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Can smoking allow a singer to sing in a way a non smoker couldn't?

Late edit: Paul McCartney smokes. At 80, & after his gig at Glastonbury this year, where he's still doing everything in the original key, that rather lends more weight to my argument that smoking ...
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Can smoking allow a singer to sing in a way a non smoker couldn't?

Smoking affects singing in indirect ways negatively. Smoking reduces the lungs capabilites and CO will reduce the bloods abilities to bind oxygen, which most likely means that smoking will reduce the ...
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Can smoking allow a singer to sing in a way a non smoker couldn't?

I don't think anyone would argue against the fact that smoking can change the voice. And that the change could sometimes be artistically attractive. And I don't think anyone would argue against the ...
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What Causes the Changes in Singer Voices Like Mick Jagger's?

Is it smoking and drinking, vocal abuse/overuse or other forms of injury that can happen over decades? In part, yes, but it's also just age. Epithelial and connective tissue loses elasticity. ...
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Can smoking allow a singer to sing in a way a non smoker couldn't?

I will not talk about the dangers of smoking - enough has been said about this. I have heard enough about the fact that there are a lot of great singers and singers who did not part with a cigarette ...
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when you only sing in F#

The joke is that he sings in F#, even though it sounds bad, just because he prefers singing in F#. He does not sing the whole song in F# while playing in F*. That would be very difficult to do, but ...
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when you only sing in F#

Ironically, he's not singing in F initially, nor F♯ when he sings that he is. The song's far more in Dm, and the F♯ note he sings is actually the major 3rd of D - yes, it's an F♯,, but he's certainly ...
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Should I be consciously moving larynx when doing vibrato?

There are a number of posts here that address this question in answering posts on related issues. They are unanimous in saying that one should not consciously move the larynx to create vibrato. Rather,...
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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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Do I have a really low voice, or does every pop singer have a really high register

I'm not an expert on pop music, but my impression is that pop music has an abundance of (a) tenors and (b) falsetto (in male singers). Maybe it's time to get to know Johnny Cash's oeuvre better, so ...
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Do I have a really low voice, or does every pop singer have a really high register

I'll try to answer your question slightly differently maybe, but I hope it will get to the point: Your natural voice height is determined by the size of your vocal cords (the organ in your body ...
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Should I be consciously moving larynx when doing vibrato?

No. Luciano Pavarotti: Leontyne Price: Lots of vibrato. Very little laryngeal movement. I picked these videos because Pavarotti and ...
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Can smoking allow a singer to sing in a way a non smoker couldn't?

The smokey voice is associated with scarred and thickened vocal cords. It is possible to scar and thicken your vocal cords by other methods. It is possible to sing with a smokey voice even without ...
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Can smoking allow a singer to sing in a way a non smoker couldn't?

Even if smoking did give you the voice you want, it's rather obviously a stupid and short-sighted way to go. Get a skilled voice coach and learn all the different ways to produce roughness, vocal fry, ...
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Can smoking allow a singer to sing in a way a non smoker couldn't?

Yes, you can sing like Bruce Springstein, Sting, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart by smoking - and without smoking. When my voice broke at 13 I forced my voice to sing oh when the saints like Louis Armstrong. ...
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Can smoking allow a singer to sing in a way a non smoker couldn't?

Just about everybody's voice changes with age. So it's going to be difficult to establish whether it's age or a lifetime of smoking that's produced any change. The only way to test this would be to ...
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Are sweet drinks bad for singing?

Sweets are not recommended to singers at all, but they can eat chocolate. But not before the performance and not an hour before the singing, rehearsal. It causes a slight sore throat. Like cocoa, ...

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