How to Learn Singing “traitor” from Olivia Rodrigo

Learning to Sing “Traitor” by Olivia Rodrigo

“Traitor” is a soulful ballad by Olivia Rodrigo that requires careful control over breath support and a tender vibrato. These elements create the emotive nature of the track and are also found in songs like “drivers license” (also by Rodrigo) and “Stone Cold” by Demi Lovato.

Before you begin, take some time to check your vocal range and test your pitch accuracy. Understanding these elements of your voice will help you effectively tackle “Traitor”.

Breath Support

Breath support is vital in “Traitor”, especially in the controlled decrescendos at the ends of phrases. Before singing, read our article on breath support & respiration. Be sure to practice the Farinelli Breathing and Sustain Vocal exercises for better breath control.


The use of gentle vibrato sets the tone for “Traitor”. To improve your vibrato, familiarize yourself with the techniques and try exercises like Beggars Bounce and Diaphragm Bounce.

Emotional Connection

“Traitor” is rich in emotional content. Our article on singing with emotion can help you connect with the lyrics. Use the Relaxing Breath exercise to help manage emotions while singing.


Mastering “Traitor” allows you to practice vital singing techniques like breath support and vibrato, while also conveying intense emotion. Use the Vocal Pitch Monitor and Pitch Training tools to track your progress. Keep practicing, and soon, you’ll bring this song to life!