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How does Jon BON JOVI do his SCREAMS?

Hey, I'm just wondering if you have any idea, how does Jon Bon Jovi do the ,,screams" in Living In Sin or I'll Be There For You, It's a very unique type of sound I haven't heard anything like that, with that bright overtone, ever. Thank you so much, for any and every help.

Living In Sin from 89 - 4:50
And I'll Be There For You - original - 3:59
But I actually like it better here - 4:32


  • WigsWigs Moderator, 2.0 PRO, 3.0 Streaming Posts: 5,039
    Can you provide a sample of what you are talking about? Maybe a YouTube link with a timestamp for us to listen to?
  • MartinPytlikMartinPytlik Member Posts: 5
    edited December 2020
  • Klaus_TKlaus_T Moderator, 2.0 PRO Posts: 2,362
    edited December 2020
    it sounds like he is using distortion (in his voice, not like a processor/guitar effect). you need to have very strong support and compress the air in order to do this safely. otherwise, you will blast your cords with too much air, drying them out and, if you overdo it, you can hurt your voice. Ken's course teaches this technique. we learn to build up to this by learning all the necessary techniques to safely perform this. it will take you about 2 years to get to a point where this is safe (if you have no vocal background; your results may vary but that is a realistic average). watch a few of Ken's videos, he also has this new series where he goes through some isolated vocal tracks from famous recordings. it will give you many insights (for example, how soft some of these screamy sounding vocals are sung, like in "Run to the Hills", for example). if you want to start trying vocal exercises yourself, check out my profile page for a free workout you could try. and be careful with the distortion, it is dangerous if not done with good technique
  • MartinPytlikMartinPytlik Member Posts: 5
    Thank you, yeah, I do have a musical background so I figured that is distortion, but I was thinking it might be whistle register, but distorted. On the other hand it sounds really loud and forced here, that's what I don't get.
  • WigsWigs Moderator, 2.0 PRO, 3.0 Streaming Posts: 5,039
    It's definately not whistle register, buts it's up there roughly around C5 to D5 in the examples you pin pointed. I'm no expert in this area, I'm still learning the technique myself, but I think he is supporting very well and compressing alot, but also letting a touch more air over his cords to make it a bit more raspy and airy. Sing that high with that much strength takes ALOT of effort to do, it's certainly impressive.
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