How to Develop a Metal Vocal Range

by Lee Johnson Google
Singing from your diaphragm is important when trying to reach low, growling notes.

Singing from your diaphragm is important when trying to reach low, growling notes.

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Metal singers often have an astounding vocal range, and learning to hit the notes your favorite vocalists are able to can help you out if you're a singer in a metal band. Vocalists such as Rob Halford from Judas Priest and Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden have impressive vocal ranges, and many talented metal vocalists are in power metal bands. Finding out how to hit higher notes and how to scream correctly can help you develop a good metal vocal range. The best tips for increasing vocal range are practicing "speech level singing," singing from your diaphragm and developing a "mixed voice."

Step 1

Drink some warm water or warm milk prior to practicing. This softens the vocal chords in preparation for singing practice. Care for your vocal chords when you are trying to increase your vocal range. Drink teas and avoid shouting or screaming when you are working on your vocal range.

Step 2

Sing from your diaphragm to avoid damage to your vocal chords. You should feel the noise resonating around in your chest when you sing a note. Continue to sing from your diaphragm when attempting low, grumbling vocals. Release air from your lungs evenly to achieve a low metal voice. As you practice, add in more of a growl -- still singing from the diaphragm -- and begin to sing lyrics in the grumbling voice.

Step 3

Place your hand in front of your throat so that your chin rests between your thumb and your index finger. Touch your throat slightly but not so much as to stunt its movement. Swallow, and take note of the muscle groups that move when you do so. These muscles try to get involve when you are singing, but they do nothing of value. Sing a note and see if you can feel these muscles straining.

Step 4

Speak in a soft speaking voice. When you speak, none of the useless throat muscles will try to help your vocal chords. This technique is referred to as speech-level singing, meaning that you use your speech-level voice when singing. Allow this voice to get louder, keeping the reverberation in your chest as you project your "natural voice" louder and louder.

Step 5

Sing the notes produced by a piano whilst working up from middle C (C4) to the highest note you can reach. Play a key on the piano and then try to match that pitch with your voice. Increase gradually, and stay in your natural voice. When you reach a pitch you have trouble matching, your voice will become airy and "falsetto," which indicates that you are pushing your voice to its limit. Try to switch to a mixed voice, where some of the reverberation switches to your head, to produce higher notes without going falsetto.

About the Author

Lee Johnson has written for various publications and websites since 2005. His articles have appeared in "Sandman" magazine, the "Crewe Chronicle" and on the website Beyond Hollywood. He is primarily a music journalist but has written on many subjects. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Manchester Metropolitan University.

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