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Singing Techniques

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Sydney Rosen

on 18 June 2013

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Transcript of Singing Techniques

The Techniques of Singing
What is singing?
So...how's it done?
Choral Singing
To "Make musical sounds with the voice, esp. words with a set tune," thank you Merriam-Webster, online!
Voice Parts
Soprano (Highest!):Middle C to High C and above (Treble) (Female)
Mezzo-Soprano: A below middle C to F an 11th above middle C (Treble) (Female)
Alto: A below staff to E2 (Treble) (Female)
Tenor: Sings one octave above written, D under middle C to G on staff (Treble) (Male)
Baritone: A1 to E above middle C (Bass) (Male)
Bass: F below staff to middle C (Bass) (Male)
That looks like a lot of words, but it just means that
Harmonies
Harmonies are when you put multiple notes together to make a more interesting sound. But what makes a harmony? If the frequency ratios between notes are simple fractions (3/2, 2/1, etc), that makes a harmony.
Here's a melody...
Here's a harmony...
And when you put them together...
Solo Singing
Singing...in a chorus. With people. And voice parts. And harmonies.
"Me, myself and I!" Singing all by yourself, maybe with some back-up singers. You want confidence and good breath control here.
Falsetto
Belting
You have probably heard this before!
You've heard this one, too!
When guys sing high, like, higher than you think they should be able to do, There's a name for that. It's called falsetto, and is done by oscillating the outer edge of your vocal chords.
You know when a singer sounds like they're singing as loud as they would with a low note, except they're singing high? That's belting. Think Adele, or Sara Bareilles in "Gravity." It comes from a strong diaphragm and good breath control. While it sounds great, it is
very
dangerous.
Vibrato
This is when you hear a singer's voice moving, but it's staying on one note. Again, like with falsetto, it's produced by freely oscillating your vocal chords.
This is what you use
when you sing!
The Sopranos!
The Altos!
Requires good posture, good breath control, and a good ear!
Adele!
Sara Bareilles
And that is how you sing!
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