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There are two terms for this technique: overdubbing and multi-track recording. These techniques are not new, and they are used on practically all music recordings everywhere all the time. These techniques are not only used for vocals; they are used for all musical instruments, and for sound effects in video and films as well. It is safe to say that ...


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It's taken a year or so, but I use (don't ask why) the opening note of Coronation Street (a British soap) that is a C note , the major 3 of Ab. Every time I walk past a piano - several times a day, I hum that note, then play it to check (much to my wife's amusement and disgust). Just done it now, and got in the crack to one side of the correct note. Getting ...


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Strictly speaking, it is not necessary to learn an instrument to become a singer/vocalist. It doesn't help increase vocal range or intonation. Even music theory is not necessary. Music theory helps the singer communicate with other musicians (what key to pick, how many semitones to transpose, etc...) but it won't make him a better performer. However, ...


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Well, yes, when listening to pop and rock music, it can seem like much of the vocal harmonisation moves in parallel motion (often in thirds and sixths), but there are plenty of examples of different motion out there, if you listen out for them. I've always thought that The Beatles used some subtly interesting vocal harmonies. Below are the first 8 bars of ...


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What you want to do is 1. Figure out the required range of the melody (such as for example a sixth, an octave, or an octave and a fifth). That means finding the lowest note and the highest note used for the melody (and determine the interval between those). 2. Fit the middle of that melody range1 best possible to the middle of the average musically useful2 ...


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For goodness' sake, get thee to a voice instructor! Rock/blues stars who appear to be screaming and shredding their vocal cords have taken many lessons in how to produce that sound structure without actually stressing their throat. (or their career is less than a couple years long :-( ).


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Vocoders were originally invented as a way to transmit speech over low-capacity transmission media. To encode: Start with speech as an electronic signal (e.g. from a microphone) Put the signal through a multi-band filter, getting some number of new signals, each covering a different frequency range. Pass each of these frequency bands through an envelope ...


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If you've got a microphone, you shouldn't be getting volume from your vocal chords - if you want louder, turn up the amplifier. Consider that the electric guitarist who's drowning you out is making an incredibly quiet sound, until his amp gets hold of it. If your amplifier doesn't go loud enough, then either you need a more powerful PA, or everyone else ...


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Grab a fake book and start digesting them! "Fake books" were historically completely illegal compilations of lead sheets (containing chord changes and melody lines) used by musicians as a quick reference for any one of the hundreds of charts they'd never seen before. These were completely illegal because no one was paying to license these songs from the ...


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I think you will be hard-pressed to find someone willing to endorse screaming as a viable means of sustainable vocal production. Screaming is hurtful to the vocal folds. The reason why your voice gives out is because your vocal folds are inflamed from the screaming and cannot continue to resonate properly enough to sustain vocal production. This is why ...


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Vocal style I think the confusion here is that there are many different kinds of vibrato, with playing techniques that differ from instrument to instrument and a style and nature that relates both to the instrument and the style of music you are playing. In general, the "classical voice" has a wide unconstrained vibrato, while the "jazz/pop" voice has a ...


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The same challenge can be found with musicians learning keyboards as they have to learn how to coordinate both left and right hands playing together. To accomplish this, students are given pieces that progress from easy to hard and they advance as they are ready. The key here is to break down each part to beats whether you are singing one part and playing ...


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"Tone deaf" is a bit of a misnomer -- if someone truly wasn't able to understand relative pitch, it would show up in their speech patterns. So, usually the term is applied to people for whom discerning differences in pitch is difficult, at least with the precision that is required for music. The fact that you must multitask this process with the act of ...


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Start using a metronome while practicing all your songs. Decide on the best tempo and get the feel down for what you are doing. A producer or engineer will expect you to know your songs inside and out, so be sure to have the groove down. In my experience I have saved money and time by deciding what tempo and groove belongs with my songs before I start in ...


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Loopy is an excellent app which does this. Loopy goes several steps further than a typical loop pedal. It allows for 6, 9 or 12 layered loops. They can be synchronised. You can create half, double, quadruple etc. length loops -- so for example, a one bar rhythm loop under a 12 bar melody loop. You can merge loops on the fly You can operate it using MIDI ...


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The tuner in Logic is designed for tuning instruments, so it takes a moving average. The properties you need for monitoring your singing - a fast response, and accuracy when you're quickly changing pitch, simply weren't design goals for that tool. For the same reasons, a typical tuner from a music shop, probably won't achieve what you want. A basic guitar ...


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Well, knowing every guitar player does it a little different, here's how I myself have set up my pedal-board, and how I know quite a lot of players do it (more or less) Tuner - well, it doesnt (or shouldn't) affect the sound, and you don't want anything before it. Have never seen it somewhere else than at the start Compressor - used to 'even' the sound and ...


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Chat to whoever will be in the control room beforehand, to gauge their expectations and set your own. Will he be a producer, putting in creative input and deciding what gets recorded when? Or will he be an engineer, operating the equipment and ensuring a clear recording, but otherwise letting you run the show? Who will be making decisions such as whether to ...


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It used to be done, from the fifties, with double tracking, where the vocalist would re-record the melody and it would be dubbed over the original vocal track. Since it would not be exact, it sounded as you describe. Quite possibly now, it's done with a slight digital delay and maybe a cent or two of re-tuning.


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Where it's used is irrelevant. No genre demands a particular type of voice, a particular sound, etc. Well, opera demands some special usage of some muscles, but other than that you find all sorts of characters dipping into all kinds of genres. That being said, it is true that a lot of rock artists have higher tenor voices, but that doesn't mean bassier ...


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You're very unlikely to find any sort of polyphonic tonal music that has zero parallel motion. The rules of counterpoint proscribe the use of parallel 5ths and octaves, but not any other intervals (4ths are somewhat frowned upon), so avoiding parallel motion entirely wouldn't be an intent on the part of a composer. The reason that 5ths and 8ths are ...


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I think I know what you mean, I've faced the same issues from time to time. As I understand you're not a professional singer. Yes, a voice should become stronger over time as you train more. The muscles that control your voice will indeed get a bit stronger but to be honest I don't think singing should be compared to weightlifting for example. It's more ...


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Singing is of course something requiring training and/or endurance. If you ask "how do I get to run a marathon", the answer will involve lots of running. That being said, if you are hoarse/strained after two or three songs, that's comparable about being shot after going up two stories of stairs. If that's your starting point of doing a marathon, either ...


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Some of my experiences... Pay more effort on your first voice. Sometimes your voice may be the 1st sound in the song, and sometimes you start to sing after the prelude. Just practice time to time and make sure you are on the correct tone. It is very easy to feel the discord if your voice is off in the music background. You may sing with the band or follow ...


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Things you definitely need : P.A. system - which should incorporate the mixer, eq. and probably reverb. Drum machine. Synthesiser/ keyboard. Mic. Looper with maybe 4 or 5 pedals, to produce differing mixes. This gives the things you maybe don't need : Compressors. Exciters. Pitch shifter, etc. With a decent looper, you can create your own loops and save ...


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One technique I was taught to facilitate limb independence on the drumkit may help you here as well: play only the instrumental part and try conversing with someone. Have them ask you simple questions infrequently at first and try to answer without disturbing the rhythm in your playing, and progress once you're comfortable with that to more complicated ...


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I think this is a matter of vocabulary. Volume is quietness or loudness. Pitch is the frequency of the note. On a piano keyboard: pitch is which key you hit volume is how hard you hit the key "Is it possible to sing the same frequency, say the middle C, at different volumes?" Yes! You can sing any note quietly or loudly. Put some backing music on. ...


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Other answers have addressed things to focus on in the music. That's important too, but another big waster of studio time (with the meter running) for me has been studio conditions. Playing live in your living room, listening to everybody else and adjusting on the fly, is very different from listening to a non-reactive track through headphones. Singing ...


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The "cool air" vs. "warm air" question is a valid one, but doesn't have anything to do with your diaphragm. Diaphragmatic breathing is all about supporting your breath and airstream properly. The issue here is that when your lungs expand, they need room to do so, and expanding down into negative space created by your diaphragm will allow the diaphragm to do ...


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It's called double-tracking vocals. The singer can record the same part more than once, and those parts are mixed together later. It can also be achieved artificially, separating one unique take into two or more tracks, and treating each track with different processes like pitch shifting, pitch modulation, delay, EQ, etc. This is a very in-depth article ...



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