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Melissa's First Hate Letter and Hello 2006!
this email was sent out on: 12:19:48 AM Mon., January 2, 2006
Q.
I just happened to watch the TV show ďDaily PlanetĒ. I certainly am not impressed with musicians screaming to the point of being totally ridiculous. The kids today are totally f-ckd up because of this kind of music. Why can't we just be able to listen to music without being loud and abusive. You don't hear Celine Dion or Shania Twain or many of these other superstar musicians screaming. Their music is easy to understand and listen to. We don't need this kind of crap music by high on drugs so called musicians. These people are total idiots and people like yourself that teach these people are also in the same classification. Get a life and a real job. I am totally amazed that the TV show "Daily Planet" would even do this interview with you. The society we live in is totally screwed up enough with people like you encouraging or contributing this kind of knowledge to high school dropouts that make a living screaming. Maybe these musicians should try singing.

A:
God Bless America. We get to say whatever we want however we want. Some of us like to scream it. Some of us like to sing it and some of us do both. My job is to help anyone who wants to express something honest and real to do so without hurting themselves. That includes you, too, dude!

Q:
II would like to know if your DVD covers the inhale scream like Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth does. If not , I wanna learn how to do it. I have just recently started to try to sing. The problem is that when I speak, people say I sound like Iím talking through my nose. I dont hear it, though. When I was little, I had my adenoids and tonsils removed. I wondered if that was why and if there is any way to correct it?

A:
I am not aware that Dani Filth inhales when he screams, but if he does, I am sure he will be working with me or someone else to correct it sooner or later. One cannot sustain that kind of abuse forever.

Your tonsils and adenoids were removed when you were younger because they kept getting infected or causing sleep apnea. It was probably the right thing to do and has nothing to do with your success as a singer. Your voice being "nasal" has to do with your larynx operating too high in your throat, either due to a tensed jaw and/or lack of breath support, both of which are addressed in the DVD in the context of your speaking and singing. You will need to start from the beginning and be very thorough. All the concepts that are addressed are important to the result, even if it doesn't start off with the screaming.

Q.
I was just wondering if you could tell me what the "real deal" is
when it comes to smoking and singing. I know a lot of singers hate smoke, but, I know quite a few who do smoke and everyone seems to have their own advice, some say that smoking screws up the voice and others say it makes their voice better, so, I thought maybe I could get your advice?

A:
Smoking is bad for your health, in case you havenít heard the news. Poor vocal technique is FAR worse for your voice than smoking. You cannot blame bad vocal technique on smoking. By the time smoking is significantly affecting your singing, it is also causing other major health problems, like, uh, for instance, you canít breathe! I do not condone smoking. As far as vocal production is concerned, it is a separate issue until respiratory tissue is compromised (and then itís too late to fix!). If a singer has an allergy to smoke or asthma, the mucous production in the airway is problematic. Smoke and dry heat have a dehydrating effect on respiratory tissue, and this is certainly not ideal. Smoking does NOT make your voice better. Nothing does except good technique and maintenance, overall good physical and mental health and plenty of water. Eventually, for many after years of doing it, smoking WILL make the voice worse. However, your basic Type A personality lead singer has a stress factor that may not be great for singing and nicotine may be supplying some sedative effect! Who knows? Bottom line: if you can avoid smoking, by all means do so. If you canít, figure out a way to use your voice properly while you are figuring out how you can quit. And think about quitting to live longer, not to sing better!






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