How to Learn Singing “Nice To Know You” from Incubus

Learning to Sing “Nice to Know You” by Incubus

“Nice to Know You” is a hit track from Incubus’ album “Morning View”. The vocals, performed by lead singer Brandon Boyd, employ several unique techniques, predominantly the use of a forceful, distorted "Twang" in the chorus.

Step-By-Step Guide

Step 1: Familiarize Yourself with the Song

Firstly, listen to “Nice to Know You” several times, paying close attention to Boyd’s vocal presentation. Notice how he switches between a soft, smooth tone in the verses to an aggressive, punchy sound during the explosive chorus.

Step 2: Determine Your Vocal Range

Next, use the Singing Carrots’ Vocal Range Test to determine if the song is within your range. If it seems out of reach, don’t despair – practice and vocal exercises can increase your range over time.

Step 3: Perfect the “Twang”

Twang is a vocal technique that allows for a loud, clear, and cutting sound without strain or breathiness. Learn how to effectively use this using the How to Twang Exercise. You can recognize this technique in songs like “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey or “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi.

Step 4: Develop Your Distortion

Distortion is a facet of the Twang technique and is used heavily throughout “Nice to Know You”. Learn more about it from our article about Vocal Distortion. Try mellow it down to avoid causing harm to your vocal cords.

Step 5: Practice Regularly

Like any skill, singing requires consistent practice for improvement. Use our Pitch Training tool to refine your accuracy and ability to match the song’s melody.

Incorporate What You’ve Learned

Lastly, don’t forget to express the intense energy of Boyd’s delivery. Singing techniques are crucial, but emotion and performance are equally important. Read our article on singing with emotion for guidance in this area.

Practicing “Nice to Know You” will not only provide an enjoyable challenge, but it will also greatly diversify your singing skills. Enjoy the journey!