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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Does weight and/or body frame have anything to do with singing?

Does a small body frame (meaning small bones and possibly small organs) or low weight affect the "power" of a singing voice?? Does a higher weight creates some sort of "pressure" or something that ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Is there a standard range for a baritone? What is it?

I think I'm a baritone, but I'm not entirely sure due to not being able to find a clear definition of what that is. Wikipedia's definitions vary a bit from F2 to C3 on the low end and seem to be ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there a general explanation for why my timbre varies when I choose to sing at different ranges?

I'm a woman who has generally fit more into the alto range, and I haven't sung formally for more than five years. For the past few years, I've noticed that I've generally found it more comfortable to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I increase my vocal endurance and sing longer without getting hoarse and losing my voice?

I sing either solo or as lead singer in my band, on shows lasting from 3 to 4 hours. I do take a break occasionally and sip water between every other song. I also avoid alcohol before and during my ...
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How can I do rough vocals without hurting my voice?

I recently wrote a song where the vocals are supposed to sound rough, but not quite growling/screaming. What's the best way to get that sort of sound from my voice without any long-term or short-term ...
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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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Are vocalists such as Kellin Quinn, Cove Reber and Vic Fuentes using Chest or Head voice?

I've been listening to a lot of vocalists who have incredibly high singing voices. I am currently taking vocal lessons and have brought up these vocalists with my coach. He explained that these guys ...
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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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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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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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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 ...