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Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) vocal technique- Good or Bad??

Hello, male, 27. I have been singing rock for about a year now and model my vocal style after Joe Elliott. Before I do too much i'd like some expert advice as to if this vocal compression technique is healthy for my throat. A great example would be the 1988 In The Round concert with "rock of ages". He is able to compress nicely and deliver spot on high notes. Is this method utilizing false vocal folds or is it right on the chords themselves? I do not feel pain or tension when I sing this way. Thanks a bunch!


  • HuduVuduHuduVudu 2.0 PRO Posts: 1,818
    I highly suggest that you do not copy Joe Elliot's vocal style. His support is terrible and I am going to link the result of what happens when you have poor vocal support:

    Ken has covered Photograph and if you listen to Ken's version compared to the original version of Photograph you can hear the difference. That difference is huge over time and is why Joe's voice is now trashed. It is shocking how many singers didn't just fade away but were forced to "retire" because their voices were blown. Here is Ken's version:

    I also want to add a side by side to James Hetfield of Metallica. James doesn't really have good open throat but he does have proper support and breath control and that makes all the difference in the long run on protecting your voice.

  • MekuskMekusk Member Posts: 2
    Thanks for the advice. I know Joe's voice is much different now and I suppose I just related that to his age, but I think you are right. I will work on my technique and seek vocal guidance and direction to prevent damage.
  • HuduVuduHuduVudu 2.0 PRO Posts: 1,818
    edited August 2019
    As a point of reference regarding age:
    Joe Elliot born August 1, 1959 60 years old.
    James Hetfield born August 3, 1963 56 years old.
    Ken Tamplin born December 11, 1963 55 years old.
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