How to Learn Singing “I Wish I Were in Love Again” from Judy Garland

How to Learn Singing “I Wish I Were in Love Again” by Judy Garland

Learning to sing a particular song can be a thrilling and rewarding experience. In this article, we will explore how to effectively learn and perform the song “I Wish I Were in Love Again” by Judy Garland. This classic song from the American songbook showcases Garland’s unique vocal style and requires a specific technique to capture its essence.

The Vocal Technique: Belting

“I Wish I Were in Love Again” is known for its brilliant use of belting, a vocal technique that involves singing with a powerful, full-bodied sound in the upper chest voice range. This technique adds intensity, emotion, and high energy to the performance. Garland’s rendition of this song perfectly exemplifies her mastery of belting.

Belting Technique Exercise

To develop your belting technique, try the How to Twang Exercise. Twang is a key aspect of successful belting, and this exercise will help you understand and develop the necessary vocal coordination.

How to Learn the Song

Learning any song involves several steps, and “I Wish I Were in Love Again” is no exception. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you effectively learn and perform this beautiful song:

Step 1: Listen and Study

Begin by listening to Judy Garland’s original version of the song. Pay close attention to her phrasing, dynamics, and emotional delivery. Take note of her use of belting, as it will be a key element in your own performance.

For inspiration, you can watch Garland’s performance on YouTube: Judy Garland – I Wish I Were in Love Again.

Step 2: Study the Sheet Music

Acquire the sheet music for “I Wish I Were in Love Again” to analyze the melody, rhythm, and structure of the song. Familiarize yourself with the key changes, tempo variations, and any specific musical techniques used.

You can find the sheet music and lyrics on the Singing Carrots song-book: Song-book.

Step 3: Analyze the Song

Refer to the article on Singing Carrots, How to Analyze Your Voice. This will help you understand the song’s vocal range, vocal registers, and identify any challenging sections within the song.

Step 4: Warm-Up and Vocal Exercises

Before jumping into singing the song, warm up your voice using vocal exercises. Check out the Singing Carrots resources for Pitch Training, Vocal Pitch Monitor, and the Vocal Range Test to develop your vocal skills and pitch accuracy.

Step 5: Start Slow and Break It Down

Begin learning the song by practicing small sections at a time. Focus on nailing each section before moving on to the next. Break down the lyrics and melody, paying attention to phrasing, timing, and dynamics.

Step 6: Record and Self-Assess

Record yourself singing the song and listen back to identify areas that need improvement. Evaluate your pitch, timing, and overall expression. It’s a valuable way to identify areas for growth and improvement.

Step 7: Perform and Seek Feedback

Once you feel confident with your rendition, perform the song for others and seek constructive feedback. Singing in front of an audience helps you develop stage presence and further refine your interpretation. You can also participate in Singing Carrots’ singing course, an educational program that covers singing theory and practical tips to help you enhance your performance: Singing Course.

Other Songs with Similar Vocal Techniques

“I Wish I Were in Love Again” is a song that beautifully showcases the belting technique. If you enjoy singing this style, you may also want to explore these songs: