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

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Can I get nauseous from singing while closing off my nose in my throat?

Please note that I am not trained in singing. There are certain muscles in the throat that allow you to close off your mouth and nose independently of each other. When I sing loudly (which is the ...
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Why can human voices sound like musicians' instruments? [on hold]

We could represent any classical music using human voice. Why?
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Is this a fry scream in Marilyn Manson's song?

This is the song and the exact moment I'm reffering to: This long, high pitched scream. As I was trying to do it, I can certainly feel that I cannot reach this note ...
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Why do theatre performers 'quiver' their mouths when doing vibrato?

The classic things you learn from anywhere is that vibrato comes from healthy singing technique and good breath control. Singing gently, you can attain a nice vibrato without having to move your mouth ...
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Do people who sing with lots of power have a smaller vocal range?

Do people who sing with lots of power have a smaller vocal range? I have heard that if one sings with power, eg like an opera singer, you will get a smakler range. I feel that the more power I use the ...
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What techniques do singers use in order to hear if they sing the correct pitch?

What techniques do singers use in order to hear if they sing the correct pitch? I do not want opinions. What is really going on? What is it that good singers actually do that bad singers don't? What ...
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Vocal manipulation during live performance

I'm looking for a way to transform vocals of my performers during a live performance. The performers will be using 5 microphones in total and will sing together as a choir most of the time. I want the ...
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How do people sing the high notes using their head voice without making it sound like they are using their head voice?

I heard rock singers etc., who sing really high notes, and I think that they use their head voices. But when I use my head voice, it doesn't sound melodious. What can I do to improve on this?
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Using IK Multimedia AXE I/O for vocals? [closed]

I have been researching upgrading audio interface. This one looks good, although I'm not sure whether I can plug a mic into it for vocals. Any help appreciated. Thanks.
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If your perception of your voice is off, how can you sing at the correct pitch? [duplicate]

When listening to a recording of your voice, it often sounds higher pitched than when you were speaking. This has been well researched as being caused by you being able to hear some of your voice as ...
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Components of a convincing voice impersonation [migrated]

Lots of people have tried their hand (or rather, throat) at mimicking another's voice. But what exactly are the things that define an individual's voice, and to what extent can they be manipluated? ...
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How do people with high voices deal with having to sing down to Bb2?

I find that singing down to B♭2 in "Silent Night" at church is pretty hard. I think the key of C or C♯ is better for me. How do people with high voices deal with this? Do they just keep ...
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Find Vocal Range with Statistics/Hertz

Caveat: if you're not into science meets music, please just skip this post. I'm being asked to sing for a music class. I dislike singing. I don't sound good. I would not make it far on American Idol....
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Is it possible that women can sing baritone songs?

I know this is probably a weird question but I am just wondering if it is actually possible for other people. I'm currently 15(and a girl) and my comfort zone is around the baritone voice type. Even ...
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Are baritones a third below the tenors?

I have understood that baritones like to choose a key which is a major (or minor) third below the comfortable key for a tenor. If I, a tenor, sing Twinkle twinkle little star in F the baritone would ...
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What is the definition of classical singing?

What is the definition of classical singing? When people refer to themselves as singing using classical technique what do they mean?
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What is the difference between singing and speaking?

I can both sing and speak C#3 . There would be a difference between using the note for singing and speaking. What is the difference between singing and speaking? If it depends on what kind of vocal ...
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What does it mean when a vocal teacher tell you that your lowest notes are heavy? [closed]

Some people say they like (or at least don't have any problems) singing in their speaking voice. I find it uncomfortable singing down there. I find it a bit heavy myself. My vocal teacher told me to ...
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In classical singing the speaking range is not a specific register. Why is this?

I disslike singing in my speaking range. I feel like it is much easier to sing above the speaking range. In classical singing the speaking range is not a specific register. Why is this?
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What does this 'x' mean on the stem of the voice's note, above the notehead?

I was looking at the score for Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire (On Youtube), and on the voice staff none of the notes are connected with each other and they have this x or * on their stem: What ...
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How to roll on an o

Often during a song, some singers with almost no air in their voices, sort of roll on their o's, switching from one note to another without a break. Listen to the video below on 0:11. How can I ...
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Did people sing higher before?

I have been listening to old recordings of sing-alongs. It wasnt too low for me as a tenor. Today many people sing too low for me. I am thinking of music from older movies. ...
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Is it easy to sing soprano in choir? [closed]

When I as a tenor sing a melody I use a comfortable range. A soprano does this as well. When in a choir I will have to sing much higher but the soprano can stay at her comfortable range. Thus the ...
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My singing hit the pitch but still sound terrible. What is my problem?

I think I hit the pitch fairly well. But for some reason, it just sounds weird and off-putting for me. Is there an underlining problem that I can't see here? I don't have any vocal training but I do ...
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How to sing rock like this?

Can anyone please explain in technical terms how Richie Kotzen achives the singing voice in this song? The more singing terminology the better. Thank you ! Richie Kotzen - Mother Head's Family Reunion
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Neologism based songs

Lacking in music vocabulary I'm finding it hard to articulate, but I am looking for songs (or the genre) that use sounds and made up words purely for its aesthetic quality. The closest thing I can ...
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Low notes and puberty [duplicate]

So I've been thinking... I'm almost 18 years old and, after puberty, I can't seem to be able to reach a low D or C. My range ends at about E2-Eb2 depending on the day and I can project those, E2 at ...
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Male vocal type statistics

This website describes four different vocal types for males (described as distinct from ranges or registers): Pulled Chest - High Larynx Light Chest - No Chest Flip - Falsetto Mix I am wondering if ...
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Will my vocal range become lower as I get older? [duplicate]

I’m a 14 year old male right now and the lowest note I can hit is D#2; my highest note is C4 (on a good day). Can I expect my range to become lower than it already is as I get older, or will my range ...
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In musical terms, what properties are varied by the human voice to produce different words / syllables?

Why, for example, does the word "hello" sound completely different to the word "goodbye", or the letter "a" from the letter "b"? I know it can't be pitch, because all of these words and syllables can ...
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How to do songwriting starting from the lyrics, if I don't play any instrument?

I usually write new songs starting with a free backtrack. Then I imagine which words and melodies can go with it and in that way it's pretty easy to write a new song. Finally I can sing them at open ...
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Is it normal for the voice to get 'tired' when practicing head voice?

I'm a 37-year-old male and I'm in to Rock/Heavy Metal singing. I would like to be able to sing higher with more power (as I'm sure every singer does). I discovered my head voice about 2-3 months ago, ...
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Is it Good Practice to Sing Saptak while Practicing Bansuri

So far I hadn't seen anyone practice singing Saptak (Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa) while practicing Saptak on Bansuri. Would it be good practice or even a good idea to practice singing alongside playing ...
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Are there really great singers out there that didn't learn anything about singing technique but are just born with talent? [closed]

Most of the singers that I met that have no training have one issue: they have no singing power and have a weak diaphragm. They might be perfectly in tune but they are not really belting it out. From ...
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Do seventh chords add vocal pitches not found in triads? [closed]

I was wondering what is it about seventh notes... Fmaj7 Tall and tanned and young and lovely       G7 The girl from ipanema goes walking     &...
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breathing heavy

I'm just wondering if any female singers can answer these related questions. Why do some female singers breathe out in on the mic and what is this called? Are there any techniques for calming the ...
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What is it called when one voice type sings a 'solo'?

We have three groups (soprano, alto, and baritone) and for one of the songs we're singing, each vocal section has a piece or section that we have to sing. Our conductor referred to it as a specific ...
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Arthur Somervell: 1000 Exercises - Meaning of this notation

Arthur Somervell's uses the following notation on his One Thousand Exercises Is it a standard notation? What's the meaning?
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How to blend in when singing in a group?

When I sing an identical song with a group, my voice tends to get louder than the group; Somehow, I think my voice has blended in with the group, but my group tells me that I am singing louder than ...
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How is the human voice classified?

Considering the vocal cords can be a membranophone or considering the air column can be an aerophone. or do we need another classification?
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Am I singing in a mixed voice?

I've been singing since I was like 12. I never took any lessons, but I've been trying to train my voice better. Here's the clip: https://vocaroo.com/i/s1J2DcCdndgn My first question is am I a bass or ...
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When is out-of-tune okay? [closed]

We have a song we're recording and parts are sung fairly loud and end out of tune. We found that there are 2-3 words that somehow were fitting better and more natural when as they were recorded and ...
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Is there a measurement for the vocal speed of a song?

I'm trying to find a way to measure the speed of a song from the perspective of singing/rapping. So far all I can find is BPM (beats per minute), however there are at least 2 issues with that: The ...
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What is the term when two people sing in harmony, but they aren't singing the same notes?

I'm not a musician, and I know basically nothing about music, and music theory and what-not. (I basically just know a few common terms, and how to play chords) In most songs with two or more people ...
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How do you improvise vocal tunes? [closed]

It is not that hard to improvise tunes on instruments. But the thing I am struggling is a way to improvise vocal tunes. Do you just hum? How do you improvise vocal tunes?
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How did composers use the technique of “fauxbourdon”?

I've recently learned of a harmonisation technique called fauxbourdon (or faux bourdon, fauxbordon or false drone), used in the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance, e.g. by Giullaume Dufay; you can ...
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Does one's voice get lower with age?

Does your voice (range) get lower as you age? Is this a fact? If so, does it affect your lower as well as the higher end of the vocal range ( the lower end expands a small bit and some of the upper ...
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What is the term for the sung voice found especially in Bach's chorale music (eg. Jesu Joy of Man's Desire BWV147)?

I have wondered what the correct musical term for the voiced melody overlaid in a piece like Jesu Joy of Man's Desire BWV147, or Sleepers Awake BWV645 is. In this piece of music (and other likes it, ...
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Ways to synchronize voice with beat? [closed]

For example, on the song Drip or Drown by Gunna, I noticed that every last word on of the intro ("I got woodgrain on my Damier Buckle, Cool quarter mill in my Goyard duffle, ...") aligns with the clap ...
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Will my voice sit better in the mix with a baritone guitar?

I have a deep singing voice (pleasant range: E2 to D4, extreme range: B flat 1 to F4). It is not shockingly bassy but warm. So if I want to cover a song, I need to transpose it. But I have to ...