How to sing like Layne Staley (Alice Chains Would Cover)

How to Sing Like Layne Staley (Alice Chains Would Cover)

I recently covered Alice in Chains’ classic song Would? on Instagram and followed through with a full breakdown of my approach and vocal technique so that you can learn how to sing like layne staley. With such a unique voice and powerful delivery, Layne will be forever remembered for his extensive vocal range, dark sense of humour and incredible vocal technique. Do you want to learn how to sing like Layne Staley and even do your own Alice Chains Would cover? Lets check out my recent Alice in Chains Would cover and technique breakdown.

Remember, singing is a process of coordination, not a feat of muscular strength. It’s important to set up your foundation and breath correctly while placing your frequencies properly first, and only then should you start to impart any personal stylistic choices. Remember, your singing voice is only ever going to be as strong as the foundation you’ve built it upon.

One of the most important points from this tutorial is that Layne Staley’s singing isn’t occurring in his throat, and this is also not how I’m singing this myself. Learning proper register release while also learning to lean into your sound properly to create twang and distortion in a relaxed and healthy way. Distortion in singing is simply an overtone occurring from support, vocal fold adduction and of course vocal placement.

How to sing like Layne Staley

As a baritone myself, learning how to sing like Layne Staley has honestly taken quite a lot of time, consistent practice and an extensive learning curve – you’re not going to sing like Layne Staley overnight, but it will happen if you develop the right vocal technique and build your voice in a healthy and powerful way. Layne Staley wasn’t straining when he sing, so you shouldn’t strain when you are singing Alice in Chains songs.

Another important point to take away from this alice chains youtube cover run-through is that the production of your vowels is paramount to proper resonance creation so that you don’t strain and push when you sing, especially as you ascend into your high range.

A great place to start with learning how to sing like Layne Staley is to start clean and in a relaxed and resonant fashion, and over time as you start to improve your coordination and control you can begin to learn into the sound somewhat with further adduction and stronger support and coordination.

A great place to start with singing like Layne Staley so that you can try your own Alice Chains Would cover or your own favourite Alice in Chains song is the free foundations short courses available here at Bohemian Vocal Studio. Then when you’re ready to take your voice to the next level with professional vocal training you can book a Skype Session and we’ll get started extending your range and building your voice!

If you have any questions about my Alice Chains Would cover, 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.

2 thoughts on “How to sing like Layne Staley (Alice Chains Would Cover)

  1. Dude, thank you. Just thbank you, so much! Since high school I’ve wanted to sing Maybe Staley and Scott Weiland , and it destroyed my ambition when I couldn’t for so long and couldn’t not find/afford a teacher.

    I’ve only watched a few videos here, and already I’ve found a HUGE improvement in my sound, and I m starting to believe I can do it.

    As soon as I’m capable I will find some way to support you, be it donation or lessons.

    Rock on, friend

    1. Cheers Bruce! I’m so pleased it’s coming together for you – it’s all a process of coordination, and absolutely anyone can reach their goals with the right approach.

      Let me know how it goes.


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