How to Learn Singing “1983…(A Merman I Should Turn To Be) [Alternate Version]” from Jimi Hendrix

Learning to Sing “1983…(A Merman I Should Turn To Be)” by Jimi Hendrix

This song, famous for its psychedelic undertones and Hendrix’s unique vocal style, presents an excellent opportunity to examine and extend your vocal techniques. what makes it peculiar is Jimi’s use of vocal distortion and twang, found also in songs like “Voodoo Child” and “Foxey Lady”.

Vocal Distortion and Twang

In Hendrix’s performances, vocal distortion is used to add grit and express raw emotions. To safely explore distortion, keep the throat relaxed and open, as discussed in our article on open mouth & throat singing.
Growling exercises can enhance your ability to produce distorted sounds. Remember, if it hurts, stop immediately.

Twang, seen in Hendrix’s nasal resonance, helps attain a piercing and powerful sound. By singing along popular songs having twang or by using our “How to Twang Exercise” video, you can explore this vibrant technique. Avoiding constrictions, as explained here, will let you master this technique better.

Effective Song Learning Approach

Start with an analysis of Hendrix’s voice and the song’s key. The vocal range test can guide you in determining your vocal range and type, letting you gauge if a key shift would be beneficial.
Refer to our articles on voice analysis and voice types for more understanding.

Next, referencing the original sheet music or tablature will assist in the learning process. Our song search tool is useful here. Then, you can start gradual practice. Our article on effective song learning offers helpful advice.

Your Voice, Your Performance

Although it’s valuable to learn technique from masters like Hendrix, it is essential that you find and nurture your authentic voice. Take cues from our article on how to find your own voice.

Finally, when ready to perform, do not let stage fright conquer you. Our articles on overcoming stage fright and performing can boost your preparation.

In Conclusion

Singing “1983…(A Merman I Should Turn To Be)” is a journey of exploration through unique vocal techniques. Utilizing the given resources will hopefully enhance your rendition of this iconic song.