How to Learn Singing “One Night Only” from Dreamgirls

How to Learn Singing “One Night Only” from Dreamgirls

If you’re a fan of the hit musical film Dreamgirls and want to learn how to sing the powerful song “One Night Only,” you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll explore the unique vocal technique used in the song, provide practical advice for learning and performing it, and suggest some additional resources from Singing Carrots that can help you along the way.

The Vocal Technique: Belting

“One Night Only” is a popular song known for its high-energy and belting vocal style. Belting is a technique used by singers to produce powerful, resonant, and intense sound in their upper chest voice range. It requires proper breath support, open throat, and control over vocal registers.

Belting is not only used in “One Night Only,” but it is also commonly found in other popular songs such as “Defying Gravity” from the musical Wicked and “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls. Learning to belt properly can greatly improve your singing ability and add versatility to your repertoire.

Practical Steps to Learn the Song

To effectively learn and master “One Night Only,” follow these practical steps:

  • Analyze Your Voice: Before diving into the song, it’s crucial to understand your voice type and vocal range. Take Singing Carrots’ vocal range test to determine your range and compare it with famous singers.
  • Warm Up: Proper warm-up exercises are essential to prepare your voice. Singing Carrots’ pitch training provides interactive vocal warm-ups and exercises to improve your range and agility.
  • Listen to the Original: Listen to the original recording of “One Night Only” to familiarize yourself with the melody, rhythm, and vocal techniques used by the original artist. Pay attention to the dynamics and emotion conveyed in the performance.
  • Break It Down: Break the song into smaller sections and work on them individually. Focus on mastering the belting technique required in the powerful chorus sections.
  • Practice with Backing Tracks: Singing Carrots’ song search feature can help you find backing tracks of “One Night Only” that match your vocal range.
  • Record and Assess: Record yourself singing the song and listen back to identify areas that need improvement. Use Singing Carrots’ pitch accuracy test to assess your pitch accuracy.
  • Work on Vocal Technique: Improve your belting technique by practicing exercises like Singing Carrots’ Mixed Voice and Chest Voice Explained.
  • Seek Professional Guidance: Consider enrolling in Singing Carrots’ singing course to gain a deeper understanding of vocal techniques and receive expert guidance.

Additional Singing Carrots Resources

To further enhance your singing skills and knowledge, explore the following Singing Carrots articles and videos:

  1. How to Learn a Song Effectively: Learn effective strategies for learning and memorizing songs.
  2. Contemporary Vocal Techniques: Heavy Modal, Twang, Belting: Discover more about belting and other contemporary vocal techniques.
  3. How to Analyze Your Voice: Understand your voice better and identify areas for improvement.
  4. Vocal Health: Prevent Damage & Healthy Habits: Learn how to take care of your voice and maintain vocal health.