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

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Techniques for remembering a pitch without reference

I'm wondering what ways there are to remember a note. For example, as a guitarist it'd come in handy if one can hum an E note so you can tune your E string according to it. Are there common ...
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What are “nodules” and how do you avoid them?

I've heard from singers (I'm primarily a guitarist) that it can be dangerous to try to make your voice deeper because you might develop "nodules". Is it true? What are they? How can you avoid them?
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Finding and improving singing range and power [duplicate]

I know this question gets asked a lot, but neither google/wiki nor stack exchange have provided me with decisive information, and having to change voice so often really confuses me. I'm singing since ...
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What are the typical ranges of voice types?

One of the defining features of voice types are the typical ranges and while not the deciding factor, is a good indicator of what voice type a person is. So what are the typical ranges of the main ...
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How to consistently sing with energy?

I've been taking vocal lessons for over 8-9 months. I started out as a novice and I'm beginning to develop ok resonance and balance. One of the problems I'm havingwith singing is energizing my voice. ...
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How to differentiate between head voice and falsetto?

What are the characteristics used to determine if something is sung in head voice or if is falsetto? If we take the line “No, I don't want to fall in love…” from Chris Isaak's Wicked Game, is this ...
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What is a depressed larynx?

I'm reading this article about "The Danger of Heavy Repertoire" and I don't know what he means when he talks about using a depressed larynx. What is the depressed larynx technique?
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What do I need for my condenser microphone to work correctly?

Now, I do know this question had been asked a thousand times, but I do have other questions along with it, so here it goes. Couple of months ago I've bought a condenser microphone which I am ...
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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 can you tell if the singer is in pitch?

Just found this site. I'm an adult piano beginner. I just started studying music for the first time in my life about a year ago and am loving it. It's fascinating. I've been taking piano lessons. ...
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Why is my voice lower pitched when I get up in the morning?

When I sing or speak just after waking from a long sleep, I can reach lower pitches than I can after being awake for a few hours. Why does this happen? What happens to my body after waking that ...
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How can I increase my vocal endurance and sing longer without getting hoarse and losing my voice?

I sing either solo or as lead singer in my band, on shows lasting from 3 to 4 hours. I do take a break occasionally and sip water between every other song. I also avoid alcohol before and during my ...
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How can a shy singer get feedback?

I like singing, and while I've got more comfortable with the sound of my voice over time, I still don't really like it, and I'm massively self-conscious about anybody hearing me sing. I'm so jealous ...
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How can I tell if I (or other male singers) are using falsetto or head voice?

There are some related questions: What is the difference between male head voice and falsetto? (but the accepted answer answers a different question) How to differentiate between head voice and ...
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Pop filters and dealing with plosives in live performance

I was just listening to a recording of a performance I did a few weeks back, and couldn't help but notice the ridiculously explosive P's and B's. I'd obviously like to avoid this. I can't recall ever ...
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Distribution of voice types?

What percent of men are tenors, baritones, and basses, respectively? And similarly, what percent of women are sopranos, mezzos, and altos, respectively? It would be preferable if you could cite a ...
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How to practice singing without annoying my neighbors?

I want to practice my singing but I can't do it properly because I have neighbors; my question is, would it work if I made a practicing cubicle with soundproof all around it? I am not sure if ...
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Why does Tom Waits' voice sound the way it does?

Do singers like Waits achieve a "gruff" vocal sound by some sort of technique, or is it just from smoking a lot?
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Unable to sing, but not tone deaf

I have always assumed I am tone deaf because I have no memory for music. Although I can harmonize, or sing a long with a song or others, I cannot reproduce it if I am not hearing it currently or ...
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How to extend the range of your voice?

Since taking lessons is a very expensive thing these days, I'd like to know some tips on how to extend the range of the voice and maybe also on how to switch from one register to another without ...
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How to transition from rough vocals to clean vocals?

I am a lead singer on a band, I spent a lot of time learning rough vocals, like in this example: Now i want to learn clean vocals, there's some practical way to carry ...
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How much can transposing a song by a half step or a whole step help a vocalist?

It is not uncommon for a singer to ask for a piece to be transposed up or down a half step or a whole step. This minute change might be a big change for instrumentalist, like horn players, who have to ...
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Techniques to Improve Vocal Volume?

I am a singer who typically does acoustic guitar type performance, but I've been playing with full 'rock' bands for a little while now and am having a terrible time of getting 'loud' enough to cut ...
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How does someone safely develop intensity at an extremely high tessitura?

We've had a couple different questions about extending voice range. This question is probably related more to endurance and tone quality, not just extending range. Find a recording of Dexter Holland ...
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what muscles are involved in singing, and does toning them improve singing?

I read a Fantastic answer on "How to have a penetrating voice?" talking about how air is pushed up from the lungs using the muscles around them. In my naive head that makes me think strengthening ...
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Why are melodies typically played or sung by high voices or instruments in an ensemble?

In the pop idiom, there appears to be a significant pattern of successful pop songs having high-pitched male vocals. Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, almost all rock songs (FOB, All American Rejects, Red ...
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Does environmental (or food/drink) temperature have an effect on the voice?

Does ambient temperature (i.e. winter vs summer) or food/drink temperature (i.e. cold vs hot) have an effect on voice: Texture Pitch/range Strength
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What is the importance of vocal vibrato?

I would appreciate an explanation that addresses the following questions, and hopefully offers any other related insights: How does it help the singer? How does it help the listener? Is one expected ...
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How does one sing with vibrato?

I was reading this quesiton: What is the importance of vocal vibrato? I realised while I know what vibrato is, I have no idea how one does it. What does a singer physically do to utilise this ...
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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 is initial “ps” pronounced in ecclesiastical Latin?

There are several ways to pronounce Latin. Ecclesiastical Latin is the one used when singing sacred music. I've found several guides for how to pronounce ecclesiastical Latin, but none have described ...
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Singing software

What are software options that will tell you where you've gone out of tune in the performance of a given song? Better if it can work with any song file or has a wealth of community-content. Sort of ...
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How does a man warm up his mixed voice?

I have gotten into my mixed voice in the past when working with a vocal teacher. But now I struggle to get there. Any suggestions?
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How do I know if I am using mixed voice?

I am practicing singing on my own for fun. I am trying to practice mixed voice, but I am having hard time distinguishing my head voice, chest voice and mixed voice from each other. From the sources I ...
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Am I a low tenor or a high baritone?

I'm a 13 year old singer, my voice already dropped (I think), i don't think it is likely that it'll change a whole lot more. But anyways, my vocal range is : E2-B5 (a lot of low tenors have this ...
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Voice classification and voice types: how can voice be classified based on range?

How can voice be classified based on range? What system is typically used? Which voice types are there? What are their ranges? Are there other less-known or alternative systems?
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Singing on pitch with visual cues

I am currently learning to sing by myself and having visual feedback to tell me if I hit the right note or not would be very helpful. I am trying out the Melodyne software and its great because it ...
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When to start Vibrato (on any instrument)

As a bassist, I spent a lot of time with music teachers who told me I took too long to start vibrating. The example they gave (Jeff Bradetich, UNT) was of opera singers who begin vibrating immediately....
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Ranges in the Real Vocal Book

The Real Book for vocalists comes in two versions: The Real Vocal Book for high voice or low voice. What are the actual vocal ranges appropriate for these transcriptions? The publisher’s descriptions ...
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Not sure what voice type I have

I'm trying to decide whether my voice type is bass or baritone. I'm an 18 y.o. guy. I never had vocal education, I just sometimes sing or hum for fun. In chest voice I can do E2 - E4. The lower end ...
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Can anybody develop their falsetto like Brian Mcknight?

I practice singing a lot and exploring my voice--not that I'm very good at it, but I hope to be. Lately I've been focusing on my falsetto because I want to have control over it like guys like Brian ...
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How do I distinguish my voice singing a c3 from a c4?

I was trying to figure out my voice range, but I actually run against the stupid problem that I don't know if I sing a c3 or a c4. I was using an online piano to match my voice, but I simply don't ...
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What is a typical volume range for a singer?

I have always struggled from having a quiet voice, both singing and talking, but have no easy way to measure my singing volume objectively - I know when I was in a singing group for fun I had to be ...
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“voice-meter” software [closed]

I just joined in a choir. I am a beginner and I have some trouble singing out the right tune. For example, if the piano gives me C major do/re/mi, my tune might be slightly higher or lower (I'm ...
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Is it possible to increase the range of mixed voice?

I can smoothly transition from mix to head and back, but I was wondering if I can stretch out the mix so that I don't have to transition to head voice for those high notes. I'm a male, and I can reach ...
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What exactly is “singing with your head voice”?

I attended a music class several years ago and somewhat learned the keys to proper singing. The teacher said to sing "with your head voice." What does this mean exactly? I have been asked several ...
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Naming of notes in choral music?

I've got to grips with Scientific Pitch Notation (e.g middle C is C4) but in a choral setting I am often confused because there seems to be a whole nomenclature where certain notes have specific names....
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What is my voice type?

my name is Joudrick Sanchez, my grandmother is a very nice singer, not famous but, she is great singer, she teach me certain things, but she doesn't told me anything about my voice type, either my ...
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Singing in pitch problem

I'm a guitar player and never was able to sing. Well, to be honest I never wanted or tried to sing. But for 2 months already I'm trying to start singing. The main problem is that I can't produce the ...
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Beams in classical vocal music

I had a look at different operas and songs with piano accompaniment. I noticed that one often does not connect beams that one usually would in instrumental music (such as four sixteenth notes in 4/4), ...