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Under Growling ( German  growl ) is generally understood as the change of a musical sound to Aggressive by adding vocals to a singing alien plot. A distinction is made between two types.

Growling with wind instruments

Growling is a playing technique for wind instruments in which the played note is broken by singing another or the same note at the same time, thus alienating the sound. The result is a hoarse, more aggressive sound, which is particularly characteristic of the fusion saxophone sound.

If the note is sung that is actually fingered, slight deviations in the intonation result in audible interference that has a relatively low frequency. They are perceived as a spatial effect such as the chorus. The effect is comparable with a double-choir instrument.

On the saxophone he arises when in addition to the played sound an undefined in pitch, but deeper tone than the note played, sings. With the trumpet or trombone , the growl effect is created by a certain tongue technique in connection with not fully depressed valves and a plunger damper that is moved in front of the horn of the instrument. The result is a gurgling, rough sound that is used as an effect in jazz , rock music , blues and rock 'n' roll .

The saxophonist Clarence Clemons and the trumpeters Bubber Miley , Hot Lips Page and Cootie Williams are known for their growl play .

Growling in the vocals

Growling in vocals describes deep as well as aggressively bright, mostly screamed vocals in some genres of metal . There are also the "grunts", these are very deep growls that can turn into pig squeals .