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Teach me to Sing Lullabies

I know the lullabies my mother sang to me, but I'd like to learn some more lullabies or lullaby-like songs (we can go broad, but I think "soft, sweet and slow" are our watchwords) that I can sing to our child. [more inside]
posted by jph on Aug 19, 2014 - 61 answers

Example of Japanese-speaker singing Disney song phonetically in English?

I've been digging for about a week and I can't find audio examples of a japanese-speaker singing Disney songs phonetically in English. I know it's a thing, because I think I remember being shown this sort of thing vis-a-vis The Circle of Life a few years back by someone who was bilingual, and I got the impression from the number of videos then that this was a common practice among Japanese (and maybe other Asian countries?) kids to do. Can someone find me a link? Or give me better search terms? [more inside]
posted by ABlanca on Aug 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Ready-made pop songbook, where are you?

We are going to have a big campfire singalong next weekend with a group of very awesome musicians. We want to have a few songbooks available so everyone can play and sing along. Our vibe is 70s/80s/90s pop tunes. Surely someone has made a songbook of these songs and posted them on the internet. Can you please help us find it? Our google searches have turned up nothing pre-made. We know about Rise Up Singing, not really our jam (plus not freely downloadable, which we would prefer.) Thank you for your help! [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Jul 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Finding a specific choral arrangement for Paul Simon's "Spirit Voices"

The King's Singers did a beautiful version of Paul Simon's "Spirit Voices" back in 1997. You can listen to the mp3 here - it's track 2 on the album also titled "Spirit Voices." I want to sing this song with some friends, just for fun, but can't find sheet music/a choral arrangement anywhere. Are there secret choir-only websites I don't know about that might have the music? If it was just one tune I'd be fine just singing along with the track, but there are multiple harmonies.
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on May 28, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me to arrange folk songs!

I'd like to write arrangements of folk songs for (one) guitar and (one) voice, but I don't know where to start. More details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by HoraceH on Apr 13, 2014 - 5 answers

Let's all sing the most sanctimonious song ever written!

Baby WanKenobi loves the song Little Boxes. I think she likes it because it's bouncy. I love singing it because it's subversive and snarky. What other songs might we enjoy? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Apr 12, 2014 - 54 answers

Is there such a thing as a PG-13 version of Rocky Horror?

Your stage experience has mostly been variations on the Vagina Monologues, political spoken word, or absurdly sexual burlesque. You secretly want to be Joan Jett. You're auditioning for something that asks for a monologue or song that is PG-13 at the most - what do you pick? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 9, 2014 - 13 answers

New sources of music for a male/female vocal duet

My singing partner and I like adventurous music with tricky harmonies. She sings soprano and plays mandolin, I sing alto and play guitar/banjo. We can harmonize by ear, create harmonies as needed, play with arrangements. We like traditional musics, though not exclusively. What music can you suggest for us to try? (Some examples below the fold.) [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Mar 31, 2014 - 14 answers

I want to sing!

I'm desperately shy about my singing. I really want to be able to sing in front of other people. When I'm alone, I have a versatile, powerful, emotive voice. In front of humans, or even when I hit the record button, my voice breaks up, drops to a whisper and becomes atonal. I hate this. Even singing happy birthday with other people makes me crazy. I love to sing, and I'm envious of people who can do it so comfortable in front of others. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Mar 31, 2014 - 14 answers

Singing & Copyright

Our group is a charitable/educational one. We do not charge admission to our meetings, but do pass a hat to collect donations to cover expenses. We'd like to sing a popular song or 2 as a group, with several members providing musical accompaniment. We certainly don't want to violate copyright. Are we expected to get permission or pay the copyright holders? Please provide cites/links; thanks!
posted by dancing leaves on Mar 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Songs where he sings higher than she

I'm looking for examples of pop songs based on male/female vocal harmony, where the man is singing at a higher pitch than the woman. It sounds so fascinating to me. Every once in a while I'll hear an example on the radio, but I'm completely at a loss to recall them. Can you think of any? Bonus for songs where the man isn't employing falsetto to achieve this.
posted by oxisos on Mar 7, 2014 - 30 answers

Practising harmonies - à la First Aid Kit

I'm looking for songs with similar harmonies to First Aid Kit. Any genre considered, and songs with more than a two part harmony are welcome. Practising harmonies with some friends and need some practice material :) [more inside]
posted by drunkonthemoon on Jan 30, 2014 - 22 answers

I know that YANMVC (You are not my vocal coach), but . . .

I have been singing more - again! - recently. I've always loved to sing, but I haven't done it any organized way since high school. I warm up, I've read about proper vocal technique, but I am clearly doing something wrong because my throat is starting to feel tight. Help! [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Jan 7, 2014 - 4 answers

This rock chick needs more rock chicks to listen to.

I realized recently that a good 90% (at least) of the music I like features male singers. Which then led me to realize that I have fairly specific requirements/tastes when it comes to female singers. Help me find more women who rock! [more inside]
posted by scody on Jan 4, 2014 - 167 answers

Sing along with Jabo

I'm looking for suggestions for songs and/or free songbook pdfs for a sing-a-long. [more inside]
posted by jabo on Dec 28, 2013 - 4 answers

It's only for personal use, honest.

Please advise me on the best microphone to buy in order to record vocals at home. [more inside]
posted by billiebee on Dec 28, 2013 - 7 answers

Anyone trained in singing out there able to answer this?

I've taken up singing as a hobby and have started a class. I'm confused as to some of the technical aspects we're learning. On the one hand the instructor has mentioned that Singing is merely sustained Speech... but then she has also said that singing is different from regular speech because when we sing we must aim to keep the rib cage up and expanded whereas when we speak the rib cage and intercostal muscles collapses with the breath. So this has left me wondering- Is the collapsing simply a bad habit that many of us do that we should correct during our speech? Or do we really need to breath differently when we sing rather than the rest of the time? I'm not talking about how we would need to take a bigger breath to sustain a note or something like that.. I'm talking about the technical aspects of breathing ie - The use of the intercostal muscles etc... Should the technical aspect of breathing for speech and singing really be that different from one another?
posted by manderin on Dec 20, 2013 - 9 answers

My kid can't sing, but can recite just like me - what's this called?

Our two year old loves songs and poems and has learned a bunch of them - but she recites them all as spoken poems, even when other people are singing them with her. My other kids are adopted and sang, and my husband points out that I cannot remember lyrics except as poems, so it appears to be an inherited trait. I can remember teaching myself to sing Baa Baa Black Sheep as a kid with great effort. Melodies and tunes don't connect to lyrics at all in my memory - hum a few bars and I will stare at you blankly. Both of us enjoy music - it's specifically lyrics that just don't compute. What is this particular quirk called? We're not worried at all, but my husband would like to know more about it because he'd like to have her enjoy singing too.
posted by viggorlijah on Dec 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Is there a term for this particular male singing style?

I'm wondering if there's a word or standard definition for the kind of male song vocals expressed in songs like Bob Seger's "Like A Rock" and NewSong's "The Christmas Shoes". [more inside]
posted by Mo' Money Moe Bandy on Dec 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Oh the fun you'll have!

Magical video of festive people speaking lines in rhyme about life and fun? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Nov 25, 2013 - 2 answers

How to find other bad singers?

What sorts of nice online communities exist for amateur/bad singing sharing? [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Oct 28, 2013 - 11 answers

Singing lessons in Northern Virginia

Does anyone have recommendations for a voice teacher in the DC area, preferably Northern Virginia? I'm a 58-year old male lead singer in a band. The band does mostly rock and country, with bluegrass and Great American Songbook stuff thrown in for good measure. I'm interested in extending my baritone range (I don't have a head voice or falsetto at all) and increasing power and volume. A couple of years ago I bought Roger Love's Set Your Voice Free, and I practice the vocal exercises daily, but that's the extent of my formal practice.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Awkward shy dude would like to sing.

I sang once with a group in college because I was walking down the hall and piped up when I heard a bad note, so they brought me on. Back then, the lead told me I should never stop singing and that I had a gift, but I did - because I was embarrassed by the attention. [more inside]
posted by matty on Oct 22, 2013 - 16 answers

Should I take lessons from a classical singer if I want to sing folk?

I'm a violinist who wants to learn to sing folk/rock/blues. The problem isn't the notes, but technique: my range is limited and I just don't sound that good. Can I/should I take lessons from a classically trained tenor even though I don't want to sing opera/bel canto?
posted by Busoni on Oct 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Quit smoking, can't sing

Why did my singing voice get worse when I quit smoking? How can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Oct 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Singing multiple notes at once

Is it possible to sing more than one note at a time? [more inside]
posted by grateful on Sep 23, 2013 - 15 answers

Looking for music featuring children sing. Tiny voices - Huge perfomance

Do you know any albums or artists that heavily feature very young voices done in a serious matter? Something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dok4wJ4pqo0 [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Sep 15, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me become a better singer!

I am a trained multi-instrumentalist, and I know music theory, have good ears for intonation and rhythm, etc. I've been writing songs and singing backup in my band, and would like to improve my singing. I have a mezzo soprano kind of range. I really like the voices of zooey deschanel, abigail washburn, and hannah hart-- that sort of low, a little bit breathy, rich, folksy voice. When I sing and record myself to listen back, I can get the breathy part down, but then the tone is not great (as in, the voice sounds thin, lacks body and complexity... like a really cheap violin as opposed to a good one). When I sing with a more "solid" kind of voice, then I sound super nasal-y. How do I get a fuller-bodied voice that's still has that kind of breathy quality? [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Aug 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Making eye contact while singing in front of a close audience

I sing with a small group of vocalists and instrumentalists on a monthly basis. Often it's in a bar/restaurant or other situations where the audience is very close to me (sometimes sitting right in front of me.) Sometimes I sing solos, and I can't figure out where to direct my gaze when I do because of the closeness. Should I make eye contact with the audience, even when they're right in front of me? Should I move my head back and forth and survey the entire crowd? What should I be doing as a performer? Thanks very much for any help you can give me.
posted by Jenesta on Aug 15, 2013 - 10 answers

Identifying a musical which has girls faces behind dusty windowpanes

I saw a 10-second clip from an old movie or television program, where a man is singing in front of a dirty window with multiple panes. As he sings, he wipes each windowpane with his rag, and behind each dusty windowpane is a woman singing. What was I watching?
posted by wivy on Jul 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Want to sing, but without the pain.

I've had a long term singing problem that has been difficult to solve. I have been to a medical voice clinic and had some of the fancy tests and vocal cord images, and I will be going back, but I have a new idea to float to the MD and I wonder if anyone has encountered this issue. [more inside]
posted by shimmer on Jun 25, 2013 - 7 answers

What is this song?

I'm trying to source this haunting voice. Is this arabic? A sung prayer? Stumbled on this by accident, no idea what it is. Thanks for any tips...
posted by brownbat on Jun 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Messed up a performance, but it's more than that.

How to get over embarrassing performance? [more inside]
posted by 2X2LcallingCQ on Jun 6, 2013 - 42 answers

A Couch to 5K plan, but for singing?

Lessons are expensive and I never want to sing for an audience, I only want to improve my voice for singing in the car and shower. Is it possible to teach yourself to be a better singer? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover on May 23, 2013 - 11 answers

What's your favorite old song to sing?

I like to sing traditional-styled songs to myself during my day. It helps me feel happy. I'd like to learn some new ones. The catch is I'm attracted to a specific subset of songs that I can't quite classify, so I'm having trouble finding new ones that really hook me. I like the songs that are very... bittersweet? Like, they demonstrate profound hope or love, but at the same time seem to understand how awful the world can be sometimes. Songs like Long Time Traveler (or more properly "White"), The Parting Glass, Peggy Gordon, Down In The River To Pray, etc. Do you know any songs that strike this chord? (They don't have to be Irish or American; as long as I can learn the words I'm excited about everything.)
posted by ictow on May 23, 2013 - 43 answers

performing arts group in SF for the untalented?

I would like to be involved in a theater or singing group in San Francisco, but I am by no means talented. Where can I find a group where people are dedicated, but will accept practically everyone? [more inside]
posted by lacedcoffee on May 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Easter has passed, but I'm still dreaming of a singing plush rabbit

I would like to purchase the singing plush bunny shown in this video. I can't find it anywhere. Can you help me find it?
posted by alms on Apr 1, 2013 - 2 answers

A Dirty Dancing themed karaoke surprise

How do I hire someone in New York City that can provide a very unique service for a bachelorette party? This would involve specific timing, possibly a costume, decent voice, decent looks, heaps of charm. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Mar 25, 2013 - 9 answers

The hills are aliiiive . . .

Looking to get involved with a singing group in the Bay Area (SF, East Bay or North Bay). I took weekly singing lessons as a teenager and haven't had any instruction since then, so I'm probably not too awesome at this point (and I can't really sight read), but I am really eager to get back in to it. [more inside]
posted by imalaowai on Mar 8, 2013 - 7 answers

How do operatic singing techniques optimize for volume?

Someone once told me that a lot of the distinctive "sound" of opera developed as a way to be heard without amplification. Two specific claims I remember: diphthongs are separated into multiple monophthonic syllables, and phonemes which are hard to sing loudly are replaced by easier ones (which sometimes don't even exist in that language). There were others relating to actual singing that I forgot. Does anyone know of a good discussion of this topic that talks about biomechanics and acoustics? Not to ignore artistic and historical considerations, but I'm looking for a somewhat technical discussion. In particular, I'd love to see a comparison with singing styles developed for amplification and recording.
posted by d. z. wang on Feb 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Voice lessons in northeast Ohio?

How can I find a vocal teacher in my area? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Feb 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Sing, Sing a Song, Keep it Simple

Will we know the words? [more inside]
posted by mutt.cyberspace on Jan 26, 2013 - 30 answers

Show me a link to your favorite, male, solo (as in, no groups) rendition of "O Holy Night".

Show me a link to your favorite, male, solo (as in, no groups) rendition of "O Holy Night". Acapella is good too. [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Dec 18, 2012 - 21 answers

OH.. MY... GOD IT'S CHANDLER BINGGG

Teach me how to sound pretty and mesmerizing! [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Nov 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Songless in Seattle

I'm considering taking singing lessons to increase overall confidence, voice volume and projection, and get some musical fix. Recommendations for a private singing teacher in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by E3 on Oct 30, 2012 - 1 answer

Is your voice like handwriting? Can you improve the quality and pleasantness of your default voice (pitch, intonation, etc) like you can with penmanship so that the changes you focus on become the default? Or will you always be in some way "singing" your words?

Is your voice like handwriting? Can you improve the quality and pleasantness of your natural voice (pitch, intonation, etc) like you can with penmanship so that the changes you focus on become the default? Or will you always be in some way "singing" your words? [more inside]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night on Oct 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Audition piece for a high alto?

I need an a capella audition piece for an alto on short notice. [more inside]
posted by mirepoix on Oct 1, 2012 - 15 answers

the sound of your own voice, outside your head

Singers: how did you get over feeling so exposed singing your own lyrics? [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Sep 16, 2012 - 13 answers

It sounds awesome, unless it doesn't! How is the perceived pitch of my recording changing on different sound systems?

My recording sounds fine on some sound systems, but occasionally seems off-pitch on other setups. I have no idea what's going on. Help me understand this, and prevent it in future? [more inside]
posted by Someone Else's Story on Aug 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Below the staff is my happy place

Alto vocal coaches in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by heyforfour on Aug 8, 2012 - 5 answers

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