How To Sing Better For Guys
What would you do with FOUR octaves of range, connected as one voice from your lowest note to your highest note?
I'm asking for a friend...
In all seriousness, what would you actually do with all of that range?
What would you do with effortless power and a killer tone?
Because that's exactly what happens when you apply yourself to the simple and proven process that I'm about to share with you.
It's not easy though - this isn't a "quick fix" or some cheap trick; you have to apply yourself to four intrinsic fundamentals and learn to sing your vowels correctly; but it absolutely DOES work.
And that's because I've tried it.
My students have tried it.
Other Voice Coaches have even tried it.
There's even a number of singing teachers out there using a large portion of my approach in their teaching method - in fact, a big chunk of my student base is actually singing teachers looking to expand their approach and improve their own singing technique.
Some of them even have more subscribers than me - yet they're using the approach that I actually taught them in the first place.
Now, I'm not saying that to try and impress you, or try to tell you that I'm the best, or that other teachers aren't as good as me, or that they owe me anything - I'm just giving you the cold hard facts that this simple approach is tried, true, tested and proven; basically, it just works.
But don't just take my word for it;
One of Russia's finest voice coaches Ivan Radkov says that - "Bohemian Vocal Studio Is The Only Vocal School I Trust 100%"
My teaching studio is also featured in Top 10 lists with Christina Aguilera, Hollywood's own Roger Love and some of the biggest vocal schools and popular methods out there - "Bohemian Vocal Studio is one of the TOP YouTube singing channels out there"
Not only that, my first album with Dead Spirit Communion has been compared to everything from Soundgarden to Alice in Chains, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin all rolled into one, and my singing has been referred to as - "meltingly magnetic vocals"
Check out some of the incredible comments the album tracks get on YouTube;
I can list pages of reviews, comments, official endorsements and point out a ton of guys on tour, in the recording studio making albums and even guys totally killing it on YouTube that I've worked with - but you're just here to learn how to sing, right?
At this point, you're either thinking "is this guy for real?" or "surely this is a scam" or even "yeah, but this isn't going to work for me" - so let me start by sharing a few clips of my singing voice so that you can see I'm the real deal as an actual singer, not just one of those guys who practices lip trills but doesn't sing any songs.
The clip on the far left below is a Mark Lanegan cover, one of my favourite Mad Season songs in fact - this is my natural range as a baritone, but it's just developed in such an incredible way that it's actually become my favourite register and style to sing in - yes, even with a bunch of octaves and power and range stacked on top of this 2nd and 3rd octave range; the weirdest thing about building a crazy amount of vocal range and having access to notes I could never have even dreamed of before is that I've actually come to love my natural low range much, much more; I feel it's really the most personable part of my range.
The clip in the middle is an original song of mine with the Dead Spirit Communion band - basically, this song was an exercise in really challenging my higher range and the extremes of power, distortion and intensity that I could muster with the approach that I've developed. I'm definitely not Chris Cornell in any way, but you can probably hear the heavy BadMotorFinger influence in my higher range and the song itself. This was one that I actually started writing in the late 2000s and never really intended to sing myself - I mean, at the time I really couldn't have sung even half of this even a full octave down where it now sits; I was on the hunt for a heavy metal or hard rock singer who could do it justice for me because honestly, deep down, I just didn't believe in myself.
And the third clip on the right is a "one take" cover of Alice In Chains' "Down In A Hole" which has gained a lot of traction on YouTube recently - I had the bright idea of recording a bunch of covers all in one go and seeing just how close I could get to the original studio recordings without actually dropping in and doing overdubs or separating the chorus etc (obviously, aside from the harmony sections). Basically, what you see is what you get.
Whether or not rock, blues and metal is your kinda thing - you can obviously see I've got the goods as a singer.
You can also see from the 'Alice clip that my "live" singing is also basically the same quality as the studio stuff (out of interest - the Lanegan clip is actually in one take as well and that's the footage of my real vocal take edited together from three cameras and some B-reel stuff) so there's no trickery or editing, this really is the kind of voice that you too can develop.
I'm big into 70's rock as my first love, so guys like Paul Rodgers that were really "one take wonders" in the studio have been my biggest inspiration, and while a guy like Paul is obviously just on another level - I've always aspired to be a great live singer, and that's also how I approach the recording studio too.
Getting back on track - I'm sure you've got some questions for me.
How did you learn to sing like that?
How do you do the "different voices" thing so you can approach different styles and covers?
Why haven't I heard of you before?
With a voice like that - why aren't you absolutely EVERYWHERE dude??
Surely you were a natural?
Are you REALLY a baritone? Surely you're a Tenor - but your voice that low clip really confuses me.
How can I learn to sing like that too?
I'll answer all of these questions in good time my friend, but before I do so I also want to get you up to speed about the way that I teach so that you can see I'm an established, respected singing teacher with years of experience too - not just some rock guy who can sing well.
If you want to know the true basis for my approach to teaching, and also the basis of my singing approach as a rock singer, then you've gotta watch this video.
You're seriously about to learn more in a <10 minute video than you've probably learned over years of singing lessons, years of trawling through YouTube reaction videos and years of reading blog posts looking for "the secret" to great singing. Seriously, there's more practical and indepth training in this free video than in most paid courses out there.
You can thank me later when you're singing better than you ever have before.
Did you watch the whole video? I hope so - because there's a bunch of dynamite material in there that really answers your question about how to sing better for guys; designed by a guy that really wasn't a good singer to begin with, but has now build an insane amount of range.
Lets look at all those questions then, shall we?
Here's what you'll learn in the Foundation & Growth 101 singing courses:
- Connect chest and head voice
- Release strain and tension
- Mixed Voice
- Place your frequencies
- Increase your range
- Improve your tone
- Improve your vocal health
- The right way to modify your vowels
- Vowel overtones
- Master the Four Vocal Fundamentals
- SO much more!
Frequently Asked Questions
I often get questions like this, either on the YouTube channel, here on the main site and even an inbox full of emails most mornings - questions that you've probably got swimming around your head right now, so let's answer 'em once and for all.
How did you learn to sing like that?
I'll be honest - it hasn't been easy. A combination of different methods, plus YEARS of vocal training from classical, opera and even some contemporary teachers and courses, books, DVD sets, warmups, self training, trial and error; you name it, I've tried it.
The only approach that really worked for me was the final teacher I went to over a decade ago, who basically pooh-poohed everything I'd learned previously and made me go back to absolute basics; and quite famously wouldn't let me back in his studio as a student until I'd gone away and first mastered the perfect lip trill. Seriously, he wouldn't even answer my calls.
"Just learn the damned lip trill, Kegan, then we'll talk."
For me, Foundation has been the #1 thing that has changed everything for me as singer - those four fundamentals we just learned in the video above. Learning to GROW them together as a whole with practice and training is really going to change your whole life as a singer; I know it's absolutely changed me.
How do you do the "different voices" thing so you can approach different styles and covers?
Oh, that's easy - and it's really the secret to singing 90's grunge like Layne, or even Elton John.
Articulation over the vowel.
If you've ever taken classical singing lessons, you've probably wondered just how exactly you're going to sing ROCK or turn it into anything other than an "old lady hoot" - but that's really the key to great singing; resonant space.
How you articulate that sound then comes in many forms - basically, you sing "the vowel" correctly and open in the back of the pharynx while altering the shape of your mouth, tract, lips and tongue to make it sound differently. Each singer has their own style of articulation, in particular for guys like Layne and Scott Weiland they kind 'roll' the tongue back a touch to add that rolled 90's "rrrrrr" to everything, while also singing correctly behind it all.
Vowel choice is also huge. Different singers sing the same word in different ways with a different vowel choice - Paul Rodgers would probably sing the word "love" differently to the way that Chris Cornell would sing it; and learning those differences is really key to imparting some inspiration from your favourite singers while also keeping your own natural voice running in the background.
Why haven't I heard of you before? Why aren't you absolutely EVERYWHERE dude?
I really have no interest in being a "YouTube Personality" - so I really only put out very niche, informative videos designed for singers who are SERIOUS about learning to sing better (like the Four Fundamentals video above); not just the casual YouTube watcher who wants to be entertained. And when it comes to covers, sure, an Ed Sheerhan cover would net me thousands, millions of subscribers, right? But it's just not my kinda music as a Black Sabbath loving, Creedence obsessed hard rocker - I'd much rather follow my own dreams and sing the music that I truly love; in fact, the channel has been getting more and more obscure as time goes by - recently I've done covers by Iced Earth and Nevermore; and while they're "cult" favourite bands, they don't have a massive following of casual listeners - but at the end of the day, this is really the music and singing that has inspired me.
I'm also pretty selective with who I work with as a singing teacher - but we can talk about that in a moment.
Surely you were a natural?
Nope. I sucked. I'm about to share a "before and after" of my singing - and the "before" is even after taking weekly singing lessons for about 6 years. I wasn't even interested in singing to begin with; I was a guitarist that couldn't find a singer for the band and just started yelling at the mic myself. Obviously, I blew out my voice at every single show. You'll see the issues I was experiencing in the "before and after" clip in a minute, it's pretty painful.
Are you REALLY a baritone? Surely you're a Tenor - but your voice in that low clip really confuses me.
I get it, my voice confused me for a really long time too. I'm definitely a baritone, and sang D2's in a choir for a time when I was younger - I got bored with just singing one note though, what was I supposed to do with my hands while everyone else kept singing and I waited 10 minutes for my next note?
I discovered many years ago that vocal fach is really a way to classify the tone of your voice (and also your physical presence) for specific roles within a play/opera. As a guy with a lower-than-average voice, I'm obviously a baritone when I sing in that low range; but because I'm quite slight of build, and not a big imposing "bad guy" like you'd expect from most bass voices like mine, I'd be a "verdi" baritone - basically, a backup for a Tenor but without any of the high notes.
Vocal fach is irrelevant when it comes to rock singing - but, there's obvious differences in tonal quality and available LOW range between different voice types; but being a baritone like me really doesn't limit your ability to build a crazy singing range, develop head voice and wail like the best rock singers out there.
Baritone doesn't mean "only sing low notes" in the same way that Tenor doesn't mean "the only guys that can sing high notes".
Certified baritone here - one with a crazy range, but a baritone nonetheless. Check out that Lanegan clip again, you really wouldn't pick that I'm also capable of singing ridiculously high in full voice too. It's all technique my friend.
How can I learn to sing like that too?
You're in luck, that's exactly what I do here at Bohemian Vocal Studio - help guys just like you sing better.
Now, I'm basically going to hand all of this over to you in a moment so that you too can build a ridiculous range and get back to focusing on what you really love to do - actually singing, not just researching how to sing. But before I do that, let me tell you from a technique perspective exactly what I'm REALLY doing in those videos above singing the songs of my dreams with power, range and ease; if you're more the practical type and you don't really care about the difference between the pharynx, the cricothyroid and the diaphragm, that's totally fine - you can skip past this next technical bit and go right down to the next section below to get down to business building the voice of your dreams.
But if you seriously want to know what's actually going on behind the scenes of a great singer's voice - let me tell you exactly how I do it.
How Do Pro Singers REALLY Do It?
So you've tried diaphragmatic breathing, twang, speech singing, edge, curbing, stretching, pushing, yelling, shouting - and none of it works, right?
That's because as a whole, this isn't really what great singers are doing.
Layne Staley sang with an unholy amount of twang - but it isn't what made him a great singer.
Chris Cornell's distortion was legendary - but isn't what made him a world class singer.
Aretha Franklin sang with open vowels - but this really isn't the secret to singing like The Queen of Soul
It's really the foundation that these guys and gals all sang with, coupled with a hefty dose of stylistic choice in the growth aspects of the voice that really set them apart as singers.
So what exactly are the Growth elements that have allowed me to rise above sounding like an amateur singer and having this be an every day, repeatable norm for my singing voice - even to the point that other singing teachers seek me out for help with their own voices?
Beyond the Foundation, it's really Vowel Modification, Compression, Mixed Voice and Tonal Intent that has taken my voice off the shelf as a perma-student and out there into the world releasing albums, confidently nailing covers and ultimately being the go-to for many other professional singers and teachers out there looking for the missing piece of the puzzle in their voice.
Vowel Modification in particular was always a mystery to me. If we're not pronouncing vowels when we sing, how the hell do you modify them then? And that's really the key to unlocking your voice - discovering what is REALLY happening beyond just those vague instructions of "yawn when you sing" or "sing an AW instead" or even "support more!" - which are pretty esoteric for many singers who are just finding their feet; and this is ultimately why I separate learning how to sing into TWO stages
- Master The Basics
- Grow Your Voice
And it really does go in that order. If you're still not sure what Mixed Voice really is or how to do it - you've got no business trying to modify your vowel or compress your airflow.
Alright, alright - you get it; Building a Rock Solid foundation for your voice is really the key to singing better for guys, so just show us how to do it already!
If you're sick of hearing me warble on about just how fantastic it is to reach my own goals and dreams, and how effortless and free singing has become for me, and how I'm helping so many other people out there achieve the same leaps and bounds in their singing ability - then it's time to hit that link above and dive in Foundation 101, the only singing course out there that is going to show you how to master The Four Vocal Fundamentals while building a Rock Solid foundation for your voice; and I don't say that lightly, there's tons of great courses out there, but this is truly the course that I wish I had learned from when I first started learning how to sing.
And that's because;
I've spent years in the trenches as a live singer doing show after show to find what really works in a live setting.
I've done the hard yards and years of studying and practice so that I can streamline the process for you.
I've researched and applied myself to almost every singing method out there in search of "the real deal" - and ultimately created my own to address the shortcomings of other methods and really make the strongest and most practical singing method out there.
I have over a decade of professional voice coaching expertise under my belt.
You've heard me sing, and you've heard me teach, and the proof is really in my voice - but the true proof is going to be in your voice.
If you're serious, hit that link above and you can finally step off "the YouTube loop" of video after video after video trying to learn how to sing - and ultimately coming up short of anything that actually works for your voice.
Do You Want The Blue Pill, or The Red Pill?
At this point, there's really two things you can do.
You can take the figurative Blue Pill, click off this tab, go back to trawling through pages and pages of google blogs or YouTube singing videos - and while you might find a mildly amusing one that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy about being a better singer for a little while; it's ultimately isn't actually going to help you sing any better.
After a few days you clear your cache and the memory of our little dance here is completely wiped from your memory.
Instead of building a SERIOUS amount of vocal range and becoming a better singer in so many ways - you just step back into the life you had before dreaming about becoming a better singer but being none the wiser about how to actually do it.
It's honestly a tragedy.
Especially when you're just ONE CLICK away from becoming a powerhouse singer.
Don't let yourself become this guy.
Or, you can choose The Red Pill and I'll show you exactly how to build a rock solid vocal foundation. Hell, I'll even throw in my Growth level course too for just a few bucks more than the Foundation 101 course usually costs if you're absolutely serious - you can hit the link below to see the options.
You get the course, it blows your mind, you apply yourself to the process and you start seeing progress within days, weeks; and after moving on to the Growth course and learning to modify your vowels you start to make SERIOUS progress and massive steps in range, confidence, power and your tone.
You get the gig. You nail the recording session. You can finally sing your own songs. You can finally sing OTHER people's songs. Covers are effortless. You start writing songs that cater to your new found high range... and so forth.
All because you cared enough to invest in your voice - and that's ultimately all you need to do to become a powerhouse singer; invest in your voice.
So which one is it? The Blue Pill, or The Red Pill?
Hit the link below to invest in your voice like we both know you want to.
But what about that "Before and After" that I was talking about earlier?
Let's call this the Green Pill.
You've heard me sing - You know my voice is the real deal.
You watched my coaching video above - You learned a TON about singing.
You relate to where I'm coming from and where I started - You're there right now yourself.
Yet you're on the fence. You want more. You're not ready to invest in your voice. You're just not sure. Maybe this isn't going to work for you. Maybe your voice is just different.
And that's totally okay, I've got something extra special for you.
In fact, I'm not only going to show you my "Before and After" so you can see how bad my voice used to crap out on me during live shows, I'm also going to share with you the #1 most important thing you'll EVER learn as a singer PLUS - I'm also going to set you up with a 3-part vocal plan and some goal setting exercises which are simply going to change your life as a singer.
The Green Pill sounds pretty awesome, right?
Watch the full video below for my "Before and After" and to learn the #1 most important thing you're ever going to learn as a singer - and then you can sign up to the Vocal Plan and goal setting tips afterwards below the video:
Sign up for Your Vocal Plan below:
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