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When many people are saying falsetto scream they really mean head voice scream. The difference is that falsetto screams have an underlying breathy sound to them and head voice screams do not - they're just high pitch non-breathy, non-shouty notes with distortion (and in my mind usually sound better).

Jamie Vendera's book "Raise your voice" has some of the best information on how to get that sound, although I personally had to aquire info from several sources on this. I think that Robert Lunte, the owner of this great forum has some great stuff as well, but I don't have that, well, not yet at least.

Here's something that might help you. Try moving your sound more and more backwards in your throat, towards your soft palate (the top back part of your mouth) and feel the area there close off a bit, while you increase your breath pressure/support. I suggest you try to use as little air as possible (i.e. don't be breathy - although then I'd consider it a head voice scream and not a falsetto scream, but that's what I think you want anyway) and I also suggest that you try not to increase your volume as you add the grit - although just before you switch from a clean sound to a gritty one, the volume will probably be a bit high. Using CVT terms, you'd be in the center of your mode (probably curbing) and that center can't have too too little volume and not too much. As long as the volume comes from a relaxed throat and a balanced breath support, as opposed to straining and/or shouting, you should be fine. Screaming like this should not hurt your throat. You need a fair bit of twang (lots of threads on this on this site) for this and you also need to support down harder than you normally would do, especially for the very highest notes like over the male tenor C, but this also differs between individuals.

So to sum up, these screams have basically 2 parts to it - your breath energy increases and the space in the back of your throat decreases. It also often helps to try to imiate an evil person or to "add more evil" or something :)

I do scream exercise for single notes but also sirens (both up and down and more), scales, arpeggios, pieces of songs, whole songs, just whatever you can think of. You could even scream the alphabet! :)



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if i could chime in with falsetto for rock, i do an exercise best way to describe is a 5-note scale pushing the sound up towards the nose, jaw open wide and loose (important) , tongue on bottom teeth (real important) and sounding like a crying baby. i sing loudly with no squeezing of the throat "yyeeaaaaaaahh, (legato) ha, ha, ha, ha, ha" (stacatto)..

got to act it up, really cry and really exaggerate that sound...kinda like the late actor paul lynde sounded here on this video at 40 seconds. there cannot be any holding back. focus the sound upward into the nose area.

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  • 4 months later...

This is a well resonated head tone. Because it is well resonated, it has lot's of volume. Another member here erroneously thought it was a heavy metal scream. But it is not falsetto, and it is not a scream. This short passage is from "Gethsemane."


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Hi SSJ4 Grumpig,

Can you please identify what you are referring to when you say "falsetto" screams ? The only metal artist coming to mind is King Diamond.

Bee Gees is another example as Robert said. Is that what you have in mind ? If not, can you name artists or even better post audio examples of what it is you are practicing on ?



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