Questions tagged [voice]

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

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Should a singer songwriter play chord voicings outside their vocal range?

I've always understood in a band setup you want to avoid everyone fighting over the same frequency range. But the common guitar chord voicings mean you are playing notes in the range E2-G4 which ...
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How to state the range of a song

My professor wants us to explain the range of a song by stating, for example, "range of an octave plus a 4th" rather than "the range is D to G"... because it may be different if transposed. My ...
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How can we say one singer is better than another?

This is a follow-up question to What differentiates great music from good? I'm referring to singers who have some minimum standard here - those who can hit the notes, etc. Given two singers in a ...
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Opera singing 101

I like to go to the opera, but I never had the chance of learning the theory behind its music and singing, and I have quite some difficulty to understand whether someone sang well or not. Do you have ...
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Am I speaking with both head and chest voice since I am a tenor?

I have heard people saying that chest voice is easier than head voice. I even met a vocal teacher who said that speak in chest voice. I told her it is not true for me. When I speak naturally I use ...
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Almost tone deaf when singing

I am a bassist and I try to sing, and I hope to improve my singing. The thing is, I feel tone deaf when I'm singing live. I always shoot a little sharp or a little flat from what I should. Not ...
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Two voices for a solo singer written in a sheet music

I was reading the score for Mozart’s insertion aria for his own opera Idomeneo “Non Temer Amato Bene”, K. 490. In it, Idomeneo’s son Idamante (scored for soprano; trouser role) expresses his undying ...
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Why is the tenor low in this arrangement of Silent night?

I found a video with the tenor line to an arrangement of Silent night. The tenor is found in this video: It is a low tenor line. I would even sing up to F4 or even G4 ...
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Tonsil pain after singing: could be tension?

I'm a beginner in singing, and I'm learning right now how to use/work with the support for the diaphragm (I'm sorry if this is not the best way to describe the technique, but I don't know how it is ...
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Best recording device for acoustic guitar and voice [closed]

I have a couple of live concert consisting of an acoustic guitar and a singer that need to be recorded. One is totally unplugged, and the other has both musicians plugged through an acoustic amp ...
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Composing for mezzo-soprano

I'm composing for a competition that is for a string quartet but also has a requirement for a mezzo-soprano. I have very little experience with singers but I'm aware that the range is A3 - A5. Are ...
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What do people do in order to hear and focus on the tenor line?

I have never been singing in a choir before. Yesterday I went to a organist for an audition. He asked me to sing the the tenor line while he was playing the full SATB arrangement. It felt a bit weird ...
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Is there a term for when the music of a song seems to be 'layered ontop' of the vocals?

I used to get this impression from Rammstein's 'Heirate Mich'. Normally when I listen to music, it sounds like the vocals are ontop of the music (if that makes sense). With that song though, it ...
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Do singers need to practice singing without accompaniment?

Do singers need to practice singing without accompaniment? If so, should the singer always practice singing the melody acapella?
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Head voice and chest voice [duplicate]

When I hear something (a song for instance) I want to be able to tell whether I am hearing a head voice rendition or that of a chest voice.
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General exercise, before meeting a vocal coach?

I like to get some input. I am not sure where to ask beside SE. Apologize for quite a long post. I am a male (26) who likes singing, but rarely sing. That is possible, I guess? I love it because I am ...
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How to record vocals

In short, I have a song melody. I want to record a voice. I record a measure, hit right notes (from the melody), then I record the next measure. I can’t sing the whole chorus at once (8 measures). ...
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What's the vocal technique called when the voice of the singer goes momentarily very high? Examples inside

I have to give examples since there's pretty much no good way to describe this with words. ...
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How to distribute (vocal) training time for most effective learning?

(If you’re not a singer, but have experience with learning other skills or some knowlegde about learning in general, your answer might also be helpful.) Let’s say you have 7 hours of practice time ...
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How to sing properly with a low larynx?

Changing the larynx position during singing is beneficial in order to archieve certain timbres. A hightened larynx is often caused by excess tension, so from this perspective alone, it can be ...
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What is the difference between a chamber choir and a church choir?

What is the difference between a chamber choir and a church choir? Do both sing hymns at a church service?
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Please can I have examples of classical music vocal pieces for a trio [closed]

I am recently singing in a group consisting of me (a tenor), an alto and a soprano. We are looking for classical pieces to sing. I have searched the internet and cannot seem to find anything! Does ...
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Tickle in the throat when practice singing

Two weeks ago I've started taking singing lessons to learn the proper technique and improve the extension. The teacher gave me 2-3 exercises to do at home that are involved with correct breathing (...
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What is the difference between tone deafness and amusia?

Trying to explain that the multiple reasons of the inability to sing the right tone (to match pitch) I encountered two other terms: amusia and ton defness. I wonder how far these two terms are ...
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What is the term for people who sing lower pitch?

Coming from this question link I am looking for the English term for this singers: They might be able to sing in tune, but they sing always too low low pitch - singing only with the breast voice). In ...
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Why would people have a problem with singing above C4 (or C5 if female)?

An organist told me that people often complain that singing above C4 (or c5 if female) is too high. Why would people have a problem with singing above C4 C5 if female)?
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How low is the lowest tone that a human can sing?

Thinking about the range of human voices and the bass voices - especially whether there has been an average of lowest tones through the past - I wonder which is the lowest tone that a human can ...
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What sound should humming make?

During rehearsals for the SATB choir I'm part of, we are sometimes asked to hum the melody of a song, or even scales as a warm-up exercise. The humming-technique is sometimes explained as "keeping ...
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singing without lyrics

I was recently listening to some music while working on a book I'm writing and an orchestral piece came on. There was a woman singing over this instrumental but it wasn't lyrical words, more just ...
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What is it called when a group of vocalists or chorus sing Ooh's oh's, ah's, etc?

I heard my chorus director refer to it as something sounding like dest cant or something, but since I'm hard-of-hearing, I couldn't hear all the letters. If someone can give me the correct name for ...
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How to improve top end of vocal range? [closed]

I'm a baritone and I can't get the word "me" in Photograph by Ed Sheeran without cracking.
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Sing High notes and muscles

I'm training to reach high notes with my vocal teacher and she told me that have a connection between muscles and high notes and every time that have a high note I need to make a squat to strengthen ...
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Singing - effect of vowels on tuning and tonality

I am a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. Singing for me has been a long road but recently I found out something very interesting. I have a certain song that I am very fond of but I have ...
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How to convert what I'm singing to notes

I've been trying for months to get the songs in my head down to piano. But whenever I try none of the notes seem to fit what I'm singing. I'm guessing this is because I'm either A: out of tune or B: ...
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Compensating the loss of sound in instrumental version of song

Vocals often are, aside from transferring a message or telling a story, a vital part of the sound of a song even when not understood because of language issues. In instrumental versions of a song this ...
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Aurally distinguishing between head voice and chest voice

This is a query that does not involve producing a head voice or chest voice, but how to distinguish between them in what I hear. Granted there are ways or techniques in properly creating sound that ...
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To what extent a song's words determine its music [closed]

Imagine you want to compose music for a song and only for a single instrument: the piano. What are the guiding principles? How much freedom does one have in this process? My reason for asking this ...
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Learning Indian Classical vs Learning Singing in general

Which of the following will give a better quality of voice and overall better skill in music- Learning Indian Classical music (probably on a western Instrument like harmonium whose frequencies are ...
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Why I have “pops” in my vocal

I recently noticed when I'm singing I have "pops" like Popcorn in my voice. I've never had this before, what is that "pops"? It's normal? Here's example https://drive.google.com/file/d/...
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If a woman singing together with a tenor sings the same pitches as the tenor does that mean that she is a contralto?

I am a tenor who has been singing with an older woman who has not been classified vocally other than that she should sing alto in school. So she could be both a mezzo-soprano or contralto. So I have ...
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(Vocal) Harmonizer Pedals: How do live performers use them?

I've seen plenty of live musicians singing with a guitar, but recently I've been noticing that some of them were singing in harmony with themselves! Obviously, I soon realised it was the work of a ...
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John Fogerty’s vocal technique on “Have you ever seen the rain”

My question is how does John add all that rough timbre to his voice on this track. It’s unique from any other CCR track that I know of. Is he contracting his throat to create this sound? Or a nasal ...
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Increasing range [closed]

I am a low tenor-flip falsetto and i really want to increase my range i`m 22 years old. my range is around B2-E5(Although i struggle to sing both B2 and Db5) While i want a mix i was wondering if i ...
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Is practicing Indian classical on a harmonium a problem?

My Indian classical music teacher asks me to practice alankaars on a harmonium. 1) Will practicing on a harmonium somehow bias my voice towards the western fixed tempered scale on which the harmonium ...
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Rock Vocal Production - The Strokes (Live)

I am curious about the production on the singer's voice in this live performance and this live performance (the effect is similar). I'm sure you are all familiar with the vocal sounds of Is This It ...
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What are the horizontal lines in this renaissance piece?

In one of the scores of Byrd's Ave verum corpus on CPDL, one notices horizontal lines : What do they mean? Are it a kind of phrasing marks? Were they added by the editor? Edit The Misa de Notre ...
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What is the purpose of doing this exercice with humming?

There is a vocal exercise in which you sing a do-re-mi--fa-sol-fa-mi-re-do-do-sol-do. You do this in many keys as possible. Is it good to do this with hunming? What is the purpose of doing this ...
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How can I improve my interpretation, “reciting” ability or just voice expressiveness?

I've been taking some singing lessons lately and I really feel like the main error I have to absolutely correct is lack of emotions and expressiveness in my voice. My teacher some times tries to make ...
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How can you tell when you unintentionally change keys when singing?

My dad always tells me that when I sing I change keys. Like I'll start out right and then change for a single phrase or word and then change back. I don't know when I do this, I can't tell and my ...
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Is it that remarkable that a 5 year old girl can sing high b flat?

My 5 year old had a couple of one on one singing lessons booked in anticipation of upcoming choir auditions. I knew that sometimes she sounded great, but just as often she sounded awful so I was ...