How to Learn Singing “Autumn Leaves” from

How to Sing “Autumn Leaves”

The song “Autumn Leaves”, recorded by various artists over the years, is known for its evocative lyrics and memorable melody. Singing it requires a robust control of breath, command over resonance, and an understanding of voice registers.

Understanding the song

Before you start, familiarize yourself with your version of the song, whether it’s the Eva Cassidy’s rendition or Eric Clapton’s. Listen deeply and understand the emotion, dynamics, and vocal techniques used. Also, use our Song search tool to find a suitable key according to your vocal range, which you can determine using the Vocal range test.

Technique: Emphasis on Breath Control

“Autumn Leaves” demands remarkable breath control for its long phrases. To master it, you must understand the basics of breathing in singing, covered in our articles on Breathing basics and Breath support. Implement the Farinelli Breathing technique showcased in this video.

Technique: Understanding Resonance

Good resonance gives ‘Autumn Leaves’ its dreamy and haunting quality. Learn about vocal resonance in our article on Resonance in singing. Apply these principles to master the song’s unique tonal quality.

Technique: Mastery of Voice Registers

Singers often switch between chest and head voice with poetic ease. Learn about different voice registers from our article on Voice Registers & Vocal Break. Make use of this video to practice transitioning between voice registers.

Perfecting the Song

Once you are comfortable with the vocal techniques, combine them with emotion and intuition, as described in Singing with intuition, skills, emotion, and thinking. Remember, the unique charm of “Autumn Leaves” comes from the nostalgic emotions it evokes.

Other Songs to Practice

If you enjoyed learning ‘Autumn Leaves’, consider expanding your repertoire with other songs that require similar techniques: Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” and Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”. Just remember to find appropriate keys for these songs using the Song search tool.


Singing a classic like ‘Autumn Leaves’ can be a stepping stone towards becoming an expert pianist. With patience and perseverance, you’ll not only master the song but also become proficient in crucial vocal techniques. So go ahead, unlock your inner musician!