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Singing with Distortion, Husk, Dirt, Grit, Throat or Growling by Vox Academy

In this month’s article we’re going to discuss a very popular subject! Singing with distortion, husk, dirt, grit, throat, growling; call it what you will! But for this months article we are simply going to call  it singing dirty or with distortion. But firstly let’s just get a few facts and terminologies down so that you  know exactly what I’m talking about for this particular article in relation to singing dirty or with distortion. There are only 2 forms/techniques of harder singing/screaming that are used. True or chest voice distorted singing. E.g James Hatfield from Metallica only users distorted true or chest voice singing on all Metallica tracks. Falsetto voice distorted singing.E.g Daniel Davey from Cradle of Filth sings predominantly...

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The Bare Essentials by Dr Daniel K. Robinson

Time for a quick confession...I was a boy Scout! OK. That’s enough sniggering. Despite their current-day ‘nerdy’ reputation, I enjoyed my time in the boy Scouts. Sure, we had to learn all the “Dib, dib, dob, dobs” (don’t ask) and countless ways to tie a knot (I remember how to do a couple), but my time in the boy Scouts did give me the opportunity to develop some fantastic life skills like resilience and leadership. Another life skill that I developed, thanks to Scouts, was the capacity to “always be prepared.” For what? Well...for anything! A simple example might be to take a warm coat with you as you leave the house – why...because there might be a cold change...

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Vocal Signature by Dr Daniel K. Robinson

These days I’m not much of a ‘doodler’. I don’t find myself doodling random patterns and sketches on pieces of paper while taking lecture notes or sitting through meetings; but this has not always been the case. I can remember that during my late primary and early high school years I passed many an hour in class (to my detriment) scribbling simple designs and decorations across countless pages. One recurring doodle that occupied my time was the development of my written signature. I’ve always been fascinated by people’s signatures. Some people content themselves with a cursive version of their name in block text, but I love those signatures that seem to express the personality of their namesake. Whether it is through flowing lines...

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VIDEO TIP - Do I have nodules? By Dr Daniel K. Robinson

This quick tip briefly describes nodules and their symptoms. The one vocal health issue that seems to haunt every singer's dreams is vocal nodules. "Vocal fold nodules or nodes can be compared to calluses, usually appearing as a result of friction because of an incomplete closure of the glottis: singing with a hoarse [or breathy] voice can produce nodules. Forcing your voice to do things it can't, and providing inadequate breath support (causing 'wild' air to escape through the glottis) are other potential causes. You can get nodules after just one night of overusing your voice! Nodules [generally] develop in pairs, one on each fold. Women are more at risk than men." (Pinksterboer, H. Tipbook Vocals: The Singing Voice. 2002)...

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Perfect Practice by Daniel K. Robinson

One of the first questions that many students ask is, “How much practice do I need to do?” We have all heard the saying, “Practice makes perfect.” Actually, practicing the right thing makes perfect...if you practice the wrong thing you make a mess! So how much practice is enough to develop your voice in a consistent and healthy manner? I’m glad you asked that question. As many of my students have heard me say, ‘singers are vocal athletes’. Like other athletes, we need to train our bodies to behave in a particular manner. The development of muscle memory within the voice takes a considerable length of time...some would even suggest a lifetime given the differing developmental stages experienced throughout a...

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