Alice Chains Would Cover (Layne Staley Tribute)
When I first started learning how to sing, Layne Staley was simply out of my reach in so many ways. While I was able to sing the odd Alice in Chains song an octave down in my natural baritone, singing a song like Alice in Chains Would? was an impossible task right from the first few lines of the song.
I’m here to show you that you really CAN learn how to sing like Layne Staley with practice, perseverance and the right approach. I recently released a cover of the Alice in Chains classic Would? and followed up with a run-through of how I am able to achieve Layne’s unique vocal tone.
As you can see, singing is simply a process of coordination that takes time to develop. My old approach of pulling up my baritone chest voice simply had to go if I was ever to sing like Layne Staley with ease.
How to sing like Layne Staley
Layne Staley had a unique and powerful sound that was characterised with a strong twang and resonant buzz. Coupled with his unique approach to Open Throat singing and quintessential 90’s style, Layne Staley is remembered as one of the greatest rock singers ever and with good reason.
Singing like Layne Staley requires you to develop proper Appoggio breath support, along with vocal placement and the right approach to vowel production. Appoggio starts with your foundation, and foundation includes your posture, breathing and frequency control.
Appoggio in singing relates to the manner in which you moderate your airflow. Appoggio occurs when you manage your airflow via expansion of the diaphragm instead of contraction of your ribs.
Layne Staley Voice Type
Layne was a classic tenor, characterised by a naturally high range and relatively sharper tone than say, the baritone range that Johnny Cash was known for. Even as a baritone, you can learn how to sing like Layne Staley, but the approach required may differ to someone who has a higher natural vocal type.
A great place to start is the free foundations short courses available here at Bohemian Vocal Studio, then when you are ready to take your voice to the next level you can book a Skype Session and we’ll get started extending your range and developing your voice.
If you have any questions about singing like Layne Staley, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!
Kegan DeBoheme is Bohemian Vocal Studio’s resident vocal coach and voice expert. He teaches professional singing and voice technique to students all around the world and enjoys providing tutorials like this one on how to improve your voice.