Mastering “Hello, Dolly! – Dancing”
“Hello, Dolly!” from the musical of the same name, features a prominent use of the technique known as legato singing. Legato is from the Italian meaning ‘tied together’. In this musical context, it requires the singer to transition smoothly from one note to the next with no intervening silence. Famous numbers like “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and “Memory” from Cats also beautifully utilize this technique.
Assess Your Voice
Before you start learning the song, it’s vital to analyze your voice and know your voice type. Use our vocal range test to know your range and compare it with famous singers. Utilize the Vocal Pitch Monitor to see your sung notes and understand how accurately you hit them. Once you know your vocal limits, you can adapt the song to fit your voice.
Next, head over to the Pitch Accuracy Test to analyze your ability to stay in tune. Now, run Pitch Training exercises to solidify your understanding of pitches. This will help you to effortlessly and accurately transition between notes.
Legato in singing implies a seamless flow from one note to another, with no audible breaks. This requires extensive breath control, an open throat, and proper voice resonance. A few resources to guide you here; Breathing Basics, Breath Support, Open Mouth & Throat, and Resonance in Singing.
Apply It To The Song
With practice and control, you’ll be able to apply Legato to “Hello, Dolly!” Your overall legato singing should present as if you’re singing one long, continuous note, merely changing the pitch. Remember, persistent practice makes perfect.
Finally, prep yourself for the performance of “Hello, Dolly!” Learn how to overcome stage fright and note some essential performance tips. Also, utilize Good Singing Posture to let the voice flow without any hindrance.
In conclusion, patience and persistent practice, with a focus on legato technique, will assist in mastering “Hello, Dolly!”. Let’s get singing!