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Any vocal work can only be fully appreciated by listening to it in the original language, whether that language is German (Schubert's "Winterreise", or any Wagner or Strauss opera) or Italian (Puccini, Verdi etc.), because a translation nearly always loses some of the detail of the original. In extreme cases the whole meaning can be lost, ...


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To add to some already good answers, one reason it can be so worthwhile to know the original language is to fully appreciate the text–music relationships that the composer set. There's a technique known as text painting (or word painting) where a composer makes a musical reference to the text being sung. Perhaps there's a chilly wind that passes the ...


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The trend is clearly against translating. While operas were frequently translated into the local language still in the 20th century, this sharply declined with any historically informed performance. Schuberts melodies have easily an impact on the interested listener (no matter, how hard they are to play or to sing). The poems he chose were of widely varying ...


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I‘ve never cared about this. I think they edit all songs in treble clefs, maybe because pop singers are not all used to read bass or tenor clef. (Most pop songs for male voices are in a higher range than Bariton while the girls mostly sing lower, say in the same range.) I was wondering if it's even a thing that sometimes the vocals won't exactly match the ...


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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 distortion by the likes of Ken Tamplin (other vocal coaches are of course available!). If you are wanting to do it and starting out as a singer that has never done it, ...


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The general term for instruments and voices playing the same melody (rhythm and pitch) is unison, but it covers more than your cases: also when two instruments play the same melody or a choir singing the same melody. I'm not sure if there is a more specific (well-known) term which excludes those cases. If only the rhythm is identical but not the pitch, it ...


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Your example song, "Feeling Good", was first performed in 1964 by Cy Grant in key of B minor. The score you show is in E minor. Michael Bublé sings it in Eb minor. Nina Simone sung it in G minor. The octave in which the melody is sung seems to be a minor detail here. It is common for singers to transpose the song to match their vocal range. As I ...


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I had a similar problem, and realized that my connection to the recording device (my computer) was bad. I was using an amplifier/mixer connected directly to the PC's built-in audio interface (i.e. not using USB), and couldn't figure out where the noise was coming from. By using a real "pro-sumer" audio interface (with its own built-in phantom power ...


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First things to check: If when you say "you can't sing" you mean you're out of tune: Does the backing track play on the same key as you do on your guitar? Maybe you're trying to sing too high or too low? If it does, check if adjusting the volumes helps. It's almost impossible to sing well without hearing yourself and the backing in a good balance....


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I'm pretty sure that effect is vocal fry. That's what creates the raspy tone at least. To learn more about it, this tutorial is an absolute SLOG to get through because the guy keeps talking about nothing, but buried within is some good information. A lot of his videos have good info but my goodness does he like to talk! The other thing Elvis does, he uses ...


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I think this is unanswerable, because there's no way to quantify appreciation. I suspect the authors of the other answers have valid points when they point out that translations crippled by the requirements of scansion will often not be as good as the original text, but I'm fairly sure that there are exceptions. Scansion notwithstanding, some non-English ...


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I believe it can also be described as 'Keening' or a song style used in the old days after a death- a form of vocal lament for the dead. Dolores' voice, yodeling or not is beautiful.


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