Questions tagged [voice]

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

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Piano: How to Internalize a Beat in One Hand?

I am learning an to play this accompaniment while I sing "Counting Stars". I am having trouble internalizing the beat in one section, and as such I keep losing rhythm. Not just for this song, it is a ...
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How do I improve my voice?

I am an 14 year-old girl who wants to improve her singing voice. How do I go about doing that? I heard that you need to strengthen the muscles around the vocal chords, but I have no idea how. I am ...
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Ear and singing training

I have read plenty of different questions related to ear training, even way more answers, but I'm still struggling to obtain a clear-cut answer (provided that it exists). I have taken up on singing ...
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What songs are good for an young alto? (10-13) [closed]

I am a young teen who is trying to find some songs for me, because everything comes out airy or soft. Is this normal for a person my age? Please help!
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XENYX Q502USB and Neewer NW 700 Mic not working

As the title says, im using a Behringer XENYX Q502USB mixer and a Neewer NW-700 mic and get no microphone signal on my pc. What I currently have: I got the mixer plugged in via usb in my pc and the ...
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“Uh WoOooOo” in reggae/dub/rasta jungle

Is there a name for the "uh woOoOo" vocalization present in reggae and derived music genres? Example: Barrington Levy - Here I come
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Advice for singing [closed]

I feel like I generally am on pitch but still don't like my tone a lot. My goal is to be able to sing pop music at a really high level and I don't know how to make my tone more pop sounding, or just ...
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Do Musicians Who are Trained on Other Instruments Automatically Acquire Singing Ability?

I watched a guitarist on YouTube discuss some concept about harmony, and he played a note and sang an interval above. He prefaced with "now, I am not a good singer but...", and proceeded to sing notes ...
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Safety of exercises in Alan Greene: “How to Sing and Speak Properly” book

I have years of experience singing incorrectly on a hobbyist level. My voice has a lot of tension and I have very little concept of what makes up "good technique". I want to improve my singing tone ...
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Why do I have such a small vocal range?

I’ve been working on my vocal range for a long time now, but it seems to always stay extremely small. The lowest note I can hit is the G below middle C, and the highest note I can hit (in full chest ...
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Why is ii6 always used instead of ii?

I've noticed in ii-V-I that it is almost always ii6-V-I or ii6/5-V-I. Why is this the case? Should the descending fifth in the bass of ii-V be a very strong progression?
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What is my vocal type [duplicate]

Good Evening everyone! I am trying to discover my true vocal range and have had a couple answers. I have gotten dramatic tenor, light baritone aaaand high tenor. Certainly you can't be all 3 right? I ...
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When looking up the key of a song, what octave is the singer singing in?

When you look up the key to a song and it says the key is something like E♭ or F, how do you know what octave the singer is singing in? Is it, for example, an F3 or F4? Is it above or below ...
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How can I do voice isolation in Ableton?

How can I isolate voice from background music? Is it even possible? I tried it with Audacity but the quality is not good enough.
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Looking to find my voice classification

I'm an 18 yr. old male, looking to maybe get into singing. On a bad day my lowest is C2 and on a good one A1, if vocal fry/subharmonics are not considered. My highest sits somewhere between A3 and C4, ...
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Is it possible to use a vocoder to imitate another singer?

Is changing pitch enough for anonymizing a person's voice? piqued my interest about digitally altering voices and the similarity to vocoders in music, and it just occurred to me: The carrier signal ...
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Troubles with high notes

I started taking singing lessons 1 year ago. First I was recognized as a baritono and had a not so extended range, as far as I know, I gained 2 or 3 notes in the low part and moved from a Fa4 to Si4 ...
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Do I need a teacher to learn singing for a hobby

Basically I want to learn how to sing, but I want to mantain only as a hobby, not pursuing any career or academic success. I have no background in singing and I think my voice sounds terrible when ...
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Vocal technique: Why is Smiling Used to Sharpen Notes?

A very common technique in singing is to smile in order to brighten the tonality of a given note and raise the pitch of the note. When it comes to raising the pitch of the note, is it the overtones ...
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How to understand the meter and pulse of lyrics in songwriting?

I've been learning many different concepts as a beginning songwriter and have been working on applying them in my work. However, I can't seem to full understand how to control lyric meter and lyric ...
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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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Breathing for singing - shoulder movement

I've been told for the longest time that if my shoulders move during singing AT ALL I'm doing something wrong. The problem is, I feel like I can't get a full breath without my shoulders going up a bit ...
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How do I know if I'm singing on the right key

I've been singing for around a year, I've come a long way but there's a place where I struggle and I don't know if I'm using the right approach. When I learn a new song, I usually look online for the ...
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I constantly have phlegm in my throat and have to clear my throat all the time [closed]

Alright, so I have a few problems with my voice rn. One is my nose is always clogged/running. So I always have a problem of phlegm going down my throat, which is horrible for my throat in the first ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Am I speaking with both head and chest voice since I am a tenor?

I have heard people saying that chest voice is easier than head voice. I even met a vocal teacher who said that speak in chest voice. I told her it is not true for me. When I speak naturally I use ...
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Almost tone deaf when singing

I am a bassist and I try to sing, and I hope to improve my singing. The thing is, I feel tone deaf when I'm singing live. I always shoot a little sharp or a little flat from what I should. Not ...
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Two voices for a solo singer written in a sheet music

I was reading the score for Mozart’s insertion aria for his own opera Idomeneo “Non Temer Amato Bene”, K. 490. In it, Idomeneo’s son Idamante (scored for soprano; trouser role) expresses his undying ...
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Why is the tenor low in this arrangement of Silent night?

I found a video with the tenor line to an arrangement of Silent night. The tenor is found in this video: It is a low tenor line. I would even sing up to F4 or even G4 ...
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Tonsil pain after singing: could be tension?

I'm a beginner in singing, and I'm learning right now how to use/work with the support for the diaphragm (I'm sorry if this is not the best way to describe the technique, but I don't know how it is ...
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Best recording device for acoustic guitar and voice [closed]

I have a couple of live concert consisting of an acoustic guitar and a singer that need to be recorded. One is totally unplugged, and the other has both musicians plugged through an acoustic amp ...
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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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