Singing Guide: Dear Heart
Vocal technique, exercises, tips and relevant resources
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Today we're going to be exploring how to learn to sing like the iconic artist Heart. Ann Wilson is one of the greatest female rock vocalists of all time, known for powerful, emotive singing and incredible range. In this article, we'll break down Heart's unique vocal technique, highlight some of her most famous tracks, and explore how Singing Carrots resources can help you develop your own sound.
Developing Your Control
First and foremost, Heart's technique is all about control. Her powerful voice is unmatched in its expressive range and tone, but it's her control that sets her apart. Ann Wilson has always been driven by emotion in her singing, and mastering that emotion takes a lot of practice. To learn to sing like Heart, you need to develop your control over your voice and your breath.
One of the best ways to get started developing your vocal control is to take Singing Carrots' Vocal Range Test. This quick, simple test will assess your vocal range and allow you to compare it with famous singers, including Ann Wilson. This will give you a sense of where your strengths lie and where you have room to improve.
Bending and Sliding
One of Heart's signature techniques is the way she bends and slides between notes, giving her singing a sense of fluidity and emotional depth. One of the key ways to develop this technique is to practice your pitch accuracy. Singing Carrots' Pitch Accuracy Test is a great way to get started. This interactive test will help you assess your pitch accuracy as you sing along with simple melodies in a variety of keys.
Another key aspect of Heart's technique is her breath support. As she sings, she draws on a reserve of breath that gives her phrases incredible power and endurance. Singing Carrots has a variety of resources to help you develop your own breath support. Their Breathing Basics article is a great place to start. This article breaks down the mechanics of breathing for singing, including the difference between active and passive breathing, and provides practical tips for developing your own breath support.
Singing in Your Natural Range
Heart's range is vast, spanning from low, sultry tones to high, powerful notes. One way to begin mastering your own range is to work on understanding your voice type. This will give you a good sense of where your natural range falls and where you might need to work on stretching your voice. Singing Carrots' Voice Types article is a great resource for this. It covers why we classify voices, how to identify your own voice type and what it means, and provides practical tips for approaching your singing range.
Opening Your Mouth and Throat
Heart's singing is characterized by a great deal of emotion and expressiveness, and Singing Carrots has a variety of resources to help you develop your own emotional range. One of the key ways to become a more expressive singer is to learn how to open your mouth and throat while singing, and Singing Carrots' Open Mouth and Throat article will help you do just that.
Songs to Practice
One of the best ways to begin developing your own singing style is to study the greats, and there's no better way to do that than by singing their songs. Heart's discography is vast and varied, but a few of her most famous tracks really showcase her unique vocal style. "Barracuda," "Crazy On You," and "Magic Man" are just a few examples of Heart's signature tracks. Singing Carrots' Song Search tool is the perfect resource to help you find Heart's songs that match your preferences and range.
In conclusion, learning to sing like Ann Wilson and Heart requires a lot of practice and dedication. But with the help of Singing Carrots' resources, you can develop the control, breath support, pitch accuracy, and emotional range to begin mastering Heart's unique vocal style. Good luck on your singing journey, and keep practicing!