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

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The discriminating power of experienced listeners

Consider a choir of n singers who sing the same tune in almost perfect unison. When asked how many singers they do hear, test persons may say: don't know more than 3, 5, 10, ... 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, ... ...
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Tips for singing while dehydrated?

On Yom Kippur Jews fast for 25 hours, both food and drink.1 As somebody who helps to lead the communal religious services on that day, I know that my ability to sing is challenged by around hour 20 ...
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What food / drink affects vocal characteristics?

I was just listening to a brief interview with Kathryn Jenkins and the subject of "looking after your voice" came up. I couldn't find anything directly about food/drink here so thought I'd ask. She (...
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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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passagio relative to tessitura

I have read on many many sites that the vocal breaks for the male voice is between E4 and F#4 but in the male vocal groups you have bass singers, baritone singers and tenor singers and their ...
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Passaggi, fach and volume

I was wondering how the locations of the passagi are to be located when their place depends seemingly quite heavily upon larynx height, time of day and especially volume sung! For example, I know ...
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Brutal honest critique of this please? https://youtu.be/4IvljZsKRe4 [closed]

I really need help so all of the honest feedback is greatly needed.
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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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Am I still a tenor?

I'm only 16 and I recently found how to mix my head and chest registers. I LOOOOOOVE singing in my passaggio, but it feels so unnecessary since it's so high, for a male anyway. My full range goes ...
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Does weight and/or body frame have anything to do with singing?

Does a small body frame (meaning small bones and possibly small organs) or low weight affect the "power" of a singing voice?? Does a higher weight creates some sort of "pressure" or something that ...
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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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How to use pitch pipe app in different majors for singing? [closed]

I have an app that can tell what what pitch I am singing but I have to give it a note such as C4. I know the notes/octaves in C major but I don't know what E4 would be in B flat major. Thank you in ...
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Male Whistle Register?

Firstly, I'm a 15 year old male (soon to be 16) and since my voice changed because of puberty I couldn't sing as well as I used to. (I was in a church choir and one of the nuns told my mum that when ...
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How much can my vocal range improve with vocal training? [closed]

I currently am a 15 year old male singer, untrained and have the range of a D3 to a D5 and an E5 on my good days, I really want to be able to sing a G5 or higher. I believe that anything is possible ...
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Why I cannot sing always well?

I'm an adult male that has a not so good or bad singing skill. Nothing to be ashamed of. I have noticed that I can sing a lot better after 2 or 3 songs that I know well. After that, it is like I can ...
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What is the physiological background of the practice of opening the voice in theatre?

While singing coaches offer elaborate physiological background for what's going on behind the exercises, when it comes to voice coaches for actors or techniques for opening the voice I can't find any ...
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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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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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Temporary vocal bass range extension

I need a quick fix on how to very temporarily extend my lower voice range. The note(s) I need to reach, for a short performance in a couple of days, are notes that I can reach fairly easily and sing ...
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How to control unintentional, natural vibrato in singing?

So, I'm 14, going on 15. And by vibrato, I mean of the voice (vocal cords?). Anyway, a good description of it would be that it just came out of the blue. I was singing to myself one day, maybe a ...
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Learn to sing with headphones

I am starting singing lessons. I have noticed that my voice sounds extremely different when I hear a record of myself. Should I mostly train with a microphone and headphone, so that I hear myself the ...
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Is it hard for a baritone to sing F4?

Is it hard for a baritone to sing F4? Many people say that baritones cannot sing Silent Night in C. Is F4 really too high for a baritone? Do you find this too high? This is what the organists have ...
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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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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 can we sing the same note either with chest or head?

I've seen a singing teacher being able to sing the same note either as a chest note or as a head note. I tried to do it myself and it seems to me this can be done with the middle range notes by ...
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How does lack of sleep affect the singing voice?

I have noticed that when I find myself sleep deprived my singing voice gets greatly impaired. It is difficult to reach and sustain higher notes and it's like my voice muscles are "sore". I guess ...
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Do beginner tenors ussually start doing exercices in some kind of mezza voce or full voice?

Do beginner tenors ussually start doing exercices in some kind of mezza voce or full voice? Some say that tenors do not begin learning to sing well by using full voice immediately. Some say that full ...
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Is it even possible to really sing into the mask without being nasal?

Over the years I got quite a few of singing teachers. One of the mantras is singing into the mask. However, some teachers disagree on the fact being nasal is a good thing or not. But this is not the ...
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I have a problem with tempo during recordings

This is my first time ever using this site-- But I'm in desperate need for advice. Essentially, I decided to YouTube videos each week to help me stay motivated an practice-- One of the biggest, and ...
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Hoarseness after 5-6 songs of singing

I started 6 months ago to sing and at the beginning i was feeling very bad in every song. I mean it seemed that i was damaging my voice in every song. Now i'm better at this, when i reach those 5-7 ...
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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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How can I understand how to sing “out” and not “in”?

There's this thing that is really bothering me and so far I can't make it work. I've taken like 10 singing lessons so far and the teacher keeps telling me that when I sing notes that start to go "high"...
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Can anyone learn to sing higher?

So, I sing to myself a lot, and one thing that really frustrates me is that I cannot even reliably hit a middle C. (I'm male.) This is basically unacceptable to me even for ordinary shower-singing. ...
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why would a singing teacher never ask a person to do this? [closed]

The teacher I went to last spring was a good teacher in many ways but I am actually not that happy with certain things she did or did not do. In a previous thread I asked about singing without ...
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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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Why is it that vocal teachers seldom let their students practice singing acapella? [closed]

Why is it that vocal teachers seldom let their students practice singing acapella? I am a person who learn very much from practicing acapella. Why do they seem to dislike acapella and always play the ...
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How do tenors sing hymns with other people?

What do tenors do when the baritones sing silent night at church? I am talking about a tenors who is not in the choir. Do tenors try to sing a tenor line or just refrain from singing this low notes? ...
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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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How to practice mixed voice without sounding like I'm screaming?

I'm a 16-year-old high tenor who recently found my mixed voice (YAY!!) about a week ago. When fully warmed up, I start mixing around Bb4 and go up to Ab5 and twice last week I hit an A5! Unfortunately,...
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I feel like my falsetto doesn't go as high as my head voice, is that likely?

The terminology of head/falsetto voice is still slightly confusing me (or maybe it's just got different interpretations - see the video in the answer to What is the difference between male head voice ...
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In a piece for piano and vocals, when I move the vocal part down an octave do I also need to move the piano part down an octave?

I'm a (not so experienced) guy and would like to try and learn a piece that has both a vocal part and a piano part. Since I'm a male, I think I need to sing the piece from the image I've attached (...
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Physical problems during singing

I don't know if this is related to singing specifically, but I noticed that when I am singing and I hit a powerful, held note, pushing all of my vocal power forward (to the point of slightly affecting ...
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Do capable harmony singers sing in just intonation or tempered tuning?

I understand that the mathematical frequency ratios between certain intervals will correlate with the overtones that are present when a note sounds in a fundamental frequency. Certain predictable ...
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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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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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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? [closed]

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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Singing: Is it true that all of your power behind singing should come from your diaphragm?

I'm not sure if I can ask this here, but I have a question about singing technique. My teacher once told me that all of your power behind singing should come from your diaphragm and that you shouldn't ...
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Harmonizing with Voice a Third Away

I have recorded a vocal for my music. Now I want to pitch my vocal, as to also have a 3rd harmonizing vocal. I have heard a lot that people say that a 3rd voice is the best voice and sweetest one for ...
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Opera singing 101 [closed]

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 ...