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

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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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What features are important in a simple keyboard for vocal training?

I am lucky enough to have a real piano but for vocal exercises and learning songs I feel like an electronic keyboard on my desk would be perhaps more convenient. It doesn't need to feel like a real ...
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I feel like my falsetto doesn't go as high as my head voice, is that likely?

The terminology of head/falsetto voice is still slightly confusing me (or maybe it's just got different interpretations - see the video in the answer to What is the difference between male head voice ...
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Voice parts exercises for blending

Are there any exercises you can do as a singing group to improve the blend between the various voice parts, that's soprano, alto and tenor...? If yes, any recommendation is welcome...
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Naming of notes in choral music?

I've got to grips with Scientific Pitch Notation (e.g middle C is C4) but in a choral setting I am often confused because there seems to be a whole nomenclature where certain notes have specific ...
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How does mouth size affect singing tone?

I was watching an online singing lesson and the lady mentioned this - that a small mouth means less space for sound to "bounce around in". Would any experienced singers or singing tutors say this is ...
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What is the term for this - not vibrato, or tremolo

Vibrato is a change in pitch, tremolo is a repeated note, or rapid change in amplitude of a note. Often, I hear, particularly with vocals, a rapid change in tone, which is neither of the above. The ...
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What is this 'tone' of voice called?

When listening to various pop opera or opera pieces, I sometimes hear the singer make their voice suddenly 'more masculine' for a particular part of the song. I'm not quite sure how to describe it, ...
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Is it possible to increase the range of mixed voice?

I can smoothly transition from mix to head and back, but I was wondering if I can stretch out the mix so that I don't have to transition to head voice for those high notes. I'm a male, and I can reach ...
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In what ways can smoking damage your vocal cords and have irrevocable effects on it?

I was reading this text about "How Is Smoking Bad For Singers" and it says: While you may feel that smoking helps with performance anxiety, it may damage your vocal cords irrevocably. And then ...
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When someone plays vocal warmup scales on a piano, what do they play?

A very typical vocal warmup is to sing scales up and down from a note. Then again from the next note up. And so on, so you're going up and down but slowly moving higher and higher (or sometimes lower ...
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How is vocal fry used in singing?

I only came across this term recently. Wikipedia explains what it is quite well (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocal_fry_register) and I came across this introductory video which uses it as an ...
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Why Can't I Consistently Hit Low Notes?

I'm 15 and have trouble with low notes. I can sing a A1, and the next minute I can only go to a B1. What is happening to my voice?
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Eliminating Vocal/Glottal Fry

A little background: I'm a countertenor that sang faithfully since 1996 with my former church in the choir and as a soloist. I've also done some musical theatre. After we did a recording at church ...
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How to stop vocal fry?

When I'm singing in my chest voice, vocal fry is always kicking in, even though I don't want it to. It sounds like Batman. Why does this happen, and how can I avoid it? The song I'm trying to sing ...
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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 do I know if I've been abusing my voice?

I feel like I might've been abusing my voice. How do I know for sure?
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Why do female opera singers use head voice?

Why do female opera singers mostly sing in the head voice? Is this a stylistic thing, or is it because it's harmful for the voice? Is it wrong when a mezzo-soprano sing mostly in the mixed or chest ...
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Vocal warm downs and post-singing routine?

Warm ups are always talked about as being crucial to singing, both in terms of performance and safety. They're often compared to warming up for sport. But in sport, warming down is also important - ...
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What is this (“frequent vibrato”) vocal technique called?

What is this vocal technique called and any hints/links on how to master it? Here is one example: It sounds like a frequent type of vibrato. But searching web for ...
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Why can I sometimes find a note, other times not?

I'm doing a bit of choral work in a tiny choir - one each of SATB typically so often there's nobody good to follow! I'm finding we might have a phrase which goes D3-A3-C4, E4-C4-A3. Up to the £ I can ...
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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 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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I've booked my first ever singing lesson - what should I do in preparation?

I've finally taken the plunge and booked a singing lesson. I wondered what I should do to prepare for it, what questions I should expect to be asked, etc? I enjoy singing but am not particularly ...
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How much can one (on average) increase chest voice range before reaching genetic potential?

I have been receiving singing lessons for 3 months now, from (I believe to be) a fantastic vocal coach. I have managed to increase my range in this time, from my highest note being G4, to achieving B5 ...
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How to be sure vocals are transcribed into the right octave?

I was trying to figure out the exact score of some songs I'm trying to cover. In a very similar case to this question (How do I distinguish my voice singing a c3 from a c4?) I've lost confidence that ...
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How to sing SATB parts as a Baritone

Wikipedia lists these guidelines as typical ranges for different vocal types: Soprano: C4–C6 Mezzo-soprano: A3–A5 Contralto: F3–F5 Countertenor: E3-E5 Tenor: C3–C5 Baritone: G2–G4 Bass: E2-E4 My ...
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How do I distinguish my voice singing a c3 from a c4?

I was trying to figure out my voice range, but I actually run against the stupid problem that I don't know if I sing a c3 or a c4. I was using an online piano to match my voice, but I simply don't ...
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Which key to move higher to?

When you are singing in the key of C and you want to go a bit higher, then do you go to G (next on the circle of fifths) or C# / D (closest tone above c)? Edit: just to clarify: when I said go ...
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Why does my voice crack while I'm singing and how do I prevent it?

Every once in a while, I'll have a time when no matter what I do my voice cracks even though I'll be singing like I usually do. What causes this? Am I singing too much? Does my excess mucus problem ...
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The Greg Kurstin ethereal breathy vocal effect

I think I'm a pretty solid producer and engineer, but there is one specific effect I've always had a hard time reproducing... that shimmery, breathy, bordeline-ghostly vocal sound. Greg Kurstin uses ...
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What causes your voice to crack? [duplicate]

I've heard many recording for Maria Callas and I noticed that her voice cracked many times. One example is lucia mad scene studio recording 1953 when she sings "il dolce sono" between "il" and ...
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Vocal fach and passaggio

I am somewhat of a newbie singer and wondering what my voice type is. Most singers are probably aware of the passaggio locations chart for men. But how exactly do you determinate these passaggio ...
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Singing: Is it true that all of your power behind singing should come from your diaphragm?

I'm not sure if I can ask this here, but I have a question about singing technique. My teacher once told me that all of your power behind singing should come from your diaphragm and that you shouldn't ...
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How should a boy who has already started to go through puberty learn to sing in falsetto?

Inspired by How can I safely extend my vocal range The above question had a great answer. I would like to know what, if anything, is different about learning to sing in falsetto. (My son wants to ...
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How do rock singers avoid ruining their voice?

Take Dave Grohl for instance... it seems like he's really putting his voice out there in terms of singing volume, and on a lot of songs is on the edge of screaming. I don't think I could manage for a ...
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how to build vocal stamina

I have good technique. I'm self taught but I know all about singing and its techniques. I can use head voice and I'm comfortable with it. The problem I have is that I can't go through two or three ...
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How can I safely extend my vocal range?

What type of vocal exercises should I be looking for? Are there any temporary influences to the vocal range, like having had a drink?
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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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What is the difference between vibrato and tremolo?

I was just wondering what are the real differences between tremolo and vibrato. Are those two different words for the same concept? Which one is used in opera singing? I searched to find the exact ...
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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 vocal technique for Adrien's (Northlane) Low Scream?

I have been told by people that Adrien from Northlane's low screams are growls, but I am not convinced. I have linked below a video with the particular scream I would like to know the name of, and how ...
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What really is a proper way of singing?

i have been trying to sing for the longest time and i still suck at it big time. First off, im a seasoned musician who can tell if a guitar or piano is out of tune so i can recognize pitch but singing ...
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Safe remedies for hoarse voice?

What are the safe remedies to cure a hoarse voice? Are there any safety tips on how to handle the hoarse voice as quick as possible?
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What is the technical term for a quick pitch change / 'pleading' sound?

I was wondering what the technical term for this style of singing. The singer quickly changes the pitch (I think it exclusively goes up). In the forth example it made me think that it might be a ...
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How should a pop shield be set up?

Following answers to a previous question Avoiding Plosives I have bought a simple pop shield. I'm wondering what the optimal setup is for it, especially in terms of distance between the shield and ...
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Avoiding Plosives

I recorded this cover for feedback/critique: One valid point raised was about 'plosives' which I guess is the way some consonants 'catch' at the start of words. I don't ...
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How can a novice singer develop their tone?

Let's say someone can sing in tune and doesn't have any bad sounds to their voice - but their tone is simply not that nice/interesting. How can they work on their tone to develop it... what actually ...
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What does the word technique mean in Opera singing?

I know that technique is how the singer control her/his voice to make a certain musical effect, but what confuses me are words like 'polished technique' and 'solid technique' ; so what do these words ...
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To what degree would learning music notation help improve singing

I sometimes sing from a song book that contains the lyrics between two staff lines that show the notation for a piano. What I do is to try to listen only to the sound of the music so as to stay at ...