One consideration I usually have to address in my voice lesson is that when you are developing rock singing techniques it is useful to have an understanding of the underlying style that is the foundation of the final sound.
I recorded this video to try and address some questions about resonance and tonal placement when singing rock and how it differs at times from more traditional sounds. I have chosen ‘Anthem’ from Chess and ‘I Remember You’ from Skid Row as examples of two contrasting styles of songs. Can we dramatically adapt our tonal resonance to accommodate the style of music which we are singing?
You see, although the resulting end tones are very different – the core of their foundation is still the same. Good rock singing techniques are based on a solid, clean vowel sound with excellent support and breath control.
In a more traditional style of singing such as classical and musical theatre it is quite common to use a strong breath flow and this, accompanied by a low larynx position, helps to produce a very rich dramatic tone in the voice. For contemporary singers who prefer to be able to sing with a lighter approach in the upper register it is necessary to hold back a lot of that breath pressure in order for it to correctly regulate against the pressure of the thin folds in the larynx – this is one of the essential rock singing techniques.