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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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Why doesn't vocal music use C clefs nowadays?

I think they've simply fallen out of use, to a point where most musicians are unfamiliar with them. The vast majority of music for both voice and instruments are written in treble or bass clef. Back ...
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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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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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What does it mean when a conductor puts their finger on their temple?

The meanings of conductors' gestures vary by conductor, and it depends on the physical specifics and musical circumstances. A few possibilities: If the finger is closer to the ear, it could mean to ...
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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?

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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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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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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Should tenors find Bb2 an easy note to sing?

Your lower cut-off (though it probably isn't actually a cut-off, more a 'best above') does seem to be just slightly higher than average. You might not contribute much to a unison passage when it ...
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What is the best way for a female voice to hum high notes?

Choral directors I've worked with have always advised singing "n" instead of "m". They sound nearly the same, but "n" allows for more relaxed sound production.
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Does temporarily quitting singing lessons affect your voice

It depends on your teacher. If your current teacher is bad, then it could actually be good to stop taking lessons! Beyond that, it depends on a lot of different factors. Beginner singers usually have ...
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Help to separate voices in piano score

Here is Tchaikovsky's original: This reveals five voices: The vocal line The "soprano" piano line (contrapuntal line) The "alto" piano line (three-note scalar run) The "...
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