How to Learn Singing “Baubles, Bangles and Beads” from Frank Sinatra

Learning to Sing “Baubles, Bangles and Beads” by Frank Sinatra

“Baubles, Bangles and Beads” recorded by Frank Sinatra, serves as an exemplary piece highlighting the vocal technique of legato and perfect control over phrasing in Swing genre. Sinatra’s smooth voice effortlessly ties together each lyric, taking the audience on a lyrical journey.

Understanding Legato

Legato, an Italian term meaning ‘tied together’, is a technique involving the smooth transition between musical notes, with no observable gaps. This technique heavily contributes to the suave and seamless delivery by Sinatra. To understand more about legato, refer to our resources on how to analyze your voice and vocal range.

Besides Sinatra’s “Baubles, Bangles and Beads”, this technique is extensively used in other Swing songs, like “Fly Me to the Moon” or “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”. Furthermore, Legato is commonly found in various musical genres, ranging from classical opera to modern pop.

Mastering Legato

Mastering legato begins with proper breath support. Check out our article on breath support and practice with the Farinelli Breathing exercise.

Next, improve your articulation skills. Include the Finger Bite exercise in your routine for clear pronunciation of words in a connected manner.

Sinatra’s Phrasing

The effectiveness of Sinatra’s performance also lies in his art of phrasing, giving emphasis to the storytelling aspect of the song. By extending the phrase “Glowing and throwing off sparks”, Sinatra generates anticipation and drama. Our article on learning a song provides deeper insight into understanding song phrasing.

Practical Advice

• Begin by listening to the song multiple times, focusing on Sinatra’s legato and phrasing.

• Use the Vocal Pitch Monitor to track your pitch and test your pitch accuracy.

• Remember to incorporate warm-up exercises, like Humming, before practicing the song.

Mastering Sinatra’s “Baubles, Bangles and Beads” could be challenging at first, but with consistent practice and diligent use of available Singing Carrots resources, you can conquer this skillfully phrased and executed song.