I've accessed just about every article and website/youtube vid I can find on growling and I STILL CAN'T DO IT!!!!!
I just can't get the hum going that all these people talk about. Any one had the same problem and can help?
I'm at odds with everyone over the sound produced by humming! I think this is a completely different sound to a growl.
Earl Bostic did it and it was called a 'Buzz Saw Tone', which I think is a more suitable description!
For me the only true growl, is the one as used by on the Champs 'Tequila'.
Again what a strange name - 'Flutter tongue', 'Blowing a Raspberry' is more like it
I think on Tequila, he did what I do, produced the sound in his throat, by far the easiest way for me.
When soloing, I use both Growl & what I call Buzz. A Growl is Grrrrrrr. Humming to me, the sound produced is much quicker, more of a Buzz.
Pretty sure that Chuck Rio does the flutter tongue thing in the original recording. That's done by fluttering your tongue on the roof of your mouth - seems like a good descriptive name to me !
You can hear him add the flutter tongue at about 0:31 and 1:19 - there's lots of growling elsewhere.
Phew! now i've had time to calm down, that was flutter tonguing, something quite different to growling, flutter tonguing is controlled with the tip of the tongue whilst making a DRRRRRRRRRRRRRR kind of sound, growling is more from the back of your throat but controlled with your diaphragm whilst making a UAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA kind od sound, well thats what works for me anyway, i'm just going to watch the video again just to make sure!!!
That's what I said (about flutter tonguing) and why I posted that video (pictures were just what happened to be there on YouTube).
But Johnboy says that he can do that sound with his throat, rather than flutter tonguing.
But regardless of how it's done, both effects are quite close in how they sound and you'd probably have to be a bit of a saxophone anorak to worry about the difference (I am).