How to Learn Singing “Santa Baby” from Eartha Kitt

How to Learn “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt

Learning how to sing a particular song involves understanding the unique vocal technique used, practicing effectively, and utilizing appropriate resources. In this article, we will guide you through the process of learning the iconic holiday song “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt.

Understanding the Vocal Technique

“Santa Baby” is known for its sultry and playful style. Eartha Kitt’s rendition showcases her smooth and seductive vocal technique. To capture the essence of the song, focus on the following vocal aspects:

  • Emotional delivery: Infuse the lyrics with a combination of charm, playfulness, and allure. Connect with the lyrics to convey the intended message.
  • Tone quality: Aim for a warm and rich tone, blending a hint of breathiness with a smooth, velvety quality.
  • Dynamic control: Master the delicate balance of softer and more intimate phrases with occasional bursts of energy and excitement.
  • Articulation: Pay attention to diction and clear enunciation. Each word should be pronounced with precision and clarity.
  • Phrasing and timing: Maintain a sense of rhythm and flow, emphasizing certain phrases and creating musical pauses for impact.

Practical Advice for Learning “Santa Baby”

Here are some practical tips to help you learn and perform “Santa Baby” with confidence:

  • Study the lyrics and the melody: Familiarize yourself with the song by listening to various versions, focusing on Eartha Kitt’s iconic rendition. Pay attention to the melody, rhythm, and the overall phrasing.
  • Practice vocal warm-ups: Start your practice session with vocal warm-ups to prepare your voice. Use Singing Carrots’ Twang exercise and Articulation exercise to improve your vocal control and clarity.
  • Work on breath support and control: Use the Singing Carrots’ Farinelli Breathing exercise to enhance your breath support and control. This will help you sustain long phrases and add dynamics to your performance.
  • Practice with the Vocal Pitch Monitor: Sing along with the instrumental version of “Santa Baby” using Singing Carrots’ Vocal Pitch Monitor. This tool visualizes your sung notes on a virtual piano, helping you stay in tune and improve your pitch accuracy.
  • Analyze and mimic the vocal style: Listen closely to Eartha Kitt’s performance and try to reproduce her vocal nuances. Pay attention to her phrasing, dynamics, and overall expression. Mimicking her style will help you understand the unique vocal technique used in this song.
  • Consider other popular songs with a similar vocal technique: “Santa Baby” showcases seductive and playful vocal elements similar to other popular songs like “Fever” by Peggy Lee and “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” by Marilyn Monroe. Listening to and studying these songs can further enhance your understanding of this vocal style.

Relevant Singing Carrots Resources

Singing Carrots offers various resources that can aid your learning and practice journey for “Santa Baby”: