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Questions tagged [voice]

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

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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? [on hold]

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?

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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Where to go from here

So, essentially I generally like and can only play instrumental music, however recently I have taken an interest in learning to sing a bit. I haven't exactly taken much from other's questions so here ...
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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 ...
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How does this Baritone singer sing so high?

Caleb Hyles has the low end richness or a Baritone, but the range of a Tenor. What singing voice type is this, and if I'm correct that he's a Baritone, how does he sing so damn high with ease?
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Losing my vocal range?

Just over four days ago I had a comfortable chest range of D2-F#4 but over the last two to three days it's been "reduced" down to E2-E4. I can still inch down to D2 (while sounding a bit vocal-fry-ish,...
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Is singing high in chest voice bad for you?

If you know me, you'll know that I am a terrible singer when it comes to high notes, as I struggle to use head voice, instead using chest voice. I strain to use chest voice while singing high, and my ...
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Why can I easily sing or whistle a tune I've just heard, but not as easily reproduce it on an instrument?

People with perfect pitch can easily reproduce a tune they've just heard on their instrument of choice. Most trained musicians without perfect pitch can also do this, but they would have to ...
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How do I not fall into other people's singing pitch?

When I am at the karaoke with my friends, I often sing with them and realize, when I sing alone, I can sing the song perfectly but when I sing with someone that is of higher pitch/lower pitch, I tend ...
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Desperate: How do I avoid the “clogged throat” feeling when I try to hit low notes?

On the recent Christmas I was singing "What Child is This" in b-minor, and it was registered quite low. During that time I was able to naturally hit the low notes. However, about a week ago, I ...
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How to sing as the soloists in Latvia State Choir's recording of Ēriks Ešenvalds' “Landscape With Herdsmen”

The song in question has several soloists singing at different times. In the recording mentioned, some of the soloists have a classical voice production, which you typically hear in vocal works, but a ...
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Dynamic in vocal recording

What's a reasonable amount of difference between the loudest and quietest peaks I should go for in vocal take? When the singer goes from whsiper to scream for example. Would it be better to squash it ...
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Extend Lower Vocal Range

I'm a 17 year old male with a comfortable range of D2-E2 to E4-F#4. I've been working on the low as well as high end of my vocal range, and while I've gotten better at the highest end, my lows seem ...
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How can I extend my male chest voice range higher when singing piano/pianissimo?

I sing tenor in an SATB choir and currently I can reach F#4 when singing loudly at the top of my chest voice - sometimes G4 depending on the 'shape' of the note. For all the pieces we've done this is ...
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Small instrument to check my sight singing [closed]

I practice sight singing in the morning. I need some way to check if what I vocalize is correct. What is very small instrument I can do it with (barring a smartphone that I don't want to turn on in ...
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Why does my dental crown vibrate when I sing a high note?

I have a dental crown and when I sing a particular high note, the metal post in the crown vibrates and becomes so intensely uncomfortable that I have to stop singing. Please explain what's happening.
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Extension of lower end of the vocal range

I'm a 17 year old male with a comfortable range of D2- E2-E4-F#4 I've been working on my lower as well as the higher end of my vocal range and while I've gotten better at the highest end, just ...
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I cannot hold my pitch when accompanied. How to best practice this?

I am an amateur among very musically talented friends. They have repeatedly complimented me on my singing voice, and asked that I participate more in their musical get-togethers. However, I found ...
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Are most male pop singers really tenors?

I listen to a fair amount of pop music, and I have picked up on the trend of high ranges for the male pop singers (Somehow, this seems less pronounced on the female side). The male pop singers all ...
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Am I using falsetto in this audio recording ? (vocal range test)

I wanted to test my vocal range, and test how high I can go without forcing too much and without using falsetto. I tried to sing C4 to C5-D5 (I did 3 recordings), but I have the feeling that above B4 ...
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Do hard rock singers use distortion effects on their vocals?

I've been wondering how hard rock/metal singers (e.g. Layne Staley, James Hetfield, Dave Grohl) manage to achieve such a 'gritty' sound with their vocals. Do professional rock singers ever use ...
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How do I establish my vocal range, and extend it without hurting myself?

I am 17 years old and I have a little deep voice in my age right now. My vocal break is in F4, so I'm very confused and have problems in my voice when singing because I don't know if I'm destroying my ...
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Why do some synthesizers have two or more oscillators?

Many synthesizers (like the Elektron Analog Four) have two oscillators. The Novation Peak has even three oscillators. This seems to be common in subtractive synthesis: Source: https://de.wikipedia....
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Can I use my behringer umc202hd as a preamp for my mixer?

I currently have a behringer umc202hd audio interface and I'm looking to upgrade to a usb mixer (behringer xenyx q802usb). I'm doing this to give myself more mic inputs however, I don't want to waste ...
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How, and how long does it take to learn sight singing by yourself?

I have been playing violin for about 6 years now, and I can read music for it pretty easily. The thing is, I attribute that to me having the muscle memory related to positions on the violin, as I don'...
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what are the hand-signs in solfege?

I've searched in SE for solfege and names of altered notes or tones. This point seems to be cleared. But I couldn't find any about hand-signs for solfege. What are the solfege hand-signs? In our ...
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How to access super high voice range?

I'm a 20 year old guy, I was wondering if I could possibly expend my vocal range up to the 6th octave in any way ? I can go from G2 to G5 with the piano Would it be possible to hit like up to a C6 ?...
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Can't sing high notes in a chest voice but can in falsetto?

I've always sang in a falsetto voice-its simply easier for me-but I've recently wanted to sing in my chest voice more. When I sing high notes I can reach really high notes (I'm a soprano), but when I ...
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How to sing wihtout a supporting melody

I can sing pretty much in tune a lot of melodies, but only when I play the same melody on guitar at the same time. When I hear the melody on a guitar I'm somehow able to follow it with my voice almost ...
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What is Shoshana Damari's voice called?

Here and here are some samples of Shoshana Damari's singing. She was famous, among other things, for her very distinctive voice. Her voice is lower than a mezzo. Would that be a contralto? Or is the ...
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Recording guitar & voice simultaneously: which microphone type(s)? [closed]

I wanna record some songs, which I sing and play on the acoustic guitar (+ some harmonica here and there). I wanna get two microphones: one for the guitar and one for my voice/harmonica, in order to ...
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Building whistling muscles

I happen to inherit the ability of emotionally creative whistling to good music. To prove my point, here's a piece to which I whistle: https://app.box.com/s/grkromn1brjksou5qecwgs9w6odwi7ik My problem:...