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

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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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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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For recording vocal and piano, how to position microphones of the “pocket studio” recorder?

I need to make an audio recording of performing vocal and piano (acoustic piano, two different performers), using the "pocket studio" recorder (Tascam DR-07MKI if the model matters). I cannot bring ...
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Are parallel octaves okay in other styles of music?

In a musical theatre piece is it wrong to have lots of parallel octaves in the voices?
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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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Why can I sometimes find a note, other times not?

I'm doing a bit of choral work in a tiny choir - one each of SATB typically so often there's nobody good to follow! I'm finding we might have a phrase which goes D3-A3-C4, E4-C4-A3. Up to the £ I can ...
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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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Is bassy vocal tone okay for rock and metal singing?

After extensive practice and using my diaphragm I've found my full voice tone being pretty bassy. (Even when singing high, the tone is still pretty bassy.) So, is this kind of a voice used in rock/...
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Why do men and women have different pitch?

I experienced that men and women have some difference in pitch. Suppose, normal men can sing a song around middle C comfortably, women will have some difficulty, either its a little low or a little ...
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What does it mean to “not have a singing voice”?

Yahoo Answers (busterwasmycat): Experience has taught me that I do not have a singing voice. But in practice, I tend to sing from my lungs and speak from my mouth. What is that person trying ...
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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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Tips on sounding less nasal

Kind of strange question, but I am wondering if there are any tips on changing the way your voice sounds. I am not looking for any dramatical improvements, but I am wondering if there are any small ...
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Voice trills unintentionally when singing high-pitched notes

I'm not an experienced singer, so I suppose I've got plenty of knowledge missing when it comes to keeping my voice in shape. Whenever I try to sing a high-pitched note, my voice inadvertently starts ...
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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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Always Having To Swallow When Singing?

I am a singer, and I do believe that I have a nice voice, but my nerves tend to kill me. I've always had a nervous problem when singing in front of audiences, even a small part. I always swallow ...
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Why do female opera singers use head voice?

Why do female opera singers mostly sing in the head voice? Is this a stylistic thing, or is it because it's harmful for the voice? Is it wrong when a mezzo-soprano sing mostly in the mixed or chest ...
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Methods in Singing Synthesis

I want to know more about the latest attempts to create synthesizers for singing. I would ideally like to know more about both the most widely respected algorithms/models as well as mainstream ...
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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 common is to use the pitch correction (autotune) effect for vocals?

Many vocal processors I see on the market feature and advertise the pitch correction. As I understand, they use the sound input from the instrument (analog or MIDI) to decide how the note should ...
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What is the difference between a soprano and a mezzo soprano

I am referring to opera singers. I know that soprano have a lighter voice and higher range up to C6 while mezzo soprano extend to only A5 and have a denser voice but what make the singer a Mezzo with ...
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Holding a long note without wobbling

As an untrained, inexperienced singer, long sustained notes really show up my lack of skill. Whether singing or even humming, I can't keep a single long note from wobbling badly. I can hide this in ...
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Is classical singing with self-accompaniment ok?

My child (12) takes both piano and classical singing lessons, independently. I have noticed that her song sheets sometimes also contain the accompaniment line, which she may be capable of playing. The ...
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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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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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What is a baritenor?

I've had a lot of trouble over the years finding a clear resolution over exactly what kind of voice type I fit to. Among the various theories posited over the years (including by voice teachers) was ...
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How much time should be spent on vocal warm ups for children's choir?

How much time should be spent on vocal warm ups for children's choir, aged 9 - 13, in a 30 minutes lesson?
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Is microphone useful when singing pop for a small audience?

When learning to sing pop music (not classic), I have difficulties in taking the highest notes. It seems that I can do this, but much more silently than I normally talk. Would it help to try ...
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How is vocal fry used in singing?

I only came across this term recently. Wikipedia explains what it is quite well (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocal_fry_register) and I came across this introductory video which uses it as an ...
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How should a boy who has already started to go through puberty learn to sing in falsetto?

Inspired by How can I safely extend my vocal range The above question had a great answer. I would like to know what, if anything, is different about learning to sing in falsetto. (My son wants to ...
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Why does my voice crack while I'm singing and how do I prevent it?

Every once in a while, I'll have a time when no matter what I do my voice cracks even though I'll be singing like I usually do. What causes this? Am I singing too much? Does my excess mucus problem ...
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My Throat Hurts When I Sing

Every time I sing, my throat ends up hurting and I can't figure out why. My vocal teacher doesn't know why either so that doesn't help me at all. She said she thought that maybe I was trying to be too ...
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How to prep vocals for a gig?

Okay I finally have the opportunity I have been looking for for a while, I'm going to be doing my first big vocal performance at a big gig (big in my bands opinion not in expert opinion) with my band. ...
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What is this 'tone' of voice called?

When listening to various pop opera or opera pieces, I sometimes hear the singer make their voice suddenly 'more masculine' for a particular part of the song. I'm not quite sure how to describe it, ...
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How to deal with situation when you can follow background song but not sing independently?

After half a year of learning (roughly 30 one 60 min lessons) my child can now almost perfectly follow the song when the same melody line is performed at the same time by other vocal, or even piano or ...
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Parallel key modulation while sight-singing

Although I can recognize modulations by ear, I'm having difficulties when I attempt to sight-sing a modulating melody that passes from minor into parallel major or vice versa. An exercise from the ...
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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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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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What really is a proper way of singing?

i have been trying to sing for the longest time and i still suck at it big time. First off, im a seasoned musician who can tell if a guitar or piano is out of tune so i can recognize pitch but singing ...
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Growling in heavy music

I have enjoyed the vocals of the singer Angela Gossow for a fair number of years now and I'm very interested to learn more about the Growl style of vocals in heavy music. Is this style of singing in ...
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Sing along to connect my ear with my instrument (guitar)

I would like to learn and improve my jazz improvisation and soloing skills. Many places I am reading about the importance of singing along to improve my ear. It is completely reasonable, however I ...
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How to play guitar and sing at the same time?

I would like to sing while playing the guitar, but do not know how to keep with the rhythm. How many strums are needed before someone must sing? I am confused, how i can try it?
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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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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 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 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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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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Effectively using singing games for vocal training [duplicate]

What are productive ways to use the "Rock Band" video game as part of a vocal training regimen? Are there any bad habits/practices that singing along with this type of game tends to promote?
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Why can I only reach high notes after an extended warm-up session?

I am a countertenor. In order to reach the soprano range, I need to warm-up for an extended period of time, usually within the span of 30 minutes to 2 hours. Think of it as crafting a key for 1 hour ...