Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti revealed that he has occasionally taken singing lessons in a new Guitar Autopsy interview.
“Sometimes. Between albums, I took three online lessons. But I sang more than I’ve ever sung in my life in between these records because that’s the project I’m working on, this vocal project.
“I take my son to soccer practice pretty much four nights a week, and sometimes they’re three-hour sessions, so I’ll sit in the car and I’ll sing for three hours straight.”
Do you have people walking by looking at you funny?
“You know what? I don’t care. I’ll look at them in the eye and sing full voice.
“I’ve gotten to the point where I will first listen to the song, write down the lyrics of the song, and I’m trying to imitate it as well as I can for phrasing, and the way the vowels are pronounced, and all this thing.
“So I’ll write down the words then I’ll move the words to how they’re phrased, so if they’re on the one, I’ll start right on the one but I’ll move them however that singer phrases them.
“And then I will write down the word instead of how it’s spelled, I’ll spell it how they are sounding it out when I’m practicing singing.
“And then I’ll listen to where they’re putting vibrato, and I’ll put a little squiggly line, almost like a guitar vibrato, over where they put that in that word and when they don’t.
“And I’ve got this book here, I don’t want to give it away, I don’t want to get my project away, but you see, I’ve got these pages and pages and pages of these things that I’ve done.
“With this, I’m trying to be very organized but it’s a passion of mine. And I also have read a bunch of books and a lot of history on artists, and the way they vocalize and everything.
“With guitar, you can read a thousand books but you’re not going to learn a fraction as much as with that guitar in your hand playing along, doing it. It is the same way.” Ultimate-Guitar transcribed his comments.