How To Sing With Distortion and Rasp Or Grit – Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy Tutorial


Hey guys welcome back again to Ken
Tamplin Vocal Academy where the proof is in the singing.
We got a lot of requests for this and that’s how can I sing with Distortion
or how can I sing with Grit well I want to first off start by saying that this
is an extreme sport. This isn’t something you just go off and do. So imagine if
you’re in a motocross or BMX biking and you’re gonna just all of a sudden start
at the top of the mountain and go down the mountain with your bike, well this
kind of singing is an extreme sport so you’re doing that with your vocal folds.
Are you gonna jump off a cliff as a hang glider and go and hope for the best.
Well plan on you’re destroying your voice if you don’t understand the stages
of what it takes to get there. Now I cover all of this in my singing
course called How to Sing Better Than Anyone Else, if you’re interested go to
Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy.com and you can check out what I do but let’s get back to this. First you’re not gonna like to hear this but I’m gonna say it anyway, we have to train strength in the voice clean first. If we don’t do this we’re
gonna destroy our voice okay. So we have to start with really good habits on how
to sing correctly first and then little by little, we lean into a sound and let
me explain what I mean by that. So we start out with this good, strong, powerful
clean voice and if I go (sings) nice and clean (sings) and I want to lean into that
sound a little bit (sings) kind of a little bit of distortion coming in (sings).
Right I’m kind of leaning into the sound now how do I do that. Okay
well I use something called glottal compression it’s an old Bel Canto term
which means that what we’re doing is we’re bringing air up to the vocal folds
the cords themselves and we’re compressing air at the glottis okay your
cords now what’s happening is I actually compress it in in the low in the
neck also but as we’re doing this so you’re going (sings) so now let’s do something
else. As we go up higher, in fact it’s easier
to do it higher than lower because the nature of what we’re doing. I want to be
really clear about something what we are doing is distressing the
cord okay get your brain around that. We’re distressing the cord this isn’t
Disneyland cakewalk for the vocal folds. This is something where we’re actually
applying pressure. Okay so (sings) here’s clean (sings), here’s distorted
more distorted (sings), here’s more distorted (sings) here’s more distorted (sings) And you can have different stages of this as you do it. Now the biggest caveat to this and the
biggest point to this is that if you notice I’m not doing it like I’m
shouting at someone at a football game, I’m compressed , I’m holding my breath and
I’m compressing the air (sings) Now I have an assistant his name is Bob.
Bob if you could be so good I want you to edit into this we have a video called
vocal distortion Bob if you could just play that video here now that would be
great. if you go from a clean sound straight to
a hyper glottal, compressed, distorted sound, chances are you’ll either hurt
your voice or lose your voice altogether. That’s not how we grow compression or
distortion. Here’s how we grow compression. First we start with a
powerful, clean sound. And then we go to varying degrees of
distortion where we turn up the volume or lean into the sound a little bit more
for more and more distorted sounds. So I’m gonna play a couple clips back to
back of myself singing and then a female student singing so you can hear both
male and female versions of first a clean powerful sound then turning up the
volume with a little bit more distortion then a little bit more vocal distortion
and then finally a lot of vocal distortion. Okay as you saw from the video, you saw
that all of a sudden I could just kill it with this crazy note and really
distort my voice. Now by the way that’s different than scream and growl because
those.. that’s even using more false vocal folds and some other things but I want
to Bob if you could be so good to entertain me too and add the Chris
Cornell tribute that I have you know (sings) when I’m hitting that one note I want you to insert that
one note here so they can hear this kind of scream. Here we go check it out. Okay so as you’ve seen you can tell
there was different degrees of that distortion so what we do is we lean into
the sound starting with (sings) and then we kind of push into the sound with a
compression using our diaphragm and I can’t cover diaphragmatic support here I
have this in my singing course I cover all of this in my singing course How to
Sing Better Than Anyone Else so we start out with a clean sound (sings). Then we can
lean into this sound a little bit more (sings). Right or (sings). And we can kind of push into that sound just
a little bit more or (sings) you know but we can hit it really hard
but we have to start out with a clean sound and then go through levels and
stages of distorted sounds. Okay speaking of Chris Cornell I actually did another
song of his with the movie soundtrack James Bond movie soundtrack “You Know My Name” and at the very end of that movie soundtrack I also kill it
with another one of those kinds of screams Bob if you can insert that
that’d be great check this out. Okay like I said this is an extreme
sport, this isn’t something we just go out and you know jump off a cliff and
think we’re gonna be okay. We build this in stages and we do this
responsibly over time so it’s not the the Zen of singing anything. It’s
understanding how to sing well first so you don’t lose your voice and then you
move into this in stages if you want to keep your voice. If you want to just go
out and it’s just a party and you’re gonna you know, you’re a karaoke guy or a
weekender or just you know want to do scream/growl my course is probably not
for you because I build singers, I don’t just build screamers. Not that my singers
can’t scream but that I build it healthfully in stages so that we can do
this. So again so as we do is we lean into the sound (sings). Right and I do this in stages
so that when I come back I have good vocal health and I can come back and
sing in a clean sound. Now I’m gonna close with this and that’s that whenever
we sing in a distorted tone, we never warm up, we don’t do our warm-ups with
distortion ever. There’s no reason for that. The reason for the warm-up is
exactly that, to warm up the voice not to distress it beyond belief and then be
forever sentenced that you know. So let me make a point here when we sing with
Distortion and sometimes the only way to get to a note (sings). Right it’s the only way to get to a note instead of (sings) instead of nice and clean right. We forever sentence ourselves to always have to sing in a distorted tone.
What we want to do, is we want to have a way that we sing in a clean tone first
and then we can sing in a distorted tone and then once we’re done with that, the
very next day we come back and we clean up the voice with a nice clean tone so
that we don’t forever sentence ourselves to always having to sing in a distorted
tone to get to a certain note alright. Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy proof is in
the singing. God bless you guys, peace out. Hey guys if you like what you heard please LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my channel
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