Here we are again for a new technique, the twang!

The twang is a sound and a voice box setting that we can use as a stylistic choice, but even more important: to build other vocal effects on it!

When you master the twang totally, you will be able to sing high belting notes effortlessly, but also head voices will sound more powerful and less breathy, and last but not least for the guys or the Christina-fans, a twang setting is the essential foundation of distortion vocals. Beginners sometimes think that they never will use some distortion on their vocals, “’cause omg, that’s too rock!”, but think again. If you like vocals like Lewis Capaldi, Christina Aguilera, Prince, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendez, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Kaleo, Dermot Kennedy, Muse, Bruce Springsteen, James Morrison, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Imagine Dragons, even some jazz from Postmodern Jukebox, they all sometimes have a “distortion-topping” on their vocals to make it more edgy.

So what do we need to do to get this twangy voice box setting?

We can compare the voice box with an elevator. And elevators can go up and down. Well, the voice box needs to go up, to the first floor. That’s the twang setting. So we need to upper our voice box to the “first floor”:

  • Stand in upgrade position and switch your weight to the back of the body (give weight in the back foot), so that your lower back and neck are activated
  • Activate and slightly tilt the neck
  • Smile, give me a jokerface!
  • Lift the sides of the tongue to your upper teeth (tip of the tongue remains down, against the lower teeth)
  • Do this while saying an NG in head voice first, then repeat it on chest voice
  • Project your twang backwards, around the earline, in the belting zone

Now, you maybe will feel a little bit tension around the upper throat. This is normal. A twang setting needs a correct tension around the vocal muscles, otherwise you would sing too relaxed. If you would sing twang, belting, distortion or growl with a relaxed setting, you would harm your vocal cords.

LEARN MORE about the twang setting, with very detailed exercises in the Ultimate Mind The Voice Singing Program (release fall 2021)

Wanna train more on your twang setting? Check out our other free vocal course about the Mind The Voice SOVT-Trainer!

Be sure to check out the introduction video before continuing with the workout!

Tiffany