How to Sing Like Audioslave Lead Singer Chris Cornell

How to Sing Like Chris Cornell of Soundgarden

Chris Cornell was known for his extensive vocal range, powerful delivery and ability to sing in almost any style while retaining his own style and immediately identifiable vocal character. Learning how to sing like Soundgarden and Audioslave lead singer Chris Cornell takes time but can be done with the right approach, consistent practice and a fair amount of persistence.

Believe it or not, Chris Cornell was actually a baritone, one of the lower male voice types – and while he did possess a powerfully high range, this was due to great vocal technique and a knack for natural coordination that really made his voice soar with power and ease. If you’ve been wondering exactly how was Chris Cornell singing so high as a baritone, this tutorial will show you exactly how to sing like Chris Cornell and extend your range to sing Audioslave and Soundgarden songs with ease.

As you can see, singing like Audioslave singer Chris Cornell is easy with the right approach and great vocal technique – yes, even as a very low baritone like myself.

If you want to learn how to sing like Chris Cornell, the first place to start is obviously your foundation – breathing, posture and vocal placement. Placement is one of the most important aspects of building your range, especially if you have a lower voice type and are a baritone like me. Placement is the concept of limiting any excess frequencies which aren’t beneficial to your singing voice so that you can then put all of your attention and energy into the healthy and powerful frequencies instead.

Extending your range like Chris Cornell takes time and practice, but can be achieved easily with properly tuned vowels, frequency control and of course strong support. By using the right vowel shapes and creating your words in the right manner, you encourage efficient frequencies and ultimately allow your voice to resonate in the right manner.

Mixed Resonance Is Key

You’ve heard of chest voice and head voice, but are you aware that you can actually blend these two forms of resonance together to create ‘mixed’ resonance of ‘mix voice’ that features the powerful and rich resonance of your chest register and connects it fluidly with the extensive range your head voice provides? Learning how to sing Chris Cornell songs depends on your ability to created mixed resonance – have you ever wondered WHY Chris had such a powerful and extensive voice? The answer really is mixed resonance that blends between chest and head voice.

Rock singing shouldn’t involve straining and struggling and can only be achieved through proper vocal technique and a confident voice. Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell is known as the greatest rock singer of all time and was known for the time and work he put into his voice to create the powerfully extensive and confident vocal range that we all know and love.

If you want to learn how to sing like Chris Cornell, then the Foundation 101 Singing Course available here at Bohemian Vocal Studio is the very first step you need to take to start developing your high range and creating a mixed resonance. The course contains over an hour of in-depth video tutorials including a practical warmup stage and troubleshooting videos you can continually refer to as your singing improves and your range starts to grow.

  • Connect chest and head voice
  • Sing with mixed resonance
  • Balance your onsets
  • Shape your vowels correctly
  • Find and manage your resonant space
  • increase your range
  • improve your tone
  • SO much more!

If you have any questions about learning to sing like Chris Cornell, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!

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