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I have read the FAQ section, and one of your visitors asked how they should approach "screaming/belting", most often found in rock music. While I could not fault your advice, I wondered if your visitors might like to benefit from an experience I had...

At they young age of 15, I decided to form a rock band, and took on the role of singer. I didn't realise that there was a right way and a wrong way to sing, so I set about copying various heavy rock singers while having no proper training. What I wanted to do was hit the high screams traditionally found in this kind of music, but each rehearsal left my throat sore and hoarse. Over the months, I noticed that my voice took longer to recover after each session, and gradually my range diminished. This started to concern me, and I went to see a throat specialist. Finally, on my 19th birthday, it was found that I had distorted my larynx, and had to give my voice a long rest!

I then began a course of speech therapy, designed to "re-build" my voice, which lasted several months, and then I decided that if I wanted to resume singing, I had to take singing lessons.

These lessons went on for over 4 years, and for the majority of that time, I focused on building up the strength in my voice. I also practised my singing 6 days a week, every week. It was only towards the end of the 4 years that I had enough strength in my voice to learn the correct technique of singing with a "rough" tone, while hitting exceptionally high notes, which gives the "scream" sound.

This story does have a happy ending though, because now at the ripe old age of 29, I have developed a formidable rock singing voice, and can now quite happily copy my singing influences - I just wish I knew earlier that there was a right and wrong way to do it!

My advice to any other singers looking to copy the "scream" sound in their singing would be:

a) Get some proper guidance from a singing teacher
b) Build up substantial strength in your voice before even attempting the "scream"
c) Practise....a lot! It is a long journey, but the results make it well worthwhile!

Hope this will be of some help! Daniel Trigger

Vocalist Webmistress: Thank you very much for sharing your experiences with us Daniel, very interesting reading and I'm sure many of our visitors will also appreciate the advice. Daniel has also kindly agreed to help out Vocalist whenever/wherever he can (Thanks Daniel!!). Check out Daniel's new CD, called "Full Circle" containing 9 original tracks in the style of commercial rock, similar to Bon Jovi and Guns N Roses (hence the screams!). Anybody that would like a copy can contact Daniel at sdrtrigger@aol.com

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