How to Learn Singing “Autumn Leaves” from Eric Clapton

Mastering “Autumn Leaves” by Eric Clapton

“Autumn Leaves”, as performed by Eric Clapton, is a classic rendition requiring unique vocal techniques, setting it apart from other pop and rock songs and yielding a great exercise for any singer wanting to broaden their skillset.

Understanding the Song

Firstly, understanding the characteristics of your voice is crucial. Most importantly, the vocal range of the song aligns with a Tenor type. If you’re unsure of your vocal range, feel free to run through our Vocal Range Test.

Vocal Techniques

Clapton uses the twang technique extensively in this song, adding a nasal, bright quality to the sound and achieving maximum resonance with minimum effort. The twang is prevalent in genres like country, pop, rock, and gospel, making it a versatile tool to have in your vocal toolbox. To learn more, check out our article on Contemporary vocal techniques and try out the How to Twang Exercise.

Getting Started

Begin learning this song by understanding its structure and lyrics. Use the Vocal Pitch Monitor to keep your pitch in check and try the Pitch Accuracy Test to sharpen your accuracy.

Additional Skills

You can find the song’s key and modal scale using our Song Search tool. Our Articulation article and Finger Bite video will further help you make your singing clear, especially for the fast, swing-like sections of the song.

Practicing the Song

Repetition is the key to mastering this song and any new vocal techniques. Use our Pitch Training tool to practice and track your progress.

Despite how easy Clapton makes it sound, remember that singing should never cause discomfort or pain. If you find it difficult to reach high notes or maintain the twang, stop and rest your voice. Our Vocal Health article provides essential tips to keep your vocal cords healthy.

Performing the Song

Once you feel confident with the song and its techniques, consider how you will perform it. Review our Performance Tips and overcoming stage fright to create a captivating performance.

Good luck and happy singing!