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

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Be a bass without studying [closed]

I was listening to Pentatonix and suddenly a question popped up in my mind: is it possible to be a bass without studying years and years? My girlfriend graduated at a conservatory/music school as a ...
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How do I practice to create a finer tone?

When I sing my voice produce more air than tone, as a result it sounds husky. How do I practice to create a finer tone? Also my voice is very timid, how do I practice to make it sound bolder?
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Finding pitch of first note when starting a song

Something I really struggle with when singing is finding the first note as I start a song (singing + playing guitar), or when there's a big jump such as going from a verse into a high chorus. Without ...
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Am I a baritone or a tenor based on these points? [duplicate]

I am a 15 year old male that is confused about whether I am a baritone or a tenor. My lowest note that I can hit(barely audible) is a G2 and my highest note is a E4 or F4 in full chest and straining ...
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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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Replicating chord tones

I've been engrossed in Jazz music for 8 months now. Since I've had 9 years experience on guitar, I can usually pick out and sing the melody being played. However, chord tones and their harmonic ...
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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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Am I a low tenor or a high baritone?

I'm a 13 year old singer, my voice already dropped (I think), i don't think it is likely that it'll change a whole lot more. But anyways, my vocal range is : E2-B5 (a lot of low tenors have this ...
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Should I buy an Audio Interface for USB microphone?

I am completely new to the recording world, please help (even there are dumb questions from me). I bought the AT2020USB mic, but I heard a lot of people said a condenser microphone plus an audio ...
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Why does singing high notes seem to strain my vocal chords more than low notes?

One way I fulfill my desire to perform music is by playing in a band and a duo as the lead singer (with my guitar). We play mostly cover songs. Some shows last as long as four hours but the ...
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Develop a richer singing tone?

I have a pretty decent mastery of my range as a tenor, I can go from G2 all the way up to C above middle C pretty darn comfortably. But a lot of spots in my voice sound really thin and stringy, ...
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How to prep vocals for a gig?

Okay I finally have the opportunity I have been looking for for a while, I'm going to be doing my first big vocal performance at a big gig (big in my bands opinion not in expert opinion) with my band. ...
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What kind of baritone is this voice & is it learned or naturally acquired?

I understand that there are different types of baritones. I am aware of a few such as the Dramatic Baritone, Dramatic Bass Baritone, Lyric Low Baritone, Verdi Baritone. One of my favourite pop ...
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Is there a way to lower your falsetto threshold?

When I go down the notes with falsetto, I reach a point where my voice cracks and I go into my normal chest voice. My question is, is there a way to lower this 'threshold' before going into chest ...
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Help with falsetto

I can sing falsetto for short periods of time but it sounds terrible when I drag the note out. Can this be improved or am I stuck without falsetto?
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Physical problems during singing

I don't know if this is related to signing specifically, but I noticed that when I am signing and I hit a powerful, held note, pushing all of my vocal power forward (to the point of slightly affecting ...
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Not sure what voice type I have

I'm trying to decide whether my voice type is bass or baritone. I'm an 18 y.o. guy. I never had vocal education, I just sometimes sing or hum for fun. In chest voice I can do E2 - E4. The lower end ...
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How to sing in mixed voice without tensing/raising larynx?

I've always had problems with tensing while singing. I used to pull up chest to hit all my high notes. About a year ago I finally found my mix and was able to hit the high F-B range (I'm a baritenor.) ...
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When singing, is singing “rough” bad for your larynx?

A good example of what I'm talking about is when Van Morrison sings with that "raspy" voice in, say, Real Real Gone (especially the new recording on "Duets"). When I try to mimic the raspiness, it ...
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Is Sideshow Bob out of tune when performing Englishman?

In the chapter Cape Feare from The Simpsons, the Sideshow Bob character sings a couple of excerpts from the H.M.S. Pinafore opera. In the last bit he performs "Englishman", you can hear it here. With ...
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How much can I expect my vocal range to improve with high quality vocal training

I am a 22 year old male. My range is currently E2 to G#4 and I am untrained. How do I fare compared to your "average joe" singer in terms of the size of my range? I understand that there are plenty ...
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How effective are vocal lifts and how do they work?

I read that there is a plastic surgery which repairs some of the damage caused by age and misuse of the voice called a vocal lift. What are the effects? How does surgery and speech therapy help ...
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Is there a name for the technique where a singer uses the falsetto register on releasing a note?

As per the title, is there a name for the technique where a singer (especially a female one) voices a pitch in the falsetto register on releasing a note? Examples include:- Alanis Morissette You ...
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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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Learning how to sight sing without prior singing

I am starting music school (masters prep program for adults who have a bachelor's degree in something non-music related) and along with theory, I will need to learn how to sight sing. I am a 28 year ...
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Enquiry to Male Passaggio and Vocal production in classical music

I am a male in my 20s and have begun voice lessons recently. The teacher said I am most probably a light tenor. Out of curiosity, I have attempted an upward scale and downward scale in my natural ...
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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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Feeling like a hair stuck in my throat - could it be a “singing injury”?

I've felt for a few days a bit like I've got a hair stuck in the back of my throat - but I figure after that length of time it can't actually be a hair. Is this something singers would recognise as ...
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Accompanying notes to higher key

Are there slightly lower notes a vocalist can sing when the key in a song gets a little out of his/her vocal range? Of course, without the song losing something. Particularly at 5:39 until the end of ...
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What notes to sing with chords

Ok, lets say you are playing a guitar and you have a song with 4 chords ( C D Am and F ). Should I sing the C note for C chord and D note for D chord and A note for Am and F note for F chord ? Or ...
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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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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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I am a singer who has problems with tempo

I'm a singer and I have a decent voice. But I'm getting really frustrated because I can't seem to get my timing right while singing during live performances. I have no problem singing along with a ...
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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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How to remotely listen to acoustic piano accompanist, so they can record a track with no voice, but at my tempo?

I'm a singer in NJ, my accompanist is in western PA. He needs to record himself playing a piano accompaniment at my tempo and interpretation--my voice is not to be part of the recording. So we need to ...
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How to mic an upright piano to record singing and playing?

I have a pretty standard upright piano and I'd like to move some of my playing+singing from guitar to piano as a way to get more comfortable playing chords. I like to record myself - just for fun or ...
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Chest voice & Head voice? Or Chest voice, Throat voice AND Head Voice?

The concept of chest/voices is pretty basic, but I feel more like I have 3 main sections to my range: Chest voice, from the bottom of my range to about G3 Throat voice, which has some sort of tone ...
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Are there any good vocal training apps for ios? [closed]

Are there any good ios apps for vocal training? When I say good I mean containing exercises and stuff to help me learn to sing better. Smule sing and those type sound really off key and out of ...
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Problem determining vocal range

I am having trouble working out my vocal range. At first, my vocal instructor was convinced I was a tenor. However, I had to sing some songs in a lower range. Upon hearing me sing, he was surprised ...
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What is a typical volume range for a singer?

I have always struggled from having a quiet voice, both singing and talking, but have no easy way to measure my singing volume objectively - I know when I was in a singing group for fun I had to be ...
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How can a shy singer get feedback?

I like singing, and while I've got more comfortable with the sound of my voice over time, I still don't really like it, and I'm massively self-conscious about anybody hearing me sing. I'm so jealous ...
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How does one sing with vibrato?

I was reading this quesiton: What is the importance of vocal vibrato? I realised while I know what vibrato is, I have no idea how one does it. What does a singer physically do to utilise this ...
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What is the importance of vocal vibrato?

I would appreciate an explanation that addresses the following questions, and hopefully offers any other related insights: How does it help the singer? How does it help the listener? Is one expected ...
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I want to record but am nervous about it, why, how to get ready?

How to prepare to record a song. How to choose a song. Why am I nervous to record? the technology, the cost, or to hear myself.
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I'm a bass and I need to know what a Russian bass vocal range is

My range extends down to a low D; I forget how high I can go. I'm 14 years old and my music teacher is saying that I'm a Russian bass. What exactly is a Russian bass voice?
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I don't like my “head voice”, is there anything I can do?

I'm a man in my 30s with no singing training and virtually no experience singing in choirs but I do sing a fair bit (every Sunday at church). I think I'm a baritone although I am not certain to be ...
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Does a person have a biological lower and upper limit with the tone one can achieve with his/her voice?

I want to be better at singing and I'm taking voice lessons for that. However, one of my main concerns is my voice range. I have a low voice and because of that, I can rarely find a song that ...
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What is it called when singers very rapidly change pitch while singing the same syllable of text?

I have been wondering whether there is a term for the technique singers use when they sing one syllable of text over a large number of different notes very quickly. There are examples of this in ...
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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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How to improve piano accompaniment for singing

I am an intermediate level piano player. I am able to figure out the chords for all the songs I am interested to play, but it always sounds plain to me. I usually play the chords like a rhythm or like ...