How to Learn Singing “Hooked on a Feeling” from B. J. Thomas

Learning to sing a particular song can be both challenging and exciting. In this article, we will explore how to learn to sing “Hooked on a Feeling” by B.J. Thomas, a catchy and upbeat song that requires some unique vocal techniques. We will also discuss practical tips and provide relevant Singing Carrots resources to help you along the way.

About “Hooked on a Feeling”

“Hooked on a Feeling” is a popular song originally performed by B.J. Thomas in 1968. It has since been covered by various artists, including Blue Swede in 1974, whose version became a major hit. The song is known for its catchy melody, expressive lyrics, and the iconic “ooga-chaka” background vocals. It’s a great choice for singers looking to showcase their vocal range and expressiveness.

Unique Vocal Technique: Mixed Voice

One of the unique vocal techniques used in “Hooked on a Feeling” is the utilization of the mixed voice. The mixed voice is a combination of both the chest voice (lower register) and the head voice (higher register). It allows singers to seamlessly transition between registers, creating a balanced and connected sound. This technique is prominently demonstrated in the chorus of the song during the sustained high notes.

Practical Tips

To effectively learn and perform “Hooked on a Feeling,” here are some practical tips to keep in mind:

  • Start with vocal warm-ups: Before attempting to sing the song, warm up your vocal cords and muscles. Singing Carrots’ pitch training exercises are a great way to warm up and improve your pitch accuracy.
  • Analyze your voice: Understand your vocal range and voice type by taking Singing Carrots’ vocal range test. This will help you identify the appropriate key for singing “Hooked on a Feeling” and make necessary adjustments.
  • Focus on breath support: Good breath support is crucial for sustaining the longer notes in the chorus. Check out Singing Carrots’ article on breath support to understand the techniques and exercises that can help you develop a strong, consistent breath.
  • Work on vocal registers: Since “Hooked on a Feeling” utilizes the mixed voice technique, practice transitioning smoothly between your chest voice and head voice. Singing Carrots’ article on vocal registers provides valuable insights and exercises to help you master this technique.

Resources for Learning “Hooked on a Feeling”

The following Singing Carrots resources will greatly assist you in learning and perfecting your rendition of “Hooked on a Feeling”:

  • Singing Carrots’ educational singing course – This comprehensive course covers singing theory and practical tips that will enhance your overall singing skills, including techniques specific to “Hooked on a Feeling.”
  • Song search – Find songs similar to “Hooked on a Feeling” that match your vocal range and genre preference. This will expand your repertoire and provide opportunities for further vocal exploration.
  • Vocal ranges of famous singers – Discover the vocal ranges of well-known artists and see how their techniques may have influenced the performance of “Hooked on a Feeling.”
  • Vocal Pitch Monitor – Use this tool to visualize your sung notes on a virtual piano, helping you with accurate pitch control.

With dedication, practice, and these valuable resources from Singing Carrots, you’ll be on your way to mastering “Hooked on a Feeling” and expanding your singing skills. So, embrace the multifaceted technique of mixed voice, apply the practical tips, and let the magic of music guide your journey.