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

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Why is it common to use slow practice when learning melodies on the piano but less common when learning to sing them?

I have been told by many piano teachers to practice playing melodies slowly, ie using slow practice. I have never really been told by singing teachers to do slow practice. Why is it common to use slow ...
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What is the difference between singing piano (dynamics) and how most adults sing softly (with lower volume) when singing eg. lullabies?

Many adults who sing lullabies for children use more of a soft voice with low volume. What I have been told is that playing an instrument or singing in piano (dynamics) isn't that easy. My experience ...
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What would be the difference between using the laryngeal tilt and vowel modification for higher notes?

I have been told by singing teachers (all "classical") that I should sing down to the higher notes. To that sounds like they wanted me to use the laryngeal tilt. I've been told that by my ...
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What is supposed to happen when people hit the note that is the beginning of one's passaggio?

I read a lot about how eg lyric tenors have a passaggio beginning on D4. This is actually a bit confusing. This would mean that all lyric tenors have the same physiology and that it doesn't change ...
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What do people mean by the term high tenor?

What do people mean by the term high tenor? The term is mentioned on Is there any correlation between passaggios and tessitura? The term was also used by a singing teacher I once had. She said that I ...
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Is daily vocal workout a must for a professional singer?

It's no doubt that being a professional singer requires a certain extent of innate ability/talent. But even with that talent, does that singer need to practice every day? If yes, what is the purpose ...
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Am I a low tenor or high baritone? [duplicate]

So I feel like this question is asked alot but I genuinely feel like I am definitely one of these two. I have a lower speaking voice like the Ab2-G2 area, but also my speaking voice is some of my ...
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How do I develop an Iron Voice? [duplicate]

I was recently cast as the lead in my school's musical. I normally sing bass 2 but will be singing up and beyond my range for this show. The problem I always seem to have is that my voice deteriorates ...
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How should I indicate variable capo position in a score?

I write songs for guitar and voice. Let's say for a particular song, I put the capo on the 2nd fret because this is what fits my vocal range for the melody. For another person, it could be the 3rd ...
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How to stop from losing my singing ability [closed]

I am writing this here to get some solutions on my problem where I am not able to sing now. Actually, I have moved from my hometown in the North to Bangalore around 5 months back (for job) and since ...
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Multiple Notes Sung for A Single Word

What is the term when a singer uses multiple Notes for a long word? Not one syllable, but an entire word? An example of this would be Solar Fake's song, "Just Leave It." The word is ...
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What do you call it when someone sings a melody and simultaneously plays the exact same melody?

What do you call it when someone sings a melody while another instrument plays the exact same melody in unison? For example: "Crosstown Traffic" – The Jimi Hendrix Experience, intro: a ...
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Polyphonic singing techniques (singing multiple notes at once)

I'm basically looking for the possessed oracle sound with my voice. I want 2 distinct notes and I want to be able to speak it. I've tried a bit of stuff already with no success: Subharmonics (relaxed,...
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How to do pitched screams across the passagio?

Connecting chest and head voice (mixed voice) in clean singing and false chord modulation ("grit/rasp") works rather well for me. Pitched false chord screams work fine both in the chest and ...
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Functional ear training vs interval ear training for singers

Do singers use functional (scale degree) ear training method or interval ear training method to find a reference pitch from the accompaniments to start singing in key? for example, the accompaniment ...
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How can I find a reference pitch when I practice singing a song by ear?

If I listened to a song for enough time, memorized the melody and the vocals of the original singer removed and now I am left with just the accompaniments playing in the background and I am going to ...
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Learning to sing a song: sheet music vs. by ear

Every time I want to learn to sing a new song, I get sheet music of the song and practice playing the melody on the piano before practicing singing it to match the pitch from the piano, memorize the ...
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How to dare to whistle or to hum in public?

I am 27 years old and I just discovered (with my autistic trouble) that some people hum or whistle, for example while walking. I am jealous of that because I don't succeed in doing the same. So... how ...
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Do I need to know every note I am going to sing?

If I am learning to sing a song do I need to know what notes and chords are in the song to find my reference pitch for the first note I am going to sing or singing the first note happens unconsciously ...
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Small chest voice range A2-D4, can I learn to sing higher? [duplicate]

After learning to sing for a while, my total vocal range is around A2-Bb5, can sometimes get a weak breathy G2 or strained C6 in falsetto. What confuses me, is that my chest voice can't pass the wall ...
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What's the musical term for when the third and/or fourth measure of a phrase in a children's song is exclaimed instead of sung?

I have noticed this phenomenon with several of my child's toys and children's cartoons where they sing. Basically, on the third and/or fourth measure of some phrases, the singer of the song will ...
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What do "breathy voice" and "full voice" mean?

In vocal pedagogy some people talk about "breathy voice". What does this term refer to and how is it different from "full voice"? I should add that breathy is also used for the ...
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Best practices for singers to recover from losing one's voice [duplicate]

I am the lead vocalist in a rock band, and I recently nearly had to cancel a performance because I'd been sick and had almost completely lost my voice a few days before the show. Thankfully I was able ...
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Female singing a song written for a male vocalist

I am a singer at my church. Oftentimes I have to choose a song written for a male’s vocal range, which means I have to sing the song in a male key but with my soprano voice. What is the official term ...
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(temporary) Change in vocal range after straining my voice [closed]

I have noticed that when I strain my voice (intense, hmmm, singing as a part of the public in a rock concert for instance), the next day my vocal range extends greatly in the low range (I'm almost ...
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What is the best way to notate an arrangement and melody for a low singing voice?

I am a bass-baritone singer and am trying to figure out how best to write and and arrange my music so that I can have the best representation of what I will be performing and recording in my studio. ...
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Does the human voice qualify as noise?

If we follow a common definition of noise, which is an aperiodic signal... Then is voice a noise? I've read lots of definitions on a certain free encyclopedia, but it could be that due to the nature ...
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I thought I’ve sounded good while singing along to my music, but when I recorded my self after 1 year of practicing, I think I sound horrible [duplicate]

So, for the past year and a half I’ve been practicing my singing by simply listening to my music and singing it out loud in a shed in the back of my house. In December, I got a little studio to record ...
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Do I have a really low voice, or does every pop singer have a really high register

I had a tendency to sing most pop songs an octave lower, but now that I noticed and started singing them properly, I have noticed I cannot reach most pop songs at all, at least without falsetto. Like, ...
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Should I be consciously moving larynx when doing vibrato?

Aspiring classical singer here. Lately I've been experimenting with vibrato when singing by essentially just moving my larynx up and down gently but rapidly. I've certainly been able to produce a ...
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What Causes the Changes in Singer Voices Like Mick Jagger's?

His voice has gone from fairly musical/tonal to being more shouted than anything else. This was at least somewhat inspired by a recent question about the effects of smoking on a voice over time. Is it ...
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Can smoking allow a singer to sing in a way a non smoker couldn't?

A lot is said about how singers shouldn't smoke because smoking ruins their voices. However, there are certain singers known for being smokers who also have a typical hoarse smoky voice. When I listen ...
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Learning to sing: Some songs i can sing straightforwardly other i really cant is this normal?

I've been learning to sing for a year. And I noticed some great improvements but there is one thing that happens to me that is totally strange: When I listen to songs, there are songs that I can "...
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What's the name of the "warbling" vocal technique in "The Tale of Jenny and Screech"?

In a song by Ren, called The Tale of Jenny and Screech, there's a musical technique that I've heard a few times over the years, but never known the name of it (if it has one, as I'm sure it does). It'...
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How is my singing? [closed]

Am I good enough for busking and open mics? I am also a song writer and wishing to record an EP soon. Am I good enough though? Would value some honest feedback :)
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when you only sing in F#

Tim Minchin sang this song: It is called "when you only sing in F#". Apparently the song is really funny. If you know music. I do not know music, hence I am ...
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What can a modern DAW do with analog sounds?

It's been several years since I last found much time to indulge my music hobby but I'm starting to think about it a lot lately so I want to get back up to speed a bit, at least conceptually. When I ...
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What do opera and musical singers do in order to feel the pulse of the music?

In opera and musical singers often have to feel the pulse without having an instrument showing it to them. In La donna e mobile there is a waltz accompaniment but many arias or tunes do not have an ...
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Is there a separation between the speaking and singing voice in classical singing pedagogy?

I've been think lot about what classical singing pedagogy is all about. One could say that it is a lot about the sound, ie people singing with what is referred to as the laryngeal tilt. This is not ...
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What is this vocal technique called and why is it used?

Some opera singers do something with their voices that to me sounds a bit silly. It is probably a stylistic element that id difficult for me to understand. Richard Tauber's Dein ist mein ganzes Herz ...
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How is singing operetta and schlager connected?

I sometimes read or hear about people who are operetta singers. They don't sing opera (even if some did). They sing operetta. Many of the operetta singers are also non-musical actors in film or ...
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Solfege - why don't I just sing the numbers?

When practicing singing, I found myself naturally singing the number of the Key instead of the Solfege. So for example singing London Bridges Falling Down was 5 6 5 4 3 4 5 . . . vs ...
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My voice chest range is D#2-G#4.What is my voice type?

I extended a little my voice chest range recently.It was G2-D4,now it's D#2-G#4.1) How to determine the type of voice by range? Chest or chest+head or chest + head + falsetto? 2) What is my voice type?...
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Vocal fry plus? Does this John Lennon singing style have a name?

I recently learned the term "vocal fry" from an online singing lesson on pop singing styles. Now that I know what it is, I should think this is an effect instantly familiar to most people, ...
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Do certain workouts damage our neck for singing?

I am 19 years old boy , and a beginner in singing , inspired by artists like One-Republic , Conor Maynard ... I'm no old in online singing courses (like 5 months) , but I've been practicing some ...
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How to Practise Singing Live with Bad Sound Systems

Last night I hopped on stage and sang at an open mic in a hostel. The sound system wasn't great, and I found it really hard to hear myself relative to the music. Probably I was singing painfully off ...
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How to turn block chords into arpeggios

I have written a chord progression using block chords and now I would like to turn this into an arpeggiated two voice texture. Is there any advice that someone could give me on how to do this with ...
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Interval recognition : should I use reference songs?

I am at the beginning of my journey to learn singing. To master interval recognition, my teacher and many people recommend using reference songs (the first 2 notes of the song corresponding to the ...
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Question about Duncan Laurence - Arcade [closed]

I'm trying to sing this song. Maybe someone can explain to me. If you look at music sheet for this song(https://musescore.com/user/31196819/scores/5480313) you see that after "I carried it, ...
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Difficulties matching pitch after the note was played

I am trying to become decent at singing, and I have noticed some difficulties in matching pitch, if I try to sing AFTER the note was played. I try to reproduce that with an example here, of a computer-...
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