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The Zen of Screaming: Vocal Instruction for a New Breed


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  • Actors: All That Remains, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Randy Blythe, Keith Buckley, Dallas Colin Coyle
  • Directors: Denise Korycki
  • Writers: Melissa Cross, Denise Korycki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alfred Music
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0739046500
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,119 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Zen of Screaming: Vocal Instruction for a New Breed" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

The 1st of its kind, this DVD offers vocal instruction and information, plus step-by-step exercises. Invaluable tips on vocal maintenance, vocal cord footage, and helpful animations illustrate specific vocal exercises, interspersed with exclusive backstag

Customer Reviews

I wanted to learn how to SCREAM correctly and this dvd will not teach you how to SCREAM.
C. Carriger
As long as you listen to what Melissa Cross says and you take your time, then you'll be able to get a pretty good screaming voice.
R. Haigh
It is an easy to follow along training program with step-by-step exercises and vocal explanations.
Jaime Vendera

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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 30, 2007
I heard Melissa Cross on NPR and immediately bought this DVD, excited to learn how to scream without hurting my voice. I was disappointed to find the disk is about 55% advertisement for Ms. Cross, 44.5% standard vocal warmups and exercises, and 1 or 2 minutes of vague information on screaming.

I'm sure the vocal warmups are helpful for those who are too "hip" to take voice lessons, but if you've ever had a voice lesson, there isn't much you haven't heard before here. If you are interested in watching various metalheads praise Melissa Cross, then you'll love this DVD. But if you already have the least bit of vocal training and just want to learn how to apply it to screaming, be aware that the material here is pretty thin.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By J. Nordstedt on March 18, 2006
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Nothing is more frustrating than being in a band, knowing what you want to do, but being unable to get there--either because you're not warmed up, you damaged your throat the night before, or you just don't know what you're doing. This DVD will help you solve all of those problems!

I've fooled around with other kinds of vocal instruction, but they are all too clasically based. Melissa Cross get's it. She gets that rock is not supposed to sound like opera. She has found a way to apply traditional vocal training without altering the intensity and grit essential to rock singing.

She covers everything from breathing and talking to hitting your pitch and screaming without hurting yourself. If you check out the bonus features she even swallows a camera to show you how you can hurt yourself while singing.

When I first got the DVD, I was afraid it would be a bunch of people screaming because they couldn't be musical in their band. But it turns out to be anything but that. Its great to see all of these guys who sing some really heavy stuff challenging themselves to be more musical and more expressive without killing themselves or sacrificing their artistic vision. Only Melissa Cross could get these guys to do this.

If you are a rock singer (you don't even have to be a screamer--though screamers are welcomed) or want to be a rock singer, you need this DVD.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Willie V. Hughes on April 29, 2006
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I bought this DVD after hearing a great story about Melissa Cross on NPR a few weeks ago. The value of the DVD is excellent because you can actually see how the exercises need to be performed, as well as hearing them. I also liked watching Melissa because she's very colorful and dynamic, and it makes you feel like you have your own vocal coach. How someone can learn to sing from a book is beyond me. The DVD also features actual footage of vocal chords in action. Melissa apparently swallowed a tiny camera and sang the correct and incorrect ways. It's very interesting to see the theory in action.

The package also comes with an audio CD that features warm-up exercises in different vocal ranges. A very nice addition. The production value of the whole package is excellent. I have seem some obvious "vocal lesson" scams on the internet that look like they were produced in someone's basement in an afternoon. This package is very professional, and contains a lot of content.

The three drawbacks I have to this package (and the only two reasons I gave it four stars instead of five) are as follows: (1) There is too much promotional information on the DVD. Throughout the entire video, various band members interviewed in clubs and back alleys keep singing the praises of Melissa and telling you how great she is. I felt a little like, "Hey, I already bought the DVD, you don't need to sell me on it. Get on with the program!" (2) The video was a little too focused on death metal and hardcore garbage-disposal vocals. I was hoping there would be more discussion of the styles of say Joe Cocker, Bruce Springsteen, or Steven Tyler (Aerosmith).
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By neoromantic on May 12, 2010
This is pretty awful. As far as the regular technique, it looks like Melissa is better than the average voice teacher, but certainly nowhere near the best in the world, and if you're buying a home product, you can just get the best instead of this. At least she's telling you to breath in through your nose and she's not telling you to raise your soft palate like some teachers, esp classical, but she's emphasizing breathing way too much and wants you to push from the gut like a bad classical voice teacher. If you raise your shoulders when you breathe, maybe her classical technique section will help you... that is if you can get passed her home made cutesy names alla Phoebe from "Friends." Phoebe tried to teach guitar and calls an F cord "old lady" etc... Melissa has so many comical names "Rotunda" breathing, a "by the way" catch breath, etc... All of it is imagery based teaching on the off chance that when you think of the same thing she's thinking of you'll do what she's doing... instead of actually training your muscles to do what she's doing without the intermediate step. She actually makes people bite pencils to get better placement. It's comical. All of that is pretty common among voice teachers, though, and is her teaching at best. At worst she encourages you to scream on pitches to build compression on high notes, which of course if you actually do you'll hurt yourself bad, but if you can match what she's doing (without any explanation other than the demonstration) you'll sing in a good balanced mix and then leave with the idea that that's what it means to "scream" on a pitch. The next 20 minutes are all telling you not to push to hard, so maybe it's ok to use the word "scream" like that.

If you don't want to spend much money, don't buy this, buy Seth Rigg's "Singing for the Stars.
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