Intro to Screaming

Draven Grey
A free video tutorial from Draven Grey
Music Career Coach, Vocal Trainer, and Professional Musician
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Extreme Singing: Grit & Screaming Fundamentals

The Most Critical Things You Need to Start Learning Vocal Distortion and Screams without Grinding or Hurting Your Throat

02:39:51 of on-demand video • Updated April 2021

  • Use grit, rasp, and screams without hurting yourself
  • Learn the fundamentals of shaping and developing any type of grit or scream you want
  • Add distortion, grit, and rasp to your singing more effortlessly
  • Scream without pain or strain
  • Relax and shape into distortion, rather than push
  • Scream as easily as singing in light head voice
  • Understand what's safe and what's not for vocal distortion
  • Start forming your own, unique vocal distortion
English Welcome back. I would like to get into the different types of screams, and how they all have a similar foundation. Now we're going to be getting into multiple types of screams, from fry, to false cord, to a modern metal, death metal, inhale, squealing, everything in between. So, essentially, if there's a certain type of scream you want to do, it's here for you. I may not address that specific scream, but there'll be something close to it that you can make a little adjustment to. And that's because they all have a similar foundation. A lot of people don't realize that a good false cord scream is really a fry scream, just with a more neutral larynx. So even that, even where you hear people talk about tunnel throat, or this false cord, or a fry scream, it's not that they're different things, it's that it's a different shape of the vocal tract with very similar things happening. Okay? And we'll definitely be getting into that. Now you can use a combination of different types of screams, you'll hear a lot of bands that do that, some more popular bands, for instance will use five different types of screams and growls in what they're doing, sometimes even mixing it up with grit, sometimes screaming and clean vocals together, you'll hear that a lot as well, especially in in modern metal, and like grit, it can also be easier to do on certain pitches and certain vowels than than others. And we'll be getting into that as well, and really focusing in on ahs and ehs a lot just to kind of give you some basic foundations with that. Screams also happen to have a pitch, you wouldn't think it, but they actually do, and it's much lighter, it's not really pronounced like when you're using grit and you're singing with distortion on top of it. This is kind of removing as much of the pitch as you can, and taking it out as much as you can, but it's usually, let's say we have trying to do my scream. It's it's actually an A, I'm going, Okay? But there's other overtones in there. That's usually the octave. It's there as well as the, the fourth or the fifth, usually. [Screaming] It's in there, sometimes there's a little bit higher overtone as well. So as you go through this, be aware that you are singing a pitch, and we'll get into how to utilize that for you as well. Some of that is going to be if your on a certain pitch, and you're trying to sing at a specific pitch so you're in key with the song, which just sounds so weird with screaming, but it's so true if you listen for it. If that pitch is straining, like maybe you are trying to do the higher pitch like I was, doesn't work for everybody, so you drop to the next one down, try that harmonic in the middle, try that fourth or fifth of the octave and see if you can get there instead, because it's still going to put you in key, and it's still going to have those three different notes in it. And there's been plenty of times that I did that where I needed to go up a little bit higher in pitch, and at the time I couldn't do it, so I dropped down to the harmonic, to the overtone, and suddenly everything got easy again. So you can mess with that. Just realize it does have a pitch, so it's important the key of the song, and mess with the root note, mess with the octave of it, mess with the fourth or fifth in the middle of that as well, If you need the help of the other musicians in your band, use that. Ask them to help you with that. If you know the keyboard, I should say if you don't know the piano keyboard or guitar, I suggest you start learning the basics of it so you can work your own way around it. Alright. Choose an approach that's easiest to do for you. There's multiple types of screams here. Don't push one because you really want this one, when there's another one that's easier to do. Like I said, they have a similar foundation. So if you get one down that's a little easier, than you can build into the next one lot more easily than just powering into it, initially, and having a hard time. Okay? With the basics that we're going to cover, that's another idea there, there's multiple types. You can say there is several different types of screaming basics I walk you through, and then a couple of amplification methods. If the basics aren't working, go straight to the amplification and try that as one of your foundational methods. Sometimes that works too. I have a couple of students that I've taught to scream that they definitely could not do the normal foundation basics of a scream. But as soon as we got to amplifying, it clicked, they immediately got it. So it's okay to jump around and work with these different things. You can blend these into one another as well, so as you get one type of scream, it's usually just a little bit of a movement to change it into another type of scream, which means you can easily blend them and mold them and turn them into your own thing, and get the type of scream that you're going for, you may hear someone else doing. Alright? Now you have a different vocal track than they do, so it's not going to be exactly the same, but you can get it really close, if you work with it, and you work through the basics first and slowly build up to having the coordination you need to create other types of screams. Alright. So let's get into the basics.