Singing Guide: McSorley's Inflation
Vocal technique, exercises, tips and relevant resources
McSorley's Inflation was a popular blues-jazz singer who is considered one of the best in the genre. To master the art of singing like McSorley, there are certain things you need to take note of.
Firstly, McSorley's voice is unique, and his sound is distinguishable by his use of guttural noises, growling, and notes that extend in a rapid-fire manner. To achieve this, you need to focus on learning how to control breath support, apply twang, and use the diaphragm. You can get an idea of what his voice sounds like by checking out some of his most popular songs, such as "Red Hot Daddy" and "Alligator Crawl."
Additionally, to sing like McSorley, you need to master the blues scale, which forms the foundation of blues-jazz music. You can learn more about this through Singing Carrots' Pitch Training Educational Singing Game.
Furthermore, working on your vibrato and vocal distortion techniques would also go a long way. For instance, check out this video on how to sing with vibrato and this blog post on vocal distortion and growling. You should also exercise frequently using Singing Carrots' Pitch Accuracy Test and Vocal Range Test to monitor your progress.
Finally, to perform songs that McSorley would typically sing, finding songs that match your vocal range, difficulty level, and genre preference using Singing Carrots' Song Search, and consulting their Song Book, which offers linked lyrics, sheet music, chords, karaoke, and YouTube audio, would be very useful.
Mastering singing like McSorley may take some time and practice, but with Singing Carrots' resources, you can achieve your goals.