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Good Technique?

Can you tell by the audio whether this is legitimate distortion or bad technique?

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  • highmtnhighmtn Posts: 10,887Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro
    Robert used a distortion that was simply oversinging. It destroyed his voice. I saw Led Zeppelin three times in concert in the nineteen seventies. Each time, the audience was told that Robert had blown his voice out the previous night, and that you should have been there, it was great. Robert was unable to sing ANY of his high notes at all, all three times I say them, and he only horsed-around and kind of partially sang the songs. I'm sure he was able to occasionally sing with his full range, but three out of three times I saw him it was a total disappointment. If Robert had known how to get his high notes and distortion safely, he would still have his "studio" range today, live or in the studio.
  • Right, Bob, I see your point. Also, besides oversinging, drugs and alcohol must have played a big role in the loss of his voice. In this video, at 7:08 you can clearly hear that he is just screaming to get to the E5s.

  • highmtnhighmtn Posts: 10,887Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro
    Robert Plant was a vocal hero to so many of us. It's hard to listen to him sounding poorly. His recorded vocals, and the whole band, for that matter, set such high standards in the recording studio. This was after the Beatles had disbanded because, in part, they couldn't reproduce their music live, either.

    Sound technology has improved so much since then, that with in-ear monitors, synthesizers, high-definition sound equipment, and solid vocal techniques under your belt, you can produce very good music, even at your local pub nowadays. Some of our early music pioneers were just ahead of their time.

    We can take precautions now to get great sound with great vocals and not destroy our voices in the process. This is a great time to be a musician and/or a vocalist.

    Bob
  • @highmnt
    I think Chester the singer of Linkin Park sings like that. He is going to destroy his vocal chords soon as Robert Plant did.
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