Learning to Sing “Sober” by Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato’s “Sober” is a heart-wrenching ballad with powerful vocals and deep emotion. Demi uses a unique vocal technique called “Belting” throughout the song, making it an excellent learning tool for aspiring singers.
What is Belting?
Belting is a vocal technique used in various genres, including pop and musical theatre. It delivers a powerful, amplified sound by pushing the chest voice higher than it naturally goes. This technique features prominently in “Sober” and can also be heard in songs such as “Let it Go” by Idina Menzel or “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele. Learn more about this technique in our article on Contemporary Vocal Techniques: Heavy modal, Twang, Belting.
How to Practice Belting
Belting should be approached with caution as misuse can lead to vocal strain. Start by doing some warm-up exercises. Sing in your natural range and gradually extend towards higher notes. Use our Vocal Pitch Monitor to see if you are hitting the right notes.
Understanding the song is the first step in learning to sing it well. Analyze your voice using our guide How to analyze your voice and see how closely your range matches Demi’s. You can use the Vocal range test for this. If the song feels too high or low, consider adjusting the key.
Use the Pitch Training tool to practice the melody. Start with slower versions then increase the speed as you get comfortable. Lastly, focus on the emotion and meaning of the lyrics to truly connect with the song.
To master “Sober”, incorporate breath support and avoid straining your voice. Use our guide on Breath Support to ensure proper breathing. Lastly, remember to care for your vocal health as mentioned in Vocal Health.