Melissa Cross’s “The Zen Of Screaming” DVD set came in the mail today and it’s a pretty cool set. I watched the DVD earlier this afternoon already and it’s a little over 2 hrs. long. The booklet inside the DVD set told me watch the movie in it’s entirety first, so I’m like “okay” and I did. There’s a lot of good info and advice on this DVD. I think the price is worth it.
DVD teaches you a lot about breathing and how to do vocal exercises and things like that. There is one little section on the DVD where she teaches you how to sing in “rasp” and “growl” like a metal singer. That’s what I want really. There is an audio CD that came with it so you can practice the vocal exercises which I’m gonna start doing tomorrow. Singing in “rasp” and “growling” doesn’t look that hard at all. Melissa Cross makes it look easy.
Yeah, I want to sing like a metal singer. I’m sure a lot of people think I can’t do it but watch me, I’ll prove them all wrong. In fact, I already can sing like a metal singer ’cause a lot of my original acoustic songs were meant to be metal especially songs like “Mr. Tough Guy” and “Time Bomb”. I also sung a few metal covers on video too. Everything I do musically is metal inspired ’cause why? Simply because I listened to metal throughout my life. It’s my favorite genre. I listened to all the metal bands over the years: Metallica, Megadeth, Twisted Sister, Guns N’ Roses, Slayer, Black Sabbath, Ac/Dc, Iron Maiden, etc. I’ve also listened to a lot of darker metal like death metal and black metal. Why do I listen to metal? It’s because it’s the type of music that I like. I may not look like a metal head, I just like the music.
I want to make original metal music myself, and I know I can do it. When I was young and starting out on guitar, I’ve already experimented on trying to make my own metal songs recording songs on a 4 track recorder that I used to own. I used to make metal music with heavy distortion and all that myself. Back then, I didn’t have a band… it was just my voice and an electric guitar, lmao.
I’ve been trying to figure out ways to make my voice different and take it to the next level. I want more range and be able to sing higher too. I think the “Zen of Screaming” will definitely help ’cause it helped other singers.
It’s nice to finally take singing seriously. I really want to get better and improve.