Mastering “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” by AC/DC
This classic track from AC/DC is known for its stand-out vocal technique – the use of vocal distortion, or ‘growling’. Notable not only in heavy rock but also in blues and grunge, this technique adds the rawness and soul that epitomizes “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution”. One can also hear it in popular songs like “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana or “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin.
Understanding and Practicing Vocal Distortion
Vocal distortion brings an emotive edge to singing, but it can be challenging to perform without causing vocal strain. Before attempting distortion, make sure you have a strong grasp of breath support, avoiding constrictions, and good posture. These fundamental skills help you lessen the risk of vocal injury whilst mastering distortion.
Once you’re ready, explore this tutorial on vocal growling. Start slowly and do not overdo it. Always listen to your body; if you feel any discomfort, stop and rest.
Know Your Voice Type
Understanding your voice type is critical when learning a new song. AC/DC’s lead vocalist, Brian Johnson, is renowned for his high, raspy voice. He makes extensive use of the belting technique, using mostly upper chest and head voices. Take our vocal range test to understand your range and adapt the song’s pitch as needed.
Learning the Song
To learn the song, you can follow the steps laid out in our song learning guide. Beginning with understanding the structure, melody, and lyrics, to practicing each section, to interpreting the song in your own way.
Use our Pitch Monitor tool to practice and ensure you are hitting the right notes. This tool will help you visually track pitch accuracy, an essential part of singing practice.
Once you’re ready to perform, take note of our tips for performance and overcoming stage fright. Remember, singing is also about conveying emotion and acting. Make the song your own and own the stage!
Mastering “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” is a journey. Embrace each step, use the right resources, and you’ll be belting out this classic tune with grit and passion in no time!