How To Sing The Deep Growl

Updated: Aug 21

To have a great voice you have to pay your dues and work hard. There is a technique called “vocal fry”, which is a healthy husk (growl) or raspy sound you can produce in your voice. The vocal fry is the lowest register of your voice; it is considered a vocal onset (how you start singing a note).


How to create that sound takes time and needs to be done properly. Otherwise, too much force can injure your voice. When you speak, your vocal cords naturally close, creating vibrations as air passes between them. When the air passes through it creates vibrations, which produce the sound. To create the vocal fry, take the note as low as you can, using your diaphragm and surrounding muscles (stomach and ribs/lungs area) giving it strength/power, using the muscles to squeeze and push the air up and out. The air pressure will create the growl sound.


Once you master how to use this technique, it’s going to make singing rock a lot easier by putting that sexy growl on your words. But, choose wisely where to place the sound.


Listen to Audrey Diaz sing “Valerie,” at a live performance, she puts the vocal fry (growl) in the chorus section “Why don’t you come on over Valerie” (33, 1:44, 2:37 seconds into the video).


JOKE FOR THE DAY:

A young child says to his mother, "Mom, when I grow up I'd like to be a musician." She replies, "Well honey, you know you can't do both."


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