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I wish I could point you to some scientific studies; I cannot. But I can speak on the basis of a lifetime of my being a semi-professional traditional choral singer and soloist who has a university music school degree in singing. I have extensive experience with a cappella choral singing, with singing accompanied by piano and organ and orchestra, and even ...


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Are you a singer who is primarily looking to increase your vocal performance or are you actually interested in learning the instrument for the instrument itself? I would say these two things are different. Because if you are really only interested in singing, then there are plenty of vocal exercises you can do to increase all of the things you want and much ...


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There are rather few synergies between the mechanisms of playing most instruments and singing, to the degree that it makes no sense to pick up a particular instrument except for the sake of playing the instrument on its own. Lung capacity does not really change all that much and it is rarely a limiting factor in singing: it's much more important to focus on ...


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There is far more to singing than just the vocal folds. Much of the sound of a singers voice is shaped and influenced by muscles in the throat and face (including your nasal passages). So even if food does not come into contact with the vocal folds themselves, certain foods can have an effect on other parts of your vocal tract that can affect your singing. ...


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Like most things (I think), it's both. You have to have the physical strength and agility to sing well. Arpeggios require quick movement of vocal chords, and sustain requires strength of the diaphragm as well as breath control. However, knowledge of how these things work, the best practices involved in singing, knowledge of how your particular body works, ...


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The answer, and I am serious, is "noise". "Noise" is defined as sounds that do not create a repeating oscillating waveform, which is to say that they do not produce a pitch. All instruments have components of their sound that are types of noise. Many percussion instruments, including drums, produce more noise than waveforms with pitch, but percussion ...


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Amplification is nice for singing because you can add a little reverb (a mild echo quality that makes you sound like you're a professional, singing in a hall). It's really cool; and the day I got a mic and a small amp with reverb was the day I stopped sounding like someone singing in his bedroom, and started sounding like a singer. Having noted that, I ...


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Don't let yourself be fazed by reading confusing things about Maria Callas' voice. During the years making her famous as a singer, she covered a ridiculous breadth of soprano fachs, partly at the same time in different productions. In her diva years, her voice deteriorated but she still swept the audience with her interpretation and stage presence. At any ...


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If playing a wind, reed or brass instrument could improve your singing voice, then this would have been a standard part of vocal training for centuries. But it never has been, and it is not. It seems that you have imagined this idea yourself. Learning an instrument while you learn to sing is certainly a good idea from the standpoint of becoming a ...


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These are some instruments that can help you increase your lung capacity: treadmill stationary bike stairmaster … if you play them 4–6 sessions per week at medium to high intensity. They will also help with projection by improving your endurance, relaxation, posture, and diaphragmatic power and control.


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From the comments you make it sound like you get unwanted noise picked up as well. Human spatial hearing in natural environments is rather good at sorting it out and ignoring it. That does not work when recording. My first attempts to record with high-quality low-noise equipment led to some frustrations. Listening to the monitored signal, I got puzzled ...


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For what you are doing, you probably want an external i/o with a mic preamp. You can get a reasonably priced one from an online vendor that has a single XLR input, phantom power, and an instrument line in. You will likely want a better microphone suitable for your application. At a basic level, a USB microphone would probably suit


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If what you need is a microphone, and the internal microphone is not giving you the results you want, you should just get a USB microphone.


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"Waist training" (progressive use of corsets) is habit-forming. Naturally, it will progressively affect singing. Breath support is different since you are singing into the elasticity (or rather its absence) of the corset rather than your rib cage and there is progressively less elasticity and abdominal musculature to sing into. With progressive waist ...


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The separation of mind and body is a fanciful idea, a myth. The brain is connected to a nervous system that has more neurons in it than the brains of most animals. In fact, the human hand has more neurons in it than the brains of most animals. If you touch a hot stove with your hand, your hand itself will decide to pull back from the hot stove. It won’t ...


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I think the answer is yes on both counts. Singing is an athletic, muscular activity, but it involves rather tiny muscles in the larynx, throat, face, head, mouth, tongue, you name it. Breath support in the chest and abdominal muscles, which are larger and more powerful, also comes into play. However, when you learn to sing, you don't approach it from the ...


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Mezzo Soprano refers to the range of voice that lies between the contralto and the soprano voices. A mezzo-soprano or mezzo is a type of classical female singing voice whose vocal range lies between the soprano and the contralto voice types. The mezzo-soprano's vocal range usually extends from the A below middle C to the A two octaves above (i.e. A3–A5 ...


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Learning to make a consistent tone throughout your vocal range, and controlling that tone, has a lot to do with learning to control the places where the resonance of your voice is focused. Your voice comes from your larynx, but it resonates in different parts of your body. It's all mysterious and intuitive rather than strictly scientific and physiological, ...


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I'll be honest. For glam rock, power metal, and quite a few others, tenors and high baritones rule. Certain types of music prefer baritones because the baritone range tends to be the most singable by the majority of the population. However, if you are an actual bass, you can probably take a few tenor songs down an octave, and it can sound quite awesome. ...



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