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Why can't I sing high notes as a young female?

You could be not reaching those high notes for any of these reasons: You are young and your voice is still developing your vocal technique is bad you're doing the wrong exercises and over-straining ...
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Vocal range of a crowd

One other place where we find large crowds of people singing songs together is worship music- so perhaps we can find relevant advice there. The general consensus* is that the most friendly keys for ...
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Why can't I sing high notes as a young female?

To be realistic, different people have different ranges. If everyone had the range of Mariah Carey or Axel Rose they would use it. However Taylor Swift only has just over 2 octaves and she has managed ...
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Vocal range of a crowd

Just about everyone can manage an octave from B♭ to the one above. Women and men will find their own octave. Take it up to C if you like. By D some will begin to fall out, but this should be ...
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What's the most comfortable key for a group to sing "Happy Birthday"

Either F or G are the keys I've played it in, with many different bands. That takes the high note - the one that's hardest for some to reach - a D, when in key G. However, since the lowest note is ony ...
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What is the proportion of tenors?

According to this Reddit post, the numbers are roughly as follows: Men: 20% Bass / 45% Baritone / 35% Tenor Women: 15% Contralto / 35% Mezzo / 50% Soprano For males, the ordering implied by these ...
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Why do I have such a small vocal range?

Nope, nothing wrong with your voice. An octave and a half chest range isn't bad. The quality of the sound in each register matters more than the range. No use for a 2 octave chest if the bottom is ...
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Why can't I sing high notes as a young female?

Keep straining only if you want no decent voice - ever! At your age and stage of development, it's gently gently. My baby's learned to walk - time to teach him how to jump over hurdles. Absolutely not....
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Female singing a song written for a male vocalist

Am I singing the melody an octave above the male melody of the song? Based on your description, most likely yes. This is called transposition, you transpose the melody an octave up. In common ...
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50 years old , haven't sung a note in my life, but

First of all: I'm really sorry to hear about your friend. What you're aiming to do is absolutely fantastic, I hope she likes it - and as the first comment above says, the important part is in the ...
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What are the typical ranges of voice types?

An important distinction to be made here is the difference between range and tessitura. According to The Complete Musician by Steve Laitz, range is the total span of pitches that a voice can sing; ...
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Are German lieder usually flexible re male or female singers?

That's not really specific to German: single-voiced vocals are typically "unisex", meaning that they are intended to be sung either by males (one octave lower than the treble clef they are ...
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Vocal range of a crowd

Oddly enough, I was reading an analysis of this a couple of weeks ago: Finding The Best Keys For Congregational Songs.  (That page is for worship leaders and analyses lots of popular worship songs; ...
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What are the benefits of singing low notes in your head voice?

Extending your head voice downwards gives you more leeway to establish your mixed voice and/or to choose your register changes as needed. Chest voice gets more overtones as you reach higher with it, ...
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Are German lieder usually flexible re male or female singers?

Some compositions, at least, were gender-specific. Abstract: My research identifies German Lieder composed specifically for female singers. Female-specific songs were determined through textual ...
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What one-octave set of notes is most comfortable for an SATB choir to sing in unison/octaves?

What range for a one-octave melody is likely to be most successful and least uncomfortable for the singers in a standard SATB choir? It depends largely on the dynamic level and character of the ...
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Transposing Music

It is possible, but quite unusual, to change key in that way. As @xerotolerant suggests, there might be a few easier options. That being said, I have used a key change in this manner before. The ...
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Terminology confusion between Range, Register, Ambitus and Tessitura

Interesting question; I didn't realize my own confusion until you pointed it out. According to The Harvard Dictionary of Music: Ambitus. The range of pitches employed in a melody or voice. Range. The ...
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Why would a man start a sing-along in a low key

Reasons for starting too low: They can't sing any higher themselves. They don't realize that it's a problem for someone, and the people who have a problem don't complain, so the low key men could ...
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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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How to state the range of a song

Yup. If you would like to get specific (pun not intended), the song has a range of an octave plus a major second, since there are many qualities of seconds (but octaves are assumed to be perfect in ...
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How to deal with voice change?

1.) Don’t freak out. Every boy goes through this. :) 2.) Don’t force those high notes - your vocal folds are growing so your voice is going to become less predictable - you’ll lose some high, gain ...
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Singing Evolution: could I ever achieve the voice I want?

Yes, you can achieve the voice you want. Your teacher is wrong. Likely because she doesn’t understand that there is a technique to singing hard rock. It is not just for people who have naturally ...
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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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Will my vocal range become lower as I get older?

Short Answer: Yes, it will get lower. Longer Answer: You should know first that your voice won’t fully mature until you are in your 30’s. Even after you finish adolescence, your voice will continue ...
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Singing - effect of vowels on tuning and tonality

Can a singer eventually hope to attain true "12 key" technique as most instrumentalists can (of course some keys will always be a bit easier...) I don't think this is the question of the keys but of ...
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What's the most comfortable key for a group to sing "Happy Birthday"

There's no foolproof answer, as people have all kinds of vocal ranges, and "Happy Birthday" is actually a relatively difficult song for novices to sing because it contains a full octave leap. You may ...
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