Computer Scientists team up with Voice Coaches to create vowel recognition software

What happens when computer science and singing cross paths? Answer: a free singing tool gets developed! Professor Ehsan Hoque wanted his computer science students to consider real life problems when doing their computing. Professor Katherine Ciesinski wanted a way for her vocal students to learn their vowels without using cumbersome tools that get in the way of their singing. So, they teamed up! The result of this is a free software...

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What Kind of Vocal Range Am I?

This is a question that I get all the time. It’s a very important question, but it’s a lot simpler than most people try to make it. It’s really not complicated. I’m not going to magically tell you what vocal range you are from my computer screen. I’m not THAT good! But what I can do is to guide you on how you can determine for yourself which vocal range you are. Guide: How to Tell Which Vocal Range You...

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Woman Talks Again After Receiving Larynx Transplant

For 11 years, Brenda Charett Jensen couldn’t speak. She communicated through an electronic device that sounded like a robot. When the batteries ran out, her conversation was over. Jensen lost her ability to speak after a breathing tube permanently damaged her airway during surgery in 1999. She breathed through a tracheotomy tube, which extended from a hole in her neck. Because Jensen could not pass air through her nose and...

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Singer Spotlight: James LaBrie

Michael Schetter: How does it feel to be the undisputed frontman of the band for the first time in 20 years? James LaBrie: Photo by: Dave Mola The undisputed frontman? You know, I mean… it was such a weird dichotomy, if you think about it. It’s funny, you mentioning that, because we, the guys in the band, we were talking about that everything is much more balanced, everybody is in their role or in their position. So it’s where things...

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Fastest way to sing higher notes

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately on how to sing higher notes. This is a question many beginner singers struggle with, but the fact of the matter is it’s not that hard. Hit high notes quickly and easily When you sing or speak, your voice comes out of your body from two exit points: 1) your mouth 2) your nose Don’t take my word for it – test it out for yourself! Pinch your nose and try to talk...

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2015 Learning to Sing Program

Hi, this is the post for the 2015 Learning to Sing Program that I posted in my newsletter. If you think it’s a good idea to have a group practice online like this, please comment on this post and say “I’m in”! If we get to 100 “I’m in!” comments then we’ll go through with it. Otherwise i’ll try to get more participants to join. The program in a nutshell: Make a recording of...

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