If you haven't checked out Course 8 and Course 9 on low screams and high screams, watch those before getting settled in here. We specifically opt to teach mid screams to our students last because as David explains in this video, they're misunderstood and therefore the easiest to injure yourself while getting comfortable with them. Watch this lesson for more information on why this is and to get started with learning how to make the most of your mid screams!
No, we're not trying to sound like a broken record player but we are trying to drive home the point that if you're not careful, you can injure yourself with these types of vocals. When you're practicing, it's important to be cognizant that you are using good technique so that you're not using too much force on your delicate vocal cords. In this lesson, David would outline "good practices" to follow when you're working on this technique.
In this lesson, David talks about the openness of the mid scream and how producing it differs from the low and high screams that we worked on in Courses 8 and 9. Watch this video to learn more about balancing overtones and leaving space for "flaw" within the sound.
Unlike with the low and high screams, when it comes to the mid screams, we're going to want to keep the tongue as neutral as possible. We want to get as open of a sound as possible while still getting the distortion that you desire. This sound is rooted in the same movements we use for basic communication (aka speaking).
The key to keeping the tongue neutral, like we talked about in Lesson 4, is to keep it relaxed. This warm-up will help you train your body to keep your tongue relaxed so that you can achieve that nice open "mid scream" sound without tightening up into a yell or shout.
If you've gotten the basic neutral mid scream down from Lessons 3 and 4, we can move on to shape variations. Since we don't want to distort this sound too much (or it will become perceived as a low or high scream) these shape variations are going to be much more slight than those in Courses 8 and 9.
This warm-up is for the technique we talked about in Lesson 6, if you haven't watched it yet, check it out before getting started here. This warm-up will help you to balance sound and keep things neutral to achieve the distorted sound in the mid range.
We told you that vocal health was going to be a reoccuring theme, well, here we are again! Mid screams are where most vocalists become prone to strain beacuse of the nature of the sound. In this lesson, David talks about the importance of routine maintenance with this sound even after you've found what works for you to produce it. This is one of those, "if you don't use it, you'll lose it" type things.