Learn to Sing – How to do “Vocal Fry”

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Vocal Fry is an extremely healthy way to warm up your voice if you do it correctly.
Please listen carefully to the wrong way and the right way! Give this a try whenever your throat doesn’t feel in tip-top shape, you’ll be amazed!

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13 thoughts on “Learn to Sing – How to do “Vocal Fry””

  1. tulio bathory

    Hello, my name is Tulio and I’m from brazil, actually I have no skills for singing, I never did 😛
    But I really need to learn this vocal fry thing for business, let me explain you why, I’ve been learning mandarin chinese for some months, and chinese pronunciation consists of tones, for example, if you pronounce the word MA (pronunciation is like MOther) with a high flat tone it means mother, and if you do with a vocal fry, it means horse. So, my problem is, I can do the vocal fry with some vowels, but I find it too hard and too uncomfortable and specially with the I vowel in the word NI (pronunciation the same as KNEE), when the word has an I it’s just a mess. Could you give me some tips on how to keep this vocal fry with the EE sound without forcing too much my throat?

    Thanks in advance!

    Tulio Brasileiro

  2. Rachel Haverkamp

    You have a lot of good things to say and I’m happy to know that you have a good grounding and diaphragm support. However, as a voice and piano instructor specializing in vocal performance I find it very troubling when I hear about people trying the “vocal fry” technique.  It is a very unhealthy vocal technique and should absolutely not be used.  Vocal fry causes laryngeal trauma that can lead to nodules and loss of voice and/or papillomatosis – growths. Under no circumstances should one use this as a vocal warm-up or as a way to increase a lower vocal range.

    Might I suggest instead a low hum or lip trills focussed in the chest register and grounded in the body.  I would hate to see you or anyone suffer from its effects as I have had to rehabilitate singers as a result.  Best of luck to you 🙂

  3. So… don’t you think it would have been much better if you explained how you get this amazing vocal fry at such a loud volume? I have been working on it for a while and can do it at very low volumes only. Any more air pressure causes it to change into a normal tone. Also, trying to raise the volume gives me a scratchy throat, which I know (as I am working with an SLP) is caused by the false vocal folds being forced into contact with each other and so I have to stop. Which means I can’t practise for more than 2 minutes before needing to rest, which is making it difficult to make progress. It’s kind of like you’re a concert pianist, you play a concerto, and then you tell your audience to just ‘do it’ like you do! Or perhaps, slipping into cynic mode, we’re supposed to buy something to get the instruction?

  4. Well, it’s great that you demonstrate the right sound and the wrong sound but… I’m finding that practising this is giving me a sore throat, even though I think I know what I’m supposed to be doing…. low note, very soft airflow, very relaxed throat. Any thoughts, anyone?

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