I have more than my fair share of grit; so, here's my two cents worth, based on my own experience.
My grit is produced primarily by the side of the throat muscles pulling down, and immediately affecting the lower jaw (and more). This action also affects the inner throat muscles surrounding the larynx and the nasal pharynx. These throat muscles pulling down and sideways are also frequently an expression of anger, frustration, or sorrow.
A melodic sound, works frequently much in reverse--it is a down drop of the central part of the jaw muscles (with its ensuing relaxation of the side of the throat muscles). It is usually a happier emotion.
Hence, there is an opposition between a gritty and a melodic sound (anger vs. happy). If your natural voice is preset for one, you have to work a bit harder at the other.
To produce a girtty sound, simply grrr (and pull down on the side of the throat a tad more) and assess how your muscles are set around your throat and jaws. Imagine you are really angry with someone. When singing, what you want to do is to add a touch of this grr muscle set to your normal melodic singing.
When one is singing with volume, the grr producing muscles are under a great deal of strain. So, to produce the grit without a great deal of strain, recognize that as the volume increases, the grr can still be produced with volume by lessening the grr-producing muscles, primarily because (in my amateur opinion) that the taut side-of-throat-derived muscles still have their near-same effect, when less taut but under more vocal-volume-pressure conditions.
Anyhow, this is my own experience.
Last edited by WebAndNet (2008-10-28 06:56:03)
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