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    • Singing

    • Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music (arias, recitatives, songs, etc.) that can be sung with or without accompanimen ... Read »


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    • A cappella

    • A cappella [a kkapˈpɛlla] (Italian for "in the manner of the chapel") music is specifically group or solo singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. It contrasts with cantata, which is usually accompanied singing. The term "a cappella" was originally intended to d ... Read »


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    • Anyeint

    • Anyeint (Burmese: အငြိမ့်; MLCTS: a ngrim.; IPA: [ʔəɲḛiÉ´]; Burmese: အငြိမ့်; also spelt a-nyeint) is a traditional Burmese entertainment form that combines dance with instrumental music, song, and comedy routines, in theatrical pe ... Read »


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    • Arioso

    • In classical music, arioso [aˈrjoːzo] (also aria parlante[ˈaːrja parˈlante]) is a type of solo vocal piece, usually occurring in an opera or oratorio, falling somewhere between recitative and aria in style. Literally, arioso means airy. The term arose in the 16th century along with the aforementioned sty ... Read »


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    • Backing vocalist

    • Backing vocalists are singers who provide vocal harmony with the lead vocalist or other backing vocalists. In some cases, a backing singer may sing alone as a lead-in to the main vocalist's entry or to sing a counter-melody. Backing vocalists are used in a broad range of popular music, traditional music and world music ... Read »


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    • Bathroom singing

    • Bathroom singing, also known as singing in the bathroom, singing in the bath, or singing in the shower, is a widespread phenomenon. Many people sing in the bathroom because the hard wall surfaces, often tiles or wooden panels, and lack of soft furnishings, create an aurally pleasing acoustic environment. The multiple ... Read »


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    • Cantor

    • A cantor is a person who leads people in singing, or sometimes in prayer. In formal Christian worship, a cantor is a person who sings solo verses or passages to which the choir or congregation responds. In Judaism, a cantor is one who sings and leads people in prayer in a Jewish religious service, and may be called haz ... Read »


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    • Cantor (Christianity)

    • In Christianity, the cantor, sometimes called the precentor or the protopsaltes (Greek: πρωτοψάλτης, lit. 'first singer'; from Greek: ψάλτης, translit. psaltes, lit. 'singer') is the chief singer, and usually instructor, employed at a church, a cathedral or mo ... Read »


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    • Cheironomy

    • Cheironomy (or Chironomy) is a form of conduction where the use of hand gestures directs musical performance. In the modern artform, conductors tend to hoist batons for indicating melodic curves and ornaments. Early music (vocal church music), as far back as the 5th century, required some central direction from a lead ... Read »


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    • Chest voice

    • Chest voice is a term used within vocal music. The use of this term varies widely within vocal pedagogical circles and there is currently no one consistent opinion among vocal music professionals in regard to this term. Chest voice can be used in relation to the following: The first recorded mention of the term ch ... Read »


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    • Collegiate a cappella

    • Collegiate a cappella (or college a cappella) ensembles are college-affiliated singing groups, primarily in the United States and, increasingly, the United Kingdom and Ireland, that perform entirely without musical instruments. The groups are typically composed of and operated and directed by students. In the context o ... Read »


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    • Come and sing

    • A "come and sing" event is a temporary choir ("scratch choir") that rehearses and/or performs choral music, often within a single day. These events typically involve people who would otherwise be unable to commit to regular membership of a choir, or who wish to try choral singing for the first time. Usually the music ... Read »


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    • Count singing

    • Count singing is a choral rehearsal technique that involves singing the correct pitches, but replacing the lyrics with each note's position within a measure. In 4/4 time, this would mean a sequence of quarter notes would be sung as "one two three four" rather than their actual lyrics. Count singing was developed and us ... Read »


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    • Crooner

    • Crooner is an American epithet given to male singers of jazz standards, mostly from the Great American Songbook, backed by either a full orchestra, a big band or a piano. Originally it was an ironic term denoting a sentimental singing style made possible by the use of microphones. Some performers, such as Russ Columbo, ... Read »


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    • Ear training

    • Ear training or aural skills is a skill by which musicians learn to identify, solely by hearing, pitches, intervals, melody, chords, rhythms, and other basic elements of music. The application of this skill is analogous to taking dictation in written/spoken language. As a process, ear training is in essence the inverse ... Read »


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    • Estill Voice Training

    • Estill Voice Training

      Estill Voice Training (often abbreviated EVT) is a programme for developing vocal skills based on deconstructing the process of vocal production into control of specific structures in the vocal mechanism. By acquiring the ability to consciously move each structure the potential for controlled change of voice quality is ... Read »


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    • Gerong

    • Gerong is the Javanese verb meaning "to sing in a chorus." Penggerong is the proper name of a member of the chorus, but often the word gerong is used to refer to the unison male chorus that sings with the gamelan. The chorus or the melody may also be called the gerongan. The gerong generally sings in distinct sections ... Read »


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    • Head voice

    • In vocal music, head voice is one of two meanings as different vocal pedagogical circles differ on its meaning. It can mean: The term goes back at least as far as the Roman tradition of rhetorical instruction. Quintilian (ca. AD 95) recommends teaching students ut quotiens exclamandum erit lateris conatus sit ille ... Read »


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    • Humming

    • A hum is a sound made by producing a wordless tone with the mouth opened or closed, forcing the sound to emerge from the nose. To hum is to produce such a sound, often with a melody. A hum has a particular timbre (or sound quality), usually a monotone or with slightly varying tones. There are other similar sounds not ... Read »


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    • Karaoke

    • Karaoke (カラオケ?, clipped compound of Japanese kara 空 "empty" and ōkesutora オーケストラ "orchestra") /ˌkæriˈoʊki/ or /ˌkærəˈoʊki/ Japanese: [kaɽaoke], is a form of interactive entertainment or video game in which an amateur singer sings ... Read »


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    • Konnakol

    • Konnakol (also spelled Konokol, Konakkol) (Tamil: கொன்னக்கோல்) is the art of performing percussion syllables vocally in South Indian music, the Carnatic music (South Indian classical) performance art of vocal percussion. Konnakol is the spoken component of solkattu ... Read »


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    • Kouji

    • Kouji (Chinese: ), which can be translated literally as "mouth skill" or "skill of mouth" is a Chinese vocal mimicry performance art which utilizes the human speech organs to mimic the sounds of everyday life. When this vocal mimicry is combined with varying degrees of story telling, acting, and singing, it results in ... Read »


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    • Lining out

    • Lining out or hymn lining, called precenting the line in Scotland, is a form of a cappella hymn-singing or hymnody in which a leader, often called the clerk or precentor, gives each line of a hymn tune as it is to be sung, usually in a chanted form giving or suggesting the tune. It can be considered a form of call and ... Read »


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    • Lip dub

    • A lip dub is a type of music video that combines lip synching and audio dubbing to make a music video. It is made by filming individuals or a group of people lip synching while listening to a song or any recorded audio then dubbing over it in post editing with the original audio of the song. There is often some form of ... Read »


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    • Lip sync

    • Lip sync (short for lip synchronization) is a technical term for matching a speaking or singing person's lip movements with prerecorded sung or spoken vocals that listeners hear, either through the sound reinforcement system in a live performance or via television, computer or cinema speakers in other cases. The term c ... Read »


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    • List of vocal coaches

    • This is a list of notable vocal coaches. A vocal coach, also known as voice coach, is a music teacher who instructs singers on how to improve their singing technique, take care of and develop their voice, and prepare for the performance of a song or other work. Vocal coaches may give private music lessons to singers, o ... Read »


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    • Magic Mic

    • Magic Mic is a trade mark of karaoke microphones manufactured by Enter Tech that have embedded songs and require an external video display. This configuration makes them light and portable. Enter Tech was the first manufacturer to release a portable karaoke microphone called Magic Sing in 2000. The first completely wi ... Read »


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    • Meistersinger

    • A Meistersinger (German for "master singer") was a member of a German guild for lyric poetry, composition and unaccompanied art song of the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. The Meistersingers were drawn from middle class males for the most part. The Meistersingers carried on and developed the traditions of the medie ... Read »


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    • Melodeclamation

    • Melodeclamation (from Greek “melos” = song, and Latin “declamatio” = declamation) was a chiefly 19th century practice of reciting poetry while accompanied by concert music. It is also described as "a type of rhythmic vocal writing that bears a resemblance to Sprechstimme." It combines the principle ... Read »


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    • Money note

    • A money note is a music industry slang term which refers to a part of a live or recorded singing performance which is subjectively judged to be very dramatic or emotionally stirring. Created from a confluence of composition or improvisational and performance quality, this is usually at a climactic point of a song or ar ... Read »


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    • Mouth drumming

    • Mouth drumming is a form of vocal percussion which involves vocally imitating the sound of a drum kit as precisely as possible in order to use the voice to serve the same function as a drummer in a musical setting. It is mostly used in a cappella music but has also been used in rock and jazz. Artists who specialize in ... Read »


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    • Mouth trumpet

    • Mouth trumpet is a vocal technique that imitates the sound of the trumpet. The mouth trumpet sound is produced by using the vocal cords to produce the desired pitch and passing the sound through the lips that are held together with just enough tension so that they vibrate at the same frequency as the vocal cords, prod ... Read »


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    • Nasheed

    • A nasheed (Arabic: singular نشيد nashÄ«d, plural أناشيد anāshÄ«d, also nashwad (pl.), meaning: "chants"; also nasyid in Malaysia and Indonesia) is a work of vocal music that is either sung a cappella or accompanied by percussion instruments such as the daf. In general, Islamic anash ... Read »


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    • National Association of Teachers of Singing

    • The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) is a professional organization for singing teachers, and is the largest association of its kind in the world. There are more than 6,500 members mostly from the United States. Additional members are from Canada and over twenty-five other countries around the world, ... Read »


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    • National Center for Voice and Speech

    • The National Center for Voice and Speech (NCVS), is a multi-site research and teaching organization dedicated to studying the characteristics, limitations and enhancement of human voice and speech. The NCVS is located in Salt Lake City, Utah with the Lead Institution located at the University of Utah. NCVS is also a Ce ... Read »


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    • New York Singing Teachers' Association


    • Non-lexical vocables in music

    • Non-lexical vocables, which may be mixed with meaningful text, are a form of nonsense syllable used in a wide variety of music. A common English example would be "la la la". Non-lexical vocables are used in yodeling, Blackfoot music and other Native American music, Pygmy music, the music of the Maldives, Irish mus ... Read »


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    • Numerical sight-singing

    • Numerical sight-singing, an alternative to the solfege system of sight-singing, is a musical notation system that numbers the diatonic scale with the numbers one through eight (or, alternately, one to seven, with the octave again being one). In this system, 1 is always the root or origin, but the scale being represent ... Read »


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    • Opera

    • Opera (Italian: [ˈɔːpera]; English plural: operas; Italian plural: opere [ˈɔːpere]) is an art form in which singers and musicians perform a dramatic work combining text (libretto) and musical score, usually in a theatrical setting. In traditional opera, singers do two types of singing: recitative, ... Read »


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    • Pevchy dyak

    • Pevchy dyak (Russian: певчий дьяк) is a historical name of singer's occupation in Russia. They were singers at tsar's court and in church choirs of higher church hierarchs: patriarch, metropolitan, archiereus (bishop of the Orthodox Church). The title (in both senses) was abolished by Pet ... Read »


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    • Phonetical singing

    • Phonetical singing is singing by learning and performing the lyrics of a song by the words' phonetic sounds, without necessarily understanding the content of the lyrics, for example an artist who performs in Spanish even though they may not be proficient in the language. For the DreamWorks animated film The Prince of ... Read »


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    • Red Envelope Club

    • Coordinates: 25°2′36.19″N 121°30′23.04″E / 25.0433861°N 121.5064000°E / 25.0433861; 121.5064000 A Red Envelope Club (Chinese: 紅包場; pinyin: hóngbāocháng) is a form of Cabaret in Taiwan that originated in Taipei in the 1960s as an imitation of Sha ... Read »


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    • Relative pitch

    • Relative pitch is the ability of a person to identify or re-create a given musical note by comparing it to a reference note and identifying the interval between those two notes. Relative pitch implies some or all of the following abilities: This last definition, which applies not only to singers but also to players of ... Read »


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    • Roulade (music)

    • A roulade is an elaborate embellishment of several notes sung to one syllable. It is most associated with (but not restricted to) the operatic coloratura vocal style. It consists of a single phrase, or could even be part of a longer phrase. It is more extended than ornaments such as a trill, mordent or turn, but not to ... Read »


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    • Sign singing

    • Sign singing or Karaoke signing is singing using sign language. Typically a song is played, and the performer expressively performs a sign language version of the lyrics. Well-known sign singers include the Japanese Tomoko Nakayama, a follower of Nichiren Buddhism, and the bawdy Australian duo Dislabelled. In London i ... Read »


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    • Sing-along

    • Sing-along, also called community singing or group singing, is an event of singing together at gatherings or parties, less formally than choir singing. One can use a songbook. Common genres are folk songs, patriotic songs, hymns and drinking songs. Children across the world usually sing nursery rhymes together. Sing-al ... Read »


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    • Tessitura

    • In music, tessitura (Italian: [tessiˈtuːra], texture; English /tɛsᵻˈtuːrə/) is the most musically acceptable and comfortable vocal range for a given singer or, less frequently, musical instrument; the range in which a given type of voice presents its best-sounding texture or timbre. This broad ... Read »


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    • The Clare Festival of Traditional Singing

    • The Clare Festival of Traditional Singing is a yearly festival held in Milltown Malbay and Spanish Point in the month of November. The aim of the festival is to promote unaccompanied traditional singing. In 1989 Anthony Edwards, librarian of the Ennistymon branch of the Clare County Library, and Maureen Rynne, joined ... Read »


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    • Vocable

    • In the broadest sense of the word, a vocable is any meaningful sound uttered by people, such as a word or term, that is fixed by their language and culture. However, use in the broad sense is archaic. The term is currently used for utterances which are not considered words, such as the English vocables of assent and de ... Read »


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    • Vocal coach

    • A vocal coach (also known as voice coach, though this term generally applies to those working with speech and communication rather than singing) is a music teacher who instructs singers on how to improve their singing technique, take care of and develop their voice, and prepare for the performance of a song or other wo ... Read »


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    • Vocal pedagogy

    • Vocal pedagogy

      Vocal pedagogy is the study of the art and science of voice instruction. It is used in the teaching of singing and assists in defining what singing is, how singing works, and how proper singing technique is accomplished. Vocal pedagogy covers a broad range of aspects of singing, ranging from the physiological process ... Read »


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    • Vocal percussion

    • Vocal percussion is the art of creating sounds with one's mouth that approximate, imitate, or otherwise serve the same purpose as a percussion instrument, whether in a group of singers, an instrumental ensemble, or solo. Recent musicological research points at Brazilian songwriter and musician Marcos Valle as a pi ... Read »


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    • Vocal range

    • Vocal range is the measure of the breadth of pitches that a human voice can phonate. Although the study of vocal range has little practical application in terms of speech, it is a topic of study within linguistics, phonetics, and speech and language pathology, particularly in relation to the study of tonal languages an ... Read »


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    • Vocal register

    • A vocal register is a range of tones in the human voice produced by a particular vibratory pattern of the vocal folds. These registers include modal voice (or normal voice), vocal fry, falsetto, and the whistle register. Registers originate in laryngeal function. They occur because the vocal folds are capable of produc ... Read »


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    • Vocal resonation

    • McKinney defines vocal resonance as "the process by which the basic product of phonation is enhanced in timbre and/or intensity by the air-filled cavities through which it passes on its way to the outside air." Throughout the vocal literature, various terms related to resonation are used, including: amplification, enri ... Read »


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    • Vocal rest

    • Vocal rest or voice rest is the process of resting the vocal folds by not speaking and singing typically following viral infections that cause hoarseness in the voice, such as the common cold or influenza or more serious vocal disorders such as chorditis or laryngitis. Vocal rest is also recommended after surgery to re ... Read »


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    • Vocal warm up

    • A vocal warm-up is a series of exercises that prepare the voice for singing, acting, or other use. There is very little scientific data about the benefits of vocal warm-ups. Relatively few studies have researched the effects of these exercises on muscle function and even fewer have studied their effect on singing-spec ... Read »


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    • Vocal weight

    • Vocal weight refers to the perceived "lightness" or "heaviness" of a singing voice. This quality of the voice is one of the major determining factors in voice classification within classical music. Lighter voices are often associated with the term "lyric" and are usually brighter and more agile; heavier voices are ofte ... Read »


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    • Vocology

    • Vocology is the science and practice of vocal habilitation. Its concerns include the nature of speech and language pathology, the defects of the vocal tract (laryngology), the remediation of speech therapy, and the voice training (voice therapy) and voice pedagogy of song and speech for actors and public speakers. In ... Read »


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    • Voice classification in non-classical music

    • There is no authoritative system of voice classification in non-classical music as classical terms are used to describe not merely various vocal ranges, but specific vocal timbres unique to each range. These timbres are produced by classical training techniques with which most popular singers are not intimately familia ... Read »


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    • Whistle register

    • The whistle register (also called the flute register or whistle tone) is the highest register of the human voice, lying above the modal register and falsetto register. This register has a specific physiological production that is different from the other registers, and is so called because the timbre of the notes that ... Read »


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    • Winsingad

    • WinSingad is a Microsoft Windows based software for singing training. WinSingad is software for singing training. It started life as SINGAD, which stands for "SINGing Assessment and Development", running on a BBC Micro and it was designed for use in primary schools to develop and assess children's singing pitchin ... Read »


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