Singing with Distortion/Grit...

Posted in Category Technique and Style
  • 1 year ago

    I know this can be somewhat of a contraversial topic, since this style of singing can be potentially dangerous if done incorrectly. But I was wondering if there's any content on 30 day singer that covers this topic. 

    I haven't quite yet figured out how to do this in my own singing yet and I feel like I'm missing out. It's a fun texture to add to vocals and I'd like to incorporate it into my singing and songwriting. But I also don't want to hurt myself. Safey first! lol

    Thanks in advance. 

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    Abram St Amand Poliakoff 1 year ago


    I just started creating some content to cover this! So far there is a short youtube video, where I cover the basics for a more or less healthy, consistent classic rock scream. I'm planning to make a Rock singing course as well, which will have a good amount more of this concept. However, there are a few other courses that we are going to tackle first. 

    The main concept is that we use a throat singing technique and or vocal fry plus amplification/a distortion filter depending on the genre. The other thing is that using grit in head voice is going to be easier to access and healthier on the voice than chest voice grit in my experience. If you listen to ACDC and other classic iconic groups that use this tecnhique, you can hear that its actally mostly done with a supported head voice most of the time. On the bottom-end you want to use more vocal fry. There are also some more esoteric traditions to create extra mucus for more distrotion in the sound in general. The trick is finding what works for you of course!

    The confusing factor is some singers are hurting themselves to make a particular sound on a recording or in a performance, when they don't have to be. So be carefully, when trying to immitate! 

    This is something I can help with in a one-on-one lesson as well, if you want a head start on how to gradually incoperate it into your practice and vocal style.


    Hope that helps,


  • 1 year ago

    Thank you! I'll book a lesson with you in the future :) 

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