Learning to Sing “Other Side of the Game” by Erykah Badu
“Other Side of the Game” is a soulful masterpiece by Erykah Badu. The song requires a mastery of breath control to emulate Badu’s distinctive style. While learning this song, you will be using a soft, low chest voice register, focusing on resonance and breath control.
Analyze Your Voice
Before beginning, it’s important to analyze your voice and understand your vocal type. With this understanding, you can more effectively align your voice with the requirements of the song.
Vocal Technique: Chest Voice & Breath Control
Primarily, “Other Side of the Game” is sung in a low, melodic chest voice. This requires careful control of your breath support. To master this, check out our guide on breath support. Also, perform Farinelli breathing exercises to further enhance your breath control.
Resonance and Articulation
Badu uses resonance to give her vocals a warm, rich tone. Our guide on resonance in singing will help you to develop this. Pay attention to articulation to make your performance crisp and comprehensible. Here is a video that will assist you.
Practice Effectively and Healthy
Performing “Other Side of the Game”
Songs that incorporate similar vocal techniques include Alicia Keys’ “Fallin'” and Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black”. You can find these and other similar songs with our song search.