Vocal Course Lesson 13

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Rock Singing

Good rock singers are able to growl and scream without hurting their voice. The key is to not growl with the modal vocal cord, but to use the false vocal folds that are above the modal cords inside the larynx. The secret to doing this properly is to use: Twang and the Epiglottal Funnel; Stay at the Balance Point.


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Twang and the Epiglottal Funnel

Twang is a technical term for the contraction inside your larynx between your epiglottis and the arytenoid cartilages. The sound of twang is not a nasal sound, but a sound that focuses the voice, giving it a helium like quality. By using a lot of twang, you can begin to activate the false vocal folds inside your larynx and get a rock, growly sound without damaging your true vocal cords, the modal cords.

Stay at the Balance Point

When singing Rock, it’s all the more important to follow the rules for the Balance Point:

• Stay loose in your outer muscles
• Keep your mouth open and relaxed
• Activate your pharynx
• Breathe in stomach out


Practice Routine

Practice Time : 7 days, 15 – 30 minutes


Warm up with Scale 8 with all the vowels, practice finding some growl in your voice by gradually adding twang. Stop if you need to clear your voice.

• Ah (father)
• Eh (let)
• Ee (feet)
• Oh (no)
• Oo (boot)


Scale 8

Scale 8


Practice singing Scale 1 with these sounds.

• My My
• Way Way
• Go Go
• You You


Scale 1

Scale 1


If you want a more advanced scale, use Scale 10


Scale 10

Scale 10