Singing With Grit Is Easy With These 4 Tips to Sing With Distortion

Singing With Grit Is Easy With These
4 Tips to Sing With Distortion

Grit.

Gravel.

Grind.

Distortion.

Rasp.

Everyone who sings wants 'em, and most people learning how to sing have heard that distortion is either bad for your voice, will damage your voice, or even that only certain people can sing with grit.

Well I'm here to show you the secret to singing with grit in an easy, healthy and consistent way;

It's not pushing.

It's not clamping.

It's not yelling.

It's all about frequencies.

"Frequencies?" I hear you say.

"I've never heard ANY voice coach talk about frequencies before?" I hear you say.

"Surely it's not that easy?" I hear you say.

The truth is, most of those 'physical' techniques you've been struggling to master are/can/should be controlled TONALLY, meaning that if you want to sing with a "supported tone" you don't clamp your belly and push like you're constipated - you simply aim to resonate with a supported tone in the right way.

If you want to sing with forward placement, you don't shout your voice forward like you're yelling into a train tunnel - you simply aim to resonate with a bright, forward tone in the right way.

And there's really two important points here;

... Resonance

... and doing things in the Right Way

Singing with resonance is actually the true key to singing with distortion, as counter intuitive as that may seem. Because distortion, after all, is simply an overdriven frequency within your resonance.

It's not slamming your vocal chords together like metal on metal.

It's not shredding your vocal folds.

It's not pushing the sound out.

It's all about overdriving specific frequencies within your vocal formant - ie: distorting your forward placement.

Let me give you four powerful tips for developing grit, gravel and distortion in your singing voice:

 

#1 - Forward Placement Is Key

 

The key to singing with distortion is Forward Placement - basically, resonating within the bones of the face to bring the voice 'out of the throat' and into the most efficient and powerful resonators of your voice.

If your tone is dark, covered, boomy and muddy - you're never going to overdrive your formant. Think about a distorted heavy metal guitar tone - it's razor sharp, bright and even harsh, right? Bingo. These bright frequencies are the ones that distort in the best way and are the key to doing it in a healthy, consistent and repeatable way.

#2 - Trust In The Vowel

 

This has basically become my nickname as a voice coach - "Trust In The Vowel" because it's just SO important and SO overlooked in basically every other vocal approach out there.

Sure, people tell you to lower your tongue when you sing - but that's really only one of the 7 different tongue positions you need to learn to sing properly. The guys that recommend keeping the tongue down like you're pushing it down with a spoon sound like they're YELLING all the time, right? That's because they're not forming their vowel sound properly.

While vowel sounds themselves won't help you achieve grit, they're going to allow you to sing with gravel in a safe and healthy way.

"Vowel" in singing doesn't just mean "A, E, I, O, U" like in your speaking accent, a vowel is...

**drumroll**

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A specific set of frequencies that resonate in a powerful way within your vocal tract.

And do you remember the important key to distortion that we discussed at the top of this page?

Resonance is key to distortion, and vowels are key to singing with resonance - ergo, you need to master singing with vowels properly if you ever want the chance of singing with grit in the right way.

Watch this video below to learn the #1 most important thing you're ever going to learn about singing vowels properly:

 

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#3 - Freedom Of Airflow

 

You might have come across the term "compression" before in your search for how to sing with distortion - and it's a word that conjures up images of clamping, pushing and holding.

But there's a reason people use the word "compression" instead of "pressure" and there's an important difference;

Consistent airflow

That's right, forward placement, correctly sung vowels and yes, even distortion require you to maintain consistent airflow - even if it's limited airflow and compression.

I'll share another video with you in a moment that is going to blow the lid wide open on breath support, but let's check out the final tip for singing with grit;

 

#4 - The Four Vocal Fundamentals

 

You might be surprised to learn that EVERY single vocal technique, tip and trick out there relates directly to just one of these four basic fundamentals;

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

Seriously, if you've been wasting your time chasing ghosts like edge, curbing and compression; there's a reason that they haven't been working for you:

Your foundation sucks.

But it's really not your fault.

Those YouTube singing gurus are just "natural singers" who never had to learn any of this stuff - they were just great at it without having to learn 'why' they sound good; so they tell you over and over "oh it's easy, you just smile and you'll be a great singer" or "open your mouth as much as possible" or even "yawn before you sing".

^ And you keep wondering why it just isn't working for you.

And that's because these quick and dirty cheats might work for 'natural' singers who are already great sounding singers, but not for guys like us who aren't gifted with a perfect singing voice to begin with - so we actually have to learn how to sing properly right from the start.

And that's where I excel as a voice coach - I absolutely sucked at singing when I first started.

I spent over $15,000 on singing lessons and STILL sucked.

I strained, struggled, pushed and huffed until I was red in the face and had a hoarse voice.

Until I learned the simple key to all great singing that I'm about to share with you.

Watch the video below to learn how I turned less than an octave of range, a strained voice and a shit tone into four full octaves of power, passion and freedom in my singing.

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One Comment

  1. Hey Kegan. It’s me again. Absolutely love and appreciate this video and what you’re saying. As soon as I can, I’ll get some lessons with you.

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