An overview

A growl is like distortion, i.e. it is a ‘noise’. It is an effect that can contain several different expressions from devotion to aggression. Growl is often used in traditional jazz, r ‘n b and gospel. Growl often sounds like a coarser variation of distortion.

Growl can be used in all modes and is therefore subject to the same advantages and limitations as the modes in terms of pitch, volumes, sound colours and vowels.

The choice of mode determine the character of the growl.

It is possible to decide the amount of growl you want to add to a mode

Growl can be used alone or together with other effects, often distortion, tuva and rattle.

Heathy Growl

Growl takes place at the level of the arytenoid cartilages/cuneiform, i.e. at Level 3 (see ’Various levels of the vocal tract’). In growl the epiglottis tilts backwards and almost covers the vocal cords. This creates the hollow and dark ‘covered’ sound of the growl. The arytenoids vibrate against the epiglottis which produces the rolling sound. Together this is the growl.

growl

Like all other effects, growls must be produced with great accuracy to avoid misuse of the voice.

Singers who use or used growl

Louis Armstrong, LaVern Baker, James Brown, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, John Kay (Steppenwolf), David Lee Roth, Sly Stone, Yma Sumac, Tom Waits, Johnny Winter and Stevie Wonder.

Growl in Neutral with air

Growl in Neutral with air gives a quiet volume and a relatively gentle effect. It is often used as an isolated effect in the low part of the voice.

#253 (Female)
#253 (Male)

 

Growl in Neutral without air 

Growl in Neutral without air will also give a quiet volume and a relatively gentle effect.

#254 (Female)
#254 (Male)

 

Growl in Curbing

Growl in Curbing will often be at a higher pitch and in medium volume.

#255 (Female)
#255 (Male)

 


Growl in Overdrive

Growl in Overdrive will often be at a louder volume and have a coarser and a more rolling character.

#256 (Female)
#256 (Male)

 

Growl in Edge

Growl in Edge will often be at a louder volume and have a coarser and a more rolling and a sharper character.

#257 (Female)
#257 (Male)