How to Learn Singing “Criminal” from Fiona Apple

How to Learn Singing “Criminal” by Fiona Apple

Learning to sing a specific song can be both challenging and rewarding. In this article, we will explore the unique vocal techniques used in “Criminal” by Fiona Apple and provide practical advice on how to learn and master this iconic song.

Vocal Technique in “Criminal”

“Criminal” is known for its sultry and emotive vocals. It showcases Fiona Apple’s ability to deliver powerful and gritty vocals while maintaining control and expression. One of the key techniques used in this song is belting, which adds intensity and depth to the performance.

Belting is often associated with pop and rock music, and it involves pushing the voice into a higher and more powerful register. It requires proper breath support, resonance, and control of the vocal cords. Some other popular songs that feature belting include “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele and “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston.

Steps to Learn “Criminal”

Step 1: Warm up Your Voice

Before diving into “Criminal,” it’s important to warm up your voice to prevent strain and injury. You can use the Pitch Training tool on Singing Carrots to do some vocal warm-ups and exercises. Additionally, check out the article on how to learn a song effectively for more tips.

Step 2: Study the Song

Take the time to listen to the original version of “Criminal” by Fiona Apple. Pay attention to the melody, lyrics, and vocal nuances. This will help you understand the song structure and phrasing.

Step 3: Analyze Your Voice

Use the Vocal Range Test on Singing Carrots to determine your vocal range and find the best key for “Criminal.” Knowing your vocal range will help you adapt the song to your voice and make it more comfortable to sing.

Step 4: Practice Breath Control

Proper breath support is essential for belting. Check out the article on breath support to learn breathing techniques that will improve your singing.

Step 5: Work on Vocal Technique

To enhance your belting skills, consider practicing vocal exercises that strengthen your voice and improve control. Singing Carrots offers a variety of skill-related videos, including exercises on Twang, Growling, and Vibrato.

Step 6: Interpretation and Performance

Once you feel comfortable with the technical aspects of singing “Criminal,” focus on delivering an emotional and captivating performance. Check out the blog post on singing with intuition, skills, emotion, and thinking for tips on expressing the song’s message effectively.

Resources for Learning

The following resources from Singing Carrots will further assist you in your journey to learn “Criminal” and improve your overall singing abilities: