Questions tagged [voice]

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

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Is there a name for “singing between registers”, as if one as at the end of their range, to produce multiple notes?

I've been experimenting with singing a note and then slowly devoicing it or applying less pressure with my, usually near the top of my chest / modal(?) register, and trying to get that harsh sound ...
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Why are “scales” mentioned less to singers and more to guitar players?

Scales are still confusing to me. When I sing I don't know anything about scales. Nobody suggests me to sing in mixolydian, phrygian or anything like that. But, when I play guitar, it is very ...
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How to record/stream digital piano and microphone audio at the same time

I was trying my best (with my limited knowledge of audio equipment) but couldn't seem to find an answer for my specific goals! Here are the points I want to achieve: I want both my voice and my ...
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How to get rid of a sharp resonance in the first formant region during singing?

On recordings I've noticed, when I belt, my voice tends to have a sharp resonance in the region of the first formant, typically when the 2nd harmonic hits the 1st formant, causing it to become ...
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I have been struggling at achieving pitch accuracy since forever. How can I prevent singing off-pitch?

An audio of myself singing to Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy": my bad guy cover I have been singing for a year and 4 months now. When I started I had no knowledge of pitch, tone and dynamics. I ...
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How long can musicians perform before they get tired? [closed]

I'm conceiving a story where this might come up. How long can musicians perform before performance drops? There are hard limits imposed by biological needs (e.g. having to go to the toilet), but I'm ...
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terrible singing despite i can hit , can i learn? [duplicate]

I really wanto to learn to sing, i'm trying every day to use an app that play a note / scale and you have to sing along , it's 30days that i'm doing this ,and yes i'm getting better 90% hit in the ...
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Should I learn harmonium to learn western singing?

I am an Indian, and I want to learn western music/singing, but my teacher says first you have to learn harmonium to learn singing. So I am confused: should I learn harmonium, because as far as I know, ...
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Do film scores match film dialogue pitch?

Human speech (including dialogue in movies) has a certain pitch. The harmony between the film dialogue and the film score can be influenced by the filmmakers. For example, the score can be composed ...
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My chest voice range is extremely narrow,

I'm a male singer. I've been studying voice, training, and doing exercises for almost 15 years and my natural chest voice range is still about the same, a D3 to about an F4. It's always been this way. ...
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Is there a word or music term for when a singer is mimicing the instrument, like at the beginning of the song Dang Me by Roger Miller? [duplicate]

Title is self-explanatory. I'm asking if there is a word or musical term for when a singer is mimicking the sound of the instrument that's playing. An example of what I'm asking for is at the very ...
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Why do I hit some notes only on some days

I'm a lyric baritone. My lowest modal note is D2 (I just developed it few months ago). My higher notes however seem to pose a problem. I can sing an F#4 in just about any day, however, my G4 seems ...
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MuseScore 3: Play Different Instrument per Voice

Is it possible to play different Instrument per voice In MuseScore 3? How to do it?
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Can someone help me identify my voice type? [duplicate]

I am Male/14. My morning voice is C2 and my normal speaking voice is D#2. The highest note I can hit is A2. Is this considered bass or low baritone?
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Chord voicings used by backup trios in Motown girl groups?

On songs like Be my baby by the Ronettes or Will you love me tomorrow? by the Shirelles (a Carole King tune), there seems to be a standard style of arrangement where you have the lead vocals sung by ...
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How does it feel (or where) to change the pitch while singing?

I unfortunately use my larynx while I change my pitch, and I really don't know where or what or how to feel while I change my pitch without using my larynx. How do I even control my vocal cords ...
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Do coloratura sopranos sing the high F (F6) in mixed voice or head voice?

I'm confused about this. When googling about coloratura sopranos, wiki and several other sites say that coloratura sopranos can sing to the high F (with some just below or above that, of course). Do ...
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Singing body technique: How to blow past vocal glass ceiling?

Two must-do's for singing deal with expanding the vocal apparatus (voicebox, chest, diaphragm) in the outwards and downwards directions: Puff out ribs when inhaling air as well as during singing ...
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How can you tell what note someone is singing?

As someone who sings for fun, how do you guys tell what note someone is singing? The reason I'm asking this is because with an instrument, you can easily tell as long as you memorize that note; ...
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Singing and karaoke

I have a question for people who do karaoke often. If a song is too high for you and you decide to sing it lower by a semitone or two, how noticeable is this? The reason I'm asking is because my voice ...
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Is there terminology for vocals that do not use lyrics in certain parts? [duplicate]

Is there terminology for the below type of vocals, without words, where it almost sounds like the singer functions even more like an instrument rather than singing lyrics, if that makes sense? The ...
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Singing and transposing in the same key

Hey guys I have a question. If I'm singing a song and it was too high for me by a few semi tones and I decided to sing it lower, would I have to also transpose the background music in order for it to ...
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Can vocal range extension be achieved by technique only? Or are exercises the key?

I hear all the time people talking about extending vocal range with exercises, and people talk about mixed voice... can someone clarify those questions for me (that I believe are related to each ...
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What do singing teachers refer to when they say “relax and sing”?

I have heard singing teachers say something like "relax and sing". My understanding is that you cannot sing with all the muscles relaxed. Some teachers say that using the wrong muscles are ...
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most karaoke songs are too high for me to sing

i am an untrained singer, and i did many tests in the youtube videos to check my vocal range.. i can hit (not necessary sing with confidence) the g2 - g#4. is it normal it i cannot sing most of the ...
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Why do many teachers say that singing in pure chest voice is what is easiest for singers? [closed]

I sometimes read or hear people, mostly teachers, saying that singing in pure chest voice is what is most easiest for a singer. When I sing my easiest notes I sing a little higher and don't use pure ...
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Is it possible to learn how to sing properly without a teacher?

Can you learn to sing with correct technique only using videos and online courses - without feedback from a teacher that guides you? How much of a difference would it make?
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Are there formal definitions of “high tenor”?

Many people mention terms like "low" and "high" tenors. Are there formal definitions of "high tenor"?
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Are there really pitches that are the most comfortable for a singer and for a speaker?

Many people say that the first thing a beginner should do is finding the most comfortable pitches he/she can sing and then sing there. I myself, a beginner, don't know if "most comfortable ...
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Is it better for the voice to match the music?

I'm 18 and very new to music theory. I was in band and middle school for a year and took Music Appreciation in my senior year of high school. But one thing I never came to understand was sound keys ...
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Problem with hearing singing voice different than the outcome

I have been trying to learn a bit of singing starting last month, but I'm not getting anywhere. I have the problem that the things I sing in my head sound fine to me, but I know for a fact from ...
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Is there a name for the repetition of lyrics in music by a person or group of persons?

In the song BrokEn by Coldplay there are lyrics sung by the lead singer that are repeated by a background choir; Lord, when I'm broken (when I'm broken) I'm in need (I'm in need) I feel that ocean (...
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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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Is there a vocal technique used here? If so, what is it called?

(0:53) I'm looking at this song "Just Hold Me" by Maria Mena which I found to be a very good song in terms of the vocals. Though I'm curious, is there actually a specific vocal technique for ...
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Latin voice denotations in Renaissance vocal music

I see that in the original printings of renaissance vocal music, the voices are labeled with Latin words like cantus, triplex, medius, etc... Assuming that these words denote the ranges of their ...
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How to avoid losing vocal comp on Logic Pro X when recording another take?

In Logic Pro X when I record multiple takes and choose my comp selections. After already choosing the selections I want to come back and record another take, but then I lose my previous comp ...
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Why are doubled vocals usually panned left and right?

Why don't people usually have the doubled vocal go down the middle (i.e. two vocal takes in mono) - and then pan that combination left and right using a doubler plugin. I heard someone say its to ...
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Why can't I sing high notes as a young female?

I am 14 years old and want to become a singer. I have been seeing that most of the singers that are females can usually hit these amazing high notes with no problem whatsoever. Like for example ...
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Singing with face mask?

How does wearing a standard Type I or Type II disposable surgical mask affect the voice when singing? I particularly interested in singing into a good microphone. What modifications (EQ or effects) to ...
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Question on vocal range [duplicate]

I'm not a singer but trained flutist, 22 year old male. I compose melodies but I find struggling to vocalise them. I recently found my vocal range is from B2 to D4, E4 before it breaks. I was ...
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How to find my mix voice? [duplicate]

I have found the famous "passagio" listening to my recording : https://voca.ro/1hIiPM1IKHJa But once I founded my passion how can I find my mix voice ? I don't know
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Come to think of it, who did put the bop in the bop shoo bop shoo bop?

There have been "la la la"s and nonsense lyrics in music since ... well, since a long time back. Why, who could forget that sixteenth-century classic "Nos Galan"? And Nigunim have ...
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What is the purpose of singing pentascales instead of working on ear training? [closed]

What is the purpose of singing pentascales up and down in different keys (transposing it a semitone higher each time) while your teacher plays the piano? This exercise has never really worked that ...
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What does it mean to use the piano as a crutch? [closed]

I had a singing teacher who would play the piano and ask me to sing the notes she played. It could be a single note, a major scale or an arpeggio. When I sang to the piano it would sometimes sound ok (...
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Is this holistic approach, focusing on the relation between speaking and singing, uncommon? If so, why?

I have taken singing lessons from different teachers . Only one, my current teacher, focuses a lot on my speaking voice. This has helped me a lot. She says that she has learned a lot from actors. The ...
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How to deal with voice change?

I am a 14 year old boy and I think my voice is changing. Last year I used to nail notes from D4-G5 in my chest voice and I was always taking the high octave (even with the girls singing) but over the ...
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Does the tenor voice have a falsetto that begins at D4?

I, a tenor, remember learning to sing a certain hymn years ago. It went up to D. It felt high way back then. Nowadays it is not high at all. I would probably transpose it so that the highest note ...
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What does it mean to have a voice of a “tenor 1”?

When I sing I like the higher keys. I do not have that low voice that most people have. Even some tenors have that low voice. Sometimes I sing hymns a major thid higher than the keys found in the hymn ...
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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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