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

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Why does this song sound like 80s music?

It sounds very much like a cheesy 80s power ballad, like something Michael Bolton or Celine Dion would sing. Why? What about it makes it sound 80s? Is it just because the singer has a high voice?
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I have 2 questions as a beginner singer [closed]

How do I improve my voice, What am I doing incorrectly? Is my voice a little breathy? How do I sound jazzer when I sing? I’ve improved my voice a lot and I want to improve even more, my teacher helped ...
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Will nicotine gum (e.g., Nicorette) harm my singing voice?

Since about the age of 30 (I'm 35 now) I have sometimes been addicted to smoking tobacco. I know that smoking tobacco can damage my singing voice--I have experienced this personally. Lately, I had ...
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A seriously difficult question about mistakes and intepretation of music

I just came up with a question that I've never seen asked or talked about. It maybe obvious to everyone else in the world but I realized I simply can't answer it except with the non-answer. This is ...
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Learning to sing: some songs I can sing straightforwardly, others I really can't – is this normal?

I've been learning to sing for a year, and I noticed some great improvements, but there is one thing that happens to me that is totally strange: When I listen to songs, there are songs that I can &...
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Piano playing matching pitch of spoken voice - is there a name for this?

This is my first post of the Music SE so apologies if this question isn't in the right place! The other day, I was listening to a new album by electronic artist "Yimino" and I came across ...
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How to swap tune to blend with the music's without drifting [duplicate]

I am a bass and also singer Sometimes when singing something deep like bass and the likes, the music's tune will go higher and higher compelling me to swap to something less deep like treble. I ...
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What is a good exercise to get people singing loudly and confidently in a small rehearsal room?

I'm in a small choir where we typically have 5 people rehearsing in someone's front room, we haven't sung together much and none of us are very confident although we can all sing OK once we 'get going'...
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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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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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What does it mean when a person says they can't sing in that key, that the key is too high or too low?

We have a local music club where we play instruments and sing songs together. Often someone will say, "I can't sing that song in that key." People will say I can't sing in that key because ...
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How is this man belting an F#5 without falsetto? Could most men learn to do that?

Spotify played me this song today. I found it on YouTube. In this video around 3:16 he belts an F#5, which even most women can’t do. How is that even possible for an ...
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Does lack of sleep impact on matching pitch and singing well?

As a beginner, I wanted to ask if it's normal to struggle with pitch matching, singing in tune, and vocal support when I'm tired or sleep-deprived. It feels like I can't hold a pitch, maintain a tune, ...
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What are some effective warmups/excercices for open throat singing before actual singing or performance?

Soo, I am studying open throat singing to learn natural vibrato & control tension on my riff and runs/melisma... I don't know but when I try to do some open throat singing of which I followed on ...
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How to control riff and runs effortlessly? (Singing) (I'm bad at breath control)

Soo, I can do riff and runs nicely, cleanly separated but has bad control and very bad breath control (i think), i have tensions all over my body but not too much. Soo, I feel like I'm not prepared ...
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How will and how to use singing vibrato help riff and runs especially with vocal runs note separation?

Soo I'm learning vibrato and I can do riff and runs but sometimes had bad separation.. I'm thinking that maybe somehow learning vibrato will help me but will it actually and how? I'm learning from ...
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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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If whistle voice = super high headvoice, then can I use high falsetto to learn whistle note?

Soo I want to learn whistle tone, and I can do falsetto but not headvoice. I heard people say that whistle is super high headvoice, can I use falsetto instead in place of headvoice to learn whistle ...
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Anyone knows how this rare "angelic" headvoice/falsetto is achieved? (Edit) [closed]

So I randomly scrolled Youtube and found this cover: At 1.06, I'm wondering.. how is this "angelic" head voice achieved? If it's just airy/breathy head voice, ...
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Teacher needing helping with student's voice

So I am a private teacher and have a fourteen year old student that has a very hard time singing above an A5. Her voice either cuts out or is very unsupported and airy. It is also very shaky. There is ...
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What are the mechanics behind singing a "split note"?

I'm interested in the mechanics behind producing a certain vocal sound. You can hear it clearly in the vocal track for "Smells Like Teen Spirit", on the word "well", as well as &...
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What's an easier way to separate the notes in a riff and runs?

So, I'm learning riff and runs and memorized major and minor scale. I happen to have a problem that my riff and runs are messy, so I followed this tutorial: Which is ...
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What is the process to produce vocal effects similar to Oblivion by Lo Key (using Cakewalk by Bandlab)?

I am trying to create a vocal effect similar to this in Cakewalk. I also have a tool for shifting pitch and/or formant. So far, I have just been duplicating a vocal into several (around 3-7) tracks, ...
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Wouldn’t there be an advantage to songwriting beginning with just one vowel or syllable and are there examples of this historically?

Isn’t this sort of the idea behind Solfege? Not focusing on the assigned pitch aspect of it right now, but the use of syllables with no intent to form words. Also, I am aware that there has been ...
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Voice - Trouble with high notes

I'm finding I'm having a lot of difficulty singing notes that are in the upper range. I have a voice teacher, and she's giving me warmups and tips about keeping my throat open. I've made some progress ...
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Is there a way to sing actual clear, nice two notes? (Polyphonic overtone singing)

So I found this two video On polyphonic overtone singing, I'm just wondering is there a way to actually sing good two notes that doesn't ...
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Multiple Notes Sung for A Single Word

What is the term when a singer uses multiple notes for a long word? Not one syllable, but an entire word? An example of this would be Solar Fake's song, Just Leave It, and the word is "...
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Singing improvisation when the band plays low

I tend to go to jams with other musicians and sing (improvise). On such events musicians often play blues/rock on quite low-pitch scales, which is a difficult place for me being a mezzosoprane voice. ...
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My falsetto sounds like normal chest voice and doesn't sound like falsetto at all. Any help? [duplicate]

I've seen other questions in various forums, YouTube videos, and other sources on the internet like: How can I tell if I (or other male singers) are using falsetto or head voice? But they don't ...
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What is this vocal ornament called?

There is a vocal technique used in this audio clip that sounds Arabic and melismatic on the lyric “smile”. The notes go up from G3 to G#3 and back to G3 again. Some say it is a mordent but I think the ...
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Do bass singers' voices deepen after puberty? If so, by how much?

I have heard that bass voices tend to continue deepening well after puberty, sometimes into the early thirties. Is this true? I believe Geoff Castellucci once said in an interview that at eighteen he ...
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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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Is headvoice (or "lighter" chest) considered light singing needed for singing riff n runs?

I am learning to sing riff and runs and I don't know but my research in google and youtube says that riff and run singing has to be light singing, looking riff and runs as up and down instead of ...
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What is it called when the same melody is played at different speeds by voices with different timbre?

I'm imagining this situation: A melody is played by a voice (by a "voice" I mean an instrument or an actual human voice). The same melody or a very similar melody is played by another voice,...
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What is the technical term for this type of singing?

You have two vocalists and the first vocalist sings a verse and as he begins the second verse, your second vocalist begins to sing the first verse. The two verses are then sung together.
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Do contemporary singers sound “wrong” without a microphone?

When I play guitar and sing, it isn’t very loud because I mix my head voice with falsetto. It’s impossible for me to know what this sounds like without recording my voice- but the only way to record ...
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Is there a correlation between bass and tenor singers?

I've noticed that a lot of singers who would be classified as a bass singer can sing in the tenor range. For example, Axl Rose and Brian Johnson come to mind. I've also read several forums where ...
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Why does vocal harmony 3rd interval up sound better than 3rd interval down?

For a given chord, the chord tones are composed via going 3rd, like a C Major is a {Major 3rd, Minor 3rd} or a C Minor is {Minor 3rd, Major 3rd}. The 7th, 9th, 11th, and etc... are also created via ...
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Why are baritone vocals written one octave higher in the treble clef?

I have a lot of sheet music where the singer is a baritone and sings a lot in the C3 - C4 region. This would normally be written in the bass clef but in my sheet music, the notes are written in the ...
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What's it called when all the instruments cut out and only the vocals continue and then the instruments return?

This is one of my favourite techniques within music (if it even is one). As such I would love to know what its called, thanks :)
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Performance directions for a vocal technique

I'm in the process of transcribing Just Like Heaven by The Cure from audio to notation. The lead singer Robert Smith has a vocal style where he doesn't seem to hold a pitch for long before sliding to ...
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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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Great head voice, but very strained chest voice

I am able to sing for a long time in head voice without any straining and hoarseness. However, in my work as a classroom teacher, I become very hoarse from speaking. What might be the issue here, and ...
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Advice as to what voice or in which section I should sing in choir [duplicate]

Need help! So I am a male of 25. My tessitura sits comfortably at F3 - G5. My voice sits quite high and light (meaning I cannot sing the normal tenor line with the tenors; however my voice can ...
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What is the difference between mixing tracks with and without vocals?

So whats the differences about regular edm track with no vocals vs pop/rock/rap tracks. Because i know it’s something different. I want to know how i should mix instrumental behind the vocals in pop/...
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I can't sing unless I'm singing along to someone else

Around a year ago, I started singing while listening to music in my ears; usually belting out lyrics while having my earbuds at full blast(not literally), but now when I try to sing A-cappella, my ...
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Why doesn't vocal music use C clefs nowadays? [duplicate]

I've noticed that in older scores the tenor parts (and sometimes the alto parts) are notated using C clefs, but nowadays you almost never see C clefs but instead the tenor parts are notated using an ...
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What is the best way to change the “style” of your voice entirely?

I am a 20 year old female. The only singing experience I have outside my car is in a choir where I sang soprano. However, I have stopped singing since then and I’m a decent alto. However, when I try ...
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50 years old , haven't sung a note in my life, but

So my friend has been given a few months to live. She is incredibly strong and makes me feel like a coward for not having courage to do things that have interested me, but my fear of failure always ...
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Why do people think rapping is new and different from singing?

Why do people think rapping is new and different from singing? Are Staccato (short) and Tenuto (held) the correct terms to differentiate the length of the notes and weren’t these two note speeds both ...

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