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  1. Exclamation I need some tips on growls and snarls... 
    #1
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    This is the first year I actually have to audition to be in a haunt. I'm auditioning for both my previous haunt (whose owner is now working for the Queen Mary as they replace Shipwreck) and Knott's Halloween Haunt, due to the pushing of a good friend who really wants me to work with him. I can move like a creature of the night as it were, but I have a HUGE stumbling block, in my mind, in that I have the DAMNEDEST time doing a decent snarl or growl in that I'm worried it comes out sounding too much like a snore. Anyone have any tips for how to get a good snarl or growl? The auditions are all this weekend so any help I can get would be AWESOME. Thanks in advance!
     

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    If it sounds like the growl you are making may be from the throat. When you go to growl think of something that makes you angry on such a scale the you feel it well up inside of you and release the growl usually for mine I can feel it resonate from the diaphram through my chest and out. Also go online and listen to some growls and roars from diffrent animals and try to emulate them. it will never sound right if you don't have the correct point of reference. on a side note also think about why is your character growling?
    is he part animal? does he have a breathing problem? do not add a growl just because you think it will be scary.
    Last edited by soultrkr; 08-13-2010 at 06:25 AM.
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    If you happen to have an allergy or be stuffed-up. Make sure everything there is open and clear to give you the most possibly predictable sounds when you go to make them. Maybe clear out any phlem with Listerine...
    My ripped throat has no problem sounding scary because after doing this haunting everynight for 22 years sometimes my voice is too deep, raspy..it was never like that for the rest of my life, previous to haunting.
    And..I'm not a screamer, I talk alot and sometimes have to talk over someone in the tour...
    Maybe tour a hog farm and listen there for your inspiration, we have piggies in Illiniois!
    Hogs have that flat end pointing right at you for nasil termination, stand back! They can spray snot with that weapon!
     

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    Good point on the clear air passage ways Jim.
    One other thing I forgot to mention about the audtions is when you growl make sure to show your characters intent. if you can do this through body language and through the look in your eyes you will do well despite the growl.
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    When you inhale, try to inhale into your stomach. You should be able to feel your stomach expand. When you growl (exhale), push with your lower stomach. This should mean you're using your diaphram, just like a singer. Also, warm water with honey in it will help loosen your vocal chords.
     

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    Inhale to the stomach, this tends to push on the bowel and exercising this will push out your poo faster (hopefully predictably!)
    There! Did you hear that snort/growl?
    I pharted.
    VERY SCARY! RUN AWAY! Bowel-a-bunga Kemosabe!
     

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