Well I think it is no secret that Sammy Hagar is my cousin.
Does that make me "great" (like I have "the gene" for singing) no way.
I chose to do a demo of these two singers combined for this reason.
They are street singers,
They figured it out on their own.
It's obvious they have not taken lessons and God has given them a gift.
Does this mean that their level of singing requires a "God given gift?"
What it means is that I want to break down what makes them great, but also what would be helpful to make their way of singing sustainable over time.
Let's start with Sammy.
If you notice, when Sammy goes up to his upper register (like David) he squeezes off the chord to get his notes.
Strangely enough, he is able to relax his chest neck and throat at certain points ( with a LOT or power and energy from the lungs) to go even higher.
In my past articles you have heard me refer to "pairing down the sound" (or thinning down the sound) in order to ascend to higher scales.
Sammy is able to do this from his own "street technique" probably not even realizing what he is doing.
Many of us do this in our singing.
The most challenging part about this approach is that it creates "moving targets" for yourself. You never "really" knowing if you are going to be able to "hit the high note" or not.
This is one of the reasons I created the how to sing - Better Than Anyone Else course. With proper vocal coaching you will find that there are some things called "release valves" that will enable you to be able to reach those notes EVERY time, without the "wonder" if you can sing a certain song tonight.
Sammy does this "naturally" but can't fully depend on it and his vocal compression is different every night. You can clearly hear that in his singing now.
Now for David: - David (like Sammy) is also a "natural born singer".
One of the differences is in David's "approach" to open throat vowels. Notice when he sings "Still Of The Night" on the line Na Na Na Na Na...in The Still Of The Night....
David had learned that if he keeps his throat open (in contrast to Sammy) that he can create a "bigger" sound by keeping his throat open but here's the thing:
Just to keep the throat open is not enough.
It may work when you are young.
It may work "most of the time".
But over time, unless you understand about vowel modifications (meaning to create release vowel sounds that allow you to ascend to high notes and how to come down from those vowel sounds) you will again always be "wondering" if you can hit those ever illusive high notes..
With that said:
There is a very specific way to get to those notes safely (even with distorted compression like Sammy and David) that I cover in my DVD series "How To Sing - Better Than Anyone Else" at my vocal academy, you may enjoy.
OK enough talk.
I chose to use an original piece "in the spirit of" Sammy and David but will also be posting their actual songs.
Here is the video on how to sing like Sammy & David: