How to Learn Singing “Lonely Day” from System of a Down

Learning to sing “Lonely Day” by System of a Down

“Lonely Day” by System of a Down uses a unique vocal technique called vocal distortion. This technique adds a grit or growl to the voice, adding an emotion-laden texture to the singing. You can hear similar techniques in other songs like Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” or The Rolling Stone’s “Paint It Black.”

Step 1: Understand your vocal range

Before you start singing, it’s essential to know your vocal range. You can find your range using our vocal range test. Once you know your range, you can adjust the song to your comfort zone if needed.

Step 2: Listen before you sing

Listening carefully to the song multiple times will help you understand the tempo, rhythm, and the nuances of vocal distortion used in “Lonely Day.” Observe the specifics of how distortion is used – it’s not just growling, but expressing the underlying emotion of loneliness.

Step 3: Practice Vocal Distortion Safely

Experimenting with vocal distortion should always be conducted safely to avoid any potential vocal cord damage. Our growl exercise video can guide you through the proper technique.

Step 4: Sing along, and assess your pitch accuracy

Once you’ve practiced the distortion and familiarized yourself with the song, sing along to it. You can assess your pitch accuracy with our pitch accuracy test.

Step 5: Monitor your vocal pitch

Our vocal pitch monitor tool will display your sung notes on a virtual piano, helping you monitor your accuracy in real-time.

Step 6: Regularly practice and take care of your voice

Remember, consistent practice is key. Take care of your voice and ensure to maintain good vocal health. Singing with distortion demands a lot from your voice, so make sure to warm up before and cool down after your practice.