The Charlie Daniels Band – The Devil Went Down to Georgia
Learning to sing “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” involves mastering the art of story-telling mixed with the unique touch of country vocal style. This song requires high energy, clear articulation, excellent breath control, and a touch of twang.
Vocal Techniques To Master
The dominant vocal technique used in this song is Twang. Twang helps engage the country music feel of the song, adding an element of sharpness and brightness to the sound. The technique involves narrowing the vocal tract, intensified adduction of the vocal cords, and a higher position of the larynx. You can achieve it by focusing the voice as if it’s coming from the nose.
Watch the following video to understand and exercise Twang.
Articulation and Story Telling
Another technique to work on is breath control. The song doesn’t have obvious places to breathe which can be a challenge for many singers. It is advised to use Active Exhaling Breathing Mode for this song. Check Farinelli Breathing for further practice.
As you attempt to replicate this style, it’s essential that you always prioritize your vocal health. Practice safely, stay hydrated, avoid strain, don’t apply excessive closure and large vocal folds mass in high pitch. Read about vocal health to maintain the quality of your voice.
Other songs to try
As you improve your skills, you could also try songs like “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash and “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks, which employ similar techniques.
Your goal is to master the techniques, apply emotion, and tell the story through your words and music. Try searching for other songs within your capability and sing regularly for practice. Good luck!