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Voice Teacher Reacts to Disturbed’s cover of The Sound of Silence

Hey, my name is Sam Johnson and I am a voice teacher I’m going to be reacting to and analyzing disturbs cover of the sound of silence Hello darkness, my old friend I’ve come to talk with you again, because a vision softly creeping Lift it seeds while I was sleeping That was planted in my brain Still remains Whitin the sound of silence Nice so he’s singing pretty low in his range right now the best way to do that is just by relaxing It doesn’t look like he’s pushing to try to get lower or anything and it’s not extremely low But he’s relaxing into it which allows him to have this really full Big sound even though like low notes are kind of hard to project. He’s using his microphone to do the projection He’s letting it be a very easy and clear sound without pushing into it In restless dreams I walked alone Narrow streets of cobblestone ‘Neath the halo of a street lamp I turned my collar to the cold and damb When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light That split the night And touched the sound of silence (Its such a warm voice) And in the naked light I saw That’s pretty vowel, it was kind of round it was more like “SO” versus “SAA”, “SOA” (intonation) and that let him maintain this feeling of roundness rather than brashness that open wide vowels sometimes give Ten thousand people, maybe more People talking without speaking People hearing, without listening People writing songs that voices (cut) (…) voices never share And no one dared Disturb the sound of silence Fools, said I, you do not know Silence like a cancer grows Hear my words that I might teach you I love that the the notes are moving up and down but his mouth is not really moving much It’s like the same mouth that he’s using for low notes He’s keeping it in the same position when he goes to high notes and so you hear the note go up and down and it slightly changes in timbre because he’s not adjusting his mouth to try to Maintain a completely even timbre but I love it because it’s keeping things super balanced He’s not trying to get to these high notes. He’s just opening his mouth. And what was working for his low notes He’s allowing that same property to work for his high notes Take my arms that I might reach you So with that one thing he started it on an A and the A is a pretty high note But he actually didn’t go very loud with it Which is why he was able to get that tone and then he put a little bit of distortion on top of it It wasn’t screaming into Distortion the main thing that was allowing this to happen was actually how clear and how Connected his voice was when he was singing that A and then it’s just a little effect on top But it’s relaxing into the effect which is why if he pushed and then just started getting like way too loud He wouldn’t have that kind of control on some of his louder screams I’m sure that he Relaxes into it and then leans into it and that’s the difference is it’s a lean rather than a push We don’t want to push and force anything. It’s just getting more intense, but the same balance of Arran muscle is there But my words, like silent raindrops fell It’s very small And echoed in the wells of silence And the people bowed and prayed Do you see it? doesn’t sound like it’s on the cord It feels like it’s above somehow and it’s not actually gonna kill him if he was just going you Feel that immediately. That’s not what he’s doing He’s doing it in a different way that’s allowing him to make this sound and have a sustainable voice (…) To the neon god they made Its above it And the sign flashed out its warning In the words that it was forming If you listen you can still hear that cord closure You can hear that same buzz that he was to getting on his clean stuff It’s just got a little bit of distortion on top of it, but the good singing that he’s doing is not going away It’s all because he’s singing well that he’s able to do this And the sign said, the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls And tenement halls And whispered in the sounds Of silence Nice anova lubrano comes in at the end. I Actually love that vibrato at the end. It was really smooth it sounded like a pretty balanced vibrato because vibrato all that it is is a little oscillation and It if it gets way too wide or way too fast then things start feeling weird or even if it gets way too slow his sounds like just Relaxing into it vibrato generally just kind of comes if you’re singing everything else. Really Well, sometimes you have to trick yourself into it after your you have everything else balanced, but with him, he’s singing things really well So it’s just relaxing into it. It’s straight tone. That’s actually an indicator of tension in the voice in some place Not that it’s bad I mean you have to to get a straight tone sound and a straight tone sound is not bad a straight tone sound is Necessary and it’s really important in a lot of genres and if you’re able to go from a straight tone into a vibrato That’s pretty cool but what happens is you’re just like releasing that little bit of tension that was allowing you to keep the straight tone when you go Into the vibrato, that’s one reason that sometimes when people are singing straight tone It sounds a little bit off pitch and then they start letting the vibrato come in and it Tunes on top of it Because that’s all it took was relaxing a little bit for the note to tune in to the right frequency So yeah, it sounds like he is very in control of his instrument It doesn’t look like he’s pushing at any point or like anything is a struggle or a guess of whether he’s going to be able to make the sound sometimes that’s what happens when people start adding a lot of distortion because they just they add the distortion by Pressurizing and by increasing things and by just like screaming and yelling rather than having this controlled Just effect and it’s really cool to go back and forth between that effect and the really nice clean stuff that he’s doing in this Song I like it a lot. Thank you for watching Please like and subscribe go check out my patreon if you haven’t seen it yet There’s a link in my description and if you want to sign up for voice lessons with either skype or facetime go to my website Thank you for watching!

Reynold King

100 Replies to “Voice Teacher Reacts to Disturbed’s cover of The Sound of Silence”

  1. You hit the nail on the head in regards to distortion. As someone who's been screaming and growling for nearly a decade, I can confirm that trying to brute force distortion or compression pushes the stress down from the rather robust vestibular folds (aka "false vocal cords") and into the much more delicate true vocal folds. It very much requires relaxing and leaning into it. Otherwise, not only will you get a horrible tone, but you'll likely mess up your voice over a pretty short time in ways that may require surgery to repair (if it's not beyond that point) if those poor techniques aren't corrected before established as habit.

  2. LOL 5 months ago I asked about this: (Any chance of ever seeing it done? Please?)

    Hi Sam: I don't know if this is possible, but I would love to hear your reaction to Metallica's "No Leaf Clover", specifically the S&M live performance. James Hetfield does a very interesting thing on the chorus "When it comes to be, that the soothing light at the end of your tunnel, is a freight train coming your way." I can best describe it as a nasal, "old time radio" effect.

    As a former live sound monitor engineer, I did not notice (as was common back then) a separate effects mic on the stand, and my testing with the concert dvd (I isolated the center channel with the vocals, and at levels that made my ears ring for an hour, listened through headphones for any artifacts of an effects processor) concluded that he was doing it live. My research online back then didn't really confirm or deny my conclusion.

    I would love to hear your thoughts on this. (If evaluating the full video would be a copyright issue, if you could do it offline and reply to this comment with your take it would be awesome.) (first instance at 2:35 Disregard the video effect at that time, the album CD has the same vocal effect.)

  3. You are Bad at your job. You use your keyboard to justify how bad you are at your job. As a voice coach. Let's hear your rendition.

  4. Relatively new to ur channel and this is like my 7th or 8th video maybe. It's also my first seeing u with long hair. It's like a whole different person lol. U have such a positive and well thought out demeanor to u tho that I'm seriously considering signing up for ur class! I really enjoy ur videos. I think I've seen enough now that I can say that u sir have earned urself another subscriber! Keep up the great work!

  5. I could be wrong but I heard that he actually told them not to autotune him and was pissed when they did. That could he false but I think he would sound alot better without it!

  6. I would love to hear your reaction to Greta Van Fleet "Edge of Darkness" from the Argentina Lollapalooza show. Only issue might be the lenghty guitar solo, so "Black Smoke Rising" from the same show might be better. To my untrained ears, this performance is flawless. If you get a chance watch the whole show. It's about an hour long. Thank you for the reaction and analysis of this cover. Draiman has an amazing voice.

  7. I would love to see David Draiman as the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera. He could easily carry it.

  8. I’ve never heard one negative review on “Disturbed” There has been a lot on his singing.. he’s amazing I love this rendition!!

  9. This is getting boring now … what next ‘Donald Trump reacts to disturbed’s version of the sound of silence’ ??

  10. the pitch corrector was too distracting. wonder why you didnt mention it
    edit: i made this comment before 2:55 lol

  11. You are the first person I've seen listen to this and immediately laugh at the "Disturb the Sound of Silence" line. I appreciate that. (It's hilarious)

  12. χαλια διασκευη .χαζη.εκνευριστικη.απορω πως τους αρεσει αυτο το εκτρωμα.εκει που λεει worlds στην ηχογραφιση του cd κραταει το συμφωνο αν ειναι δυνατον! κ φωναζει worrrrrrrrrrrrds of silence.ακου αυτην την ηχογραφιση να τραβας τα μαλλια σου, που ειναι κ πολλα.επειδη εβαλε μουσικη υποστηριξη με ορχηστρα, νομιζει οτι κατι εκανε.επισημανση .αρνουμε να γραψω αγγλικα γιατι εχουμε την ποιο πλουσια γλωσσα κ την ποιο πλουσια χωρα ασχετως κρισης!

  13. I want to hear the transitions between notes without autotune because he was hitting those notes almost perfectly without the aid of the autotune

  14. He has a rather unique voice and it melds well with song. But, it sounds as if he’s holding notes on consonants rather than vowels at times. The “R” in whisper (Not the best word to hold a note on, Mr. Simon.) and the “N” in the word silence at the very end is quite audible. But it doesn’t seem to take away from anything. He’s able to give the consonants quite a bit of power which makes it work amazingly well. (I could be totally off in my views on this cover.)

  15. I absolutely love the way he has sung this song! And i also loved watching your reactions to listening to is. It was adorable.

  16. I loved your reaction. It’s hard to believe David was ill during this performance. He didn’t want auto tune but they made him use it. An amazing voice for sure! He is classically trained. He and his father were also Cantors in their Synagogue.

  17. I have been watching quite a few of your videos, it's my first time to hear a voice trainer making comments on singers and I learned so much about techniques and everything. Also I wanted to say that I love you with long hair!

  18. I just enjoy the fact that David is classically trained, and took those techniques and made them his own when Disturbed was formed.

  19. I never really liked this version of him singing it, the autotune is always there and messes up his timber. You can hear it a lot at the beginning when he's singing low. I appreciate it's not a lot of autotune, but I can't appreciate it for what it is.

  20. I love this version!!!! It hits you right in the feelings!!! I came across this song last year on September 11th… all I can do is listen to this song on that tragic day….my bday is the day before….then my mum died of cancer on September 3 2016!!! I think David Draiman killed this track

  21. Потрясающее видео. Очень подробный разбор вокала. Большое Спасибо.

  22. David can sing this song perfectly without a microphone. I don't even believe there was autotune and if there was, it doesn't affect his singing basically at all

  23. Stunning vocal and arrangement! 🥰🥰🥰 I also noticed a lot of people saying he was sick during
    This performance…. WOW! Even more impressive!

  24. I don't even know what autotune sounds like and I'm getting a little pissed with all the people in the comments calling us, who can't tell what autotune sounds like, dumb and deaf. Besides, if you've ever listened to Disturbed more than once you would know David doesn't need any (or want to use) autotune.

  25. For me the easiest way to ad that kind of distortion is to make my mouth in a shape like i need to puke( yeah nasty….), so like almost completely closing off the part behind my tongue.
    But it really helps to "squish" the air and just form the sound with my tongue.
    It may feel uncomfortable at first, but after some time it becomes easier.

  26. This guy is one of the best in this cottage industry of reacting to other’s performances…. Yet I take issue with the on-going question of auto tune. Your written caption said something to the tune of “they cleaned up (at least one part) using some auto tune in ‘post production.’ I don’t know…. that sounds like a far cry from unequivocally stating “I don’t care – it’s auto tune.” PS> The gentlemen in the band, every single one of them when asked, swear it’s all him.

  27. Yo. So glad you did this one. I just listened to this the other day. At the start I was like well hello Mr LowBassMan…and then wowza, I’m like shivering. God, sinner/saint in one. I bet he totally gets laid all the time.

  28. How about something different. He has a video of him warming up and singing "Unchained Melody". Totally unlike him and it's really interesting. It's called "Disturbed on Tour: David Warms Up" (

  29. Could you please check out this video and tell us what vocal technique is in this video
    it happens at 1 minute and 53 seconds

  30. Amazes me how all these reviewers use this version as it is the one David was sick on. Try the bands original it is much more intense.

  31. Hahaha. I absolutely love your commentary. I've just found this video. It's very informative. ❤ I'm going to subscribe. I love how you explain things rather than demeaning the singers. Or explaining why something happens.

  32. Dutch opera singer Henk Poort covered this for Floor Jansen from Nightwish in the dutch tv-show De beste zangers. Can you do a reacts to video on that one? Or on their duet, they did The phantom of the opera together.

  33. These are so interesting and fun to watch as magical education student. I haven't been able to listen to singers without analyzing since starting college. It's refreshing watching someone else do it.

  34. he uses autotune in a lot of his songs as an artistic choice , its another form of distorition he uses you can hear a lot when he goes high, he is a classically trained musician and if you listen its not that he is missing a note the autone tune is changing his tone which is literally what he is going for

  35. David has such a beautiful voice it almost looks like Sam tears up at some spots and sometimes I can’t even control getting teary when I listen to him sing.

  36. I’m posting this at 2.4 million views and I think I maybe at least the .4 million… I actually have no idea what you are talking about but the song is amazing!

  37. I have loved Disturbed for years ! My favorite is The Sickness, however the emotion in this song when David sings it….. I also would be surprised if he actually used autotune. He’s not a fan of that.

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