Frank Sinatra’s iconic rendition of “My Funny Valentine” offers a masterclass in the art of storytelling through music. This guide will help you learn how to sing this song much like the master crooner himself.
Understanding the Song
You need to understand your song before you can effectively portray it. First, listen to Sinatra’s version carefully, noting the emotional nuances and storytelling aspects of his performance. The story told in this song should guide your vocal choices.
“My Funny Valentine” primarily employs the vocal register known as the chest voice. Make sure to use our Singing Comfort Zone video to familiarize yourself with this register.
Frank uses a technique known as “twang” to add a unique character to his voice. Enhance your “twang” with this exercise. Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” also use this technique.
Delivery and Articulation
Clear articulation combined with Sinatra’s smooth delivery style is key. Sinatra uses relaxed articulation to make the lyrics flow, projecting a natural and conversational style in his singing. Practice relaxed articulation using the Finger Bite exercise.
Pitch and Key
Emotion and Performance
Remember to tell the story behind the song, share its emotions and perform with authenticity. You can learn more about this in Singing with Intuition, Skills, Emotion, and Thinking.
Singing Sinatra’s “My Funny Valentine” may seem like a tall task, but with practice and dedication, you’ll be able to put your spin on this classic. Be sure to warm up using one of our warm-up routines before each practice session!
So go ahead, step into your practice studio and start singing!