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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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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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How to know which areas of a new song to sing softly and which areas to sing loudly?

There are some "obvious answers"; let's not spend too much time on those, but let's mention them just in case: If you have instructions, follow them. If you're reading from notated music, ...
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Typical pitch interval of the exclamation "uh-oh!"

The question is related to the "Air Ball" Phenomenon, which was studied by Cherrill P. Heaton starting in 1990 and published in 1992 as "Air Ball: Spontaneous Large Group Precision ...
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Does lack of sleep impact on matching pitch and singing well?

I think it's a given that fatigue will affect ANY skill, mental or physical. So yes, it's normal. Having said that, one definition of a professional is someone who performs competently even on a bad ...
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Is it a good idea to drink alcohol before a performance?

My experience from running a small dance band (though with changing personnel) is that almost any amount of alcohol or tobacco is detrimental in the short and long term to singers. For ...
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Is it a good idea to drink alcohol before a performance?

I'll answer as an instrumentalist, since the question didn't specify only vocal performance. Vocalists definitely seem to focus on the effects of alcohol on their voice as well as on their mood and ...
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Best practices for community choir audition with unknown song

Auditions are a different experience from concerts or lessons, and unfortunately most folks get to spend very little time getting used to them. The very best way to "get better at auditions" ...
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Typical pitch interval of the exclamation "uh-oh!"

You say only the absolute pitches depend on emotion, but I think that's the most important factor in the interval too. Think of Dora the Explorer saying "Uh-oh!" versus someone only half-...
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How to write instrument names in a standard professional way in the sheet music

Different editors and publishers will have different guidelines (like with style guides for newspapers or scholarly publications, there's plenty of variety in music publishing as well), so there's no ...
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Is there a word in English to describe instances where a melody is sung by multiple singers/voices?

There's no formal term, but "in chorus" or "in concert" would be understood to mean what you have in mind.
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How to know which areas of a new song to sing softly and which areas to sing loudly?

The lyrics and the emotion the writer tries to convey with them, should give you clues on how to approach a verse or section. For example sadness might be expressed softly, anger and frustration ...
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How to know which areas of a new song to sing softly and which areas to sing loudly?

Impossible to answer properly. Each and every song will use different dynamics at different times. And even the same singer won't use the same dynamics for the same parts every time. Maybe use one ...
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What are the main concepts that aid singing in key?

With an instrument or with a choir what are the main concepts that aid a lead vocalist in staying in key The most important thing is probably to be able to listen to what's going on around you while ...
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Is it a good idea to drink alcohol before a performance?

The short answer is No. The longer answer is to think about consistency and about superstition. For instance, some players have lucky socks/shirt whatever. If they're wearing their lucky charm and ...
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Why do people think rapping is new and different from singing?

Why do people think rapping is new and different from singing? Because, well, they are. Perhaps you meant to ask what the differences are. I asked this because I don’t think rap and singing are ...
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What is the technical term for this type of singing?

In a round, one singer (or group of singers) begin singing, and when they reach a certain point in the song, another singer (or group) enters. There can be three, four, or even more separate singers ...
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Typical pitch interval of the exclamation "uh-oh!"

When I recall hearing people saying "uh-oh", for me the interval seems to depend on the duration of the "uh-oh". When one says it very quickly, it can be the same repeated pitch. ...
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Do sopranos find Silent Night easier in Bb than in D?

In Bb, the range is Bb to Eb. (@harry jansson, I don't see how this would be a problem for a tenor?) The end of the melody is low for sopranos, but it IS meant to be 'silent' :-) In D, the sopranos ...
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How to write instrument names in a standard professional way in the sheet music

AlexJ’s answer gives some excellent specifics; but another important general piece of advice for all questions like this is: look at good-quality published examples of pieces/songs in the same genre. ...
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Why do people think rapping is new and different from singing?

It probably has more to do with the fact that rapping is closer to rhythmic recitation than singing at a defined pitch. At least, that's why I think that rapping is different from singing. Not speed, ...
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What is the difference between mixing tracks with and without vocals?

You're not going to learn this in a week, a month, or even a year, so be prepared for the long haul. You need to create a vocal-shaped hole in your mix, into which the vocal will sit neatly - not ...
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Wouldn’t there be an advantage to songwriting beginning with just one vowel or syllable and are there examples of this historically?

Yes, this happens. Ira Gershwin was known initially to write nonsense lyrics to songs George wrote, and the initial lyrics to The Beatles "Yesterday" were "Scrambled eggs ...." In ...
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Will a voice teacher help me improve if I’m a bad singer?

As long as you avoid damage to your voice (which is one reason why a teacher is a good idea) it is clear that you will improve with guidance and practice. And unless you have a damaged or malformed ...
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Do sopranos find Silent Night easier in Bb than in D?

Having worked with lots of children's choirs, I found that the main melody worked best in key A, with, if I felt like it, a key change to B♭, and with a good choir, again, up to key C. But that was in ...
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How is singing Gregorian chant different from singing with classical techniques?

Singing chant is different from singing with classical technique so far as they have different aims. Classical technique is developed for creating lots of volume, for singing over accompaniment. But ...
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How to know which areas of a new song to sing softly and which areas to sing loudly?

Can someone tell me how do I know which areas of the song to sing softly and which areas to sing loudly while singing a song. Think of it as you would a dramatic reading. Ask yourself what you want ...
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