Singing Guide: Tree63

Vocal technique, exercises, tips and relevant resources

Are you a beginner or advanced singer?

If you want to learn how to sing like John Ellis from Tree63

You need to understand his unique approach to melody and vocal delivery. John is well known for his powerful singing voice, which he uses to create soaring choruses and emotional verses. In this article, we will explain the key aspects of John's singing style and provide practical guidance on how to achieve a similar sound.

Vocal Technique

At the heart of John's singing style is his ability to deliver powerful melodies with confidence and control. To emulate his style, you need to work on developing a strong singing voice that can hit high notes with ease. Here are some tips for improving your singing technique:

  • Focus on breath support: To sing with power, you need to breathe deeply and support your voice with plenty of air. Check out Singing Carrots' article on breath support to learn how to breathe correctly.
  • Work on your posture: Good posture is essential for singing with power and control. Check out Singing Carrots' article on how posture affects your singing to learn more about this.
  • Practice vocal warm-ups: Singing Carrots' Farinelli Breathing exercise is an excellent warm-up drill that can help you build your singing voice.
  • Develop your head and chest voices: John Ellis is a master of using both his head and chest voice to create a distinctive sound. Singing Carrots' Chest Voice Explained video is a great resource for developing your chest voice.
  • Work on your onsets and offsets: To sing like John, you need to be able to start and stop singing in a controlled way. Singing Carrots' Glottal Onset video is a great resource for learning how to do this.

Unique Style

One of the things that sets John Ellis apart as a singer is his ability to convey emotion and meaning through his singing style. To capture the same feeling in your own singing, try to focus on these aspects:

  • Emphasize phrasing: John is known for his unique phrasing style, which often involves holding out notes for an extended period before dropping back down to the melody. Practice this technique by experimenting with different phrasing styles until you find one that feels comfortable for you.
  • Accentuate the melody: John's melodies are often simple but effective, with a strong focus on accentuating the primary melody line. To capture this feeling, focus on singing the melody with precision and intent.
  • Use dynamics: To create a more emotional delivery, John frequently uses dynamics to emphasise certain parts of a song. Experiment with different dynamics during your vocal warm-ups to develop this technique.

Songs to Emulate

If you want to learn how to sing like John Ellis, it's important to study his work and try to emulate some of his singing techniques. Here are some of his most popular songs and performances:

  • Sunday: This is one of John's signature songs, with a soaring chorus that showcases his powerful voice.
  • Look What You've Done: Another standout track from Tree63's debut album, this song is a great example of John's unique vocal style.
  • The Revolution Starts Now: This live performance is a great example of John's powerful singing voice and commanding stage presence.

By studying John Ellis' singing style and focusing on developing your own vocal technique, you can learn to sing like one of the most recognizable voices of South African rock. Singing Carrots' extensive library of articles, videos, and tools can help you on this journey, providing you with the knowledge and practical guidance you need to achieve your singing goals.

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