- Strong vocal chords
- Water will keep you hydrated, make sure to drink A LOT. It is so important to keep well hydrated.
- Tea is good to sooth the chords especially afterwards because it feels really good to put something warm on those aching chords.
- Honey keeps your voice smooth and also sooths the chords as well. Honey can be eaten straight or put into tea, whatever floats your boat.
- Strong vocal chords are very important because some people cannot rip those sounds out of their throat, or they are just not doing it right and it sounds like a banshee screeching her bloody head off (or it sounds like my brother trying to scream. *shiver*)
- Patience is key because not everyone will get it right off the bat, it takes a lot of time to get your tones and sound just right, I'm still trying to scream cause I can only do growls right now. Practice makes perfect, and for this you need to practice a lot!
- Cold water
- Sugar can chrystallize in your throat and you could really hurt yourself when you try to do a scream or a growl.
- Caffeine... That one is the real kicker because it is everywhere... The hype of growling and screaming could hurt you, too, your heart could explode if you have too much. If you do drink coffee or energy drinks do it in moderation because I'm sure the lot of you don't want to die.
- MILK... This one can build up excess mucus in your throat which is really gross because you'll end up spitting a lot. Ew...
- Alcohol can burn your throat and that could really hurt especially since you just tore up those vocal chords screaming your lungs out.
- Cold water can shock the vocal chords, it is best to drink warm water or tea right after growling or screaming.
The big THREE:There are three different types of metal vocals: screaming, growling and false chords.
- Screams are the loudest and they hurt the most for vocals especially when making rapid switches between singing and screaming. These are also the highest and a lot the time sound crazy and completely bad ass. They always leave me wondering, how the hell do I hit those notes?!
- Growls are the second loudest and are less harsh on the chords, they are also lower than screams.
- FALSE CHORDS. These are not your real vocal chords, hence the false. They are way lower and really easy to belt out. They also don't hurt very much at all, the first time you do it, you will be a little bit sore but that is normal.
You can also start will uttering "ugh" loud and low, that one is common and works pretty well. You need to practice a lot on sound before adding words.
- Practice often.
- Drink water before, during and after practice.
- Drink tea afterwards to keep your chords soothed.
- Rest your voice after long bouts of screaming.
- Eat before practice.
- Drink cold water.
- When done with practice, don't whisper, you could make your chords stick together which could be very damaging when you try to scream again.
- One thing you can do that will really help you is to do breathing exercises, these expand your vocal chords and make so you can do longer growled/screamed lines.
- Use your diaphragm! Push those sounds out from your gut, not your throat. Not only will they be more powerful coming from there but they will also hurt your throat less.
- Be kind to your chords and they will be kind to you, do what I've told you and don't hurt yourself! Be safe when you do this!
Over and out,