I Want To Learn To Sing Like Maynard James Keenan

I always take on new projects and have now decided I’m going to learn how to sing. I’ve been doing a lot of research and the first step for me is to work through all of the basic vocal techniques. This article on musicaroo.com teaches you a bunch of tips and techniques you can use to improve your singing, so I am going to do that first. Once I’ve done that, I’m probably going to hire a vocal coach to get me to the next level.

And for me, the next level means sounding like my favorite singer. He is Maynard James Keenan, the lead singer of my favorite band, Tool. He is also the lead singer of A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. But tool is what he is best known for and it is my favorite band by far. I love Maynard James Keenan, because of the way he uses his voice like another instrument. Many singers just sing, but he adds a whole new element to the music with his voice.

He’s a bit of an enigmatic character, to be honest. He was in the Army in the 1980s, but decided to go to design school after that. He always had a love of music and this is where he let that blossom. Today he is not just a singer and musician, but also a record producer, a winemaker, an actor and he does many other things. Mainly those things involve charities, but apart from that he has always been a recluse. He does not like the limelight.

Even when he sings on stage, he sings in the shadows. The rest of the band is upfront, while he is in the back where no one can see him. I actually like this about him. I’ve always been a bit shy myself and if I were ever to become a professional singer, I would love to be able to hide in the background like he does.

The following video shows how Maynard stays in the background when he sings.

Growing up, Maynard lived in an intolerant household after his mother remarried. His intelligence and his creativity were not allowed to grow or emerge at all. His mother actually had a cerebral aneurysm when he was 11 and this affected the rest of his life. In fact, he wrote several songs about this incident.

This is probably why he decided to be so over-the-top later on as the lead singer of Tool. He performs on stage in a variety of outfits, from almost naked and painted completely blue, to have a mohawk and gas masks and many other things. He is definitely an unusual character, but is highly intelligent and this shows in his songwriting. Most of the lyrics he writes are very intelligent and draw upon a number of inspirations. They are also convoluted and very hard to figure out, but that is one of the great things about Tool.

One of the things I don’t like about Maynard James Keenan and Tool is how long it takes them to bring out new albums. They usually go 5 to 10 years between albums. They say this is because the creative process can’t be hurried and they want the albums to be perfect. In a way I love this, because the albums are perfect, but I also get impatient and want to hear more new tool music. I want to hear Maynard sing more.

If I become a singer like I want to, I will definitely try to be a bit more productive than he is. That said, perhaps it is not fair to say this about him, since he actually sings for three different bands and not just for Tool. Not only that, he has also been a guest vocalist on many other bands’ songs and albums.

Maynard James Keenan is my favorite singer. Now that I have decided to learn to sing, I hope I can match his singing ability soon. I know will take a long time and a lot of hard work, but I hope to get close to him someday. I know he has a lot more natural talent than I do, but I do believe anyone can develop their vocal cords with the right techniques and training and become a really good singer. Let’s see how it goes.

Andre Romelle Young – My Favorite Music Producer

Andre Romelle Young popularly known as Dr. Dre has charted the course of his music career with extraordinary energy and passion. With style and flourish, Dr. Dre has guided a generation of young and innovative hip hop stars in America to the summit of stardom in both music and entrepreneurial ventures. He ranks near the very top on my list of favorite music producers. I love Maynard James Keenan from Tool as well, but I like him more for his singing ability. though he is a great producer, too.

Dr. Dre was born on 18 February 1965 in Compton, California, USA. He grew up amid the violence and poverty that roiled his neighborhood to become one of the most committed hip hop producers in the United States. He combines the skills of a rapper, record producer, songwriter, and entrepreneur with admirable harmony and devotion.

 

Important Information about Dr. Dre

Dr Dre in concert

Dr Dre performing. Photo by Jason Persse.

Dr. Dre initially attended school in Vanguard Junior High School within his Compton neighborhood. However, he had to shift to Roosevelt Junior High School to escape the gang violence that often lashed through Compton. He nurtured his passion in music and entertainment while in high school after failing to qualify for an aviation course for which he aspired.

Gradually, the youngster who would transform into a prolific producer began frequenting at a club that was popularly known as Eve After Dark to witness up-close the live performances of various rappers and DJs. It was here that he began honing his skills as a great mixer and master producer.

 

His Strong Work Ethic and Passion

What distinguished Dr. Dre from other musicians of his time was his strong belief in the virtues of hard work and dedication to a noble course. Despite the challenges he faced in school life, Dr. Dre held a firm belief that his life and the lives of others of his kind could improve tremendously if they chose to invest in the music industry with some zeal and honor.

Today, this distinguished producer has a special place in America’s music history as the first hip hop billionaire. He founded Beats Electronics and Aftermath Entertainment. Previously, Dre co-owned Death Row Records and also performed as an artist while at its helm. Apart from hip hop, his other genres of specialization include gangsta rap and g-funk.

 

Dr. Dre’s Uplifting Influence

Top-ranking rappers such Cordozar Calvin Broadus also known as Snoop Dogg and Marshall Bruce Mathers, popularly known as Eminem are some of the stars who have lavished praise on Dr. Dre’s positive influence in their careers. In songs such as “Still Dre,” “I Need a Doctor,” and “Forgot about Dre,” these rappers extol his unique leadership style and outstanding talent in music.

Other great musicians who credited Dre for their steady rise in music include Tupac Shakur, 50 Cent, Xzibit, Kendrick Lamar, and The Game. Rarely has the great composer been caught up in some of the scandals, or acts of violence, which often derail the life and progress of many promising stars in contemporary music. He also influenced some really out there projects in music.

 

The Bottom Line

Dr. Dre remains a great inspiration to many budding hip hop stars not just because of his talent in music production, but also on account his soft power on the music scene. His willingness to groom upcoming artistes and offer material support are sets him apart as a truly resourceful figure in the music industry.