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

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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 ...
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Singing software

What are software options that will tell you where you've gone out of tune in the performance of a given song? Better if it can work with any song file or has a wealth of community-content. Sort of ...
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Vocal Resonance and the Acoustic Chamber

As a student of vocal singing, I've had trouble developing a full resonant sound, especially across my entire range. On accident I had my guitar hole placed near my head and I noticed in a particular ...
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Pop filters and dealing with plosives in live performance

I was just listening to a recording of a performance I did a few weeks back, and couldn't help but notice the ridiculously explosive P's and B's. I'd obviously like to avoid this. I can't recall ever ...
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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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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 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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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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How to remove vocals from a song? [duplicate]

I want to create a karaoke version from existing songs. What technique can be used to remove the vocals from the songs?
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Is falsetto a serious type of singing style for a man?

I always thought it was something of a joke, used in comedy skits or all-men productions where there are female parts. Is it actually a valid/serious singing style? Not to be confused with your ...
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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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How to expand falsetto range?

My non-falsetto vocal range is about E3-A5 (those are the absolute limits, but really I only feel comfortable singing from about F#3-E5) [I'm an adult male]. I'm not very good at singing in falsetto ...
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Live Vocal Effects because I don't like my voice

I'm looking for suggestions for vocal effects to be used in a live setting. I'm not a bad singer, I just don't really like my voice... in fact I'm not a huge fan of female vocals altogether. Its ...
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Knowing when your throat is open

My vocal teacher notices quite often that I have a closed throat when singing. My problem is I don't have the physical awareness to know when my throat is open or closed. What are some techniques to ...
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How to sing major minor and seventh chord in a song?

A song might have different types of chords like major, minor, seventh, and so on. We know different types of chords play with our emotions differently. For example, seventh chord creates tension in ...
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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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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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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 do I know when I'm singing in key?

I absolutely love to sing and do so on a daily basis, usually in the shower or while practicing guitar. When I sing it sounds fine to me and I don't think I'm off but I have this fear that I'm ...
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Singer “benchmarking”

Are there tools or techniques around to "benchmark" singers? What I mean is: if I'm not performing up to my goals, I want to know what I'm lacking and what type of training I need to go through. ...
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How do I know when to stop singing?

Assuming you complete a vocal warmup, I'm wondering how you know when you've overdone it and should stop singing. Is it normal to feel a bit of strain in the vocal chords? How much strain should you ...
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Vocal attack technique

I was wondering if anyone has any good exercises or practices for matching pitches and singing in key. I've found that I have a bad habit of starting a half step lower or higher than the note I'm ...
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What pitches for singing “Movable Do”?

Considering that everybody has their own most comfortable singing range: when using the 'movable do'-system for solfège, which pitches does one choose to sing the various syllables? Can 'do' be any ...
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How can I add a solo soprano stave in finale?

I would like to add a solo soprano stave to my sheet, can anyone tell me how to accomplish this? I'm also using Garritan Personal Orchestra 4 and would like this stave to play back with a solo voice ...
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Percussion notes in the vocals

This an excerpt from an arragment to the song "Hakuna Matata" from the movie "The Lion King": Why are there percussion notes in the vocals?
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How to practice singing quietly

I want to practice my singing but I can't do it properly because I have neighbors; my question is, would it work if I made a practicing cubicle with soundproof all around it? I am not sure if ...
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Are there any breathing methods for Rap vocals?

I am looking for handy vocal techniques for maintaining my flow during rap. This technique(s) will have to help me maintain my breath during rapping. I seem to be trying to hold my breath too long but ...
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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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The Musical Effect of a Unison Ensemble

Upon reading sheet music for black spirituals, I discovered something unusual: As you might notice, the bass, tenor, alto, and soprano parts are all singing the exact same notes throughout the ...
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I want to join a Barbershop Quartet. How can I prepare myself?

My grandfather was a great singer and I think I inherited his musical ability. I'm still a beginner but I really enjoy singing, so I decided that I should join a barbershop quartet like he was in. Are ...
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In “All we like sheep have gone astray,” are we laughing with Handel or at him?

Nobody can ever sing — or practically even talk about — "All we like sheep have gone astray" from the Messiah without noticing that the words "We like sheep" are prominently accented, in a way that ...
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When was Screaming vocals actually invented, and by whom?

I have heard many different tales and stories of who invented the scream in music. From the likes of people saying the Led Zeppelin, Motörhead and Ozzy Osbourne era of metal were the ones to introduce ...
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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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I want to improve my voice and singing

hello guys I'm 20 years old, I'm music freak. i love sing songs and rap of Linkin Park and especially of Mike Shinoda and Eminem. My friends told me that I can sing better than common people, but my ...
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iPad app to live-sample vocals and repeat the sample in the background

Hopefully someone here knows of any iPad app (any app is ok! I'll buy it!) that has a way that I can sing through a live microphone and then when I hold down a button (on a midi controller or the iPad ...
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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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How to use choirs in epic music

I'm relatively new to MIDI orchestration and would like to start using choirs and vocals in my tracks. I understand using them to emphasize hits and climaxes, but I would like to imitate songs like ...