How to Learn Singing “Linger” from The Cranberries

Learning to Sing “Linger” by The Cranberries

“Linger” by The Cranberries is a song that requires specific vocal techniques to capture its unique sound. This piece particularly makes use of vibrato, especially in the chorus.

Understanding Your Voice

First, let’s understand your voice. Use the vocal range test and the pitch accuracy test to determine your current abilities. Also, read about voice types to understand which category your voice falls into. This knowledge will help you when practicing “Linger.”

Vocal Techniques in “Linger”

To sing “Linger” well, you need to be capable of maintaining a consistent vibrato. Singer Dolores O’Riordan utilizes vibrato to add emotion and depth to the song. This technique is also used in many other popular songs like “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen and “Dream On” by Aerosmith.

How to Practice Vibrato

You can practice vibrato using the Beggars Bounce and Diaphragm Bounce exercises available online. Remember, vibrato should come naturally and not be forced, and while these exercises can help, they should not be over-practiced.

Practicing “Linger”

Now it’s time to practice the song. Divide it into sections and work on each part separately. Start with breath support, as the song is quite relaxed and doesn’t have very high or fast passages. Having good breath support will help you sing with a relaxed voice.

The next step is to practice the melody. Use the Vocal Pitch Monitor to ensure you are hitting the right notes. Focus on areas of the song where Dolores’s voice wavers slightly off-pitch for dramatic effect, but ensure your pitch remains steady.

Singing “Linger” In Full

After you’re confident singing each part, attempt the whole song. Don’t forget to record yourself and listen back. This can be a valuable tool to check the accuracy of lyrics, rhythms, and pitch.

Soak in as much of Dolores’s style as you can while remaining true to your voice. Use resources for finding your unique voice if you’re struggling.

“Linger” is a beautiful song that can make great use of your singing capabilities. Keep practicing, remain patient and you’ll do just fine. Happy singing!