Singing Guide: Carol Hall
Vocal technique, exercises, tips and relevant resources
How to Sing like Carol Hall
Carol Hall is an American singer-songwriter and actress, best known for writing the Broadway musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." Her distinctively folksy style and unique voice have earned her a dedicated following of fans and imitators alike. Here's how you can learn to sing like Carol Hall, with practical advice and Singing Carrots resources to help you along the way.
Carol Hall's singing style is characterized by a light, airy quality, with a focus on clear enunciation and delicate phrasing. To emulate her sound, start by practicing good breath control through exercises like the Farinelli Breathing video. This will help you develop the clear, smooth tone that Hall is known for. Practice humming to warm-up and find your comfortable range. Then focus on developing agility with exercises like the Pitch Training and Vibrato videos to improve your pitch accuracy and vibrato.
In her singing, Carol Hall often employs a mixed voice technique, using both her head and chest registers to create a seamless, balanced sound. Practice the Voice Break video to help you achieve a smooth transition between your chest voice and head voice, and use the Chest Voice Explained video to understand the differences between these two registers. Focus on developing a clear, resonant tone, with an open mouth and throat, by using proper breath support and avoiding constrictions, as explained in Singing Carrots articles Breath support and Avoiding constrictions.
To really get a feel for Carol Hall's unique style, it's best to learn some of her most iconic songs. A great place to start is with "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" soundtrack. Songs like "Hard Candy Christmas" and "Bus From Amarillo" showcase Hall's folksy style and are great for practicing clear enunciation. Also, check out Carol's other albums, especially "Beads and Feathers," which includes some of her most popular songs like "Jenny Rebecca" and "I Wish I Was Here."
Singing Carrots Resources
- Vocal range test
- Pitch accuracy test
- Vocal Pitch Monitor
- Pitch Training - Educational Singing Game
- Search songs by vocal range
- Vocal ranges of famous singers
- Educational singing course
Singing Carrots blog articles, such as "Voice registers & vocal break," "Open mouth & throat," "Contemporary vocal techniques: Heavy modal, Twang, Belting," and "Singing with Vibrato."
By practicing the techniques above and spending some time learning Carol Hall's most iconic songs, you'll be well on your way to singing like this accomplished artist. Good luck, and have fun!