Are John Fogerty and Paul Rodgers what you would call naturals?
matt53 Pro Posts: 189
I remember reading that John Fogerty basically tape-recorded himself singing until he got the vocal sound he desired. It struck me as interesting and inspiring that he could "create" a voice like that which is distorted yet so powerful. Then I was listening to a vid of him singing and noticed he used some silent h's to get past the bridge and wondered if maybe he had a teacher or coach suggest that. Amazing singer. It's even more amazing that he can still sing, albeit with noticeably less distortion than he used to. Paul Rodgers is the same way but he sounds just as distorted and open-throated as ever. I guess in singing you have the "naturals" just like basketball has Michael Jordan and track has "Usain Bolt."
But I'd rather be an awesome trained singer with a healthy technique than a natural who doesn't know what he is doing or how to fix his voice when he has a problem.
I think that probably the "naturals" are just using good technique, but somehow that good technique was something they just were gifted with. Part of it could be physiology, just well-constructed to make those sounds, but you can't use bad technique and not pay the price, even if you ARE gifted.
Paul Rodgers sounds Totally Awesome these days, and he's no spring chicken!
Tape-recording (or digital for that matter) yourself CONSTANTLY is a GREAT habit to get into. After a while, it becomes so natural for you, that the red light never bothers you anymore, unless it's off. You yourself are your best, your greates, and your worst own critic. You can quickly move on from self-loathing to paying attention to the nooks and crannies of your voice and really get a lot worked out. You can even catch yourself hearing something played back and LIKING how it sounds, especially when you initially hear it and don't realize it's YOU at first.