How to Learn Singing “Long Train Runnin'” from The Doobie Brothers

Learning to sing a particular song can be an exciting and fulfilling experience. In this article, we will explore how to learn to sing “Long Train Runnin'” by The Doobie Brothers. This iconic song showcases a unique vocal technique known as chest voice mixed with twang, giving it a distinctive blues-rock sound.

Understanding Vocal Technique

Before diving into learning the song, it’s essential to understand the vocal technique used in “Long Train Runnin'”. The song predominantly features a chest voice mixed with twang. Chest voice refers to the lower, fuller, and resonant quality of the voice, whereas twang adds brightness and intensity.

Practical Tips for Learning the Song

Now, let’s go through some practical tips to help you learn to sing “Long Train Runnin'” effectively:

  1. Analyze Your Voice: Take the time to analyze your voice and understand your vocal range. Singing Carrots offers a helpful vocal range test that compares your vocal range with famous singers.
  2. Breath Support: Focus on developing proper breath support to sustain the power and energy required for this song. Learn more about breath support in the Singing Carrots breath support article.
  3. Twang Technique: The twang technique adds a bright and edgy quality to your voice. Enhance your twang technique by practicing the Singing Carrots How to Twang Exercise.
  4. Articulation: Pay attention to your articulation to ensure clear and precise delivery of the lyrics. Singing Carrots provides a useful Finger Bite exercise to improve articulation skills.
  5. Warm-up and Practice: Warm up your voice before attempting to sing the song. Singing Carrots offers a 3 Minute Warm Up video that you can use as a practice starter.

Related Songs

The vocal technique used in “Long Train Runnin'” is also found in other popular songs. Some examples include:

  • “Listen to the Music” by The Doobie Brothers
  • “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • “Takin’ Care of Business” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Additional Singing Carrots Resources

Make the most of Singing Carrots’ resources to enhance your singing journey:

  • Search for songs within your vocal range, matching your difficulty and genre preferences.
  • Discover the vocal ranges of over 5000 famous singers from different genres by exploring the artist vocal ranges section.
  • Create your performance set by using the Singing Carrots song-book and access linked lyrics, sheet music, chords, karaoke, and YouTube audio.
  • Monitor your singing improvement and track your progress using the Singing Carrots progress statistics feature.
  • If you’re a beginner singer looking for comprehensive guidance, check out the Singing Carrots singing course — a 21-lesson program covering singing theory and practical tips.

Learning to sing a specific song like “Long Train Runnin'” is an excellent way to develop your vocal skills and explore various vocal techniques. Remember to practice regularly, pay attention to your vocal technique, and make use of Singing Carrots’ resources to enhance your singing journey