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

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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 ...
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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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How can you tell if the singer is in pitch?

Just found this site. I'm an adult piano beginner. I just started studying music for the first time in my life about a year ago and am loving it. It's fascinating. I've been taking piano lessons. ...
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Singing in key/on pitch [duplicate]

Ok, so basically I have recently created a youtube video but unlisted it because was not sure whether it was ok. So I asked one friend and one of the feedback he gave was that I was singing off-tune. ...
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Teaching a student to match pitch

I'm a piano teacher and I currently have a student that is taking voice lessons from another teacher. Our lessons involve me accompanying her and discussing interpretation and style. She has some ...
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Growling in heavy music

I have enjoyed the vocals of the singer Angela Gossow for a fair number of years now and I'm very interested to learn more about the Growl style of vocals in heavy music. Is this style of singing in ...
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Vocal practice and vocal range [duplicate]

Could I have some working techniques to help the voice improve even more. I would also like to know how to increase vocal range.
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What is the name of this musical symbol (squiggly line)?

If you look super close at the music chart, you will notice that the last notes of each part (for example, the low G in the bass part) has a squiggly line attached to it. What is this called, and can ...
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Male Whistle Register?

Firstly, I'm a 15 year old male (soon to be 16) and since my voice changed because of puberty I couldn't sing as well as I used to. (I was in a church choir and one of the nuns told my mum that when ...
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Trouble with low notes

I was wandering if someone could give me some exercises for singing low notes cause I've been having trouble sometimes I can hit a Bb1 and then I can't I just turned 15 and for alittle info my voice ...
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Singing while playing guitar [duplicate]

I want to sing while I am playing guitar. either I miss the strum or I miss the tempo of my voice. How can I combine these two?
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How long to learn/understand/master mixed-voice technique?

I recently began taking singing lessons twice a week. I am a low tenor, with my highest note being G# above middle C. I advised my coach that I want to sing as high as possible, in the post-hardcore ...
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How can I make my voice raspy?

Is it possible to get a raspy voice like that of Chad Kroeger of Nickeback? Are there any exercises or techniques that can help me with this?
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What is the difference between with or without legato in singing?

In singing specially classic music, what is the difference between when the legato is written and when it's not they all sound the same connected line?
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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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Sing along to connect my ear with my instrument (guitar)

I would like to learn and improve my jazz improvisation and soloing skills. Many places I am reading about the importance of singing along to improve my ear. It is completely reasonable, however I ...
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Is there a way to find out 2nd and 3th voicing? [closed]

I was wondering if there is an easy way to find the 2nd or 3th voice of a melody line?
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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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Singing for the first time at the age of 53

I'm a bass player so I decided to start singing because I was sick of relying other guitar players that could sing but were difficult to work with. I fell in love with singing. This is how I'm ...
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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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What is this kind of singing called?

I'm not quite sure how to describe it, the genre is swing if that helps. Please see the link below which starts at around 3 minutes in:
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Voice parts singing

What does it mean to sing in unison and in parts...?! For example singing in unison, all voice parts might sing: d r m f s l t d but in voice parts soprano might sing: d r m f s l t d ...
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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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The best solfege key for a choir warm-up?

I have to warm up an amateur SATB choir, and I'd like to do a bit of playing around with solfege. Over the course of the exercises, I'd like have singers go from a low to a high "do," or a whole ...
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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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How to extend the range of your voice?

Since taking lessons is a very expensive thing these days, I'd like to know some tips on how to extend the range of the voice and maybe also on how to switch from one register to another without ...
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What is this technique of singing called ?(bass effect)

I have searched google and asked alot of people but no one could answer me. I want to research this way of singing, it is like having a bass effect while singing, what is this technique called ? ...
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Extend lower range

I'm 14 years old my vocal range is it may sound crazy for 14 year old but B1 to about C5 I would like to extend my lower range can anyone help?
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How to play guitar and sing at the same time?

I would like to sing while playing the guitar, but do not know how to keep with the rhythm. How many strums are needed before someone must sing? I am confused, how i can try it?
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Help Please. I'm in need of some assistance in my singing [closed]

I really really want to get into singing. I've always been very interested in singing but I've never thought that I had a singing voice at all because of my deep voice but it turns out that I have a ...
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Is this head voice/mixed voice?

I have been a curious student of singing for a long time on my own now. Basically scoured the Internet videos/forums, etc and practiced on songs that I like to cover. The way I sing has consistently ...
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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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Talking with the audience in a show [closed]

How long is most practical for talking to the audience to create interest? Why talking to the audience is important to create excitement? When is the best timing in a performance for talking to the ...
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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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Using Head Voice

I have a very flat, bass voice. I can sing my bass notes brilliantly, but the problem is when I go to higher notes. I heard that the head voice can solve this problem. But how do I use it in my voice?...
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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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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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Is classical singing with self-accompaniment ok?

My child (12) takes both piano and classical singing lessons, independently. I have noticed that her song sheets sometimes also contain the accompaniment line, which she may be capable of playing. The ...
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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 ...