How to Learn to Sing “Is She Really Going Out with Him?” by Joe Jackson
Learning how to sing a particular song can be both exciting and challenging. In this article, we will explore the unique vocal technique used in Joe Jackson’s hit song “Is She Really Going Out with Him?” and provide practical advice to help you learn and master it. We will also highlight other popular songs that utilize similar vocal techniques.
The Vocal Technique
“Is She Really Going Out with Him?” features a combination of strong, gritty vocals with elements of punk and new wave styles. It showcases a mix of chest voice and falsetto, allowing for dynamic expression and emotive delivery. Joe Jackson’s unique vocal tone and phrasing give the song its distinctive character.
The vocal technique used in “Is She Really Going Out with Him?” can also be heard in other popular songs. If you are interested in exploring similar vocal styles, these songs are worth checking out:
- Elvis Costello – Pump It Up
- The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go
- Blondie – One Way or Another
- Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
- The Police – Message in a Bottle
Learning the Song
Learning to sing “Is She Really Going Out with Him?” requires practice and attention to detail. Here are some steps you can follow to effectively learn the song:
Step 1: Vocal Warm-up
Before starting, it’s important to warm up your voice to prevent strain and ensure optimal performance. You can use Singing Carrots’ Pitch Training exercises to warm up your vocal range and improve pitch accuracy, or you can follow this 3 Minute Warm-Up video. Remember to focus on proper breathing technique and posture.
Step 2: Analyze the Song
Take some time to analyze the song structure, melody, and lyrics. Pay attention to the way Joe Jackson phrases his vocals and the emotions he conveys. Singing Carrots’ article on how to analyze your voice can provide helpful insights.
Step 3: Practice the Vocal Technique
Work on mastering the unique vocal technique used in the song. Singing Carrots offers various resources to help you improve specific vocal skills:
- For mastering chest voice and voice registers, try the Chest Voice Explained video.
- To develop falsetto and mixed voice, follow the exercises in the Mixed Voice and Voice Break videos.
- For working on articulation and phrasing, the Finger Bite exercise can be beneficial.
Step 4: Polish Your Performance
Once you feel comfortable with the vocal technique, focus on delivering a strong and emotive performance. Work on integrating emotion into your singing, as discussed in Singing Carrots’ article on singing with intuition, skills, emotion, and thinking. You can also practice stage performance tips fromthese tips for performing on stage.