Alice in Chains – Dam That River Vocal Cover
HOW TO SING LIKE LAYNE STALEY
Layne Staley has been one of my favourite singers for almost 30 years.
When I first heard Alice In Chains as a kid in the early 90’s, I was just BLOWN AWAY by the power, the range, how cool Layne was and most of all – by how fucking heavy Alice In Chains was.
We Die Young.
Dam That River.
^ These songs literally rocked my socks off, and instantly made me a Layne Staley fan for life.
At the time, there’s no way I could have ever dreamed of being able to sing like Layne Staley…
… Or even sing the first few lines of most AIC songs.
They were just too high.
Too hard for my awful, low, weak voice.
But I’ve since discovered that Layne’s incredible voice came from his amazing command of vocal technique – not just some special skill he was gifted with at birth.
He worked HARD.
He trained HARD.
And when people say “oh, he was just a natural” – it breaks me heart that the years and years of practice, training and dedication that Layne put into his craft are so overlooked.
Because he was a MASTER.
A master of his instrument, a master of his voice.
And while noone will ever actually “sound like” Layne Staley, becoming a master of your own instrument like Layne was – really IS something that you can do right now.
This is something I’ve personally spent over 20 years doing myself, and while Layne was obviously a unique, incredible, beautiful force of nature as a singer – those songs that used to have me totally stumped in the first two notes are now easy as pie;
But even more than just being able to sing all my favourite Layne Staley songs with ease – becoming a master of my own instrument, my own voice has allowed me to identify exactly WHAT Layne was doing and HOW he was able to sing with such power, but also such freedom at the same time.
Let me share with you the top 3 things I’ve learned from spending almost two decades learning how to sing like Layne Staley;
When it comes down to it, Layne Staley was a spectacular singer because he was an absolute MASTER at The Four Vocal Fundamentals – in particular, a master at singing vowel overtones and totally nailing each vowel shift within his own voice.
It’s much, much easier to do than you probably think.
All you have to do is hit the link below, watch the video and I’ll actually SHOW YOU how to modify your vowels correctly just like Layne Staley;