Understanding and Singing ‘(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me’
Dionne Warwick’s ‘(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me’ is a captivating song with a unique vocal technique. A blend of Pop and Gospel, the song’s allure lies in its use of melismata – singing a single syllable of text over several notes. A prime example of this technique is employed in the chorus, “To remind me” is sung over multiple notes, creating a beautiful vocal run.
Begin the process of learning this song with understanding and analyzing your voice. You can use Singing Carrots’ Vocal Range Test and Pitch Accuracy Test to ensure the song suits your vocal type and range. Read our comprehensive guide on voice analysis and voice types for more understanding.
The melismatic technique requires control over breath which can be learnt through active and passive breathing. Use Singing Carrots’ ‘Pitch training‘ tool to practice the melismata and maintain pitch accuracy. We recommend starting with a simple warm-up of humming exercises. This ensures your vocal cords are in good shape before trying the melismatic vocal runs.
Using a Vocal Pitch Monitor will visually aid in tracking the notes, thereby helping to maintain the right pitch. Be aware that this song, while it showcases the melismatic technique, also demands an open and relaxed throat to avoid straining the vocal cords. Refer to our guide about how to open your mouth and throat while singing.
Don’t rush the process. Take your time to learn each part of the song and gradually piece them together. The melismatic technique used in this song is also found in popular songs such as ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston and ‘Rolling in the Deep’ by Adele. Practicing these songs will further strengthen this skill. Once you feel comfortable with this song, find more songs matching your new-found skills with a quick song search on Singing Carrots.
By learning ‘(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me’, you’ll not only be expanding your repertoire but also enhancing your vocal skills and control.