How to Learn Singing “Rebel Yell” from Billy Idol

So you want to learn how to sing Billy Idol’s iconic song, “Rebel Yell”? You’re in for a treat! This song is known for its powerful vocals and energetic performance. In this article, I’ll guide you through the process of learning and mastering this rock anthem.

Unique Vocal Technique: Belting

One of the standout features of “Rebel Yell” is Billy Idol’s use of the vocal technique known as belting. Belting involves singing with a strong and powerful voice in the higher range, resulting in a full and resonant sound. It adds an intense and raw quality to the vocals, perfectly suiting the rebellious nature of the song.

To learn how to belt like Billy Idol, it’s important to develop proper breath support and control. Check out the Singing Carrots article on breath support to understand the fundamentals. You can also try the vocal range test to assess your current vocal capabilities.

Learning the Song

To effectively learn “Rebel Yell,” follow these steps:

  1. Listen and Analyze: Start by listening to the original song multiple times. Pay attention to Billy Idol’s vocal style, phrasing, and dynamics. This will help you understand the song structure and how to interpret it vocally.
  2. Warm-up: Before diving into singing the song, warm up your voice with exercises like the Farinelli Breathing exercise and the humming exercise.
  3. Break It Down: Divide the song into smaller sections and focus on mastering each section individually. This will make the learning process more manageable and allow you to focus on specific vocal techniques used in each part.
  4. Practice with Vocal Pitch Monitor: Utilize the Vocal Pitch Monitor tool from Singing Carrots while practicing. It will help you visualize your sung notes on a virtual piano, enabling you to stay in tune and improve your pitch accuracy.
  5. Work on Belting: Since belting is a crucial technique in this song, dedicate time to developing your belting skills. Singing Carrots offers exercises like the “Chest Voice Explained” video, which will guide you in understanding and strengthening your chest voice.
  6. Record and Evaluate: Record yourself singing the song and listen back to identify areas for improvement. Compare your version with the original and make adjustments to your technique, phrasing, and expression.

Related Songs

The belting technique used in “Rebel Yell” is also featured in other popular songs. Check out these tracks to explore and practice your belting skills further:

  • “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
  • “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
  • “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson

Remember, learning a song takes time and practice. Be patient with yourself, and don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t sound perfect right away. With dedication and the resources provided by Singing Carrots, you’ll be able to master “Rebel Yell” and rock it like Billy Idol.