Learning to Sing “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” by LeAnn Rimes
“Can’t Fight the Moonlight” is a song from LeAnn Rimes that showcases her remarkable ability to combine twang, vocal belting, and perfect articulation. If you aim to understand and master these singing techniques, this song is a brilliant starting point.
Step 1: Understand the Song’s Key and Your Vocal Range
Before you begin, it’s crucial to understand the song’s key and how your vocal range fits into it. Our Vocal Range Test is an excellent tool to help you determine your vocal range, and our Song Search tool will enable you to find key details about “Can’t Fight the Moonlight”.
Step 2: Twang and Belting Techniques
Leann Rimes is known for her use of twang—a bright and concentrated sound caused by the narrowing of the larynx. For a comprehensive guide on this technique, refer to our article on Contemporary vocal techniques. To encapsulate the dynamic intensity Rimes creates, you might need to embrace belting, a powerful singing style often used in pop and musical theatre. To practice, use this Twang Exercise video.
Step 3: Perfect Articulation
Articulation is another key aspect of “Can’t Fight the Moonlight”. Clear pronunciation of words allows better communication of lyrics, enhancing the emotional connection with the audience. For more on this, read our article on Articulation and try the Finger Bite video exercise.
Step 4: Breath Support and Control
Proper breath control is fundamental for sustained singing, and it’s critical in this song to maintain a consistent and powerful voice. We recommend reading our section on Breath Support and trying the Farinelli Breathing exercise.
Step 5: Practice Regularly and Monitor Your Progress
Now that you understood the techniques used, it’s time to start singing! Consistent practice is the key. Our 21-lesson singing course is a great place to consolidate your skills. Remember to monitor your progress with our Vocal Pitch Monitor.
Bonus: Variations in Other Songs
These techniques are versatile and used in many other popular songs. For example, the twang is a cornerstone in country music (e.g., Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”), while belting is commonly used in Broadway numbers (e.g., Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go”). Practicing with “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” could open doors to an array of songs in your repertoire!