How to Learn Singing “Walk On By” from Diana Krall

Learning to Sing “Walk On By” by Diana Krall

“Walk On By” by Diana Krall features a unique vocal technique known as the Jazz-tone which is characterized by lower larynx, darkening of tone, back resonance, soft onset, gliding through notes and some decorations like vibrato at the end of sustained notes. This technique gives the song a soulful and resonant quality. It’s also used in popular tracks such as “Feeling Good” by Michael Bublé and “The Nearness of You” by Norah Jones.

Analyzing Your Voice

Before you begin, it’s crucial to understand your voice. Use the Vocal range test to determine your range and compare it with Diana Krall or any other jazz artist using our Artist vocal ranges tool.

Jazz-tone Technique

Begin by establishing a lower larynx position. This will require relaxing the throat muscles while maintaining an open throat. It is also crucial to maintain back resonance – this article on resonance in singing provides more insight.

Use a soft onset, where the onset of sound is gradual rather than abrupt. This produces the smooth and legato sound common in Jazz. Master this by checking out the Glottal Onset video.

Remember to glide through notes smoothly. This means moving seamlessly from one note to another, which can be improved by effective breath management. The Breath support article and Farinelli Breathing video will guide you.

Decorations like vibrato at the end of sustained notes can be introduced. The use of vibrato requires freedom in vocal fold oscillation and good breath support as discussed in Singing with Vibrato and practiced with the Beggars Bounce and Diaphragm Bounce videos.

Learning the Song

Use the process outlined in the How to learn a song effectively article. Subsequently, use the Vocal Pitch Monitor to see how accurately you are singing the individual notes.

Practice again and again until you get comfortable, using our Pitch Training tool to help with the melody. Celebrate your progress, be patient with your voice as it adapts to the new style, and enjoy expressing the song in your unique way.


Lastly, when you are ready to perform, remember to connect with the feelings and meanings behind the song. Articles on performance and overcoming stage fright can help boost your performance skills.

Happy singing!