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Practicing notes with strain?

You mentioned the term strain. Strain is a big problem in the voice; if you feel strain, you should stop immediately. Pain is a message from your body telling you to stop. You also mentioned that you ...
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What food / drink affects vocal characteristics?

Here are some excerpts and links I hope you find useful. If you follow the links to each website you will find more information and details there. Jessica Hendricks from http://www.livestrong.com/...
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Will my voice get any higher?

Emily, great question and welcome to the stack. In order to answer your question, there are some truths that you'll need to understand / accept: 1.) 14 is quite, quite young. Like it or not, your ...
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Is there a specific vocal technique to sound "croaky" towards beginning of phrases?

The phonetic term for this effect is “creaky voice,” but it’s perhaps more often referred to as “vocal fry” in musical contexts. It’s not especially difficult to produce, though it is difficult to ...
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I haven't practice on singing before?

I've got an idea: GO TO A DOCTOR The most pressing issue here is the pain. Pain here is likely indicative of some form of injury, and definitely beyond the capacity of SE to respond to specifically. ...
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Playing vocals on instrument

There are multiple ways to do this, and I realize that this is a pretty difficult situation to be in, especially if you're not familiar with this sort of thing. One solution is to sing while playing ...
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Accessing Head Voice From Vocal Fry

This is a very confused question. Your description of falsetto is mostly wrong, partly by mixing up cause, effect, and side effects. Falsetto comes about by a particular configuration of the larynx ...
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Is humming good for the vocal cords?

Humming at low volume shouldn't hurt the vocal folds, in fact it's a good vocal warming up exercise. But when you say for a long time, how long are you talking about? Humming still puts the larynx ...
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Will nicotine gum (e.g., Nicorette) harm my singing voice?

Yes. Nicotine supplements will damage your voice. As will smoking and being around people who are smoking. According to The Singer's Voice, by Michael S. Benninger and Thomas Murry (Plural Publishing, ...
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Will nicotine gum (e.g., Nicorette) harm my singing voice?

Yes, Nicorette gum has a damaging effect on the vocal cords. I am a singer, and it has coated my vocal cords, and has affected my singing.
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Does temporarily quitting singing lessons affect your voice

It depends on your teacher. If your current teacher is bad, then it could actually be good to stop taking lessons! Beyond that, it depends on a lot of different factors. Beginner singers usually have ...
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How can I increase my vocal endurance and sing longer without getting hoarse and losing my voice?

Rockin Cowboy- I could've written your initial question. In fact I have over about 40 years of doing the lead singer thing (mid 50s now, still doing it). I've asked so many teachers this same question....
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How can I increase my vocal endurance and sing longer without getting hoarse and losing my voice?

3 to 4 hours is too long to sustain on a regular basis. I work around 180 shows each year and duration of show is 90 min. Vocal tiredness is inevitable as the varied environment of each gig offers ...
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What food / drink affects vocal characteristics?

Jack has some great examples - but remember, each voice is different. Some people swear that milk causes phlegm....and it does...but only to the people who get phlegmy when they drink milk.....you ...
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What is the theory behind vocal warm up?

this looks like a focus on resonance or the mask. The idea here is that she is feeling the sound vibrate in the cheeks, eye cavities and forehead area. These are the key areas of the 'mask'. You can ...
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Vocal/ Humming troubles

The answer is right there in your first sentence... "recovering". Once you've actually recovered, you'll be fine. No good trying to rush it & push it, you'll hurt something if you're not careful....
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Low notes and puberty

Okay, Nick. We've got to unpack some things. Your voice doesn't mature at the same rate as the rest of you. Believe it or not, your voice won't really reach full "maturity" until your early-mid 30's. ...
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What is that thing called that Ed Sheeran is doing with his voice on the word "no"?

It's one of the many forms of vocal "distortion". You'll hear it far more often in rock and metal singing styles. You might want to check out youtube videos on singing with rasp and ...
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Can’t sing anymore

I'm glad to read you're healthy!. To me it seems like something a good vocal couch or teacher could help you improve quickly. Yes, it sounds like bad technique (lack of good breath support).
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How does it feel (or where) to change the pitch while singing?

For me this required a good teacher to guide me to a fundamentally different mental model of singing. I don't disagree with Aaron's answer, but it leaves out a key element, which is breathing. ...
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Will nicotine gum (e.g., Nicorette) harm my singing voice?

I was using Nicorette gum for a few years and finally had to quit when I realized it was the cause of my voice going hoarse. It damaged vocal chords and it took me over a month to get my voice back ...
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Practicing notes with strain?

Avoid strain. Practice recognizing the difference between strain and discomfort. A good stretch can feel a little bit uncomfortable and moves one closer toward reaching what may be currently out of ...
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Vocal/ Humming troubles

Your vocal fold tissues are still inflamed from your sinus issues. The main muscles involved in phonation are the vocalis, the crico-thyroid, and the thyro-arytenoid. In a recovering/inflammation ...
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What comes after vocal warm ups and Exercises?

Your best bet is to find a good singer and sing along with them. Maybe join a choir at church, if you go to one. Other than that, find recordings of great singers and try to duplicate what you ...
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Does one's voice get lower with age?

As a VERY general rule, yes, you'll lose some top range. It would be most unusual for age to bring an EXTENDED high range! I make no further predictions.
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Losing my vocal range?

As Todd Wilcox commented, many many things can change vocal range for a few days. Permanent changes happen much more slowly: puberty, aging a few decades, deliberately using bad technique for many ...
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Extension of lower end of the vocal range

this is fun to say, but here's what happened to me. I practiced my low range for about a year and nothing changed. Then, this year during winter break, aàI cought a bad cold and couldn't speak for a ...
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