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

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How to avoid the “clogged throat” feeling when singing?

I really love singing. I do it quite often but I get really nervous about doing in front of an audience; even just thinking about it makes me nervous. I guess this is strictly related to everyone's ...
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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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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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Why do I sing a lot better post intense workout?

I've been singing for years but I don't know why I sing so much better post intense workout. It's like I am truly ready to sing no matter what the notes are. I can hit all those high notes easily and ...
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How to sing better in a band situation?

The singer in my band can sing very well. When he is singing by himself playing an acoustic guitar he sounds great. However when put into a situation where he is singing with a full band (ie: studio ...
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Can anyone learn to sing higher?

So, I sing to myself a lot, and one thing that really frustrates me is that I cannot even reliably hit a middle C. (I'm male.) This is basically unacceptable to me even for ordinary shower-singing. ...
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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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Is cold water bad for the throat?

Will cold water affect our throat / voice if we drink it before singing? Also, in the long run (say if you drink cold water everyday), will cold water cause the throat / voice to be "lousy"?
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How can I make my voice sound like a breathy female?

My vocal category is technically "Bass" (not Baritone). But I can hit some pretty high notes easily; I have a wide range. When I hit high notes though, it always sounds unmistakably male I think. I'd ...
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How can I learn to sing and play an instrument (like Piano) at the same time?

I find this a very difficult thing to do, and also not easy to put as much energy into singing, while playing piano. I have started off by just trying the chords on the piano, though it is still ...
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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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How do I train myself to sing pure vowels?

When singing in languages like Italian or Latin (which don't run to diphthongs the way English does), I sometimes find it hard to sing pure vowels, particularly when holding a note for a while. ...
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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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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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Why do I yawn while singing?

Singing almost always make me yawn. I've heard this is due to not breathing correctly, but I'm not sure what that means. What's the correct way to breathe while singing so I don't yawn?
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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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Ways to warm up vocal cords?

What are some safe ways to get my vocal cords without over using them before a practice or performance?
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What does it mean to be tone-deaf musically and how does one improve?

I had a vocal session over the weekend and I couldn't get the sound right on the song I was supposed to present, it was "Nothing like Heaven" by Men of Standard. My instructor said I needed to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Resources for singing

Most of what i know (including my guitar playing) has been learnt without a teacher...i guess i just suck for that kind of learning. I want to learn to sing, but cannot find a viable way that does not ...
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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 food / drink affects vocal characteristics?

I was just listening to a brief interview with Kathryn Jenkins and the subject of "looking after your voice" came up. I couldn't find anything directly about food/drink here so thought I'd ask. She ...
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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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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 ...
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Can I use a tablet for looping?

I'm just starting out and want to use a looper for my voice & a hand drum I need it to be inexpensive. I'm considering getting an Amazon Fire HD 6 tablet ( I also have a MacBook 2007 ,updated ...
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soprano getting worse and worse

Ever since I was 10 I have started singing higher and higher notes. Also at this time I could sing all the way down to the contra octave and still sing some 2nd octave notes. Now I can sing up to F# ...
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Singing seated on the floor: Best position?

I use to sing a lot in large groups of people who are seated on the floor (just on some soft pad or similar). I always find myself not being able to sing well because of the position in which I sit, ...
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I don't like my voice

I’m a 51 year old pro bass player – I play mainly blues and jazz – well that is where my passion is at. I got sick and tired of hiring guitar players that can sing and play really well but were ...
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How to extend and strengthen low end of vocal range? (I need about a whole tone extra.)

There are a bunch of songs that I'd like to sing that sit just under my vocal range (the low E of the guitar range, or the D under it). I can reach these notes with some effort, but it feels forced ...
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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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Will having an opposite gender vocal trainer affect or slow down one's learning?

Just curious to know if this is a significant factor. That is, will a brilliant female vocal trainer be able to figure out and help a struggling male student just as efficient as a male vocal trainer? ...
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What is the best way to learn to sing harmony?

I am quite capable of singing the lead vocal but have a difficult time finding the 3rd or 5th harmony in order to harmonize with someone else. Is there a method of learning to hear or find the ...
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Mixed Voice - The illusive resonance. Any real ways to actually find this (again..)?

I listen to a lot of Iron Maiden, who have Bruce Dickinson at the helm, doing vocals. This man has pipes! He has a signature (somewhat exaggerated) vibrato, which I actually really like. The other ...
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Ranges in the Real Vocal Book

The Real Book for vocalists comes in two versions: The Real Vocal Book for high voice or low voice. What are the actual vocal ranges appropriate for these transcriptions? The publisher’s descriptions ...
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Keyboard and Voice: What is the keyboard playing?

I've "composed" a melody on a keyboard which sounds nice when I play it. Later I incidentally also wrote lyrics which I am able to "sing" to the melody. Due to my lack of understanding I am unsure ...
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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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What is this type of vocals called?

I'm wondering what is this type of vocals, what is the humming with the voices instead of singing words called ?
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Timing issues with audio interface

I've been recording with a Focusrite Saffire USB 6 audio interface for about a year now and I have improved my musical skills over the time, but I still seem to have timing issues. When recording ...
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What is this vocal style called, and how can I learn it?

The vocalist Jonny Craig from bands like, Dance Gavin Dance, Slaves, and Emarosa, uses a technique to intensify a sustained note and/or phrases, and I can't figure out how he does this, and continues ...
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How can I be sure that I am singing effortlessly in my natural voice?

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 technique ...
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Are adult male sopranos / trebles counter tenors?

Under some rare conditions a man's voice does not break as he moves from boyhood through adolescence into adulthood; two examples of such conditions are puberphonia and Kallmann's syndrome. For ...