Mastering “The Hell Song” by Sum 41
Sum 41’s “The Hell Song” can be challenging to perform due to the heavy use of vocal distortion and growling. These contemporary vocal techniques help add a raw, aggressive edge to your singing, making them perfect for punk rock songs like this one.
The main lead singer, Deryck Whibley, employs a shouting-style sound throughout the song, using distortion and growling. To achieve similar effects, check out this handy guide on Vocal Distortion & Growling. Be sure to practice these techniques safely to protect your vocal chords from potential damage.
In addition to distortion, power is key in this song. Proper breath support, which you can learn about here, can help you hit those powerful high notes seamlessly. Not sure about your high notes? Find out your vocal range using the Vocal Range Test.
More songs with Vocal Distortion & Growling
Vocal distortion and growling are not limited to punk rock. Artists across genres like rock, metal, grunge, and blues often use these techniques in their songs. Examples include:
- Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
- Metallica – “Enter Sandman”
- AC/DC – “Back In Black”
- The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”
You can find more songs in your vocal range that feature these techniques using the Song Search.
Improve your singing of “The Hell Song”
Start warming up with exercises like ‘3 Minute Warm Up’ for a comprehensive vocal warm-up. Incorporate the ‘How to Growl’ Exercise into your practice to improve your versatility with vocal distortion.
For step-by-step singing lessons to further your skills, consider taking the 21-lesson singing course. With these resources, you’ll meet the challenge of “The Hell Song” head on.