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Are Extreme Vocal Sounds Healthy?

This week we’re discussing the do’s & don’ts of Extreme Vocal Sounds

Some singers steer clear of the more edgy, extreme vocal qualities for fear of damaging the voice. From a traditionalist standpoint the high octane screaming of Brian Johnson or the distorted intensity of Chris Cornell would be berated. Yet, in more modern approaches to vocal pedagogy these ‘signature‘ sounds are beginning to find a place in our vocabulary. So, is the use of extreme sounds really safe? This week, we’d like to hear your thoughts and experiences on this topic.

So the question is: Is the use of extreme vocal effects such as screaming, belting or heavy distortion damaging to the voice?

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Great Comments from last weekLast week I asked: In your opinion, does the voice get better or worse with age?

Singe Thorup wrote…

I think the voice somehow changes in depth with age. It might become darker, it might not, but I think the changes will be mostly in your expression when singing”.

Jeff Alani Stanfill commented…

If you manage your voice well with a healthy vocal technique, abstain from smoking and heavy alcohol use, your voice will not decline as much with age. I have singers in my studio in their late 50’s who sound as if they are in their early 30’s because they have managed their voices well. They adhere to a strict practice regimen and keep their bodies in tip top shape. ‘Healthy body, healthy voice’”.

Brad Holmes responded…

I believe that while our voice may get a little huskier with age, our technique improves through experience and sheer number of hours spent singing”.

Andrew Caravella posted…

“It depends as a singer how u want to sound. Male voice matures at 33. Doesn’t necessarily mean your “man” voice sounds better than your adolescent voice. Again, depends on person and weather or not they wanna song pop or classical”.

Great comments this week guys, see you next time.

C x