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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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There's an excellent book by Gerald Klickstein called The Musician's Way that is the best treatment of this topic I've come across. Klickstein is a guitarist as well, but the methodology he advocates is applicable to any instrumentalist Keep a practice log Split your practice time among these broad categories: New material Developing material ...


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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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Sounds to me like he's pushing his voice a lot harder to get over the band volume. In an acoustic situation, he's singing in a more relaxed way, but put all the instruments in, at a volume which is probably unnecessary anyway, and the sing becomes more of a shout. By turning up his mic a balance will partially be restored, (but his ears will still tell him ...


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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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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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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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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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Craig, the other answers all address the possibility that his "singing nowhere near as good" is because he's getting drowned out by the other band members. There's another possiblity as well. If he sings very well by himself, accompanying himself, that doesn't necessarily translate into singing well with other people who are accompanying him. It's a ...


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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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A few things: This is questionably on-topic, because the material in your question seems to address your accent much more than it does the actual technique of vocal production. You didn't record yourself singing, for example, so I am presuming that's not really what you're looking for. That said, much of the discussion here applies equally well to music ...


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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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First off, we need to distinguish between range and tessitura. Your range is the complete set of notes that you can sing, including head tone and falsetto. Your tessitura is the range in which it is most comfortable for you to sing. Both of these change over time, and particularly for male voices, those changes can persist well into a singer's thirties. As a ...


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I agree with Tim. A lot of bands tend to crank up their instruments way too loudly which is unfortunate. Everybody wants to be heard. Vocals are crucial for a vocal based band and the band should really work on mixing. Things you can do are make sure that the Vocalist can be heard clearly over all of the other instruments, especially the lead guitar and ...


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As a vocalist, you will probably never sing more than one note at a time (although as jjmusicnotes pointed out some vocal styles sing multiple notes) and most likely it will be a note in the key the song is in so if you can sing all the notes of that scale you should be good. Even if you sing an arpeggio of a major, minor, or seventh they are usually just ...


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We are talking about two kinds of breathing: Costal breathing, the lifting of the ribcage, and diaphragmatic breathing, the manipulation of the diaphragm, which is the most powerful muscle in the body and which sits just below the lungs. Proper singing involves a combination of costal and diaphragmatic breathing. However, raising your shoulders and raising ...


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When your shoulders rise, you engage your ribcage with a mixture of breath work and other mechanical business. Both disrupt the connection to the diaphragm where you want to anchor the base of your breath control and resonance. Controlling breath with your rib cage is like trying to run with your calves. Of course they are involved, but you don't want to ...


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Vowels are formed using formants: the basic characteristic particularly of chest voice is a "pulse train" which has lots of harmonics. Those harmonics are then amplified or dampened depending on the shape of the mouth. The strongest surviving harmonics are called "formants". Basically, one hears the mouth shape under the "lighting" of the voice box, and ...


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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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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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The answer is almost everyone can learn to sing. There is a small percentage of people who suffer from amusia, which encompasses "tone deafness" and the ability to distinguish between different pitches. For such people, learning to sing is exceedingly difficult, because they cannot hear that they are making a mistake, so they can't even really tell what ...


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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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It mainly depends on the RANGE of the song in question.In a song which has notes too high to sing comfortably, it needs to be lowered. Let's take it down a tone. This could make the highest notes easier to sing, and would make the lowest notes only a little lower - no big deal. But - if that song was moved down by a 4th, then the lowest notes would also be a ...



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