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Transient 2005-01-24 16:03

this could fit in another vox thread, but this is about one specific problem.

i can do high pitched vocals like exhumed and bodom decently. under my breath

how can i i strengthen my voice so that i can make that sound while projecting, instead of whispering? everyone always says practice...but i cant practice without having any idea what im doing. i cant get it to project, it comes out weak and absolutely terrible

anyone else have that problem? what do i do?

darkexodite 2005-01-24 18:52

well first I'd work on getting that voice of yours to come out at atleast your speaking level, if you can only do it at a whisper.

Then you'd want to turn the volume up on the PA, put some reverb on there, and mess with the settings untill you're happy. Now, if you have more equipment, like a mixer, you could use some other stuff (mixer is usualy enough).
Why I said to turn up the volume is simple, not everyone can make their voice project while trying to growl like bodom or anything of that sort. If you notice, Alexi Laiho looks like he's barely trying when he sings... that's because he's using that volume knob and the mixer.

I can do bodom growls fairly well, and on some songs sound almost identical (when I want to, it's not my actual voice), and I do all of those things that I mentioned. :) But if you're going to do any other type of singing, not like bodom, maybe cleaner, you'll need practice and learn how to breathe properly (also use your diafraghm, you should do this anyways).

Transient 2005-01-24 20:49

awesome, thanks

im just doing it with no vocal equipment. that was a great post though

should i use some sort of distortion for alexi vocals? i can sort of do it at talking volume already

darkexodite 2005-01-24 21:23

Yes, I used a small distortion through my mixer when we covered "Needled 24/7" (the singing only part) and "Children of Decadence". Make sure that the distortion is controlable on how much distortion you can have it on there, also, you can feed it straight to the PA if you're using the regular mic plug (not the fat three holes one).
Now, if you only have the distortion on which you can not controll how much of distortion is put out then you might want to flip it on and off on sertain parts of the song that you want to, it'll sound dull if you have it on all the time. And you are right about using distortion, in moderation (small film of distortion), that's what gets your growls a little smoother, getting rid of the hoarse sounding gutteral sound. ALso, reverb (should already be on your PA) helps with this aswell.

Anyhow, glad to help you, no one helped me like this when I had to learn it all... made some mistakes in my past, heh. :)

powersofterror 2005-01-24 22:49

The more you sing, the less you are in need of an effect to ruin your voice. Scream. Don't think. Just scream at the top of you lungs like a girl would when you smack her across the face in middle school. That's fucking projection. After doing that....damn it's no wonder some women have manly voices....

Transient 2005-01-25 08:28

there are very few vocals who look like their actually screaming. look at alexi, he hardly breaks a sweat. to actually holler for 40+ minutes would be murder, i know thats not how everyone does it. frank mullen clearly does that, with no distortion. watch a live video, hes always read and he throws his body into it. but thats not the vocal style im going for.

powersofterror 2005-01-25 15:27

Then you have years before your breathe grows. And even if it is murder, it will no doubt thicken your vocal cords, not to mention you'll be heard across a large classroom when you even talk lightly.

Transient 2005-01-25 15:44



darkexodite 2005-01-25 18:22

well the last thing you want to do is start screaming and messing up your chords... Sing, get better at it, learn how to breathe (projecting and controll), and the more you practice all the right techniques the better you'll get overall. Growling should be a secondary thing you do after you learn atleast the bassics of singing, Alexi had some training (he recounted, and you can clearly tell), but nothing like any serious vocalist would do.
So, get some bassic vocal training, learn a few tips on how to practice breathing, your notes, and preparing, and that's all you'll need. After you get pretty good at this start implementing growling, on a moderate level, don't push yourself too hard if you want to keep your voice. Then use all the things I listed earlier, and you'll be fine. I did all of this, and am glad to be able to do a large variety of singing styles, and keeping my voice healthy. :)

Transient 2005-01-25 22:00

very, very helpful. unfortunately for me, i have to sing for grades in my music theory class. despite losing some serious sleep over it, it is helping

thanks a lot

powersofterror 2005-01-25 22:55

Oh, and NEVER raise your neck into the air to sing high. NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

Transient 2005-01-26 11:26


The Execrator 2005-01-28 00:28

So....I see your practicing to do vocals in the band eh?haha

powersofterror 2005-01-28 01:05

Originally Posted by Transient

If you stare at the ceiling while you sing, you will put WAYYYY too much strain on your neck and adam's apple.

Transient 2005-01-28 12:20


well, im not trying to hit any manowar notes

and log yeah, but not really. just for my own fun

Amongst Us 2005-01-30 06:10

You just have to practice.
\Some peoples voices naturally break up and distort nicely at lower volumes.
While others have to praticly yell to break up correctly.
And if that werent enough theres the whole inward screaming thing thats getting big these days.

Point is...just like with anything else....

You just have to practice.

A good way to practice is with a cd of a singer you dig.

Thats how i started practicing anyways.

Transient 2005-01-30 11:50

yeah, i do it along with the bands im trying to emulate

im getting better

powersofterror 2005-01-30 14:59

haha, yeah it's like kareoke but without the hair brush.

powersofterror 2005-01-30 15:19

I was speaking to a friend bassonist yesterday and she told me that you should not use any upper torso muscles, instead use the "lower tummy" she said. So in other words, you're a man, so speak from the balls. Lower tummy would mean basically from the belly button and below....

Transient 2005-01-30 15:24

i dont think i can make my voice come from my balls

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