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In Western music, based a 12 note chromatic scale, there are fixed frequencies that are named notes. Picking an octave at random, and using A4 = 440 Hz as a reference, here are some frequencies in Hz (that is, oscillations per second) C4 261.63 C#4 277.18 D4 293.66 D#4 311.13 E4 329.63 F4 349.23 F#4 369.99 G4 392.00 G#4 415.30 A4 440.00 ...


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"Countertenor" is not a well-defined term. It was sort of coined by Alfred Deller, having a more masculine flair than "male alto" (originally just "alto" as differentiated from the female "contralto"). Deller's beard also served to stress the "male" character of the singer. Male altos at the time were quite established in English choiral singing but not ...


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Try recording either the output of monitor speakers along with your singing, or at least rerecording the signal you are getting on your headphones on a separate track with your singing. Is your singing off-time with regard to the rerecorded track? If so, it is your singing. If it isn't, then you are having latency. Figure out whether your soundcard ...


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You are hearing the device's latency - the amount of time it takes to process the signal in & again out of the computer. You can reduce the latency, depending on DAW software, by reducing the buffer size used for the interface - but this is at a cost of increased processing power required. The usual solution is simply to not listen to the throughput ...


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This is a pretty broad question, but in general I think a score is going to be preferred over a lead sheet in almost all situations. In particular, a well-arranged piano score and NOT a PC score most of the time, as many PC scores try to jam in as much information about the orchestration and are extremely difficult to sight read. The reason is that, short ...


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The biggest thing is simply practice and experience: the more you do it, the easier it gets. It doesn't help so much for the present, but it means that if you do this again next year, it will be easier. But here are a few tricks for this year. Highlight your part. That way, it stands out from the others, so it takes less concentration to find it when you ...


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I agree with Tim, although playing around with the resonance can definitely be fun! Vocal resonance is the result of the shaping of the throat and mouth, something known as the first and second formant tunings (but I wouldn't worry about the terms just yet). In order to find great resonance you must be able to freely adjust the vowel sounds created by your ...


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The simple answer is - none. There have been many bits of software over the years claiming to be able to do it, but frankly, unless the vocal is clean, dead-centre & has no effects on it, you're not going to really get anywhere at all. The purported method is to split the stereo track, then phase-invert one side; which sounds horrible & only ...


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Sure. I think the majority of countertenors employ falsetto for considerable parts of their range. Check out Ombra mai fu in the version of Jochen Kowalski, a countertenor mainly employing falsetto. That's certainly a valid/serious singing style. His hallmark role indeed is "Prinz Orlofsky" from the operette "Die Fledermaus" which is a comical role, and ...


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My inexperienced ears tell me the high sound is disconnected from the low. Plus, the high sound is pretty thin. Thus, I don't see it as head voice. Going a bit off topic: Head voice is a tricky concept. I have just covered it with my vocal teacher and, to be honest, it's not something you should force yourself to do. It is something that comes naturally as ...


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Only the more expensive studio condensers and some live performance mics have good built in pop filters. Some vocalists don't have a big problems with plosives, but others like myself do. The built in pop filter on the SM58 is hardly sufficient - you can cut a piece of carbon fiber (about the size of a silver dollar), unscrew the mic grill - and push it up ...


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iOS is far more well supplied by music-related apps than Android. I've heard there are reasons in terms of how audio hardware is done but that may not be true - it might just be that because Apple is known for being used in creative areas, this drives the market. Either way, you can get some amazing software that will work on even a previous-generation iPad ...


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Acoustic guitars have approximately the same range as male vocals. So the notes that it 'heard' were within the sound range it was produced to amplify and project.Had it been an acoustic bass, for example, the resonance would have been less. Bathrooms have a similar property, but usually have a particular frequency that gets amplified. On the guitar, there ...


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Well, there are only 12 correct pitches per octave. If you are not on pitch, you are more likely than not somewhere else. Imagine a target range with 30 equally-spaced popup rods you have to hit as they go up randomly. Afterwards the judge, not knowing which rods went up and when, gets to tell you how good your aim is. He'll be able to tell you if you ...


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As far as I can tell she is using an open voiced technique or at least something similar to it. This being said I am not an expert in Bulgarian singing so I did a little research to confirm my above suspicion. This article/interview confirms that suspicion. Not that one source ever proves something. However, after watching the interview I am pretty ...


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This style of singing is known as singing with an aspirate tone. It is desirable in pop music for many reasons that are not necessary to list here. You can create this sound by not moving an adequate amount of air through your vocal cords; the result of improper vocal resonance and escaping air produces the aspirate (raspy, airy, wispy) sound you find ...


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It is called Scat singing. Per Wikipedia: In vocal jazz, scat singing is vocal improvisation with wordless vocables, nonsense syllables or without words at all. It is pretty common in Jazz. Singers used it to 'solo' (cause they had no instrument).The song you provided is jazzy so I think scat singing is the correct term here. Here are a few examples: ...


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Repeating the cantus firmus (c.f.) would not have been wrong at all, and it is done a lot. However, there are other options of course: You just play the harmony, i.e., the keyboard plays moreorless only large choords in some proper way, by both hands. The right hand plays another melody that you think out. There are several possibilities: You can play a ...


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Bulgarian vocal music, like that of many Eastern European countries, is charactarized by a very different vocalization technique than what we in "Western" countries are used to. The Western tradition of classical singing is closely tied to the Italian "bel canto" school of singing, which is all about achieving a much more tall and vertical resonant space in ...


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hitting the written notes is different than singing in pitch. In pitch means you are not slightly flat or slightly sharp. This is pretty easy to hear when you have a decent musical ear (ie you are not tone-deaf.) Most of the public can tell when someone is singing on pitch or not, cuz if they aren't, it sounds "off-key" (sour). As for the other thing, ...


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It is possible that some few people in this world are tone deaf and can not achieve this for various reasons either ear and or brain related. For the rest of us it is achieved through one of two skills, tone comparison and perfect pitch. Imagine the music in a horror movie (a great example is the shower scene from psycho). Hearing even the slightest ...


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Well, sing a soft song only intended to be heard by one person. Problem is, you are at a party with a din and she is behind three doors. So you want to be heard over the noise without raising your voice, and it still needs to be pleasant rather than some screamed thing. It's a throat/mouth/tongue shape thing that needs adjustment dependent on pitch and ...


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Usually with SATB the lyrics are just under the dots.That's because the same words may not always be sung at the same time in each voice. Learning the lyrics as in a poem means there is one fewer thing to look at - then the notes can be followed more easily. If you can find recordings of the pieces, them listen to them while following the sheet ...


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To me both sound like falsetto used to great effect in combination with microphone technique. In the lower range, both use a breathy kind of falsetto with incomplete closure (which is what most people occasionally using falsetto end up with). That's good for a "husky female" variant. In their higher range, they use reinforced falsetto (with good closure, ...


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Although I'm a big fan of Android for most purposes, Android is not really there when it comes to applications for live music performance. The Android music apps that do exist suffer from latency problems. I believe these are caused by a combination of the Android OS not having music as a design goal, and of the broad range of hardware platforms it runs on. ...


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Perfectly valid in modern styles too. As user15575 mentioned, Prince & Michael Jackson were famous exponents of it. I recall this example from the 80's - though not as polished as some of the more famous examples, the singer in this (Jimmy Somerville) stays in falsetto for the entirety of the song, even down to his lowest notes. ...


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It is easy to forget that your vocal chords are muscles. They need warming up and cooling down just like any other muscle in your body if you want to progress and prevent injuries. If you find you have little endurance singing, a warm up might make the difference between shooting your voice out early and being able to sing for much longer periods. This can ...


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Well, first your won descriptions make it very likely that you get the pitches all wrong. A5 is about the top pitch for a choir soprano, and you state that it is in your non-falsetto zone. My guess is that you've checked your pitch on some chart without taking into account that tenor parts are these days generally written one octave higher than they sound ...



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