Learning to Sing “The Beat Goes On” by Sonny & Cher
“The Beat Goes On” by Sonny & Cher is iconic for its catchy, repetitive lyrics and unique vocal delivery. Focusing on Cher’s portion of the song, the key technique in delivering the perfect vocal performance is singing through your nose with a Twang technique, a combination of nasality and resonance that helps achieve a sharper and more piercing tone.
Analyzing the Song
Before attempting to sing, it is important to understand the unique attributes of your own voice and its match with the song. Use the Vocal range test to identify your vocal range and compare it with Cher, who is a contralto.
View our article on Contemporary vocal techniques to understand Twang better or check our Twang exercise video. Practicing this technique will give your vocal performance that nasal, sharp sound emblematic of Cher’s vocal style.
Mastering Articulation for Lyrics
Throughout your training process, it is critical to assess your pitch accuracy. Use the Pitch accuracy test regularly to ensure you are singing on key.
Songs with Similar Technique
In pop culture, this twang technique is notably used by singers like Taylor Swift (“Love Story”) and Miley Cyrus (“Party in the U.S.A”).
Perfecting “The Beat Goes On” is not just about hitting the right notes but understanding and practicing the Twang technique and how it can transform the entire song. Remember, understanding your unique voice and improving your technique is all a part of the process. Keep practicing, exploring, and most importantly, enjoy singing!