Learning to Sing “Only You” by Yazoo
The song “Only You” by Yazoo is a classic 80’s synthpop tune with engaging vocal lines courtesy of vocalist Alison Moyet. This song can be a perfect starting point for singers wanting to improve their voice control and dramatic interpretation.
Vocal Range and Voice Type
The vocal range of this song is important to consider when learning it. The first step is to determine your vocal range. Use our Vocal Range Test to discover your range. Once you know your range, check it against the range of the song. “Only You” suits singers with a Mezzo-Soprano to Contralto voice type. If you are unsure about your vocal type, read our article on Voice Types.
Unique Vocal Techniques
“Only You” uses a vocal technique known as “Chest Voice”. It refers to a deep, full sound that singers use when they sing lower notes. Practice with our video Chest Voice Explained. This technique is also utilized in popular songs such as “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele, and “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse.
Learning the Song
Firstly, listen to the song multiple times to familiarise yourself with the melody and lyrics. Break the song down into small sections, and do not rush. Focus on allocating your breath correctly. If you need advice on how to properly allocate breath while singing, check out our article Breath Support
Once you feel comfortable with the melody, it is time to check your pitch accuracy. Using our Pitch Accuracy Test, you can try singing the melody and check how accurately you hit each note.
Incorporate the chest voice technique into your practice. Remember, building up technique takes time and continuous practice. Refer back to the chest voice video to ensure you’re on the right track.
Once you are confident in your ability to sing the song, try it with the vocal pitch monitor. The Vocal Pitch Monitor allows you to see your sung notes on a virtual piano, which can help you identify areas for improvement.
And finally, don’t forget to perform! Whether you prefer to sing in your living room or a stage, you can deliver a heartfelt performance of “Only You”. For tips on overcoming stage fright, you can read our article on dealing with Stage Fright.