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Simple solution - record yourself and play it back, to yourself and others.Do it a capella after giving yourself a key, and play along to the recording;and while playing guitar,You'll soon find out.It also sorts out good friends from bad ! Playing and singing with others also gives good feedback.


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You can use software to analyze your voice. There is software that will draw a chart of what you sang (the frequencies you sang), where you can see how close or far you were from each note. Some options include Melodyne, Waves Tune, Nectar, Canta, GSnap. There are a lot of options out there, from all the price range (some free). On these charts your voice ...


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Why does my singing sound OK when I'm playing the guitar, or doing scales, even though I don't have perfect pitch? Because you store (memorize) and recall (sing) distances (relative pitch), not addresses (absolute/perfect pitch). The information you use is the amount of change in each note in relation to the last one, not the actual frequencies of every ...


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Inflammation. What inflammation is is the engorgement of tissue with blood in response to that issue releasing a signaling chemical (histamine) that dilates blood vessels. That is why inflamed tissue is redder than usual. Theory is that the body has this response to rush additional white blood cells to the site of a lesion. (An allergic reaction is one ...


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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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Learning to create your own vocal harmony part along with a melody is often something that musicians learn intuitively, through listening to a lot of music, but also by singing in a band or choir. Having said this, there is nothing wrong with taking a short cut towards gaining this skill, by using a little musical knowledge. You can create vocal (or any ...


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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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This answer actually has two parts: Melisma is when a vocalist sings multiple pitches on one syllable. When you hear music in this way, you would say that the music is melismatic. Coloratura is a "coloring" of musical figuration meant to embellish the musical line. In Handel's time, much of the embellishing was improvised over the written line. It also ...


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I think it will be difficult to answer this question in exactly the way you framed it because these voice types are not something that exist in nature — they are categories conventionally agreed upon to describe a complicated natural phenomenon (or, I'd argue, confluence of phenomena). The best analogy I can think of is asking what percent of people are ...


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Well, a pillow. The problem of most silencers, namely different response and resonances and sound characteristics is, of course, acerbated since the voice is very much driven by sensory and acoustic feedback. So that is not a realistic solution. More realistic would be a practice chamber, namely a sound-proofed cabin you build somewhere in your apartment. ...


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It's interesting that to me your example doesn't sound natural at all. To me it seems that the sound was intentionally designed to sound unnatural. I guess "natural" is a pretty broad and somewhat subjective concept, so for simplicity we will define "more natural" as "inducing less change" and "less natural" as "inducing more change". I can think of 4 ways ...


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The unfortunate thing about singing is that you can do your voice and yourself damage if your technique is wrong or you over exert yourself. It's for this reason that I would say getting personal feedback is a top priority; however this doesn't mean you need to shell out hundreds on a face to face teacher. you can: Join some singing forums Sign up to ...


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There's quite an interesting change that happens in your voice when you're healthy. In men, it causes the voice to deepen and become more sonorous, and men with deep voices are perceived to be more attractive and healthy to the opposite sex. Your better vocals post workout are likely down to an increased lung capacity, and better blood flow. I'm tempted ...


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Although the two terms are often conflated, and although there are plenty of situations where the difference isn't noticeable, the intended difference is that portamento is a relatively quick pitch slide between all or most of the notes during a melody or melody section. The pitch slide tends to come only at the very end of the note, more or less during the ...


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I can't recall ever seeing it, but do people use pop filters in a live/concert/performance setting? I see where you are coming from. We see all these vocalists almost eating the mic and screaming and doing things that should flood the sound with loud plosives, but they don't. And they are not using pop filters... Or are they? In fact, they are using pop ...


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Good question! The answer requires at least a little music theory. Vocal melodies (or any melodies, for that matter) are likely to use the notes within accompanying chords to some extent. However, melodies are unlikely to only use notes within the accompanying harmony (chords). In fact, melodies would be rather dull if they did! Depending upon the style or ...


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I have two answers, but first a caveat: I'm a singer, and I firmly believe that, as a singer, a solid technique should let you sing in any style — but rap isn't really my thing (like, I don't even recognize the name "Mike Shinoda"), so my advice is going to be about basic, healthy vocal technique in general (especially for men, which I'm guessing you are one ...


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You are correct: I would not be appropriate to cough or clear a throat during a Western classical vocal performance. It is for this reason that many vocalists will carry water out with them and will drink during a break between movements or while resting. If a vocalist absolutely must cough, it is excusable to cough between movements or songs during a ...


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I would like to expand on @jjmusicnotes' answer. When a number of notes for one syllable are written out in the sheet music by the composer, the term used to describe this is melisma. When the performer chooses to add additional notes in an improvisational manner (notes which are not written out by the composer), the usual term for this is ornamentation. ...


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What you are referring to is vibrato, not tremolo. All singers use some amount of vibrato. These days the use of strong vibrato is mostly associated with opera singing, but this was not always the case. Vibrato helps you sing louder, and with less fatigue to the voice. Some singers learn to sing with a little vibrato or a lot, and learn how to control how ...


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When you are singing from your diaphragm correctly, every breathing muscle on the way up has an influence on the breath pressure. When you lock stuff up, fewer muscles are involved. Which means fewer things that can go wrong. When children start walking, they may lock their knees to reduce the variables they have to keep under control. It's not the ...


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My music history professor stated flat out that Handel's English text setting was just plain bad because of his poor understanding of the language, and this was his Exhibit A. There is also the Golf Song: "FORE! Unto us a child is born!" I think he could have done better: "All WE, like SHEEP, like SHEEP have gone astray" but that's just my opinion. ...


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Can 'do' be any pitch one wishes?, i.e. does this mean everybody chooses their own key to sing in, transposing the music while singing? A movable 'do' can indeed be any pitch, however, in a group setting, the entire group must use the same any pitch. Otherwise, you get unintended multitonality, and chaos! If needed, the group's leader could pick a pitch ...


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There are already some good answers on how to learn technique, and just getting out there and singing. I wanted to give some ideas as to how to listen to yourself outside your head. One method to listen to yourself is to use an audio recorder. The average phone will be adequate, although if you have higher quality equipment, it might be better. But speed ...


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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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Have you tried a vocal teacher/coach? Find a good teacher who will be honest with you. Ask them to give you the honest truth, upfront. Also, they should be able to help you improve your singing as well, which will make your situation all the better. Also, as you sing more and more in public, you should not only become more comfortable, but also a better ...


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As some other people have already mentioned, find a reputable vocal teacher to give you lessons. I myself am a bass baritone and have been taking singing lessons for the past 2-3 months or so. Before I had been struggling not only with range plateaus but worse yet, with plateaus in technique (or better said, lack of technique). Obviously, I am still ...


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Getting your pitch right as a singer is about as important as setting your foot where you intended as a dancer. I would not really take this as a metric of vocal progress of a "singer" even though there are successful singers astonishingly off-pitch (particularly noticeable with long notes). Being off-pitch makes it unfeasible to sing leggiero lines, ...


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One cannot really tell where a voice type is heading, and it very much depends on what you end up being long-term comfortable with. To give you an idea about different voice types, I just made a recording showing the difference between chest voice, head voice, and falsetto over the same range. It's not all that surprising that using chest voice and ...


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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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