#1
So I want to make a punk rock or grunge type album, only problem is, I don't know how to sing and I can't sing. I don't know what I should do...
any tips or advice or anything?
I know there's a song by Dave Grohl called "Just another story about skeeter thompson" where he just says a story over the other instruments.
Thanks,
Anthony
#3
If it's punk you don't need to know how to sing.
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#4
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If it's punk you don't need to know how to sing.

Yeah but I honestly sound so bad
#5
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Probably the same way you whammy without using a whammy.

What does that mean?....
#6
Quote by thesanchez101
Yeah but I honestly sound so bad


So do all the real punk and grunge musicians.
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#7
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So do all the real punk and grunge musicians.

What about when it comes to lyrics? whenever I write lyrics I'm always embaressed about them and like they're cringeworthy and kinda cliche
#8
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What about when it comes to lyrics? whenever I write lyrics I'm always embaressed about them and like they're cringeworthy and kinda cliche


Do you even listen to punk or grunge? I mean, "Load up on guns and bring your friends."
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#12
I'm gonna be honest and say i'm a noob and still don't know the defintion for punk rock or grunge, all I know is I love bands like Minor Threat, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Bad Brains, Foo Fighters, Mudhoney etc.
#13
I honestly think anyone can learn how to be at least a decent singer as long as they're not tone deaf and put in the practice. Try putting a finger in one ear - it'll help you to hear your own voice better. Pay attention to pitch in particular. Sing along to a song and try to just hit one little phrase. Listen to one little section, pause it, stick a finger in one ear and try to sing it a couple of times, listen to it again, repeat, try singing with the song, etc.


It might help to grab the guitar and try to match your voice to different pitches on the guitar. Play a note and try to sing the pitch, play a couple of notes and try to sing them, play a short little phrase and sing that. A lot of times when I'm listening to music by myself in the car I'll try to sing the guitar riffs. Find your range and stick to that, especially at first. Don't strain for those high notes if you're not even in control of the range your voice is comfortable with. The hardest and most important part is to sing loud and confidently. Try practicing doing that when you're alone at first if you're embarrassed.

Personally that's the hardest part for me since I'm generally a shy, quiet person. That takes practice itself. For a long time I would only sing by myself or with the music up loud enough that no one could hear me. Then I started doing some singing while playing guitar with my friends. Then I started occasionally singing along when friends or family asked me to play a song. Then one day me and a couple of friends were shooting pool at a bar and one of my favorite songs came on and I was just slightly drunk enough that I started singing in a bar full of people and actually sounded decent because I just didn't give a fuck. I still have trouble with the embarrassment, but I'm making progress.

I've been doing that kind of thing for a good while now and I'm finally getting to a point where I'm not absolutely shit and I'm getting to where I can sing in front of people while I'm playing the guitar without being embarrassed and just mumbling out the words. I'm still not a good singer, but at least now I can sing mostly in key and have gotten over the embarrassment enough that my voice sounds confident. The biggest confidence boost came after I realized that I didn't have to sing the same exact notes as whatever the original singer was doing. It's ok to sing a harmony that fits you range better. Once I figured that out I started singing a lot of things an octave lower if the song was too high for me which made it easier to put more power into my voice. Then once I started getting some confidence doing that I tried going for the higher pitches and singing it like they sing it. I'm still not great at that and when I'm hitting those higher pitches it sounds like shit, but I'm getting better.

Writing lyrics? Fuck if I know I've only ever written a complete set of lyrics to one song that I wasn't completely embarrassed with, but they were so vague and abstract that I don't even know what they were about and they were for a growled song where you can't hardly understand what's being said anyway. The only other times I've come up with anything I liked it was only one or two lines and I couldn't figure out what to do with them. I'm much better at critiquing someone else's lyrics and helping them rephrase sections that they're having trouble with. I can't come up with anything myself.
#14
Play the second fret of your D string. Try to match the pitch. If you're an average guy, it should be about in the middle of your range.

If you've never matched a pitch before, this might be difficult. Once you can match a pitch, start singing along as you play the major and minor scales. Look up relative pitch and ear training. Most likely, you have a very raw ear and have no connection between your voice and said ear.
#15
Quote by thesanchez101
What does that mean?....

Well, Angus Young turned the tuning pegs to get that whammy thingamijig sound because he didn't have a whammy. So I suppose all you need to do is reach inside your mouth and manipulate your vocal cords that way \: D/

Ahem. You might want to follow the advice others gave.
And have confidence. Lots of popular singers didn't learn to sing. Show me a punk singer who did learn to sing :P

As for lyrics, show them to your band first and see their reaction. Mostly, it'll turn out other people love what you wrote even when you thought it was corny. It always happens with that jerk inner critic.
#17
Quote by thesanchez101
So I want to make a punk rock or grunge type album, only problem is, I don't know how to sing and I can't sing. I don't know what I should do...
any tips or advice or anything?
I know there's a song by Dave Grohl called "Just another story about skeeter thompson" where he just says a story over the other instruments.
Thanks,
Anthony

Lemmy couldn't sing for shit, and his career lasted over 40 years.
#18
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Lemmy couldn't sing for shit, and his career lasted over 40 years.


Bob Dylan.

Just sayin'.
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#21
One simple thing that you WILL need

Learn to sing to actual pitch, and get good at it
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#22
You get a teacher. Vocal teachers are without a doubt the most useful tutors within music, general instruments you can totally fuddle your way through and stand a chance of reaching peak mastery all by yourself. Vocal wise, you'll be be damn lucky to reach mastery without any tutorship whatsoever. Your progress will also likely be very slow without a vocal tutor.

Anyone can learn to sing, there's no one that truly can't sing to an acceptable level (acceptable meaning holding pitch for a relative amount of time.
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#23
Lol if there was ever two genres that required absolutely no singing skills you named them both.
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so do other punk singers


Can confirm.

Recently did a festival with a punk band who were one of the first bands on
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#26
oh look, shit talking punk in here.
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#27
Sing from your heart

If you can dream it, you can do it
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#28
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Sing from your heart

If you can dream it, you can do it

No, from the bowels of your lungs. The BOWELS.
#29
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No, from the bowels of your lungs. The BOWELS.

I heard your meant to sing from the stomach, and like if you burp its a good sign, thats why Dave Grohl burps alot on stage lol
#30
Step 1: draw a large breath

Step 2: Bring forth the mighty tempest of a vocal symphony from your throat, your vocal chords straining to withstand the celestial exuberance of your song
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#31
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I heard your meant to sing from the stomach

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