Rock Singing Lessons [The Only Guide You Need]

Rock Singing Lessons [The Only Guide You Need]

Are you struggling to sing rock? Maybe you've taken a few singing lessons and learned some classical techniques that you just can't use for those powerful highs and killer mixed voice tone your favourite singers are using - how do you learn to sing rock?

I personally learned to sing "the old way" - you know, a half hour lesson with my local classical teacher who just HATED rock music and scoffed at every song I brought in to learn; but there really wasn't anyone else available to show me how to sing better so I persevered.

Over many years of vocal training (I recently detailed how I spent over $15,000 on singing lessons), I began to realise that great technique is great technique regardless of what style is being sung - Chris Cornell's vowels were OPEN, Aretha Franklin was singing FORWARD, Myles Kennedy is a master at BREATHING and guys like Paul Rodgers or even Michael Jackson had achieved a killer MIXED VOICE tone - and while the delivery is certainly different to a classical singer, the same premise is true for any style: All great singing stems from The Four Vocal Fundamentals

  • Height In The Vocal Tract
  • Forward Placement
  • Mixed Tonality
  • "All In One Flow"

The truth is, every single singing technique out there relates directly to one of these simple vocal fundamentals. For example, Vowel Modification, Yawning, Raising The Soft Palate and The Internal Smile are all simply an extension of Height In The Vocal Tract - learn the fundamental concept first and these advanced techniques will happen with ease in your singing just like a hot knife through butter instead of a blunt saw through concrete.

The same is true for absolutely every other advanced technique out there - they are all an extension of these Four Vocal Fundamentals - ergo; to become a powerhouse singer you must first learn The Four Vocal Fundamentals.

This simple key was the main lacking ingredient from all those singing lessons I took so many years ago - sure, my teachers were great singers and could recite Italian singing terms like the back of their hand; but without giving me the keys to my voice in the form of these four simple fundamentals; it didn't matter how many advanced techniques and terms I threw at my voice, how much I modified my vowel, how much twang I added, how much compression I used - my Foundation failed every single time I sang.

What I'd like to do is save you that same frustration (and all the time and money I spent!) that I went through chasing after that next "secret" and the next "advanced technique"  that was going to fix all of my vocal issues - when the answer was in my foundation all along. Let me show you how to master the Four Vocal Fundamentals;

Master The Four Vocal Fundamentals

With the Foundation 101 Course

The Four Vocal Fundamentals

If you're struggling to sing Rock, then you're simply struggling with The Four Vocal Fundamentals - let me show you exactly how to use these basic foundation concepts to sing better. But first, instead of me telling you over and over again just how awesome it is to sing with such effortless freedom and power, let me show you; here's just a few quick examples of what I'm achieving now that I've mastered my foundation - just imagine the killer singing voice you're going to enjoy when you master these four simple fundamentals!

 

The four vocal fundamentals are the easiest thing you will ever learn as a singer, but they permeate every single aspect of your voice as you start developing a stronger and more robust range - without a great foundation, your "walls and roof" (aka range and tone) will fall every time you sing.

Forward Placement

Easily the most important thing to a rock singer is forward placement. Now, many beginner singers are scared of a forward sound because it can seem a little nasal to begin with - but this is simply because you are training dominance in the three main resonators of the voice;

  • Pharyngeal
  • Oral
  • Nasal

By balancing your tone and training a forward placement when you sing, those quintessential rock tricks like distortion, power, belting, range and a killer tone will be easy and effortless. Without a forward placement, singing with power is impossible; imbalance is the death of your vocal foundation, and great balance starts with forward placement in your voice.

Height In The Vocal Tract

Ever had a singing teacher tell you to "yawn when you sing" - they're totally nuts, right?? This common but often ineffective instruction is an attempt to create height in the vocal tract; in other words to get you to raise the soft palate when you sing. By raising the soft palate, you will enable yourself to sing with a pharyngeal vowel instead of a "mouth vowel" where you pronounce your vowels instead of forming them correctly in the vocal tract for peak resonance and effortless singing.

Mixed Tonality

Much mystery is made of mixed voice - but it's actually pretty simple. Many male singers in particular struggle with mixed tonality because they're tied to their speaking voices; in particular the fear of not sounding "masculine" when they sing. Mixed Voice has two aspects;

Physical Mixed Voice: Balance between the TA and CT muscles to create a mix of weight and stretch/thickness and edge of your folds

Resonant Mixed Voice: A blend of resonance between your chest and head register

The issue that many singers have with mixed voice is that initially it may seem weaker than their pure chest voice (or, pulling chest higher than is healthy) - so they avoid head voice and have poor control or weakness in the CT muscles and excess weight in the TA - the key to developing mixed voice is actually to bridge a pure and natural connection between chest and head voice with no break; even if it's light to begin with.

A great place to start is this exclusive Mixed Voice Singing Lesson which will show you the exact process that I use to help my own students connect their chest and head voice to created mixed resonance while extending their range and improving their tone.

"All In One Flow"

"All In One Flow" is simply the way I like to describe consistent airflow in your singing; when you are singing correctly, it really does feel like you're singing "All In One Flow" or "All On One Breath" in a controlled but powerful way. By developing excellent diaphragmatic breathing technique, singing becomes easy and effortless; yes, even powerful Rock Singing!

For me personally, mastering The Four Vocal Fundamentals absolutely changed my life as a singer more than any other technique, trick, concept of 'secret' to great singing. Remember, foundation in singing really is just like the foundation of a house being built; the rock solid base that your "walls and roof" (tone and range) are built upon - without a rock solid foundation, your voice will fail as you struggle with The Four Vocal Fundamentals.

Master The Four Vocal Fundamentals

With the Foundation 101 Course

5 Comments

  1. The more I listen Layne Staley – the more I hear as effortlesness refer to power.

    I don’t know other singer that sings so effortless and so powerfull and emotional.

    May be he don’t lose energy on fighting with his voice – and it makes him possible to sing with such emotion and grit.
    Many singers sing with rasp – Kurt Cobain, Chester Bennington and many others but no one did it as effortless and as powerfull as Layne

    As they say in Russia, this is where the dog is buried. (that’s the point, key)

    🙂

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