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Questions related to the use of the human voice as an instrument (singing).

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I'm not a tenor but I want to be a tenor will practise make me a tenor? [closed]

My highest comfortable note is the E above middle C. I want my highest comfortable note to be the G above middle C so that I can be a tenor because I like tenors. Will practise unlock those notes for ...
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How can you tell what note someone is singing?

As someone who sings for fun, how do you guys tell what note someone is singing? The reason I'm asking this is because with an instrument, you can easily tell as long as you memorize that note; ...
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Singing and karaoke

I have a question for people who do karaoke often. If a song is too high for you and you decide to sing it lower by a semitone or two, how noticeable is this? The reason I'm asking is because my voice ...
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Is there terminology for vocals that do not use lyrics in certain parts? [duplicate]

Is there terminology for the below type of vocals, without words, where it almost sounds like the singer functions even more like an instrument rather than singing lyrics, if that makes sense? The ...
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Singing and transposing in the same key

Hey guys I have a question. If I'm singing a song and it was too high for me by a few semi tones and I decided to sing it lower, would I have to also transpose the background music in order for it to ...
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Can vocal range extension be achieved by technique only? Or are exercises the key?

I hear all the time people talking about extending vocal range with exercises, and people talk about mixed voice... can someone clarify those questions for me (that I believe are related to each ...
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What do singing teachers refer to when they say “relax and sing”?

I have heard singing teachers say something like "relax and sing". My understanding is that you cannot sing with all the muscles relaxed. Some teachers say that using the wrong muscles are ...
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most karaoke songs are too high for me to sing

i am an untrained singer, and i did many tests in the youtube videos to check my vocal range.. i can hit (not necessary sing with confidence) the g2 - g#4. is it normal it i cannot sing most of the ...
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Why do many teachers say that singing in pure chest voice is what is easiest for singers?

I sometimes read or hear people, mostly teachers, saying that singing in pure chest voice is what is most easiest for a singer. When I sing my easiest notes I sing a little higher and don't use pure ...
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Is it possible to learn how to sing properly without a teacher?

Can you learn to sing with correct technique only using videos and online courses - without feedback from a teacher that guides you? How much of a difference would it make?
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Are there formal definitions of “high tenor”?

Many people mention terms like "low" and "high" tenors. Are there formal definitions of "high tenor"?
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Are there really pitches that are the most comfortable for a singer and for a speaker?

Many people say that the first thing a beginner should do is finding the most comfortable pitches he/she can sing and then sing there. I myself, a beginner, don't know if "most comfortable ...
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Is it better for the voice to match the music?

I'm 18 and very new to music theory. I was in band and middle school for a year and took Music Appreciation in my senior year of high school. But one thing I never came to understand was sound keys ...
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Problem with hearing singing voice different than the outcome

I have been trying to learn a bit of singing starting last month, but I'm not getting anywhere. I have the problem that the things I sing in my head sound fine to me, but I know for a fact from ...
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Is there a name for the repetition of lyrics in music by a person or group of persons?

In the song BrokEn by Coldplay there are lyrics sung by the lead singer that are repeated by a background choir; Lord, when I'm broken (when I'm broken) I'm in need (I'm in need) I feel that ocean (...
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Why does vocal harmony 3rd interval up sound better than 3rd interval down?

For a given chord, the chord tones are composed via going 3rd, like a C Major is a {Major 3rd, Minor 3rd} or a C Minor is {Minor 3rd, Major 3rd}. The 7th, 9th, 11th, and etc... are also created via ...
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Is there a vocal technique used here? If so, what is it called?

(0:53) I'm looking at this song "Just Hold Me" by Maria Mena which I found to be a very good song in terms of the vocals. Though I'm curious, is there actually a specific vocal technique for ...
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Latin voice denotations in Renaissance vocal music

I see that in the original printings of renaissance vocal music, the voices are labeled with Latin words like cantus, triplex, medius, etc... Assuming that these words denote the ranges of their ...
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How to avoid losing vocal comp on Logic Pro X when recording another take?

In Logic Pro X when I record multiple takes and choose my comp selections. After already choosing the selections I want to come back and record another take, but then I lose my previous comp ...
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Why are doubled vocals usually panned left and right?

Why don't people usually have the doubled vocal go down the middle (i.e. two vocal takes in mono) - and then pan that combination left and right using a doubler plugin. I heard someone say its to ...
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Why can't I sing high notes as a young female?

I am 14 years old and want to become a singer. I have been seeing that most of the singers that are females can usually hit these amazing high notes with no problem whatsoever. Like for example ...
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Singing with face mask?

How does wearing a standard Type I or Type II disposable surgical mask affect the voice when singing? I particularly interested in singing into a good microphone. What modifications (EQ or effects) to ...
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Question on vocal range [duplicate]

I'm not a singer but trained flutist, 22 year old male. I compose melodies but I find struggling to vocalise them. I recently found my vocal range is from B2 to D4, E4 before it breaks. I was ...
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How to find my mix voice? [duplicate]

I have found the famous "passagio" listening to my recording : https://voca.ro/1hIiPM1IKHJa But once I founded my passion how can I find my mix voice ? I don't know
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Come to think of it, who did put the bop in the bop shoo bop shoo bop?

There have been "la la la"s and nonsense lyrics in music since ... well, since a long time back. Why, who could forget that sixteenth-century classic "Nos Galan"? And Nigunim have ...
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What is the purpose of singing pentascales instead of working on ear training? [closed]

What is the purpose of singing pentascales up and down in different keys (transposing it a semitone higher each time) while your teacher plays the piano? This exercise has never really worked that ...
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What does it mean to use the piano as a crutch? [closed]

I had a singing teacher who would play the piano and ask me to sing the notes she played. It could be a single note, a major scale or an arpeggio. When I sang to the piano it would sometimes sound ok (...
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Is this holistic approach, focusing on the relation between speaking and singing, uncommon? If so, why?

I have taken singing lessons from different teachers . Only one, my current teacher, focuses a lot on my speaking voice. This has helped me a lot. She says that she has learned a lot from actors. The ...
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How to deal with voice change?

I am a 14 year old boy and I think my voice is changing. Last year I used to nail notes from D4-G5 in my chest voice and I was always taking the high octave (even with the girls singing) but over the ...
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Does the tenor voice have a falsetto that begins at D4?

I, a tenor, remember learning to sing a certain hymn years ago. It went up to D. It felt high way back then. Nowadays it is not high at all. I would probably transpose it so that the highest note ...
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What does it mean to have a voice of a “tenor 1”?

When I sing I like the higher keys. I do not have that low voice that most people have. Even some tenors have that low voice. Sometimes I sing hymns a major thid higher than the keys found in the hymn ...
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Is it harmful for the voice to raise the larynx on occasion by tensing the larynx elevator muscles?

Is it bad in the long term to do this occasionally in order to achieve a certain timbre? It doesn't seem to cause strain on the vocal folds when I do this, as phonation remains resonant and effortless,...
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What is the meaning of the “chiaroscuro” sound that was considered ideal in Classical and early-Romantic Italian opera?

Apparently, in Classical and early-Romantic Italian opera (the "bel canto" opera repertoire), the ideal kind of vocal colour was a so-called chiaroscuro sound. The chiaro- part translates as ...
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How do people learn to sing if they only repeat notes someone plays on the piano?

Most singing teachers just ask the student to stand in a static posture and repeat notes the teachers plays on the piano. This has never worked for me. I have issues with the method: "just hoping ...
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Is it really that difficult to play the piano when you sing?

I have noticed one thing when watching opera singers perform in concerts. Most of them don't accompany themselves when singing. Here I am talking about piano and vocals. I am not sure I have seen ...
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Does your ability to simultaneously play and sing deteriorate?

I read an interesting comment: Clapton may be one of the greatest guitarists of all time, but he has never, not since 1970, been able to sing the chorus to Layla at the same time as he plays the ...
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HELP me find the name/brand of these two stringed instruments

so I've been browsing around to see if any knows what instruments these guys are playing but no one seems to know
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What is this thing that they do in Cosi fan tutti?

I hear some people talk about singing as something that is extremely connected to speech. Some even say that we must first begin with the speaking voice before we start to sing. I did an interesting ...
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What does a singing teacher refer to when he/she says that a singer should use the ears and listen?

Sometimes singing teachers say things like: use your ears and listen when you sing. To me this sounds a bit crazy. I would say that what most people do is focusing on feeling the notes rather than on ...
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How can I mix vocals well, with only a single line of recording?

Basically, whenever I produce a song, I tend to record two simultaneous lines of vocals, with some distortion added. This sounds pretty good, but I really don't know how to make a single line of ...
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I'm a 17 year old boy who has been described as a Tenor, but somehow I feel like my voice hit a brick wall [closed]

First of all I have no idea how to warm up because somehow it feels pointless. second is that one day I would sing high and a few days or a week later it would seem like my voice is struggling to ...
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Can’t sing anymore

A year ago I was able to sing what I want and my voice was nice. One day my voice changed and did not come back. 3 doctors checked my vocal cords and other things, and all results were good (I also ...
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Vocal harmonies in Grateful Dead - I Know You Rider [closed]

I'm a total beginner in singing and I'd like to learn to sing this song with two friends: I Know You Rider by the Grateful Dead. There should be three voices (Jerry, Bobby and Phil), but I'm not even ...
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Isn't it just that the only people who need to sing in the higher keys are the higher tenors like me or the higher sopranos? [closed]

I have heard that beginners need higher keys when singing. People sing too low today they say. Why then do people like organists and other people who studied the voice choose the lower keys? I though ...
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Is modern music intentionally sung off-key? [closed]

I'm not very musical (took piano for a year, when I was a kid, was pretty bad at it), so maybe I'm completely wrong about this, but I feel like much of modern music is being sung off-key. As a ...
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Are Layne Staley's vocals on the studio version of Alice in Chains' “God Smack” possible to replicate live?

On Alice in Chains' 1992 track God Smack, Layne Staley's vocal tremolos seem pretty far-fetched to me. I'm guessing the effect was applied in the studio during the recording process. Nonetheless, I'm ...
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Why can I hit notes more accurately on humming and vowels than on words?

When practising a song, I noticed that it's easier to stay on pitch when singing vowels like "pa pa pa , la la la, etc." Why is humming or singing vowels easier than singing words? Is the ...
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What is it called when the vocal parts move to the harmony above

What is it called when there's 3 part harmony, and each part goes to the part above them(the highest part goes to the octave above the lowest part)? For example, in this video: at 1:16, the highest ...
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How is singing operette different from singing opera?

I sometimes hear people being refer to as "an actor and operette singer". Many actors, especially in the early 20th century, who were good singers sang operette. Many people who do not even ...

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