Questions tagged [voice]

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

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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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Is there a computer program that can analyze a piece to determine its tessitura? [closed]

"Tessitura" is an oft-misused term...hopefully it's clear what I mean. I'm talking about "the range in which the majority of notes fall" in a song - something like the "...
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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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why is this a popular method of helping a student sing? [closed]

I have taken singing lessons. Most of it was: the teacher playing something on the piano and me singing while the teacher plays the piano. I find that this method is somewhat a waste of time. It doesn'...
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A device to hear myself?

I've got a USB mic and an over-ear headphones(with 3.5 and USB inputs), and I want to hear myself while training in apps like yousician. What I do now is I connect ear-pods to my phone, wear them, ...
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Can one be too old to learn how to sing?

I'm 28 and I've always loved singing along with music, but of course, I sounded just as awful as you might imagine an untrained singer to sing. After dealing with some personal issues, I've decided ...
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What's my singing skill level? [closed]

https://voca.ro/jgoI1l8TK38 https://voca.ro/8f4GqHAL4Jj https://voca.ro/9g02naEp6DC https://voca.ro/bHDALS7IxYP I would like to know if I am almost on tune or completely out of tune... Thanks in ...
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Ear training - Did I correctly transcribe this harmony? [closed]

(Not exactly sure this belongs here, but I wish there was a Code Review stack exchange site for music ..) I'm training my ear at recognizing and transcribing vocal harmonies (because I like to analyze ...
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Is there a name for this kind of a transition in songs?

In ALL ABOUT THAT BASE parody (Star Wars Parody - Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass), there's a certain transition / change near the linked time after "places" (the video has lyrics shown)...
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Can I lose the ability to sing whistle notes?

I am a male 14 years old and I can whistle quite well, but if my voice will change will I lose the ability to reach them? And high notes in particular??
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What is “Four Part” Harmony?

Can someone explain “four part” harmony and its difference or/and its relation to regular harmony? I’ve been searching the internet and can’t find any information that clearly answers my question ...
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Why my Bb4 and B4 comes out naturally but have to put little efforts after that

I'm a guy 18 right now I'm able to sing songs which consist of F2-Bb4(D5) in chest voice. However after Bb4-B4 I slightly start pushing my voice: B4 is the highest note I can get out naturally when my ...
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Voice-leading issue - Can you split your chords across instruments?

is thi sa voice leading issue? I'm running into issues when creating my harmony section for pop songs, I can create melodies, chord progressions, basslines and percussion but I'm running into issues ...
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Any ideas to pursue music as career [duplicate]

Putting cover videos on youtube/instagram for a while but not growing,any other ideas to pursue music as career.
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Does voice doubling an instrument's melody while improvising have a name?

According to wikipedia, scat singing is: In vocal jazz, scat singing is vocal improvisation with wordless vocables, nonsense syllables or without words at all.[2][3] In scat singing, the singer ...
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What is the best way to teach a friend to sing? (Improving hearing ability)

In the past, I thought that singing (I mean hearing the notes and being able to produce the same note) was given at birth and couldn't be improved. But in a year, a friend of mine improved himself so ...
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Common for vocal octaves to be not exact with written sheet music?

I have observed that some songs are sung in lower octaves than what's written on the official sheet music, I only recall noticing this for male singers who are bass or baritones, not tenors, not that ...
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How to avoid noise in a voice recording

I'm recording for a podcast with a Rodhe NT2 microphone and I'm getting a lot of noise in the background, although the room is pretty quiet. It looks like this mic doesn't pick up my voice very loud ...
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Singing and hearing quarter tones

I’ve just received a choir piece that contains some (rare) quarter tones on long held notes. For example, a B which slides into a Bᴓ (that's a half flat). I’ve tried singing the part where it happens. ...
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Can sing pretty decently with a guitar, but cannot sing in tune with a backing track or minus one

I have been singing for 3 years with my guitar and I got pretty decent with singing. I let other people criticize my voice and they agree it is decent. But now I am starting to use a DAW to try and ...
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What is it called when the vocals follow the instruments' tempo?

Sorry, I don't know how to explain properly. It's about the vocals and instruments doing same timing. Here is an example: and another one:
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Elvis singing technique

Please see Elvis in this clip , what technique Elvis is using to create this raspy and powerful tone? Thanks!
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What is that thing called that Ed Sheeran is doing with his voice on the word “no”?

What is that thing called that Ed Sheeran is doing with his voice on the word "no". It sounds like shouting but how does he do that?
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Can Schubert songs only be fully appreciated by German speakers? [closed]

I just listened through to the Schubert song cycle Winterreise which has some wonderful tunes in it. The program notes say it is a deeply melancholic and in parts terrifying work, but as a non-German ...
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How to tell in which key to transpose a song

My vocal range is D3-D5. I have found that most of the songs I sing will be very comfortable for me if I change their pitch to match the D key. Yet there are others that do not fall into that ...
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Tuvan Throat singing: Get overtones louder in sygyt style

I've been practicing Tuvan throat singing, especially the Sygyt style and I am able to reliably create a range of overtones. However, I have the feeling that they are of rather low volume compared to ...
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Is it a bad idea to practicing sing/voice act high and low pitch on the same day near the extremities of your vocal range?

I tried to find a StackExchange community focused on singing and voice acting, but I figure this was the closest I could find. Since vocal chords are muscle, perhaps they stretch a certain way going ...
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Why do I find vocals played by instruments so annoying? [closed]

Fist of all I know my question is subjected to preferences, I know many people that actually like this kind of music. However, sometimes I've heard songs that had vocals originally and are played by ...
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I have developed the habit of suppressing my voice when singing, how to resolve it?

Recently, when I tried to sing, all my friends said that they could not hear me. But when I talk they can hear me well. I want to know how to resolve this.
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What's the term for the duplication of a note, when a singer has to repeat a verse but it's a syllable longer?

This is something I mostly associate with nursery rhymes and songs that use a specific melody repeated over and over. An example, from a version of London Bridge Is Falling Down: Build it up with ...
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Is it possible to state whether someone is singing in tune?

I have a recording of a vocalist accompanied by guitar. The vocalist claims not to have a good voice but swears he is "singing in tune". Is there anyway to determine if this is true and, if in this ...
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How to eliminate vocal fry on bridges?

my sound becomes squeaky(vocal fry) on bridges. How do I eliminate it?
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Can I connect a Digitech Vocalist Live FX to a Boss RC 300 Looper?

I am hoping someone here can help me. I would like to run my Digitech Vocalist Live FX Processor through my Boss RC-300 Looper. I am not Tech savvy. Is it possible to do this and if so how?
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Unknown Music Notation for Vocals

I would to ask what the notation circled in red meant. Thank you

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