How to Learn Singing “Paradise” from Coldplay

How to Sing “Paradise” by Coldplay

In its 2011 album Mylo Xyloto, Coldplay’s song “Paradise” uses a range of vocal techniques, one of them being the use of ‘falsetto’ prominently.

Understanding Falsetto

Falsetto is a vocal register that allows singers to attain pitches beyond their normal range. It creates a bright, ethereal sound that is ideal for emotive and expressive singing. Coldplay’s lead vocalist Chris Martin employs this in “Paradise,” especially in the pre-chorus and chorus. Falsetto is also used extensively in songs like “Chandelier” by Sia and “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys. Learn more about falsetto and other vocal registers here.

Getting the Technique Right

Practising falsetto can lead to a more flexible and dynamic singing voice. Start by understanding your normal vocal range using our Vocal Range Test. The song “Paradise” spans from C#3 to A4, which fits most male and female voice types. Check out this article to learn about voice types.

Once you’ve recognised your voice type and range, practise moving between your modal voice and falsetto on different vowel sounds. Warm up exercises like Singing Comfort Zone and Mixed Voice can help you achieve this.

Singing “Paradise”

Start by learning the melody of “Paradise” by singing along with the song at a comfortable pitch. Then gradually try to match the original key. You can use our Vocal Pitch Monitor for this.

The emotional intensity of “Paradise” requires effective breath management. Practice breathing techniques with our Farinelli Breathing exercise.

Try to resonate with the lyrics and instill emotion into your performance. This could make your singing more authentic and moving. Our article on singing with intuition, skills, emotion and thinking can help you with this.

Finally, ensure that your articulation is clear, especially in the verses that contain rapid lyrics. The Finger Bite exercise can be useful here.


Singing “Paradise” may challenge your falsetto and emotional expression, but with practice and the right guidance, it is certainly achievable. Remember, the aim is not just to imitate Chris Martin but to color the song with your own unique voice.