Singing Guide: Labrinth Feat. Tinie Tempah
Vocal technique, exercises, tips and relevant resources
Labrinth is a popular singer-songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist who rose to fame in the UK pop and RnB scene. Well-known for his hits such as "Earthquake" and "Jealous," Labrinth has a unique vocal technique that sets him apart from other pop singers. In this article, I will provide insights into how to learn singing like Labrinth, discussing some of his distinctive vocal features and suggesting some practical tips and Singing Carrots resources to help you improve your singing.
Labrinth's Vocal Technique:
Labrinth's singing style is characterized by his soulful and emotive delivery. His distinctive bright and bluesy timbre comes from his use of various vocal effects such as cry, rasp and distortion that add grit and texture to his delivery and make his style very expressive and unique. He is known for his ability to hit high falsetto notes and switch effortlessly between his chest and head voice. Learning to sing like Labrinth involves mastering the following vocal techniques:
- Vocal Effects - Cry and Rasp: Cry involves adding an emotional edge to your voice while singing, which can make your vocal performance sound more sincere and authentic. Rasp, on the other hand, is a scratchy sound that is similar to growling, achieved by exhaling with a constricted voice. To learn more about vocal effects, check out this article.
- Falsetto: Falsetto is a vocal register that is higher in pitch than your full voice and is often used by singers to add variation and texture to their vocal delivery. To learn more about falsetto, check out this video.
- Mixed voice: This is a vocal technique that involves blending your chest and head voice to achieve a smooth and connected sound. To learn more about mixed voice, check out this video.
Practical tips to Learn singing like Labrinth:
To help you improve your singing skills and develop a singing style like Labrinth's, here are some practical tips you can consider:
- Listen to Labrinth's music and study his vocal technique. Analyze his delivery, breath control, and note placement and mimic his style. Start with these Labrinth hits: "Jealous," "Earthquake," and "Beneath Your Beautiful" featuring Emeli Sandé.
- Use Singing Carrots' Pitch Training and Vocal Range Test to improve your pitch accuracy and expand your vocal range. Learning how to control your vocal pitch is essential in achieving the sought-after blueness of Labrinth's voice, while pitch training will help you understand how to place your voice and control your notes, thus improving your breath control, as well. Begin with Pitch Training and Pitch Accuracy Test.
- Work on your chest voice, falsetto, and mixed voice. Labrinth's voice is well balanced and seamlessly switches between his chest and head voice, creating a unique and interesting style. Work on techniques for developing a powerful and connected chest voice, high falsetto notes, and a strong mixed voice. For this, check out Chest Voice Explained, Falsetto Technique and Mixed Voice.
- Warm-up with Farinelli Breathing and 3-minute warm-up. Learning to breathe and expand in this way is key in achieving texture in your voice and to help with high note placement and note control. For this, check out the Farinelli Breathing and 3-minute warm-up.
- Set up your vocal space correctly:
Now that you are set up and ready