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

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What are the characteristics of Negro Spiritual vocal arrangements?

I've tried several times to write vocal arragnements that are in the style of Negro Spiritual music. Here's an example of the style I'm referring to. Typically, I use simple SATB style arrangements, ...
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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 do you sing and strum guitar chords simultaneously?

In my experience with the guitar, I think I do best with strumming. But it's always difficult for me when I have try to keep singing while strumming. How can I learn to do both?
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What is a depressed larynx?

I'm reading this article about "The Danger of Heavy Repertoire" and I don't know what he means when he talks about using a depressed larynx. What is the depressed larynx technique?
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Before Vocaloid — Early history of voice synthesis?

Vocaloid is a modern musical voice synthesiser package from Japan. It's getting pretty close to a human voice: Compare GUMI (Vocaloid) and Megumi Nakajima (GUMI's voice sample provider; human) singing ...
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How does someone safely develop intensity at an extremely high tessitura?

We've had a couple different questions about extending voice range. This question is probably related more to endurance and tone quality, not just extending range. Find a recording of Dexter Holland ...
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On being a musician and doing weightlifting

I've had no shortage of music and health professionals tell me how strength training (hypertrophy) is bad for anything that warrants muscle relaxation (singing and drumming being two that I do). And I ...
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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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Does environmental (or food/drink) temperature have an effect on the voice?

Does ambient temperature (i.e. winter vs summer) or food/drink temperature (i.e. cold vs hot) have an effect on voice: Texture Pitch/range Strength
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vocal chord protection against nodule

I was recently diagnose with a small vocal chord nodule. I was wondering what are some proper ways to use vocal? I heard that singing with your diaphragm is the correct way to avoid overuse of vocal ...
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How much time do we need to pick up our skills again if we do not sing for a long period of time?

How much time do we need to pick up our skills again if we do not sing for a long period of time? Sorry if this question is very vague but I've done drum and piano before and for some reason--even if ...
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How much louder can a singer go safely above the conversation voice ?

It seems that some increase in loudness is inevitable when going to higher notes. Is there any widely known recommendation or rule of thumb from the voice experts as to how many decibels can a singer ...
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Putting guitar and song together

So, I'm still working on this. I started singing with my playing using hey ya as my first song. (In fact that was the first song I ever played) Ironically I always lose it at the verse that goes ...
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Protecting my voice with a phone job

My day job involves 5 hours on the phone at a time. How should I go about protecting my voice? I have to talk to old people, so I can't always speak quietly.
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Singing: How to pre-visualize harmonies

When singing, I have a good singing voice for harmony--once I've identified the note. However, finding the note is exactly my problem; I tend towards singing the note the lead singer is using if I'm ...
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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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One-to-one techniques for improving ability to sing in tune

There are a number of questions on this site from singers who want to find software so they can work, on their own, on their ability to sing in tune. However, I am hoping to do some one-to-one (and ...
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What are Head voice and Chest voice

Head voice and Chest voice were discussed in this question about natural voice, but despite singing in choirs for nearly 9 years I have never heard of them. Can someone provide a good description of ...
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Can vocal range extrema be reached by a lot of practice?

Wikipedia lists the world records and extremes of the vocal range, can extrema be reached by a lot of practice or were they born with that?
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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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Improving breath support

What are some exercises or tips to help singers improve their breath support?