Screaming Vocals/How to Scream Successfully

Posted in: Rock by ScreamingTeacher on May 24th, 2008 | 15 Comments

Some tips on how to vocal scream successfully without damaging your voice.

Hi all and welcome to my screaming vocals guide / tips. This should give you a great idea on how to start off.

First of all, a little about myself. My name is Stephen, I have been screaming for merely 1 month now but i have gotten so much better of the last week. My mate and me are currently working on a song and making a band.

Anyway, enjoy the whole guide

Your voice

The first thing you need to do is find your vocal range. To do this, keep singing a certain word at different pitches and see which one feels the most comfortable and natural to you.

Always drink room temperature water before, during breaks, and after screaming, always.

Do not ever scream while you are sick, it will damage your voice.

Never force your voice.

This may be the most important thing that I say on this entire website. Why? Because if you don’t know how to scream… If you don’t scream with proper technique… You will damage your voice. Period.

I know when you hear people screaming in heavy metal bands, it sounds downright aggressive. This doesn’t mean you have to be aggressive with your vocal chords!

These singers use a special technique to produce these sounds. More on this in a moment…

If you shout / yell / or force the voice in any other way, you will end up with a sore throat more often and not. And it can be worse than just a sore throat. You could wind up in hospital getting vocal nodules removed. So please….

…… No yelling!

The correct way to scream is using a technique called vocal fry. Vocal fry is the noise that happens when the vocal chords vibrate very slowly. If you imitate Elma Fudd saying “Be wery wery quite. I’m hunting wabbit”, you will be using vocal fry.

The great thing about vocal fry, is you can use it as much or as little as you like. You can..

  1. Use a “pure” vocal fry sound to give the impression of a full scream.
  2. You can sing a note while adding a little vocal fry. This will give your sound an aggressive “buzz”.
  3. You can sing a note and finish it with a vocal fry “scream”.

Mastering this technique gives you a lot of artistic freedom. It’s especially handy if you sing heavy metal, punk, hard rock, or anything similar.

Gain in volume and aggression through practice. This is how you build it up into a big sound. When you first start practicing vocal fry, it will likely sound quite small. With practice though, you will sound like a raging monster!

Experiment with the sound and record yourself frequently. This will give you an idea of what it sounds like outside your head.

Remember… Never force your voice. Your larynx (voice box) is extremely delicate, and too much air can cause a lot of damage.

Vocal fry doesn’t require much air at all, so don’t use more than you need.

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15 Responses to “Screaming Vocals/How to Scream Successfully”
  • Josh August 20th, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Cool, Thanx, I’ve been tryin to figure that out for a while.

  • Evan September 10th, 2008 at 10:20 am

    hmm nice copy and paste unless your the same guy ont hsi other singing site…..exact same thing except without personal info..

  • Trey September 18th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    SICK info thanks for posting this i needed help with my SCREAMO!

  • Dudet December 3rd, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    like Evan wrote “nice copy and paste”. where is the actually part where u learn how to do it?

  • EngyBengy December 24th, 2008 at 5:57 am

    Thanks man, this is really deatailed and good :-P

  • Andy March 22nd, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    this didnt tell me how to scream thanx alot man

  • ra7or March 24th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    copy, paste, useless…

  • nick the greek May 6th, 2009 at 5:02 am

    nothing that i didnt know already…definately copy paste from other sites and no usefull info at all…

  • bryan May 25th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    so many haters. it’s copy paste but it’s out there and you found it. be glad.

  • ryan November 11th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    this guy is a tool and probably doesnt know how to scream himself

  • CJ December 26th, 2009 at 11:08 am

    What the hell? This doesnt tell you how to scream! All it says is immitate Elma Fudd. It doesnt explain what you have to do, just explains what you can do with your voice. FAIL. This sit suuucks

  • levi May 28th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    screaming isnt hard for all those who keep looking for tips, ive screamed for many bands and am about to start touring. all you have to do is practice practice practice. pick a song you love that has screaming in it , and just try it . but be gentle and stop as soon as your throat starts to feel a lil sore. then once its fully healed do it again , you will slowly learn what to do and what not to do and how to properly do it . im self taught never read any tips or anything and i have NEVER damaged my throat. i use arizona green tea and gummi bears before every gig and it helps my screams stay strong and loud.

  • jason September 10th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    those were some decent tips

  • Billy October 23rd, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    What the hell.. this was a load of crap! O_o

  • jake February 17th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    don’t take deep breathes, take little breathes in between phrases, like he said too much air can cause damage. your stupid if you don’t know how to scream. its something that just happens. something to be taught is how NOT to ruin your vocal chords, not how to scream.

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