How to Learn Singing “Wand’rin’ Star” from Lee Marvin

Learn to Sing “Wand’rin Star” by Lee Marvin

In the iconic song “Wand’rin Star,” Lee Marvin exemplifies the use of heavy modal voice, a technique often found in blues and rock music. This also beautifully illustrates how to sing effectively within that vocal type [Voice types]. So, let’s explore how to harness that raw power and incorporate it into your own performance of this classic tune.

Understanding Heavy Modal Voice

Heavy modal voice is a contemporary vocal technique known for its rich, deep, and sometimes even rough tones. It’s about employing chest register to its full extent, which often results in earthy and textural sounds, amalgamated with vocal fry or even distortion [Contemporary vocal techniques]

Preparing Your Voice

To begin singing in heavy modal voice, acquaint yourself with the mechanics of using your chest register. Some useful resources include the Chest Voice Explained video and our thorough explanation of voice registers [Voice registers]. It’s vital to practice warming up your voice correctly before starting, as the heavy modal technique can be vocally demanding. Use this 3 Minute Warm Up exercise for a healthy start.

Learning The Song

Now that you’re warmed up, let’s dive into “Wand’rin Star.” Pay attention to how Marvin expertly employs heavy modal while maintaining vocal health [Vocal health]. Notice your range with our range test and assess your accuracy with our Pitch accuracy test. You can monitor your sung notes in real-time using our Vocal Pitch Monitor. Practice on varied pitches to hone your craft Pitch Training.

Vocal Techniques in Practice

“Wand’rin Star” isn’t just about power. Listen to Marvin’s softer, relaxed approach when needed, especially in lower registers. Control is crucial in delivering a good performance [Breathing basics]. Consistent articulation can also help tell Marvin’s tale convincingly, so pay attention to the tips shared in [Articulation].

Exploring Other Songs

Once you’ve mastered “Wand’rin Star,” you might be interested in exploring other songs that utilize heavy modal voice. You can search for suitable songs based on vocal range and genre preference [Search songs]. Some examples could be Johnny Cash’s “I Walk The Line” or Tom Waits’s “Jockey Full of Bourbon.”


Remember to remain patient and don’t strain your voice. Continuous practice and focus on vocal health is the key to mastering new techniques [Why is it harder to sing in the morning?]. Enjoy your journey through the rich terra of the heavy modal voice. Good luck!