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DVD on how to scream?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Vacume, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. Vacume


    Jan 11, 2006
    my singer(screamer) wants to buy a DVD he saw an ad for, I believe it was something like VooDoo screaming (or some kind of asian, cultural word) and the DVD taught u how to scream. anywon know wut this DVD is called?

    -sorry if this is in the wrong section
  2. Dan Molina

    Dan Molina TalkBass Secular Progressive

    Jul 17, 2002
    Murr Town, California
    The Zen of Screaming.

    I have it. It's a good DVD.
  3. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    Are you serious?

    You just yell, there's nothing to it.
  4. Willem


    Dec 26, 2005
    there is something to it! It's no singing but it's defenitly not 'just yelling'.
  5. Rooney


    Jan 5, 2006
    Kenton, Oh
    Sure there's nothing to screaming, just ask any horror movie actor. There is a way to do it without damaging your voice though. I would imagine that is what this video is about........proper screaming. :)
  6. DaftCat


    Jul 26, 2004
    Medicine Hat
    I simply can NOT believe that. I wish a specialist on throats or a voice coach would chime in on this thread and give us their .02 cents.

  7. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    I heard the woman behind this DVD on an NPR interview. She is, in fact, a voice coach. She sounds like she knows what she's talking about, but I haven't checked her bona fides.
  8. bannedwit


    May 9, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    I heard about this DVD as well... She actually gives those heavy metal bands lessons on "extreme vocals". A local band in Buffalo worked with her. I think she is out of NYC...

    it is true. It is bad to scream, it is worse to scream off key.
  9. I heard the NPR interview too. However, the screaming singer she was training, who was also interviewed, never really said he screamed any better or with less damage when he was asked. He just said that he learned to use his voice in ways other than screaming...in fact, he sang a bit of a Barry Manilow song.
  10. Rooney


    Jan 5, 2006
    Kenton, Oh

    Sorry...I should have said *I assume* there's a way.............I get in a hurry.....sometimes neglecting to reread my whole post.
  11. Whitmore


    Aug 13, 2005
    I do alot of the screaming in my band. I don't know how but i managed to come across a way that doesnt seem to do damage to my throat at all. I could be wrong but right now i scream effortlessly without any pain or anything along those lines.
  12. I'd like to be able to scream like the guy out of Slipknot or the girl out of Romantic Gorilla or something without any pain!

    I can do the low throaty "WHUURRAAGGHH!!!" metal thing, but if I start to go any higher it just feels like my throat SHOULD be moving, but is as solid as anything so I just cough and get a sore throat so I cant sing anymore (ac tually I've never really tried it, but it FEELS like thats what'll happen if I try slipknot...):(
  13. MikeRS


    Aug 16, 2005
    Clinton, MA
    I know a lot of vocal techniques and screaming is not the best way to go. Look at Steve Tyler, he just had surgery coz of how badly he damaged his throat recently from his singing style. I recommend doing your best to stay in your vocal range, as a trained vocalist males are in the bass and females in the treble.

    The average range of an untrained vocalist is 1.5 octaves, screaming yields maybe about 6.5 notes due to it's lack of definite pitch. (I have about 2.5 octaves to 3 as the average trained vocalist has, I have a range that includes some of the bass, all of the baritone and all of the tenor according to a vocal coach of mine).

    Screaming can give you a signature sound, but beware the consequences. Severe damage can result and the vocal range of the screamer may be permanently crippled. If you want that sound, take care. If not, find someone who can sing well who offers an original sound.

    Just for a reference, from lowest to highest based on gender:


    Bass (F3 to C5)
    Baritone (G3 to E5)
    Tenor (C4 to G5)


    Contralto (F4 to D6)
    Mezzo Soprano (A4 to E6)
    Soprano (C5 to A6)

    Young boys sing in the treble range due to thier higher voice. Castrato is a range of males caused by their castration before they reach puberty. That practice was banned by the Church and has long since dissapeared.
  14. I thought it was called the Bastrati or something singers.
  15. TheJimster


    Feb 21, 2006
    Pensacola, FL
  16. Rooney


    Jan 5, 2006
    Kenton, Oh

    :eek: :eek: :eek: :bawl:

    At least it's banned now, but man!!!

    I believe I'm experiencing sympathy pains. Crazy!

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