Singing Guide: The Shangri-Las

Vocal technique, exercises, tips and relevant resources

Are you a beginner or advanced singer?

The Shangri-Las, a girl group from the early '60s, were known for their distinctive style of teenage tragedy songs, often melodramatic or sentimental. Their unique sound blended girl group harmonies with gritty rock and roll instrumentation, with a focus on storytelling.

To learn to sing like The Shangri-Las, you'll need to incorporate their style into your own voice, which can be done by following the practical advice and Singing Carrots resources. Some of the key aspects are:

  • Emotion: The Shangri-Las are known for their dramatic and emotive performances. To capture their spirit, you need to infuse your performance with the same level of emotion. Singing with emotion can be challenging, but is crucial for delivering a memorable and heartfelt performance.
  • Range: The Shangri-Las had a unique quality to their voices, ranging from high, angelic harmonies to lower, grittier tones. Identifying and developing your vocal range is essential in singing like them.
  • Storytelling: The Shangri-Las often sang about teenage romance, breakups, and tragedy. To learn their style, you need to become a storyteller. Learn to understand the lyrics and tell the story through your singing.

In addition to these tips, Singing Carrots has several tools and resources that can help you develop your voice and singing technique to emulate The Shangri-Las style. Try the following exercises and articles:

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Using these resources and exercises can help you develop your voice and style to become a successful Shangri-Las tribute artist. Don't forget to use Singing Carrots' Song search & book and Vocal range test to find songs that match your vocal range and the specific style of The Shangri-Las. Rock on!

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