How to scream without hurting the voice or throat

The age-old question-how to scream and not hurt your throat or lose your voice?  The quick answer I give to my students is always to breathe through it.  This isn’t so easy to do and certainly difficult when in a heightened state.  One doesn’t want to be thinking of our technical work when performing.  We must use our core breathing muscles to support the scream with breath, not our throat. The answer is to learn how to do it in the classroom or from a coach and practice it like crazy.  Use your breath and core muscles, not the throat! This technically means extending the diaphragm, epigastrium, and intercostal muscles outwardly while the breath is being exhaled. Then when the time comes to scream for any reason or period of time, the muscles will remember what you’ve taught them and you won’t push so much.  We go to the gym or run or swim on a consistent basis to keep in shape and feel good.  Why not apply this discipline to other areas of our lives?  Teach the body and voice to help you use a big sound whenever you desire it!

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