#1
i was wondering if anyone had any tips about improving my vocals for blues. what i mean is like how when blues singers get all into it and go loud and kinda distort their voice. any tips on how to do this right? all i can really do is sing clean and thats nice and all but id like to be able to put some attitude into my voice.
#2
Um go raspy, FEEL the music.
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#3
I know the old school blues like B.B. King, just feel it, like make your voice raspy.
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I know the old school blues like B.B. King, just feel it, like make your voice raspy.


Thats too for the FEEL the music, go raspy. Need anymore?
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Thats too for the FEEL the music, go raspy. Need anymore?


Gotta love the blues man.
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#6
Just make you're voice like there's mucus stuck in your throat, i know it sounds sick, but it works, thats how you get the raspy voice.
#7
Drink dehydrating drinks before you sing to get a good rasp. I love coffee, and always sound throatier and bluesyer after I drink 2 or 3 cups.
#8
Start Smoking Marlboro Reds.
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#10
If you don't have the blues, don't sing it. You can't 'get all into it'. You have the blues, or you don't.

If you want a blues rock voice, listen to Eric Clapton.
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If you don't have the blues, don't sing it. You can't 'get all into it'. You have the blues, or you don't.

If you want a blues rock voice, listen to Eric Clapton.


to be honest i think hes terrible

try some muddy waters or buddy guy
#12
Yeah, don't listen to Eric Clapton.

Howlin' Wolf is the man, absolutely. That voice blows me away every time. Mark Lanegan, when he does Bluesy stuff, is a good modern equivalent.
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#13
I suggested Eric Clapton because he does a good mock blues voice, which is a good place to start. I seriously doubt that this guy is gonna be able to sing like the Wolf straight away, which is why I suggested a sensible starting place.
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#15
yeah don't be dissin' the clapton...

Clapton is God

(LOL... hear we go, big arguement of that statement)
#16
well thanks, i do listen to clapton. i can kinda get what i want now, just have to work more. i think i was just afraid to look like an idiot if i didnt do it right or went out of key or something.
#17
I like Clapton.

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#18
well i have my opinion but im not going to pick a clapton fight

when singing, hit a semitone lower and raise up into the right note. that 'blue' note will help.
#19
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I suggested Eric Clapton because he does a good mock blues voice, which is a good place to start. I seriously doubt that this guy is gonna be able to sing like the Wolf straight away, which is why I suggested a sensible starting place.


Why not aim high? I love everything about Clapton, aside from the voice, which I think is pretty terrible.
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#20
I think SRV's voice is pretty darn cool too.
aparently i sing in a southern american voice when i sing the blues. i dont mean to, it just comes out thatta way.
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Why not aim high? I love everything about Clapton, aside from the voice, which I think is pretty terrible.


When Eric's in the zone, he has a fantastic voice that has actually improved vastly over time.
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#23
be careful with this but u can just yell before a performance to get a rasp
"getting into it" is hard to give advice on though

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#24
Why does everyone reckon that BB King has always had a "raspy" voice? For a start, he's in his 80's, and if you've ever heard 3 O'Clock In The Morning Blues you would agree Mr. King had the sweetest blues voice you ever heard.

And I'd say that John Lee Hooker's voice is the best in between Muddy Water's almost soul like voice and Howlin' Wolf's..er..howlin' voice.
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#26
You have to sing out to get the edge that many bluesmen seem to have. If you're quiet, your voice won't be as cutting.
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#27
I prefer a cleaner, more dynamic voice as opposed to a raspy one. That's one of the reasons why I like Buddy Guy so damn much. Personally, I can't sing . I sing along with the songs when I listed to them but I really can't make my voice do what I want it too.
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agreed, it's hard to sing after you smoked, but it's worth the try