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

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Proper technique for screaming vocal style

I just started screaming properly (i think i have no idea) a bit ago like a couple months and i just need to know if I'm doing it right I will try my best to explain how I scream. When I scream I ...
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Does there exist a singer's muzzle or silencer?

I'd like to be able to sing full voice in the middle of the dead of night and when the other tenants are in the apartments and residences. Does there exist a singer's muzzle or silencer? Something ...
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What are “nodules” and how do you avoid them?

I've heard from singers (I'm primarily a guitarist) that it can be dangerous to try to make your voice deeper because you might develop "nodules". Is it true? What are they? How can you avoid them?
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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 sevenths?...
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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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How do I develop a bass voice?

I am an 'adult male human' and can sing from A2 to G4 comfortably. It would be great if I can sing up to a whole octave below this. I am in no hurry and am willing to expend time and effort. I just ...
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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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How to find your vocal range using the guitar?

There are other questions on this topic, but they're very unclear on which tone is which in singing vs guitar. So if my lowest singing note is G (3rd fret e bass string) and the highest is G3 (15th ...
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Which type of microphone is optimal to use for the singing piano player?

A piano player obviously cannot use a hand held microphone. From that I have seen in various shows, it is possible to use a bigger microphone what is attached to the stand and positioned in front ...
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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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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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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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What is the difference between male head voice and falsetto?

What is the fundamental difference between head voice and falsetto in male singers? I think I know the answer, but I cannot be sure in its credibility, since all my self-researched knowledge comes ...
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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 down....
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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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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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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 baritenor?

I've had a lot of trouble over the years finding a clear resolution over exactly what kind of voice type I fit to. Among the various theories posited over the years (including by voice teachers) was ...
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Distribution of voice types?

What percent of men are tenors, baritones, and basses, respectively? And similarly, what percent of women are sopranos, mezzos, and altos, respectively? It would be preferable if you could cite a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Are there reliable free/cheap software tools which will transcribe a sung melody/lyric?

I am not after product recommendation but information on if this type of product exists outside of expensive dedicated music software. For instance I sing a little melody line while strumming a 4-...
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Is there a name for this ending tag?

I'm talking about the last notes of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" -- the accompaniment cuts off suddenly on a i chord where its progression ought to end, and the vocals continue to riff for a second. Is ...
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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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When singing, how to avoid being distracted by vocal harmony or other vocal lines?

I'm not a professional singer but I love singing. I find it very difficult to focus on my own vocal line when I hear other vocal lines. For example, When I was in the college choir, I sang bass, and ...
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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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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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Pros & cons of in-ear monitors (IEM)

I've seen a few answers to questons 'around' monitors suggesting that in-ear monitors have good and bad points and are good for some musicians but not others - eg good for drums, not good for bassists....
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How to have a penetrating voice?

My voice is always buried in background sound, no matter if it is singing or speaking. What can I do to have a more penetrating voice? What kind of voice is more penetrating, high or low pitch?
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What does it mean to “not have a singing voice”?

Yahoo Answers (busterwasmycat): Experience has taught me that I do not have a singing voice. But in practice, I tend to sing from my lungs and speak from my mouth. What is that person trying ...
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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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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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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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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 can one access the lowest ranges of one's bass voice?

Sometimes in specific conditions such as some early mornings, the day after having strained my voice, or having a mild cold, I can reach unusually low vocal ranges. Looking around, there is very ...
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Is there a sound theoretical reason why a capella choirs “drift off” of the starting pitches in a piece?

Is the "comma pump" an empirical problem, or merely theoretical? It's a standard music theory exercise to show that certain chord progressions don't actually quite work. For example, in the I-IV-ii-V-...
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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 should I control my voice while rapping?

I am working on a drum 'n' bass song, and I'm planning on rapping for a few measures for effect. I'm terrible at singing and, since I write electronic music, have rarely recorded any samples that I ...
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How much can transposing a song by a half step or a whole step help a vocalist?

It is not uncommon for a singer to ask for a piece to be transposed up or down a half step or a whole step. This minute change might be a big change for instrumentalist, like horn players, who have to ...
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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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Is bassy vocal tone okay for rock and metal singing?

After extensive practice and using my diaphragm I've found my full voice tone being pretty bassy. (Even when singing high, the tone is still pretty bassy.) So, is this kind of a voice used in rock/...