This is a public version of the members-only ArtistWorks Vocal Lessons, at ArtistWorks. Functionality is limited, but CLICK HERE for full access if you’re ready to take your playing to the next level.

These lessons are available only to members of ArtistWorks Vocal Lessons.
Join Now

Vocal Lessons
«Prev of Next»

ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Studying Other Singers

Lesson Video Exchanges () Lesson Study Materials () This lesson calls for a video submission
Study Materials
information below
Lesson Specific Downloads
Play Along Tracks
Backing Tracks +
Additional Materials +
resource information below Close
Collaborations for
resource information below Close
Submit a video for   
ArtistWorks Vocal School

This video lesson is available only to members of
ArtistWorks Vocal Lessons.

Join Now

information below Close
Course Description

This page contains a transcription of a video lesson from ArtistWorks Vocal Lessons. This is only a preview of what you get when you take ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons at ArtistWorks. The transcription is only one of the valuable tools we provide our online members. Sign up today for unlimited access to all lessons, plus submit videos to your teacher for personal feedback on your playing.

CLICK HERE for full access.
It's amazingly helpful to study
other singers for many different reasons.
But when you study other singers, it's
really helpful to have certain guidelines
to use to help channel your attention to
know what you're looking for and why.
Otherwise, it's very easy to end up being
a copycat.
And then at some point along the line, you
might end up finding yourself go
wow I'm sounding like this person, or I'm
sounding like that person and who am I?
I went through that myself many years ago
I very diligently listened to certain
singers such as
Aretha Franklin and and I just copied
everything that she was doing.
And it was no problem doing that.
The only thing that was a problem is that,
at a certain point I realized I had lost
my own identity.
If I actually even realized what my
identity was as a singer.
I got to a point where I was really,
really confused.
So, to help you avoid any confusion and
feeling like you're sinking into everybody
else and who in the world are you?
Here's the guidelines in studying a
Usually the singers that we like the most
are the ones that we have some similarity
You don't necessarily sound exactly like
but there are certain things, obviously,
about whatever singers you like,
that you have some sort of connection
It might be the way they express
themselves and
the type of messages that they communicate
through their songs resonates with you.
I'm sure that's of course true when you're
listening to songs and
you're like, wow I really like this singer
and I really like these songs.
Take it further, listen to what they're
doing with their voice.
These are, we could consider it a, a, a
has what's called a pallet of, and, and
they choose different colors from that
pallet to help design whatever it is that
they're painting.
And that painting is their self
expression, for that painting, at least.
So if you listen, one singer has certain
elements that they us,
another singer has certain elements and
sounds and tones,
textures, ways that they approach their
Ways that they move off of the note,
perhaps embellishments that they use,
different times that they put bravado in
these are all things that we're about to
get into in exercise by the way.
But you, you basically listen specifically
what are they doing with their voice and
these are.
These begin to create your color palette
to choose from.
So, it's sort of like an exercise, it's a
listening exercise, it's a focus exercise.
And then, you can try to mimic what
they're doing and
create the sounds as best you can
It could be, you know, how are they
stylizing this?
What makes it their song if it's a song
that somebody else has covered as well?
How come it sounds so different when this
other artist does it?
Look for those things.
Because they give you tools
that you can then choose to use rather
than being captured by the tools.
You're using them at your own discretion.
Okay for example, if, if a singer is
aways going, I will wander.
That's approaching the note from below and
going to the note.
Frankly, doing that over and over and over
again gets really boring and kind of like,
oh please, I need to hear something
These would be personal stylizations of
approach to the note, but
then you want to give it your own
Decisions in terms of are you being
monotonous with they way you're
approaching it, etc.
So you learn these different tools and
then you figure out,
you can, which ones make sense to you.
It's just basically being more and more in
command of singing.
And in that way, by studying singers, you
can come up
with perhaps some new ideas and some ways
of advancing yourself vocally.
But as long as you know that you're
studying them in order to gain more tools
rather than trying to become that singer.
Because there already is one of those
The world is looking for you.
Someone new.
Someone fresh.
Someone who has their own identity.
When preparing for an audition, studying
other singers who have
perhaps done those same auditions.
Offers a whole new world of insight
into what makes a powerful audition verses
what makes a really bad one.
And watch so you can, you know go on the
internet even and
watch these different auditions, and see
what makes a really good audition.
And is it just the sound of the person's
voice, or
how are they presenting themselves and
interacting with the judge.
Both of those things are important.
Studying singers offers a whole realm of
possibilities of growth,
as long as you know how to do it right.