How to Learn Singing “I Wonder (Departure)” from ABBA

How to Learn Singing ABBA’s “I Wonder (Departure)”

Learning to sing a particular song can be an exciting and challenging endeavor. In this article, we will explore how to effectively learn and perform ABBA’s “I Wonder (Departure)” while highlighting the unique vocal technique used in the song.

Understanding the Vocal Technique

“I Wonder (Departure)” is known for its strong and emotive vocals. The key to capturing the essence of this song lies in mastering a technique called belting. Belting involves singing in the higher part of your voice with power and intensity, often associated with a chest-dominant sound. It’s a technique commonly used in popular music to convey emotion and strength.

Understanding the concept of vocal registers and the transition between them is crucial for mastering belting. You can learn more about registers and vocal breaks in our article on voice registers and vocal breaks.

Learning the Song

To effectively learn “I Wonder (Departure),” it is essential to break down the song into manageable sections. Here’s a step-by-step approach to help you navigate the learning process:

  1. Listen and Analyze: Start by listening to the original recording multiple times. Pay attention to the vocal technique used by the lead vocalist, noting the key phrases and melodic patterns.
  2. Vocal Warm-Up: Before diving into the song, warm up your voice properly. You can follow our pitch training exercises or try the How to Twang Exercise to prepare your voice for belting.
  3. Practice Sections: Break the song into smaller sections and practice each section individually. Focus on the challenging parts and work on your belting technique. Use the Vocal Pitch Monitor to assist you in hitting the correct notes.
  4. Lyrics and Emotion: While practicing the song, pay attention to the lyrics and the emotional message they convey. Connect with the meaning of the song to deliver a heartfelt performance.
  5. Record and Evaluate: Record yourself singing the song and listen back to identify areas that need improvement. Use the pitch accuracy test to assess your pitch accuracy and work on any areas of weakness.

Other Songs to Explore

The belting technique used in “I Wonder (Departure)” is also prominent in other popular songs. Here are a few examples to further enhance your understanding and practice of belting:

Exploring these songs will allow you to apply and refine your belting technique in different musical contexts.

Relevant Singing Carrots Resources

Singing Carrots offers a range of resources and tools to support your singing journey. Here are some specific resources that can be beneficial while learning and performing “I Wonder (Departure)”:

  • Vocal Range Test: Determine your own vocal range and compare it with famous singers.
  • Artist Vocal Ranges: Discover the vocal ranges of over 5000 famous singers, including ABBA.
  • Song Search: Find songs that suit your vocal range and style.