October 29, 2013

Singing Dictionary - A Glossary of Singing Terms

* Super long entry, specially for singers. Bakal jadi Vocal Coach satgi atas permintaan, I just have to post it here biar senang nak cari next time, tak perlu susah type kat google. Haha. Blog sememagnya memudahkan kehidupan rakyat! :P

Howdy all!! Had to google out the singing terms cos I've forgotten most of it. Sigh. The only thing I remember was SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass), Dynamic, Falsetto, and few more. And I remember them mainly because I categorized it as a basic knowledge in singing for singers. Hohoho.
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Singing Terms:
A Cappella - Singing without any form of instrumental accompaniment.

Alto - Low female voice

Baritone - Male voice located between bass and tenor in range and tone quality

Ballad - A slow tempo, sentimental or romantic song

Blend - In solo singing, the smooth transition between head and chest voice. When more than an individual singing, it's the combination between singers

Chest voice - The lower notes of a singer’s range; in the same general range as the speaking voice. When singing in the chest voice, the vocal cords become naturally thick, and the resulting sound is generally associated with deep, warm tones.

Diction - A clear pronunciation of words/lyrics

Dynamics - The variations of soft and loud singing in a song

Falsetto - False Singing. In male singers, a high register (actually, sung in the female range) similar to the head voice. However, unlike the head voice, falsetto cannot blend with the chest voice. Female’s can also sing in a falsetto range (Minnie Mouse's Sound)

Flat - To be under the correct pitch, not quite in tune

Full Voice - As loud as a person can sing without creating imbalance between airflow and vocal cord tension. Also refers to a tone that has a balanced resonance quality.

Head voice - Also known as “head register.” Singing in the higher part of the range. While singing in the head voice, the vocal folds are thin; the head voice is usually associated with light, bright sounds. Falsetto is resonated in a head voice.

Pitch - The sound of a particular note. When pitch is referred to, it’s usually in reference to being “on” or “off” pitch. “On pitch” means the singer is singing in tune. “Off pitch” means the singer is either flat or sharp.

Projection - Generally, the ability to be heard by the audience. Sometimes also refers to the ability to communicate emotion to the audience, as in “she projects great sadness.”

Soprano - High female voice

Tenor - Highest male voice

Transpose - To change the key of a song; to lower or raise the notes of a song or a portion of a song

Vibrato - A slight, but regular fluctuation in your tone. Caused by the normal relaxation and contraction of the vocal muscles as they are activated by alternating nerve impulses. Gives and “energy” to the tone during the vibration process (paling suka dengar orang buat ni. Sweet je bunyi dia. Haha)


  1. ohh maiii ! too much words with different meaning! hahaha :)

  2. ada juak yg kmk tau.. selalu dgr kawan2 yg join choir berloyar.. hehe

  3. wah dh nak jadi cikgu vokal plak yerr.. tak sangka lak banyak sangat jenis2 nyanyian nii.. akak ni nyanyi ekot dan ja ^_^

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    1. Hahaha. Blm ke tahap tu lagi, uncle. :D