Watch The Four Vocal Fundamentals In Action As
VOICE COACH SINGS ALICE IN CHAINS COVER
Even before I became a singer myself in the late 90’s, Layne Staley seemed like a vocal-god-among-men to me. His voice was unlike any other I’d ever heard – with vicious aggression giving way to sorrow at a moment’s notice; but despite the incredible power and grit that Layne displayed, it was really the freedom and ease with which he conjured all of these different styles and colours when he sang.
^ You could come up with any number of cool sounding combinations to describe both the ease and power that Layne Staley was gifted with.
And that’s what I really though – it was just some magical ‘gift’.
There’s no way this guy ever sat in his room and practice lip trills for hours on end.
There’s no way he ever had a bad day or missed a note.
The guy was FLAWLESS, right?
These were the kind of limiting beliefs that held me back as a singer for MANY years, and even contributed greatly to the $15,000 I ended up spending on singing lessons, courses and methods over the years chasing my tail as a struggling singer.
And then I discovered something remarkable.
Layne Staley sang with excellent technique.
I know, I know, that might be obvious to some of you out there, but to me – all I heard was distorted rock singing; not forward placement, height in the vocal tract, mixed tonality and breathing that was all in one flow.
And that’s really all it comes down to, The Four Vocal Fundamentals;
- Height In The Vocal Tract
- Forward Placement
- “All In One Flow”
- Mixed Tonality
Now I do recall trying a few of these techniques over the years – the mixed voice exercises, the breathing exercises, yawning before I sang; but they rarely helped me actually SING better, even though they occasionally made singing with a ‘classical’ tone easier at times.
And this was the kicker for me – realising that great rock singers like Layne Staley and Chris Cornell actually applied these important fundamentals each time they sang; resulting in a monsterous range, powerful delivery and ultimately FREEDOM in their singing.
So I buckled down over the next few years and focused solely on developing excellent technique – just like Layne Staley.
I didn’t try to sing like him.
I didn’t warble my vowels.
I took a break from distortion.
And I focus purely on mastering The Four Vocal Fundamentals.
At this point, you’re probably expecting me to share some bogus YouTube tutorial where I tell you some BS along the lines of “Layne used my approach!” like other voice coaches do, or even claim that I taught him – even though the timeline obviously doesn’t line up.
And obviously the punchline would be “The answer to singing like Layne Staley is in my course!”.
Maybe followed by singing two lines of one of Alice In Chains’ hits like Man in The Box, or maybe Nutshell – most likely not even in the style of Layne at all.
But I’m not going to do that, because none of it is really true, and it’s all totally bogus.
Instead, I’m going to share my own Alice In Chains cover of “Dam That River” from the incredibly powerful, ominous, heavy-as-hell DIRT album and let you make up your own mind without all the pushy marketing you’re probably used to from coaches of my ilk on YouTube.
I’m obviously not Layne, and I don’t claim to be.
But, my singing is forward, my soft palate is raised, my tone is mixed (especially considering I’m naturally a low baritone) and my breathing is “all in one flow”.
In the most simple sense, I’m using The Four Vocal Fundamentals to achieve the same power, intensity and effortless freedom that Layne was so famous for.
I know – there’s no fancy marketing terms, I haven’t mentioned “Open Throat Technique” once, and I sure as shit haven’t claimed to sound anything like Layne at all; I also haven’t told you that I’m the greatest, or even that you’ll be the greatest if you buy my course.
Just that I’ve mastered The Four Vocal Fundamentals – and it now allows me to approach singing in Layne’s style without needing to push, strain or struggle; and I don’t even need to ‘put on’ his voice or heavily pronounce or warble my voice.
And that’s because Layne was SUCH a great singer – and did all the hard work for me in the original song by making healthy, consistent, repeatable choices based around those simple but important fundamentals.
And you can learn ’em right here – for FREE
^ Hit the link above to learn how to sing with The Four Vocal Fundamentals.
And to sweeten the deal, here’s another Alice In Chains cover I recorded in one take to show you how The Four Vocal Fundamentals work in a “live” setting: