How to scream

The most common screaming threats, injuries, and disorders

The most common screaming threats, injuries, and disorders. The nightmare of every singer

Screaming, although very expressive and emotional, can cause many risks to our voice. There are plenty of singers suffering from pushing their voices too far. Customarily, they straightforwardly do it wrong. The safe way to scream our emotions needs practice. Sometimes, this practice demands years of training. Throughout this time, unskilled vocalists may lead his vocal cords to utter ruin. There are lots of threats and issues that may occur when we sing improperly.

Categorically, we should be at least aware of them. In extreme cases, they can even end very favorable careers. Particularly, young vocalists are the ones who suffer from screaming issues regularly. Unfortunately, they let the music, and their emotions, take them away while they sing. As a result, not only are they unable to sing, but also even to speak. A notorious and flagrant ignorance of the rules of safe screaming always ends badly. And our vocal box is a sensitive and vulnerable mechanism.

famous vocal coach Ron Anderson during singing lesson with rock band Memocrasher
Vocal coach Ron Anderson during singing lesson with rock band Memocrasher. Check Anderson’s masterclass about screaming on his YouTube:

Screaming without the vocal cords nodules. The number one threat to your voice

In general, vocal cord injuries are any anatomical or functional issue affecting the vocal cords. As we know, these cords are two vulnerable, vibrating bands of smooth muscle tissue placed in our larynx. Overusing them usually causes serious problems. The first stage and the warning that something goes wrong is laryngitis. However, laryngitis is only half the trouble. The worst and more alarming symptoms are nodules. They are, fortunately, noncancerous calluses.

Despite this, observing them on the vocal folds is always a serious situation. And when we scream during the performance, we are exposed to them twice as much. They say that the problems walk in pairs. The same is with nodules. They usually grow in a set of two. Moreover, they appear in the places where the vocal cords get the most pressure while we scream. The first hint of trouble is our voice sounding low, breathy, and hoarse. Yet, at this stage, we should undertake appropriate preventive actions.

Prolonged hoarseness, laryngitis, polyps, and vocal cords paralysis

The nodules of the vocal cords are a dangerous and serious issue. However, they are not the worst thing that may occur due to screaming too hard. Obviously, there are more ailments tied to this technique. The less burdensome is the long-lasting hoarseness. Firstly, it can be a hint of something more consequential. Secondly, it may have a bad influence on our vocal quality.

Following, the less pleasurable results of yelling are the vocal polyps. These are soft, blood blisters also causing our voice to be husky and raucous. Fortunately, they are not an early cancer stage. Nonetheless, in no case, we ought not to disregard them. Finally, the danger of the utmost importance is vocal cord paralysis. In this situation, neurons are damaged, and the brain does not fully control the muscles. Its effect is an improper opening of one or both vocal cords that affects our voice. Sometimes, the sufferer has issues with breathing and swallowing as well.

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