'Extreme Vocals Instructor' Helps SLIPKNOT, LAMB OF GOD Screamers Preserve Their Pipes

MTV.com has published an article on Melissa Cross, the self-proclaimed "Queen of Scream" who has developed a training program that teaches proper technique to a new breed of unrestrained rock singers — a list that includes SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor, Randy Blythe of LAMB OF GOD and Keith Buckley from EVERY TIME I DIE.

"I am the only teacher I know of who makes a concerted effort to deal with extreme vocals," she said. "Once one of these artists is on my roster, they can call me whenever they need me. They don't show up for lessons each week, but they're in my circle, and we communicate about any problems they have. A lot of these guys are very busy, so I only get them when they're in between tours and albums."

Cross works side by side with her screaming students inside her Manhattan studio space, and together — with a little ProTools help — they record a CD of each lesson that the singer can bring on tour. That CD serves as a pre-gig primer. "They'll practice with it wherever they go," she said, adding that she's never taught any of her big-name students how to scream. "Most of the guys I work with already knew how to scream. I needed to teach them how to do it without throwing out their vocal cords, so they don't mess up their throats when they do what they do."

Read the entire story at MTV.com.


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