Singing Guide: The Capitols

Singing Guide: The Capitols

Vocal technique, exercises, tips and relevant resources

Are you a beginner or advanced singer?

The Capitols were a 1960s American soul vocal group known for their hit song "Cool Jerk." The group was known for their upbeat and danceable songs that made use of their unique style of harmonization and the lead vocalist's agile and gymnastic-like movements. If you want to learn to sing like The Capitols, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Firstly, you should work on your breath support and posture. This will help you to control your voice better and sustain longer notes. You can find helpful exercises and tips on breath support and posture in Singing Carrots' articles such as "Breathing basics" and "How posture affects your singing." The Farinelli breathing technique in one of the videos can also help.
  • Secondly, focus on your vocal range and mix your chest and head voice. The Capitols had a unique style of harmonization in which all three vocalists would sing in unison with one lead vocal going from a low to high register with ease, while another would interject with higher notes and harmonies. You can develop your range by working on pitch training and vocal exercises available on Singing Carrots' platform.
  • Thirdly, pay attention to your articulation, dynamics, and phrasing. The Capitols' music hit hard and fast, and they were known for their sharp and precise enunciation. Practice singing songs like "Cool Jerk" and "Zig Zagging" to develop your own precision as well as a good understanding of the unique vocal techniques of The Capitols.

To achieve the Capitols' sound, Singing Carrots offers an educational course covering singing theory and practical tips. Additionally, Singing Carrots' pitch training, range test, and pitch monitor tools are very useful for developing your vocal skills and training your ear for pitch accuracy.

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