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

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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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Is singing a matter of talent or practice?

This is something I have always wondered. Is singing a matter of talent, that is, only people born with the 'proper instrument' can sing properly, or is it a matter of practice? I know that practice ...
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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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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 consistently sing with energy?

I've been taking vocal lessons for over 8-9 months. I started out as a novice and I'm beginning to develop ok resonance and balance. One of the problems I'm havingwith singing is energizing my voice. ...
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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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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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What are the characteristics of Negro Spiritual vocal arrangements?

I've tried several times to write vocal arragnements that are in the style of Negro Spiritual music. Here's an example of the style I'm referring to. Typically, I use simple SATB style arrangements, ...
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On being a musician and doing weightlifting

I've had no shortage of music and health professionals tell me how strength training (hypertrophy) is bad for anything that warrants muscle relaxation (singing and drumming being two that I do). And I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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
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How to use recordings to improve singing technique?

I am learning to sing and recently learned how to use my personal computer to record myself. How can I take advantage of this in my regular training and practice? I am currently recording myself and ...
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Basso profundo question

Right now I'm 16 years old and the lowest note I can reach is a very forced B1 (not vocal fry). I have been able to reach down to an A1, but I can almost never reach lower than A#1 at the moment. What ...
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How to reduce vocal strain when singing long duration high notes?

Usually when I hit songs that have long notes and are somewhat in my mid/high position in range my voice kind of tires out. I can sing the whole song again, but at these long note parts I just can't ...
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How does one help a student sing in a “missing” range?

Take a high-school male voice student whose range would best be classified as a bass. The top of his range is about F3. However, he can also sing falsetto. The lowest falsetto note for him is about ...
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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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Voice - Trouble with high notes

I'm finding I'm having a lot of difficulty singing notes that are in the upper range. I have a voice teacher, and she's giving me warmups and tips about keeping my throat open. I've made some progress ...
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How can I find choir sheet music?

I am looking for sheet music for a particular song I'd like to sing with my choir. I tried googling and searching in some online shops but wasn't lucky. Is there some sort of specialized search ...
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Singing from a chord sheet, what is the relationship between notes sung and chords played?

When I sing and play guitar, I don't play every note I sing. Usually the guitar plays one chord where I may sing a number of notes. I understand that it is necessary to listen to the song to know ...
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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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Are sweet drinks bad for singing?

I've been told by a high school choral director that drinking sweet drinks, such as soda, before singing is not not healthy/good for the voice. Is this true? If so, why is it bad for you?
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How does lack of sleep affect the singing voice?

I have noticed that when I find myself sleep deprived my singing voice gets greatly impaired. It is difficult to reach and sustain higher notes and it's like my voice muscles are "sore". I guess ...
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Pop filters and dealing with plosives in live performance

I was just listening to a recording of a performance I did a few weeks back, and couldn't help but notice the ridiculously explosive P's and B's. I'd obviously like to avoid this. I can't recall ever ...
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Are there certain foods that harms the throat in the long run?

Are there any food/drinks that, if consumed regularly over a long period of time, would have a permanent negative effect on the throat, and especially the singing voice?
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How do I improve my singing?

I enjoy singing, and I want to improve. I've had an ear for music since I was very young, and I have no problems finding/matching/hearing a tune in my head. However as I've gotten older, I've found it ...
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What is a depressed larynx?

I'm reading this article about "The Danger of Heavy Repertoire" and I don't know what he means when he talks about using a depressed larynx. What is the depressed larynx technique?
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How does bodybuilding or weightlifting affect singer's voice?

I heard from an instructor that bodybuilding causes you to have hard muscles,which are unnecessary for singing and may even hinder singing, the instructor said, though he could not explain more about ...
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vocal chord protection against nodule

I was recently diagnose with a small vocal chord nodule. I was wondering what are some proper ways to use vocal? I heard that singing with your diaphragm is the correct way to avoid overuse of vocal ...
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Unable to sing, but not tone deaf

I have always assumed I am tone deaf because I have no memory for music. Although I can harmonize, or sing a long with a song or others, I cannot reproduce it if I am not hearing it currently or ...
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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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How much time does the average professional singer spend with a vocal coach?

I spend an hour every week with my vocal coach. I'm guessing that professional singers do warmups and such almost every day, but how much time a week on average do they spend with their vocal coach? ...
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Temporary vocal bass range extension

I need a quick fix on how to very temporarily extend my lower voice range. The note(s) I need to reach, for a short performance in a couple of days, are notes that I can reach fairly easily and sing ...
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Tricks and techniques for memorising songs

I've been googling and, unfortunately, coming up short in search of techniques, methods, systems or just simple tricks for how to memorise songs. I'm currently on a writing spree (I play the guitar ...
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How can I find the more comfortable key to sing?

Given that I have the melody of a song, how can I find the more comfortable key to sing? I want to transpose the melody to be comfortable for the greatest number of people - with all voices (soprano, ...
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Techniques to develop vibrato in singing

Is vibrato gifted or is it developed by constant practice? Are there any exercises or techniques to develop a good vibrato in singing?
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How do you sing and strum guitar chords simultaneously?

In my experience with the guitar, I think I do best with strumming. But it's always difficult for me when I have try to keep singing while strumming. How can I learn to do both?
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Putting guitar and song together

So, I'm still working on this. I started singing with my playing using hey ya as my first song. (In fact that was the first song I ever played) Ironically I always lose it at the verse that goes ...
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Transposing the human voice

I've been playing around with the pitch changer in Audacity. I noticed that when I change the key on instrumental music, while it may sound off, the timbre is mostly the same. In fact, it only sounds ...
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Joik - traditional Sami songs from northern Sweden and Finland

I have some questions about the traditional Sami singing, Joiken, which is practiced in the northern parts of Sweden, Finland and Norway. I learned that you don't joik about something, but you joik ...