How to Learn Singing “Riptide” from Vance Joy

How to Learn Singing “Riptide” by Vance Joy

Singing “Riptide” by Vance Joy is a great way to showcase your musicality and vocal skills. In this article, we will guide you through the process of learning and performing this popular song. We will highlight the unique vocal technique used by Vance Joy in “Riptide” and provide practical advice along with relevant Singing Carrots resources to help you master this song.

Understanding the Song:

“Riptide” is known for its catchy ukulele riff, laid-back rhythm, and Vance Joy’s distinct vocal style. The song combines elements of indie folk and pop, creating a whimsical and captivating atmosphere.

Vocal Technique:

One of the unique vocal techniques used by Vance Joy in “Riptide” is his use of falsetto. Falsetto is a vocal register that allows singers to sing in a higher range with a lighter and breathier tone. In “Riptide,” Vance Joy incorporates falsetto in the chorus to add a sense of vulnerability and ethereal beauty to the song.

If you’re new to falsetto or need some practice, Singing Carrots offers a helpful Pitch Training tool that can assist you in developing this vocal technique. Additionally, you can explore the article on Voice Registers & Vocal Break to understand more about falsetto and other vocal registers.

Step-by-Step Guide:

Here’s a step-by-step guide to learning and singing “Riptide”:

  1. Start by listening to the original song multiple times to familiarize yourself with the melody, lyrics, and overall feel of the song.
  2. Use the Singing Carrots Vocal Range Test to identify your vocal range and ensure that “Riptide” is within your comfortable singing range. This will help you avoid straining your voice.
  3. Read the Singing Carrots article on how to analyze your voice to better understand your strengths and areas for improvement.
  4. Practice the song’s melody and rhythm using the Singing Carrots Vocal Pitch Monitor. This tool visually displays the notes you sing, helping you stay on pitch.
  5. Work on your breath support and control by following the Singing Carrots article on Breath Support. Proper breath control is crucial for sustaining longer phrases and achieving consistent vocal quality.
  6. Warm up your voice with vocal exercises. Singing Carrots has a variety of exercises to choose from, including ones for twang, growling, vibrato, articulation, and more. You can find these exercises in the provided educational singing course.
  7. Pay attention to the pronunciation and articulation of the lyrics. Singing Carrots offers an article on Articulation that provides tips on how to pronounce words clearly while singing.
  8. Practice singing in falsetto using the Singing Carrots Pitch Training tool and explore other contemporary vocal techniques mentioned in the article on Contemporary Vocal Techniques: Heavy Modal, Twang, and Belting.
  9. Record yourself singing “Riptide” using the Singing Carrots Vocal Pitch Monitor to evaluate your progress and make necessary adjustments.
  10. Finally, incorporate your own interpretation and style into the song while staying true to Vance Joy’s original version.