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the blues singer's technique (or not caring for it thereof)

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ever wonder how the dirty blues singers are doing what they do? I am almost sure that they don't really sing from a technical view point but as a guitarist-trying to learn singing, I would sure like to know how to! I had this idea of starting a thread on blues singing and learning from the experienced board members from the discussion thread about Joe Bonamassa. Lets analyse the blues singers techniques here.

f.ex. How is Buddy Guy doing his thing in this clip? Sorry the singing starts at 2.50...there are some guitar magic going on before that...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79X1JfSta1o

please post your favorite blues singers here and lets see if we can break their craft down. Jonpall, I would love it if you could explain some of the things in SLS/SS terms :D. lots of expectations from you man! :D

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Listening to the first few seconds at 2:50, I think the mode he's using is mostly overdrive and the sound effect is mostly creaking between overdrive and curbing, but I also heard a couple of growls (like Lous Armstrong did - just make of him and you'll probably get it). Interestingly enough, that's very similar to what Eric Clapton does a lot, so he didn't just copy lots of Buddy's guitar licks. Cool clip, btw. Perhaps you can get someone else to explain this in English, because I've gotta run. SLS/SS doesn't have terms to explain this. The closest they come is "chest voice".

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i say that's a lot more power than it looks...i think his core is really engaged to sing like that. the neck is anchored the whole body is engaged..

b.t.w., i love blues!!! he's one of the best "emoters" i have ever heard.

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I'm also aiming for a blues type of voice. There are rock singers who do have a bluesy-vibe to them, guys like Chris Cornell and Russell Allen. Im still trying to learn how to do that properly, but the only thing I can work with is... "it has to come from the palate, and not be in the throat"! When I do rasp (or 'creaking' in CVT terms), I pull that rasp down from the palate... as if the rasp is ''housed'' in my palate, and i just squeeze it down without clenching my throat or grunting. It's a little hard to explain how these guys do it...it's really emotional stuff, you have to "feel" it, you cant think about doing it, it just has to come out naturally. Its gotta be in you.

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I'm also aiming for a blues type of voice. There are rock singers who do have a bluesy-vibe to them, guys like Chris Cornell and Russell Allen. Im still trying to learn how to do that properly, but the only thing I can work with is... "it has to come from the palate, and not be in the throat"! When I do rasp (or 'creaking' in CVT terms), I pull that rasp down from the palate... as if the rasp is ''housed'' in my palate, and i just squeeze it down without clenching my throat or grunting. It's a little hard to explain how these guys do it...it's really emotional stuff, you have to "feel" it, you cant think about doing it, it just has to come out naturally. Its gotta be in you.

stan blues is a lot of belting...by belting, i mean really putting it out there, tearing your friggin' heart out because some woman done you wrong.

did you guys ever hear this...steve walsh singing his ass off singing blues

god, i love this performance!!!! i love what he does at 5:47

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This is a good raw bone performance of an old skynard tune. You might like this one Bob. :P

you're right. i do....i'd get more enjoyment singing like that in a acoustically dead room no vocal enhancement no nothing than an engineer tweaking me into perfection....

how about this one?

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Fahim, you rock.

I've got all ya'll beat, no exaggeration. I saw Buddy Guy live, last year, double-billed with my favorite blues guy, Robert Cray. At the Choctaw Casino in the Chickasaw Nation in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

Buddy Guy sings a belted chest voice but his high parts are a howled falsetto.

Robert Cray, on the other hand, twangs like a mo-fo, yo.

heard both with my own ears, live, in person, not youtube.

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