How to Learn Singing “Third Stone From the Sun” from Jimi Hendrix

Learning to Sing ‘Third Stone From the Sun’ by Jimi Hendrix

“Third Stone from the Sun” by Jimi Hendrix presents a compelling opportunity for singers to explore and develop their unique vocal abilities. It’s not just a song; it’s a journey into a unique world of sound where the voice becomes another instrument to express deep emotions and boundless creativity.

The Unique Vocal Technique: Vocal Distortion

One of the distinctive vocal techniques used by Jimi in this song is vocal distortion, a technique that involves interrupting the regular vibration pattern of the vocal cords. Vocal distortion can be demanding to implement correctly. Overuse or incorrect application can lead to vocal damage, so it’s crucial to learn to do it properly and keep your voice healthy. Other popular songs where you can hear this technique in action are “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin, “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC, and “Given Up” by Linkin Park.

Mastering the Technique

Before trying vocal distortion, make sure you have solid control over your voice’s basic functions, which you can build through regular vocal exercises. Test your current control over your instrument with the vocal range test and the pitch accuracy test.

Then, focus on mastering vocal distortion by quietly practicing the grit and rasp in your voice. Start on a single comfortable note and slowly add distortion, always prioritizing comfort and avoiding strain. Remember, if it hurts, stop! It’s also beneficial to take regular breaks to rest your vocal cords. The vocal health article provides more information about maintaining healthy vocal cords.

Putting it All Together

Understanding the meaning and emotion behind the lyrics of “Third Stone from the Sun” will allow you to add the vocal distortion in a way that serves the song. Use the song search tool to find similar songs matching your vocal range and preferences and compare their lyrics and melodies.

Finally, remember that part of the magic of Jimi Hendrix’s performance comes from his guitar playing. Channel that feeling and emotion in your voice but also remember to make it your own. You can find more advice on finding your authentic voice in our article on the subject.

Happy singing!