Questions tagged [voice]

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

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In what key signature is singing written in, and how do I adapt for alto saxophone?

Note: I am not that good in general music theory but I will try to get my point across as best as I can. I am currently in charge of writing/transposing the scores of a little hobby band. I got the ...
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Which kind of contralto is Diana Ankudinova?

(Disclaimer: I like listening to music, but know very little about music theory...) I read from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocal_range that: "Women are typically divided into three main groups:...
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Is singing a song one octave lower out of tune?

If a song is in C3, and I sing in C2, is it considered out of tune, or is it OK but not preferred?
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What's the technique called where a singer forcefully breaks their voice?

I'm sorry that I'm approaching this as a novice so I can't describe it in correct terminology. However; every time I hear this song, from the point heard in the below video ... ...
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Why everybody say that percussions like drums or whispering does not have notes? [duplicate]

Nevertheless I think each time there is one sound, there is one fundamental note and harmonics ?
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What would you say my fach could be?

I know you've already seen loads of this but I think I might need professional advice, none is available where I am. I am 17, I have a very full and resonant low register. I can give a loud D2. My ...
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How are backup vocals notated in sheet music (score order)?

Many pop songs have a lead singer singing over instrumentals. However, on certain phrases, the singer may be joined by a backup singer who sings the same words and rhythm but harmonizing above. How ...
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Caro Mio Ben: pronunciation

I have a question. I'm currently studying bel canto with a very good teacher. However we are in disagreement about one factor. In "Caro Mio Ben", the words "languisce il cor" ...
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Lyrical Contralto vs Dramatic Mezzo-soprano

I'm a self-taught singer who would like to ask about lyrical contralto vs dramatic mezzo-soprano. The range of my voice is from F3 - F5. On the upper end, I can sing up to C5 quite comfortably. (I've ...
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Choosing a Voice Teacher [duplicate]

I would like to hear some suggestions for questions I can ask potential voice teachers in order to hopefully choose a good one and avoid wasting my time and money by working with someone who might not ...
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Sync Licensing for released music [closed]

I have songs out that I would like to submit to sync libraries. I'm curious if it is possible with the song already on streaming platforms.
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How to sing with mix voice without raising my larynx and still being comfortable

Range:E2-E4 then F4-G4 is my break. I can sing an F4 in what I think is my mix sorta comfortably but slightly higher I tense up and my larynx rises. The only way I can sing the G-B range is by yelling....
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Why does my singing voice sound squeeky [closed]

Most of the times I sing on pitch but still my singing sounds extremely dull. . How can I fix this ?
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What is the most physically efficient way to change pitch within a vocal register?

What is the best method to vary notes when I sing ? by stretching vocal cords ? by increasing/decreasing my air pressure ? by using both at the same time ?
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What are the benefits of using no beams in simple vocal melody? [duplicate]

I've noticed some of my favorite musicians went out of their way to use no beams while writing vocal melodies. Why would they choose to exclude beams? There are beams in the music but not the vocal ...
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I need a stage vocal monitor. Can I use a spare amp?

I sing backups and play bass. Sometimes it's hard to hear my singing, and would like a stage monitor so I can hear my voice. I have a spare guitar amp. Can this be used as a vocal monitor? How would I ...
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Are there hidden technical difficulties for vocalists when they transpose?

I am not a vocalist, but an instrumentalist. When I want to transpose something up or down a half step, this takes considerable work: different hand/chord shapes on the piano, completely different ...
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I'm a singer struggling with tempo and time

I'm a singer with a decent voice and technique, I also used to play the violin so I can read classical sheet music and sight-read pretty well. However, I've always struggled with counting. I have no ...
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Vocal range of a crowd

I am planning to sing a song and which has a vocal range of D3-D4. I want the crowd to join in too. Should I raise or lower the tune of this song to better fit the crowd's range? Which key or vocal ...
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If I am going to dabble in the world of music, what aspect should I train more to build a solid base, and thus obtain better results(?) [closed]

Good morning, I think I summarized it pretty well in the question, however, I mean exactly that "push" that a beginner must have, something that avoids excessive stumbles in their learning, ...
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What characterizes My Chemical Romance's music?

I want to write a song like My Chemical Romance, but I don't really know how to. What characteristics make their sound distinctive? In particular, I'd also like to know what makes Gerard Way sound ...
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Is there a name for "singing between registers", as if one as at the end of their range, to produce multiple notes?

I've been experimenting with singing a note and then slowly devoicing it or applying less pressure with my, usually near the top of my chest / modal(?) register, and trying to get that harsh sound ...
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Why are "scales" mentioned less to singers and more to guitar players?

Scales are still confusing to me. When I sing I don't know anything about scales. Nobody suggests me to sing in mixolydian, phrygian or anything like that. But, when I play guitar, it is very ...
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How to record/stream digital piano and microphone audio at the same time

I was trying my best (with my limited knowledge of audio equipment) but couldn't seem to find an answer for my specific goals! Here are the points I want to achieve: I want both my voice and my ...
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How to get rid of a sharp resonance in the first formant region during singing?

On recordings I've noticed, when I belt, my voice tends to have a sharp resonance in the region of the first formant, typically when the 2nd harmonic hits the 1st formant, causing it to become ...
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I have been struggling at achieving pitch accuracy since forever. How can I prevent singing off-pitch?

An audio of myself singing to Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy": my bad guy cover I have been singing for a year and 4 months now. When I started I had no knowledge of pitch, tone and dynamics. I ...
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How long can musicians perform before they get tired? [closed]

I'm conceiving a story where this might come up. How long can musicians perform before performance drops? There are hard limits imposed by biological needs (e.g. having to go to the toilet), but I'm ...
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Should I learn harmonium to learn western singing?

I am an Indian, and I want to learn western music/singing, but my teacher says first you have to learn harmonium to learn singing. So I am confused: should I learn harmonium, because as far as I know, ...
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Do film scores match film dialogue pitch?

Human speech (including dialogue in movies) has a certain pitch. The harmony between the film dialogue and the film score can be influenced by the filmmakers. For example, the score can be composed ...
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My chest voice range is extremely narrow,

I'm a male singer. I've been studying voice, training, and doing exercises for almost 15 years and my natural chest voice range is still about the same, a D3 to about an F4. It's always been this way. ...
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Is there a word or music term for when a singer is mimicing the instrument, like at the beginning of the song Dang Me by Roger Miller? [duplicate]

Title is self-explanatory. I'm asking if there is a word or musical term for when a singer is mimicking the sound of the instrument that's playing. An example of what I'm asking for is at the very ...
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Why do I hit some notes only on some days

I'm a lyric baritone. My lowest modal note is D2 (I just developed it few months ago). My higher notes however seem to pose a problem. I can sing an F#4 in just about any day, however, my G4 seems ...
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MuseScore 3: Play Different Instrument per Voice

Is it possible to play different Instrument per voice In MuseScore 3? How to do it?
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Can someone help me identify my voice type? [duplicate]

I am Male/14. My morning voice is C2 and my normal speaking voice is D#2. The highest note I can hit is A2. Is this considered bass or low baritone?
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Chord voicings used by backup trios in Motown girl groups?

On songs like Be my baby by the Ronettes or Will you love me tomorrow? by the Shirelles (a Carole King tune), there seems to be a standard style of arrangement where you have the lead vocals sung by ...
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How does it feel (or where) to change the pitch while singing?

I unfortunately use my larynx while I change my pitch, and I really don't know where or what or how to feel while I change my pitch without using my larynx. How do I even control my vocal cords ...
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Do coloratura sopranos sing the high F (F6) in mixed voice or head voice?

I'm confused about this. When googling about coloratura sopranos, wiki and several other sites say that coloratura sopranos can sing to the high F (with some just below or above that, of course). Do ...
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Singing body technique: How to blow past vocal glass ceiling?

Two must-do's for singing deal with expanding the vocal apparatus (voicebox, chest, diaphragm) in the outwards and downwards directions: Puff out ribs when inhaling air as well as during singing ...
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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? [closed]

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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