How to Learn Singing “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables

How to Learn Singing “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables

By Singing Carrots

“Bring Him Home” is a powerful and emotional song from the musical Les Misérables. It is sung by the character Jean Valjean and showcases his deep love and concern for the young revolutionary Marius. Learning to sing this song requires not only technical skill but also the ability to convey the heartfelt emotions of the character.

Understanding the Vocal Technique

One of the unique vocal techniques used in “Bring Him Home” is the emphasis on sustained, controlled singing. The song requires singers to maintain a smooth and consistent vocal delivery, particularly during the long sustained notes. This technique helps to express the character’s yearning and hope for Marius’ safety.

This technique of controlled singing is also used in other popular songs like “Music of the Night” from The Phantom of the Opera and “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” from Les Misérables.

Tips for Learning the Song

Here are some practical tips to help you learn and master “Bring Him Home”:

  • Analyze Your Voice: Before starting to learn the song, analyze your vocal range and determine if the song is suitable for your voice type. You can use Singing Carrots’ Vocal Range Test to assess your vocal range.
  • Breathing and Breath Support: Proper breath support is crucial for singing sustained notes effectively. Check out Singing Carrots’ article on Breath Support to learn breathing techniques that will help you sustain the long notes in “Bring Him Home.”
  • Practicing Warm-ups: Warm-up exercises help prepare your voice for singing. Singing Carrots’ resource on Pitch Training offers interactive vocal warm-ups and exercises that can help improve pitch accuracy and agility.
  • Listening to the Original Recording: Listening to the original recording of “Bring Him Home” sung by the talented performers can give you a better understanding of the song’s interpretation and emotional depth.
  • Working with a Vocal Coach: If possible, consider working with a vocal coach who specializes in musical theater singing. They can guide you in singing the song with the correct vocal technique and help you bring out the emotional nuances.

Additional Resources

Here are some additional resources from Singing Carrots that can further enhance your learning experience:

  • Vocal Ranges of Famous Singers: Explore the vocal ranges of over 5000 famous singers to gain inspiration from their techniques and performances.
  • Song Search: Find songs that match your vocal range, difficulty level, and genre preference to expand your repertoire.
  • Songbook: Create your performance set and get linked lyrics, sheet music, chords, karaoke tracks, and YouTube audio for a complete singing experience.
  • Educational Singing Course: Join Singing Carrots’ comprehensive singing course to learn singing theory, practical tips, and techniques that are essential for any vocalist.

By following these tips and utilizing the resources offered by Singing Carrots, you can effectively learn to sing “Bring Him Home” with the correct vocal technique, emotional expression, and musicality. Get ready to move your audience with this beautiful and heartfelt song from Les Misérables!