Vocal Fry Singing Voice

How to Sing with Fry Growl Distortion Rasp Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy

Hey guys, welcome back again to Ken TamplinVocal Academy. We're going to move on to another, more advanced part of distortion,which is Fry, and scream, and growl, and all this other stuff. Now, again, I have to saythis to you. You have to build this up over time. If you don't, you probably will destroyyour voice. Okayé So, we build up a good clean sound first, thenwe lean into more and more, so: heeeeeeeeey! Then HEEEEEEY! Then HEEEEEEEY!!! Then HEEEEEEEEY!!!!!!Then HEEEEEEEY!!!!! (sounds more distorted each time) Righté Little by little we buildthis stuff up more and more. But I want to talk specifically about Fry, because Fry givesthe impression that I'm just bloodcurdling

through my throat, it's just raw AAAAAAAAAh!like this, righté Actually, that's not what's happening. What's happening is I've builtup a quality distortion, over time, and what I do is, when I'm going to do somethingthat is kind of screamy, or growl or whatever you want to call it, Fry… Is, I go: HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY!!!!!So what I do is, I, ha, it's pretty gnarly, I know… I'm actually, and notice too,I don't, I haven't lost my voice, I'm not uhhooooh, sounding like this, whatever…And by the way, I've come off of singing for 5 hours today. This is the end of my vocallessons from the big part of my day. I'm actually relaxing my vocal folds, and I'musing some of my outside vocal folds to do

my work for me. So, instead of going HEYYYY!!!!And screaming at you, it's�heeeeyyyyyyy�…like I'm literally relaxing in a “uhhhhhhhhh�kind of “Fry� state. Now, the thing about that is, is you have to build up a good cleansound first, and a good powerful sound first, to be able to develop levels of this, in orderto achieve this. So, I cover this in my course. It's so important, guys, you always haveto come back and clean up the voice, because if you don't, you Will hurt yourself.So, there's a good tutorial, and I'm going to go through several of the new artists thatare awesome: Chester Bennington, Corey Taylor, and there's a bunch of stuff I'm goingto cover here soon. But I'm going to get

into bunches of, lots of people ask me, Oriah and all these different guys, “can you sing like these guyséâ€� Absolutely! I just did it. But you have todo it safely, or you will lose your voice. Okayé Thank you for joining me, and we have morecoming your way….

How Does Vocal Fry Work

Ugh, the bananas got everywhere. I just knowthe catapult place is gonna hit me with a cleaning fee. Oh, hello BrainStuff! I'm Lauren, and todaywe're going to talk about the human voice – specifically, vocal fry the vocal registerthat launched a thousand panicky trend pieces. You've heard it in conversation, you'veheard people complain about it, and you very likely use at least a little bit of it yourself.But how does it actually worké What's happening inside your throat when you fryé To explain this, we first need to considerhow we humans make sound with our voices.

So, imagine you're saying something normal,like, “Let go of my pizza, Ted, or prepare to feel the hot iron of vengeance.� When you begin to speak or sing, chant,or babble you relax your diaphragm to push air from your lungs up through your larynxand out of your mouth. And on the way up, that air passes betweenyour vocal folds, also known as your vocal cords. The vocal folds are two strips of membranoustissue that you can manipulate in a few ways to control the pitch and quality of your voice: If you move your vocal folds together as theair from your lungs passes up through the

slit between them (known as the glottis, bythe way), it causes the folds to vibrate, like the reed in a clarinet or a saxophone.This vibration then resonates through the air in the cavities of your head to producethe fundamental sound of your voice. Now, human beings have three main vocal registers:falsetto, modal, and fry. The modal register is most commonly used innormal speaking voices, and it's what I'm using now. The falsetto register is the highest frequencyregister, and you've probably heard people use it when they talk to babies and pets,oooh, yes you have!

When you go into the falsetto register, youpull your vocal folds tight, allowing only the edges to vibrate, rather than the entirefolds. The lowest vocal register is the fry vocalregister. You might have also heard people call it “creaky voice.� What we would see during the use of vocalfry is that the vocal cords are pressed together but not stretched longitudinally, which createsa loosely closed glottis gap. Breath “bubbles� out between the slackened folds, creatingpulses as the vocal cords “rattle� against each other.

You can see the same kind of chaotic rattlinghappen with a guitar string if you tune your instrument low enough! In recent years, vocal fry has been a hugesubject of debate. Is it super annoyingé Or is it super annoying when people criticizeité If you want to learn more about all that,you can check out my compatriot Cristen Conger's excellent Stuff Mom Never Told You tutorial onthe subject, by clicking here. In which I have a cameo. But in short, vocal fry is nothing to panicabout, culturally speaking. Studies show that

it's a fairly common feature of human speechacross demographics, used most often right at the end of sentences or phrases. So, do you use vocal fryé Have you been criticizedfor ité Let us know in the comments! If you'd like to learn more about vocal fry, rememberto check out these excellent episodes of Stuff Mom Never Told You. And you can learn moreabout the human body (and the vibrations it makes) over at HowStuffWorks !.

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