How to Learn Singing “Sous le ciel de Paris” from Edith Piaf

How to Learn Singing “Sous le ciel de Paris” by Edith Piaf

“Sous le ciel de Paris” is a beautiful French song sung by the legendary Edith Piaf. Learning to sing this song requires understanding the unique vocal technique used by Piaf and practicing the right vocal exercises. In this article, we will explore the key aspects of learning this song and provide practical advice along with relevant Singing Carrots resources to help you master it.

1. Analyze Your Voice

Before diving into learning the song, it’s crucial to analyze your voice and understand your vocal range. Take the Vocal Range Test on Singing Carrots to determine your vocal range and compare it with famous singers.

2. Understanding the Technique

“Sous le ciel de Paris” requires a delicate and emotional vocal performance. Edith Piaf was known for her powerful yet vulnerable singing style. To capture the essence of the song, focus on the following vocal techniques:

  • Belting technique: Use controlled chest voice to convey the passion and intensity of the song.
  • Vocal distortion: Add subtle vocal distortion to bring depth and emotion to your performance.
  • Vibrato: Incorporate vibrato during sustained notes to add warmth and richness to your voice.
  • Articulation: Pay attention to the pronunciation of each word to convey the lyrics clearly and expressively.

3. Learning from Edith Piaf

Study Edith Piaf’s original rendition of “Sous le ciel de Paris” to understand her interpretation and phrasing. Listen to her subtle vocal nuances, dynamics, and emotional delivery. You can find the original track on YouTube and use the Vocal Pitch Monitor on Singing Carrots to visualize her vocal performance on a virtual piano.

4. Vocal Warm-up and Practice

Warm up your voice before practicing the song. Singing Carrots offers a variety of vocal warm-up exercises through their Pitch Training module. Incorporate exercises that focus on breath control, vocal agility, and pitch accuracy to improve your overall singing technique.

5. Singing the Song

When singing “Sous le ciel de Paris,” consider the following tips:

  • Pay attention to proper breath support and control. Refer to the article on Breath Support to learn more about using your breath effectively while singing.
  • Open your mouth and throat to produce clear and resonant tones. Read the article on Opening Mouth & Throat to understand the importance of proper vocal resonance.
  • Focus on conveying the emotions of the song through your vocal performance. Connect with the lyrics and let your feelings shine through your singing.

6. Other Songs to Explore

“Sous le ciel de Paris” shares similarities with other songs in terms of vocal technique and emotional expression. Some popular songs to explore include “La Vie en Rose” by Edith Piaf and “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” also by Edith Piaf. Studying these songs will further enhance your understanding of the unique vocal style associated with Piaf.

Learning to sing “Sous le ciel de Paris” requires dedication, practice, and