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

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Is it dangerous to sing an entire song in falsetto?

Be it short-term or long-term. Is it true that if you use your falsetto on songs for more than those typical "uuhhhhs" and "oohhhhs" to give it a more sentimental/breathy touch, you could damage your ...
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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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Falsetto voice in women

Can women have a falsetto voice? If not, why not? If yes, do they just have a deep enough voice or does it depend on something else? Are there men that don't have a falsetto voice? Edited to add a ...
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Is it normal for a 12-year-old to have Vibrato?

I'm only 12 and I have my vibrato. I have only been singing for 5 years! Is this normal?
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Can a book on singing from the begining of the 20th century still be relevant?

I've found a couple of books on Project Guthenberg about singing; in particular I'm interested in "How to sing" by Lilli Lehman. Is the information contained in this book outdated? (Just as one ...
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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 long should I take voice lessons in order to unleash the full potential of my voice? [closed]

I am going to be taking voice lessons soon and I need to know how long should I take voice lessons. I want to make my voice really versatile so I can sing in different genres of music and record ...
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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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Is it possible to use video games to help improve one's singing?

I've decided that I want to improve my singing. In order to give me incentive to practice (and regular feedback), I thought getting a video game might be of help. I know that it's no substitute for ...
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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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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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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 ...
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How can I be sure that I am singing effortlessly in my natural voice ?

By now , I have years of vocalization practice but I still start straining while singing—especially if I am not vigilant. It happens imperceptibly and is a hard habit to break. Is there a reliable ...
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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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When should falsetto be used for a male voice?

I'm really confused about the concept of a falsetto voice. As I understand it, past a point when I'm singing / talking, something in my vocal chords changes, I lose the "basey" sound of my voice, and ...
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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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Before Vocaloid — Early history of voice synthesis?

Vocaloid is a modern musical voice synthesiser package from Japan. It's getting pretty close to a human voice: Compare GUMI (Vocaloid) and Megumi Nakajima (GUMI's voice sample provider; human) singing ...
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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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Singing software

What are software options that will tell you where you've gone out of tune in the performance of a given song? Better if it can work with any song file or has a wealth of community-content. Sort of ...
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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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Criteria for selecting a voice teacher

I have been singing in a (classical) choir for several years, including the occasional solo line, and am now seriously considering voice lessons. However, finding a good teacher seems like a daunting ...
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How do I know when to stop singing?

Assuming you complete a vocal warmup, I'm wondering how you know when you've overdone it and should stop singing. Is it normal to feel a bit of strain in the vocal chords? How much strain should you ...
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Some literature on voice

Are there any books or articles on voice per se, the ways of development, improvement, the process of sound creation etc.?
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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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are there any foods that will permanently have a bad effect on singing throat?

are there any foods that will permanently have a bad effect on singing throat? I'm not talking about like just before singing we should avoid diary products and stuff like that.. but rather will ...
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Is it possible that we can not have a singing voice?

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081226070704AAhqTFt: 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 ...
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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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How much time do we need to pick up our skills again if we do not sing for a long period of time?

How much time do we need to pick up our skills again if we do not sing for a long period of time? Sorry if this question is very vague but I've done drum and piano before and for some reason--even if ...
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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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Will taking a long break from singing affect our vocal range (for the average singer)?

I want to know if we do not sing at all, or minimal for, say, 12 months, will our vocal range remain the same or will it actually be reduced? I'm aware that since different people have different ...
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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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Protecting my voice with a phone job

My day job involves 5 hours on the phone at a time. How should I go about protecting my voice? I have to talk to old people, so I can't always speak quietly.
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Singing: How to pre-visualize harmonies

When singing, I have a good singing voice for harmony--once I've identified the note. However, finding the note is exactly my problem; I tend towards singing the note the lead singer is using if I'm ...
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What choir pieces are suited to warm up a new, small choir?

Soon I will have the pleasant duty of leading an amateur choir at a two-week summer camp. I am looking for warming up pieces that are easy, but fun. It should be possible to learn them without having ...
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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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What are Head voice and Chest voice

Head voice and Chest voice were discussed in this question about natural voice, but despite singing in choirs for nearly 9 years I have never heard of them. Can someone provide a good description of ...
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Can vocal range extrema be reached by a lot of practice?

Wikipedia lists the world records and extremes of the vocal range, can extrema be reached by a lot of practice or were they born with that?
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How long should a professional singer be able to sing in a single breath ?

How many seconds of nonstop voice (or silence) without taking another breath is satisfactory for a professional singer ? Is there a rule thumb ? does it depend on the register ?
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Improving breath support

What are some exercises or tips to help singers improve their breath support?