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

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How will a long break affect a singer's voice?

If a singer takes a long break from singing, be it many weeks, months, or years, how severely will it affect his ability to sing (vocal range, singing technique, etc)?
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Why is it considered wrong [for a singer] if shoulders rise when breathing?

What is the difference between the breathing that causes your shoulders to rise and the breathing that enlarges your stomach? Why is the first type considered wrong?
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Why do I sing a lot better post intense workout?

I've been singing for years but I don't know why I sing so much better post intense workout. It's like I am truly ready to sing no matter what the notes are. I can hit all those high notes easily and ...
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How can I improve my note accuracy and intonation?

Over time my pitch has improved simply through singing more, but I still have some problems with being a bit off sometimes (or way off on very high or very low notes). It helps if I focus on a ...
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Is it considered poor skills if a (Western) classical singer has to cough during performance?

I was watching some videos of classical Indian (Carnatic) vocal concerts recently, and I noticed that from time to time the singers cough or clear their throats in the middle of a piece, even between ...
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How do I sing from chest voice to falsetto without missing notes in between?

I am having difficulty singing in head voice. I am a bass who can also sing very high falsetto. However, when I try singing a scale, there is always a few notes between chest voice and head voice that ...
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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 parameters decide one's vocal range?

My question is regarding the things which can decide your vocal range and how people's vocal ranges are different from each other and also if there are patterns like race, language, etc. which can ...
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How to properly vocalise and sing

I am a bass. I can go down to E2 on any day and my voice sound rich and deep on F2-B2. I can somewhat vocalise up to E4, but I cannot sing anything from E3. I think I know what my problem is. I ...
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What are some objective ways to measure improvement as a singer?

On instruments such as guitar and piano I find it is easier to measure progress. You have objective devices such as the metronome and generally when you get things wrong the sound is very dissonant. ...
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Can I practice playing or singing more emotional?

A few years ago I started playing the guitar, but after two years my guitar teacher told me something which made me aware of a hidden plateu that eventually made me quit. He said that my play was ...
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Finding and improving singing range and power

I know this question gets asked a lot, but neither google/wiki nor stack exchange have provided me with decisive information, and having to change voice so often really confuses me. I'm singing since ...
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How much louder can a singer go safely above the conversation voice ?

It seems that some increase in loudness is inevitable when going to higher notes. Is there any widely known recommendation or rule of thumb from the voice experts as to how many decibels can a singer ...
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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 does countertenor vocal technique differ from “standard” vocal technique?

I am curious about the countertenor voice. What are the techniques for countertenor vocal production? It would be helpful if the answer compared to the standard techniques of vocal production, ...
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Tips for singing while dehydrated?

On Yom Kippur Jews fast for 25 hours, both food and drink.1 As somebody who helps to lead the communal religious services on that day, I know that my ability to sing is challenged by around hour 20 ...
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Are there vocal exercises that can be done through the course of the day while doing other things?

I'm a computer science student and I spend a big part of my day sitting in a classroom or typing at a computer. I like to sing and play instruments as a hobby, but it's not always that I have time to ...
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Knowing when your throat is open

My vocal teacher notices quite often that I have a closed throat when singing. My problem is I don't have the physical awareness to know when my throat is open or closed. What are some techniques to ...
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Why do people say “you are a little flat” and never “you are are a little sharp”?

Is there a tendency to sing flat when singing out of tune?
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Percussion notes in the vocals

This an excerpt from an arragment to the song "Hakuna Matata" from the movie "The Lion King": Why are there percussion notes in the vocals?
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What is the difference between portamento and glissando?

What is the difference between portamento and glissando while singing?
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common mistakes made when singing

What are some of the most common mistakes made by people singing without the ability to get a vocal coach? Although I don't like my voice all that much, I would like to make it tolerable since its a ...
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Techniques for pitch shifting vocals while maintaining a natural sound

Hi I'm looking for a way to make a very deep but good sounding voice. I work in FL Studio so I've tried to use the pitch option and their options like speech etc. But it sounds so artificial. This is ...
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Singing: holding on to the morning low notes

I've got into the habit of doing singing exercises in the morning and evening. In the evening I'm often struggling to reach A110Hz. However in the mornings I can get down to E and beyond, sometimes ...
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How to learn to carry a tune, i.e. stay in some key or other

Motivated by Singing in key/on pitch Suppose you have a close friend or relative who has a tin ear, i.e. can't carry a tune. You try to sing Happy Birthday together. You wait to start singing until ...
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What is the process by which singers identify their voice type/fach?

I am trying to gain insight about the process by which vocalists identify their voice type or fach. I am not looking for any discussion about the basic distinctions between, say, soprano and alto. ...
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How to avoid the “clogged throat” feeling when singing?

I really love singing. I do it quite often but I get really nervous about doing in front of an audience; even just thinking about it makes me nervous. I guess this is strictly related to everyone's ...
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Why are melodies typically played or sung by high voices or instruments in an ensemble?

In the pop idiom, there appears to be a significant pattern of successful pop songs having high-pitched male vocals. Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, almost all rock songs (FOB, All American Rejects, Red ...
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what muscles are involved in singing, and does toning them improve singing?

I read a Fantastic answer on "How to have a penetrating voice?" talking about how air is pushed up from the lungs using the muscles around them. In my naive head that makes me think strengthening ...
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How does someone safely develop intensity at an extremely high tessitura?

We've had a couple different questions about extending voice range. This question is probably related more to endurance and tone quality, not just extending range. Find a recording of Dexter Holland ...
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How loudly should one sing while warming up?

In the limited about of vocal warm-ups I've done when singing in amateur choirs, etc, I normally sing pretty quietly and it seems others do to. Should a warm-up focus at all on volume and if so, how ...
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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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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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The Musical Effect of a Unison Ensemble

Upon reading sheet music for black spirituals, I discovered something unusual: As you might notice, the bass, tenor, alto, and soprano parts are all singing the exact same notes throughout the ...
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Is there a correct way to sing without belting or projecting?

I've taken vocal lessons before, and have found that whenever my vocal teacher says I'm doing something right (singing from my diaphragm, projecting correctly), it actually makes my voice sound worse. ...
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Techniques to Improve Vocal Volume?

I am a singer who typically does acoustic guitar type performance, but I've been playing with full 'rock' bands for a little while now and am having a terrible time of getting 'loud' enough to cut ...
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When learning vocal, is it important to learn some other instrument as well?

My child (age 11) is currently learning vocal, with professional teacher. If we want in the future to do something with this knowledge (join some playing group, maybe proceed with musical education, ...
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Statistical Average range for a Male singer

I understand that there are different ranges of singers, ie Bass, Baritone, Tenor etc etc, but what is the average pitch range of a male's singing chest voice?
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What's the quickest and best way to learn pitch control when singing in your normal range?

I've been learning the intervals by singing them for a few days, example I play a C on the piano and then I sing a C and a G for a perfect fifth. I find it to be a great way truly know your intervals. ...
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Improving Singing Clarity

How can you make your words clearer when you sing/rap? (I Imagine they'd both fall under the same category) When a song is simple words and long vowel sounds I'm not noticing a problem, but when I ...
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How to control unintentional, natural vibrato in singing?

So, I'm 14, going on 15. And by vibrato, I mean of the voice (vocal cords?). Anyway, a good description of it would be that it just came out of the blue. I was singing to myself one day, maybe a ...
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How do I keep my larynx balanced when I am singing in my head voice?

Its so frustrating because every time I try to hit a high note my larynx rises and feels like a ball clogging my throat up, which stops me from singing to my full potential. Can anyone please give ...
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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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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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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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How do I improve vibrato and breath volume in singing?

Some people say that vibrato is a gift acquired by birth while some say vibrato has to be practiced and gained before puberty. Once puberty (10-12 yrs) is attained, and the male voice changes to a low ...
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One-to-one techniques for improving ability to sing in tune

There are a number of questions on this site from singers who want to find software so they can work, on their own, on their ability to sing in tune. However, I am hoping to do some one-to-one (and ...
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Are there any breathing methods for Rap vocals?

I am looking for handy vocal techniques for maintaining my flow during rap. This technique(s) will have to help me maintain my breath during rapping. I seem to be trying to hold my breath too long but ...
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Voice lessons for children

My 9 year old daughter is interested in singing. I've been thinking about getting her voice lessons. Is she too young? When is the ideal age to start vocal lessons?
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Does environmental (or food/drink) temperature have an effect on the voice?

Does ambient temperature (i.e. winter vs summer) or food/drink temperature (i.e. cold vs hot) have an effect on voice: Texture Pitch/range Strength