Singing Guide: Mary McDonald

Vocal technique, exercises, tips and relevant resources

Are you a beginner or advanced singer?

Voice Type

First, you need to determine your voice type. Your voice type can help you identify the types of songs that are best suited for your range. You can take a vocal range test on Singing Carrots to find out your voice type and explore songs that fit your range.

Breathing Technique

Breathing is the foundation of singing. Proper breathing technique is essential for singing with control and power. You can learn some breathing basics by reading this Singing Carrots article: Breathing basics.

Warm-up exercises

Before you start singing songs, it's essential to warm up your voice with some vocal exercises. You can use this Farinelli Breathing video as a warm-up. Humming and lip trills are also great for warming up your voice.


Singing with clear and accurate articulation helps convey lyrics and emotion powerfully. The Finger Bite exercise is perfect to improve your articulation skills.


Resonance refers to the way sound is amplified in your vocal tract, which is essential for ringing upper notes. You can get started by exploring Singing Carrots' article on Resonance in singing.

Vocal Range

Mary McDonald's powerful voice frequently explores a range of four to five octaves with several high, ringing notes. So, how could you achieve that? It's essential to be able to utilize the entire vocal range you have. You can improve your pitch accuracy and train your voice to extend your vocal range with Singing Carrots' Pitch Training exercise.

Famous Songs

Mary McDonald's vocal technique is showcased in a range of classical songs, such as Handel's Messiah - "He Shall Feed His Flock", Mozart's Requiem - "Lacrymosa" and "Recordare," and Faure's Requiem - "Pie Jesu." Performing these songs effectively involves a combination of skill, intuition, emotion, and thinking that you can learn about in the Singing Carrots article - Singing with intuition, skills, emotion, and thinking.

Singing Course

Singing Carrots' educational singing course can help develop your range, breath control, and intonation. You'll learn how to sing with power and clarity while maintaining good breathing manners. You can also learn how to avoid constrictions that can result in a lack of breath support and reduce the vocal range.


By using these practical tips and Singing Carrots' resources, you can improve your singing technique and start to sound like Mary McDonald. Just remember to keep practicing, and don't be afraid to experiment with different singing styles! Happy singing!

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