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Two voices for a solo singer written in a sheet music

The notes with stems up are for singing in Italian, while the notes with the stems down are for singing in German. Thus, in the first picture of the original posting, in Italian it would be ... ...
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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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Are women's voices one octave higher than men's voices?

Yes, roughly. The standard ranges are often listed as: Bass: E2-E4 Baritone: A2-A4 Tenor: C3-C5 Contralto: F3-F5 Mezzo-soprano: A3-A5 Soprano: C4-C6 You can see that the three women's ranges are one ...
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In musical terms, what properties are varied by the human voice to produce different words / syllables?

As Michael Curtis has pointed out, from the linguistic side, the study of phonetics is all about what speech sounds humans make and how they make them. Phonetics doesn't really approach things from a ...
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Can one be too old to learn how to sing?

You are never too old to sing in general. If you want to sing very demanding technical pieces such as opera or if you wish to sing professionally, there may be a time limit but at 28 you are nowhere ...
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Why can I easily sing or whistle a tune I've just heard, but not as easily reproduce it on an instrument?

Voice is an 'instrument' that many people learn in almost an ideal way. We start young, and practice with it very frequently - even speaking teaches you how to control the pitch of your voice. And ...
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What is the term when two people sing in harmony, but they aren't singing the same notes?

The term "harmony" itself is what you are looking for. Being able to sing in harmony (2 or more different voices) with someone however doesn't require any more skills or theory than singing alone or ...
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Do hard rock singers use distortion effects on their vocals?

There are many aspects to hard rock singing, and each singer (hell, each song) has a different approach. I know that even death metal vocalists can do their scary vocals without doctoring them in the ...
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Why do I sound so horrible?

Your tone isn't bad at all, what you need to work on is your intonation. What do I mean by that? Firstly, let's define our terms more specifically; non-musicians often use "bad tone", "...
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What is the term when two people sing in harmony, but they aren't singing the same notes?

Singing together but different notes is singing in harmony. Singing the same notes would be singing in unison.
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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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How to dare to whistle or to hum in public?

I think it’s important that you should not in any way feel like you have to be able to do this. Singing, whistling and humming should be a means of expressing yourself because you are in the mood for ...
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Two simultaneous notes for singing?

This is actually not uncommon. You perform all of them! In this example, the soprano section splits into two parts. Half of the sopranos sing the top note, and the other half of the sopranos sing ...
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Do out of tune singers hear that they're off?

This is all a bit stream of consciousness... hope I didn't drift too far from the plot ;-) People who sing out of tune rarely sing consistently out of tune. People who really cannot sing tend also ...
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human singing voice shows impulse-like high frequency component in spectrogram

From this post on the same topic over on Digital Signal Processing Stack Exchange: Vertical lines noise in spectrogram Window functions that are not zero-ended produce these vertical lines. For ...
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What do you call it when someone sings a melody and simultaneously plays the exact same melody?

It's called doubling. The term is correctly used in the OP: in the intro to "Crosstown Traffic", Jimi doubles the vocal melody on guitar (or the guitar melody on voice). For example: When ...
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Do sopranos find Silent Night easier in Bb than in D?

Probably the main point is that most "SATB arrangements" are from hymnbooks, and these are designed primarily for congregational singing. The pitch of the melody line is determined more by ...
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Is it a good idea to drink alcohol before a performance?

Doing this as a method to give better performances is a good way to slide into alcoholism. Though commonly played down alcohol is a serious poison that will damage your body even in non excessive ...
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Singing hit the pitch, but it still sounds terrible. What is my problem? How I can solve it?

I don't think it sounds that bad, and I also understand your concern. I think you're noticing two things: Being in tune is not the same as having good tone, and your tone is not bad, but could be ...
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What do opera and musical singers do in order to feel the pulse of the music?

SOMEONE has to feel the pulse! Often the conductor of an orchestra or a piano accompanist. Why shouldn't it be the singer? Admittedly, musical lore does joke about singers' inability to count (...
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Best practices for community choir audition with unknown song

I share your puzzlement about the audition. As a choral conductor myself, I wonder why they choose a standard audition piece without informing the candidate. If the desire is to see how well the ...
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Can't sing high notes anymore after a bad cold

It's been about 8 months since your range was limited by illness. You mention slowly re-building your range: How long did this process last? This article by an otolaryngologist explains: ...
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human singing voice shows impulse-like high frequency component in spectrogram

The figure shows the spectrogram of the same voice with the Blackman window for spectrogram. It turned out that the custom config to make spectrogram(windows size and type in this case) produced the ...
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Do capable harmony singers sing in just intonation or tempered tuning?

You're not the first person to ask this question. A study done by Lottermoser and Meyer in 1960 found that professional choirs tend to sing the major thirds sharp and the minor thirds flat, thus ...
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Are women's voices one octave higher than men's voices?

Well, if you compare the ranges of male and female voice types you will see that the female types are one octave higher than the male types. This means that the highest female voice is in general one ...
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What does this 'x' mean on the stem of the voice's note, above the notehead?

I just googled Sprechstimme According to Encyclopaedia Britannica it's a cross between speaking and singing in which the tone quality of speech is heightened and lowered in pitch along melodic ...
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What is the difference between singing and speaking?

I think user45266's answer is spot-on - I would just add that singing also typically involves aligning the syllables in time with a musical rhythm. Loosely, perhaps one could say: Speaking is the ...
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Is the pitch-producing mechanism for singing and humming the same or entirely different?

You can try this for yourself. Sing a note, to any vowel sound (try them all) and whilst doing so, close your lips. Now you're humming that same note. Feel any difference? Probably not, because the ...
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Do hard rock singers use distortion effects on their vocals?

It depends, is the answer. And it also depends on what you call "distortion" - do you mean it in the sense that a guitarist would, or just that the sound is changed? Microphones are the first ...
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