How to Sing “Chained to the Rhythm” by Katy Perry
In Katy Perry’s pop hit “Chained to the Rhythm,” Perry uses a technique known as speech-like singing in the verses. This technique is a stylistic choice in pop and R&B genres that can convey more personality and emotion. It’s also present in other popular songs such as “The Man” by Taylor Swift and “Finesse” by Bruno Mars.
Step 1: Understand Your Voice and the Song
Before attempting to learn any song, it’s important to know your vocal range. Use our vocal range test to find out what notes you can comfortably sing. This information can help you transpose the song’s key if necessary. To learn more about voice types and transposition, read our article on voice types.
Step 2: Analyze the Unique Vocal Technique in the Song
Speech-like singing involves using your speaking voice’s qualities while singing, creating a conversational and expressive performance. For some pointers on how to use this technique effectively, check out our article on finding your own authentic voice.
Step 3: Practice the Song
Now, with the understanding of vocal technique, start practicing the song. Use our Pitch Training to help you stay in tune with the melody. Also, consider practicing with our Vocal Pitch Monitor to visualize your sung notes.
Step 4: Performance
Finally, when it’s time to perform the song, you should understand that “Chained to the Rhythm” tells a story and communicates a message. Express this in your singing. If you’re performing this song on stage, have a look at our tips for performing on stage.