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

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Question about head voice and high notes

Isn't the head voice where you feel the vibrations of singing in your head, whereas the chest voice is where you feel them in your upper chest? I am confident I have sung in chest voice several times, ...
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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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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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Is there a name for this ending tag?

I'm talking about the last notes of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" -- the accompaniment cuts off suddenly on a i chord where its progression ought to end, and the vocals continue to riff for a second. Is ...
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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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What instrument can help increase your lung capacity and vocal projection?

I am interested in picking up a musical instrument which can also help increase my lung capacity and vocal projection. Trumpet, trombone, and saxophone are some of the instruments cross my mind, are ...
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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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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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Learning to free-form harmonise when singing

Recently I've started trying to harmonise when singing in church, as the only place I regularly sing with a large group of people. I'm finding it really hard and I wondered if anyone can suggest how ...
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How to “saturate” one's voice using sound engineering effects?

I'm studying guitar and I'm trying to sing in the meantime I'm playing. I was wondering how to saturate one's voice such as in Alizee's song at 2:27 "Le flower power Est mort de sa belle ...
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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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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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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 immediately....
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Singing Evolution: could I ever achieve the voice I want?

Background: I love all types of music. I was raised listening to Elvis, British Invasion bands, blues, soul and the like all from the general era, but my love I constantly return to is rock music: ...
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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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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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Inhaling for a good breath support, through the mouth or the nose?

Inhaling through the mouth can be fast and leads more naturally to a good deep breath, but hitting the back of your mouth with dry and cold air doesn't seem to be the most healthy thing to do. On the ...
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How can I tell if I (or other male singers) are using falsetto or head voice?

There are some related questions: What is the difference between male head voice and falsetto? (but the accepted answer answers a different question) How to differentiate between head voice and ...
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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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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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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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Learning to play multiphonics on a brass instrument

I would like to learn how to play multiphonics on brass instruments. (I am referring to the kind of multiphonics that are produced when singing/humming a note whilst playing another note.) I gave it a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to notate extended vocal techniques (i.e. inhaling)?

While the Wikipedia article indicates many types of extended vocal techniques, their notations are not available. Despite hearing such effects in modern pieces, I've never had the chance of knowing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Songs suggestions for a capella agnosticist choir? [closed]

We've set a choir at work, and we rehearse every week. We've made a lot of progress thanks to our teacher, but we mainly sing religious songs, and it bothers some of us (As well as the other ...
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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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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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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 I'...
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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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Singing with allergies and asthma?

Save your voice while being sick but it gets blurry with allergies and asthma. I can hear an allergic reaction from my voice before I can feel anything, like playing Singstar and a pet visiting. The ...
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Regaining falsetto after a cold

I occasionally use falsetto/head voice in singing and more generally, I use my head voice sometimes when I'm speaking. But whenever I'm sick, my head voice goes away for literally months. Well after ...
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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: ...