Singing Guide: Shirley Ellis

Vocal technique, exercises, tips and relevant resources

Are you a beginner or advanced singer?

Shirley Ellis was an American soul music singer and songwriter who gained fame in the 1960s. Known for her unique style and energetic personality, Ellis was an influential figure in the history of soul and R&B music. If you want to learn how to sing like Shirley Ellis, here are some of the key techniques and tips you should focus on:

Vocal technique and style

1. Use your chest voice

Shirley Ellis was known for her powerful and resonant chest voice. To achieve this sound, focus on singing from your diaphragm and using your chest muscles to create a full, rich tone.

2. Incorporate vibrato

Ellis often used vibrato - a slight quiver in the voice - to add emotion and depth to her performances. Practice incorporating vibrato into your own singing by gently wavering your voice on held notes.

3. Experiment with vocal effects

From growls to shrieks, Shirley Ellis was known for her use of vocal effects to add interest and character to her singing. Try experimenting with these techniques in your own singing to add a unique touch to your performances.

Song selection and performance

1. Choose songs that showcase your strengths

Shirley Ellis was a master of selecting songs that highlighted her unique style and vocal abilities. When choosing songs to sing, focus on selecting pieces that allow you to show off your own strengths and vocal range.

2. Practice your stage presence

Ellis was known for her energetic and engaging performances. To emulate her stage presence, practice moving with the music, interacting with the audience, and conveying emotion through your body language.

3. Seek professional guidance

To truly master the techniques that Shirley Ellis used in her own singing, it can be helpful to work with a professional vocal coach. Consider seeking out a coach who has experience with the genre of music that you're interested in and can help you tailor your technique to your unique voice.

Relevant Singing Carrots resources

1. Pitch Training game

The Singing Carrots Pitch Training game is a great resource for improving pitch accuracy and developing your ear. Play the game regularly to improve your understanding and control of pitch.

2. Vocal range test

Knowing your own vocal range is important for selecting songs that showcase your voice. Take the Singing Carrots vocal range test to learn more about your own abilities.

3. Singing course

The Singing Carrots educational singing course is a great resource for building your technique. Focus on the lessons that cover the types of music and vocal effects that Shirley Ellis was known for to develop your own unique style.

By incorporating these techniques and resources into your own singing practice, you can work towards developing a style that emulates the unique sound and energy of Shirley Ellis. Remember to practice regularly, experiment with different techniques, and don't be afraid to have fun and let your personality shine through!

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