05/10/12Screaming In Pain or Screaming For Change?

“We were a silent, hidden thought in the folds of oblivion,
and we have become a voice that causes the heavens to tremble.”
-Kahlil Gibran

Screaming In Pain or Screaming For Change?

by Greg

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave” penned a famous writer while referring to what it feels like to sing in a hardcore band.

This author obviously knew that singing hardcore or punk was an entirely complicated and seemingly ridiculous undertaking with few, if any, hopes for success included. By success, I don’t mean a spot on the next Monsters of Rock tour, but rather just being able to speak after your tours were over. Nothing punishes the voice more than singing in a hardcore band.

In writing this article, I am assuming that you sing or want to sing in a hardcore band and are not one of the chosen few who never have trouble with their voices. There actually are people like that out there…my vocal coach called them “genetic anomalies” who had vocal cords of “tensile strength steel”. If your voice gets hoarse after band practice or you sound like you have no voice at all, then know that you are not one of these lucky people and need instead to focus on training yourself, or getting trained by someone else.

Since starting to share stories of the vocal problems I endured while singing with Trial, I have had no less than a hundred people ask me for advice on how to keep their voices healthy. People want to know how to avoid ending up with medical problems as a result of their hardcore/punk addictions. I hope that this article helps some of you have healthier voices, but keep in mind while you read that I AM NOT A DOCTOR. I am sharing information here based only on my personal experience of singing for five years in a hardcore band. I recommend that you check out and read everything on the site in conjunction with this article. Please know that every voice and every person are different, so don’t take anything you read in my article religiously. Your voice and your body are different than mine and you will need to find your own answers. With that disclaimer down on paper, now we can continue… Read the rest of this entry »

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