Learning to Sing “Keep It To Yourself” by Kacey Musgraves
“Keep It To Yourself” by Kacey Musgraves is a country-pop gem that requires a good sense of articulation, breath control, and authenticity in your voice. The song also utilizes the technique of vocal Twang quite extensively. Twang is a sharp, bright quality often used in country music to achieve a distinct resonance. You can hear similar techniques in songs like Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” and Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats”.
Understanding the lyrics and the emotions behind them is the key to mastering articulation. Efficient articulation helps listeners connect with your song and makes your performance memorable. Check this article on improving vocal articulation.
Good breath control is crucial to align your phrasing with the emotional delivery of this song. To start, try the active and passive breathing technique. The breath support article will provide more depth.
As previously mentioned, Twang is often used in country and pop music. It gives your voice a bright and sharp quality. For practical advice, you can watch the How to Twang Exercise video.
Learning the Song
When you’re learning “Keep It To Yourself”, the best way is to break it down into smaller parts. Use the song search tool to find the sheet music and use the Vocal Pitch Monitor to check your accuracy. Read our guide on how to learn a song effectively for more tips.