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

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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 make my voice raspier/grittier? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I do rough vocals without hurting my voice? Some days when I'm singing, I seem to have more "rasp" to my voice, and I'm not sure what to attribute that to. ...
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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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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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How to read lyrics and music without getting lost?

I can read music enough to follow a vocal line but have never sung from music before. I've ended up in a festive choir and am finding aside from the problems of singing something that's not the tune, ...
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How to find your vocal range using the guitar?

There are other questions on this topic, but they're very unclear on which tone is which in singing vs guitar. So if my lowest singing note is G (3rd fret e bass string) and the highest is G3 (15th ...
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Is there any correlation between passaggios and tessitura?

Particularly for male singers, is there a relationship between where the singer's "comfort zone" (tessitura) and where the passaggios lie? For instance, will the upper range of a singer's tessitura ...
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Most common/versatile effects chains for vocals and guitar

Being brand new to using audio effects of any kind, I'm just wondering what are the most common effects chains used for vocals and the most common effects chains used for electric guitar? Of course ...
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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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Lead sheets vs score at vocal auditions: Changing standards?

I just discovered this video from 2 years ago in which the musical director and vocal coach Jake Anthony argues that there's been a shift in standard for auditioning (presumed musical theater or pop ...
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Identifying Vocal Harmonies

I have been trying to improve my songwriting, and have hit a block when it comes to vocal harmonies. To train myself in this regard I have been listening to a lot of Beatles tunes and other rock ...
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Singing the third instead of the root/melody

I play the guitar and sing for fun. I have some understanding of music theory but not much. I've been told a couple of times that I was singing the third. I also noticed that when I play around ...
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What is a “vocal coach?”

What is a "vocal coach" and how does it differ or is specific in comparison to the vocal learning / training in general?
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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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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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How to differentiate between head voice and falsetto?

What are the characteristics used to determine if something is sung in head voice or if is falsetto? If we take the line “No, I don't want to fall in love…” from Chris Isaak's Wicked Game, is this ...
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What are “sweeping phrases”?

I am studying music, and English is not my first language. In the follwing sentence, what does "sweeping phrases" mean? Does it have a special meaning? "Laitman’s vocal melodies have large, ...
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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 does a man warm up his mixed voice?

I have gotten into my mixed voice in the past when working with a vocal teacher. But now I struggle to get there. Any suggestions?
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Singing on pitch with visual cues

I am currently learning to sing by myself and having visual feedback to tell me if I hit the right note or not would be very helpful. I am trying out the Melodyne software and its great because it ...
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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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How should I control my voice while rapping?

I am working on a drum 'n' bass song, and I'm planning on rapping for a few measures for effect. I'm terrible at singing and, since I write electronic music, have rarely recorded any samples that I ...
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When to start Vibrato (on any instrument)

As a bassist, I spent a lot of time with music teachers who told me I took too long to start vibrating. The example they gave (Jeff Bradetich, UNT) was of opera singers who begin vibrating ...
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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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Which type of microphone is optimal to use for the singing piano player?

A piano player obviously cannot use a hand held microphone. From that I have seen in various shows, it is possible to use a bigger microphone what is attached to the stand and positioned in front ...
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What is this voice used by female singers in Bulgarian folk music?

Bulgarian folk songs are sung in a very special type of voice which I have not heard elsewhere. The singers have a normal voice when talking, but change when singing. Can you tell me more about it? ...
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How to get rid of nasality in singing

Whenever I sing I can notice my voice is overly showing nasality and I hate it.I tried to keep my tongue flat rather than bulging to touch the top surface of the mouth. But nothing works exactly as I ...
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Avid Scorch and Other Apps to Understand Lead Sheets?

I just got done with a class where, as a vocalist, I was require to provide and understand lead sheets... Honestly, normally I just print out chords and remember the song (more or less) -- but I saw ...
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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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Voice classification and voice types: how can voice be classified based on range?

How can voice be classified based on range? What system is typically used? Which voice types are there? What are their ranges? Are there other less-known or alternative systems?
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Should you shape your voice consciously or try to find a natural voice?

I have a pretty average non-distinctive voice with which syllables like "a", "e", "i", and "u" sound pretty cool. Sometimes, I try to shape up my voice consciously to sound better using nasal ...
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Should my air be cold when singing?

I am a beginner singer, and during some singing classes I took the teacher showed me that when the air is coming from the diaphragm, it is a little cold. She showed me some exercises and I learned how ...
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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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Vocal Melodies: Suitable Training [closed]

My biggest obstacles with singing are two things: Identifying suitable notes on the fly and keeping pitch. I play guitar, have been for many years and I have always been singing along with it. I can ...
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Enquiry to male voice

I'm a 24 year old and have just taken voice lessons recently. The teacher classify me as a tenor. I notice that when I descend from a high note, I will have tendency to go off pitch. It is as if my ...
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How do I know if I am using mixed voice?

I am practicing singing on my own for fun. I am trying to practice mixed voice, but I am having hard time distinguishing my head voice, chest voice and mixed voice from each other. From the sources I ...
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Why does Tom Waits' voice sound the way it does?

Do singers like Waits achieve a "gruff" vocal sound by some sort of technique, or is it just from smoking a lot?
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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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How do I transition smoothly going up or down while singing without strain or breaking? Is mixed-voice the key? How do I work on it?

I've been trying to learn singing for sometime now and have gone through dozens of videos and articles understanding voice/vocal folds/registers/bridging/exercises-lip-trills-apreggios..etc,. since ...
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How to sing higher head voice notes more quietly?

Is it possible to sing the higher notes we access by using the head voice? Why are higher notes so much louder when sang, and attempting to sing them very quiet often results in voice cracking? As ...
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How to improve singing?

I am 23 years old with no musical experience, besides 5th grade choir and me trying to learn to sing on my own. Music is my passion though and it's my dream to be able to do it for a living. So is it ...
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Can body size and fitness level change affect the performance of a singer?

There is a similar question to this out there, but is NOT identical. Does weight and/or body frame have anything to do with singing? My question is : CAN fitness level and/or body size improve ...
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How much time is needed to “get back to shape” after a long period of time without singing?

For example, if one goes without cycling for 5 years or even decades, he can get back to speed pretty much within an hour, maybe two. For drum and piano, it may be longer, maybe a month or two. What ...
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How to sing “like a girl” for men?

I recently discovered that some men (with normal adult male speaking voices) can imitate female singers pretty convincingly, at least to the untrained ear: ...
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Balance between pressure and fullness in singing

I am looking for effective ways of minimizing breath pressure on the cords while singing. That is without getting a weak or thin tone but a chesty and sometimes slightly held back one. Think Michael ...
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Is there a tradeoff between vocal flexibility and safety?

I would like to learn to sing, ideally with a large variety of textures. In my googling, it seemed widely accepted that classical vocal styles were safer (reducing long term voice damage) than ...
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What are the effects of steroids taken for asthma on the throat and vocal abilities?

I have asthma and I was wondering what are the effects of steroid inhalers taken for asthma on the throat and vocal abilities?
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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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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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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 ...