How to Learn Singing “Dreams” from The Cranberries

How to Learn Singing “Dreams” by The Cranberries

If you’re a fan of The Cranberries and want to learn how to sing their iconic song “Dreams,” you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will guide you through the process of learning and mastering this beautiful track.

The Unique Vocal Technique in “Dreams”

“Dreams” is known for its ethereal and haunting vocal style, which is a signature of lead singer Dolores O’Riordan. To capture the essence of the song, it’s important to focus on the following vocal technique:

  • Breath Control: O’Riordan’s breathy and controlled vocals give “Dreams” its dreamlike quality. To achieve this, practice deep diaphragmatic breathing and focus on sustaining your breath throughout the song.
  • Emotional Expression: O’Riordan’s emotional delivery brings the lyrics to life. Connect with the lyrics and try to convey the emotions behind the words.
  • Pitch Accuracy: “Dreams” features soaring melodies, so work on your pitch accuracy to hit those high notes with ease. Use the Singing Carrots Pitch Accuracy Test to assess and improve your pitch.
  • Articulation: Pay attention to the clarity of your words and pronunciation. Practice vocal exercises that focus on articulation, such as the Finger Bite exercise found in the Articulation video.
  • Vibrato: O’Riordan often employs vibrato in her singing. Work on developing a controlled vibrato by watching the Vibrato video and practicing the exercises.

Practical Steps to Learning “Dreams”

Follow these steps to effectively learn and perform “Dreams” by The Cranberries:

  1. Analyze Your Voice: Before starting, it’s crucial to understand your vocal range and voice type. Take the Singing Carrots Vocal Range Test to determine your range and compare it with famous singers.
  2. Listen and Observe: Begin by listening to the original recording of “Dreams” multiple times. Pay attention to the vocal nuances and the overall feel of the song.
  3. Breathing Basics: Review the Singing Carrots article on Breathing Basics to ensure you have a solid foundation for breath control.
  4. Warm Up: Start your practice session with vocal warm-up exercises. Follow the Farinelli Breathing exercise in the Breath/Warm-up/Practice-starter video to activate your breath support.
  5. Learn the Lyrics: Memorize the lyrics of “Dreams” and pay attention to the phrasing and meaning behind the words.
  6. Vocal Technique: Utilize the vocal techniques mentioned earlier, such as controlled breath, emotional expression, pitch accuracy, articulation, and vibrato, to add depth and authenticity to your performance.
  7. Record and Analyze: Record yourself singing “Dreams” and listen back to identify areas for improvement. Use Singing Carrots’ Vocal Pitch Monitor to visualize your sung notes on a virtual piano.
  8. Practice and Refine: Dedicate regular practice time to refine your vocal technique and interpretation of the song. Utilize the Singing Carrots Pitch Training tool for interactive vocal warm-ups and exercises targeted at range and agility.

Other Songs to Expand Your Repertoire

Once you have mastered “Dreams,” you may want to explore other songs that will expand your singing skills and repertoire. Here are some recommendations:

  • How to Analyze Your Voice: Learn how to analyze your own voice to understand your strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Voice Types: Understand the concept of voice types and why it is important to classify your voice.
  • Breathing Basics: Delve deeper into the techniques and importance of active and passive breathing.
  • Voice Registers & Vocal Break: Learn about the different voice registers and how to transition smoothly between them.
  • Breath Support: Enhance your breath support to maintain control and power in your singing.

By diversifying your repertoire and continually improving your vocal skills, you will become a well-rounded and versatile singer. Enjoy exploring new songs and techniques on your singing journey!