's harmful for the voice? Is it wrong when a mezzo-soprano sing mostly in the mixed or chest ...
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Singing: Is it true that all of your power behind singing should come from your diaphragm?

I'm not sure if I can ask this here, but I have a question about singing technique. My teacher once told me that all of your power behind singing should come from your diaphragm and that you shouldn't ...
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What is my current octave range, can it go much farther, and how can I increase it?

My lowest note is a D3, and my highest note is an F6. I am a 14 year old female. I play clarinet, so I am often exercising my lungs even when I am not singing. My dad has more of an average range, but ...
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How does mouth size affect singing tone?

I was watching an online singing lesson and the lady mentioned this - that a small mouth means less space for sound to "bounce around in". Would any experienced singers or singing tutors say this is ...