Learning to Sing Cher Lloyd’s “Want U Back”: A Vocal Guide
Lloyd’s pop anthem Want U Back requires a good grasp of vocal agility and chest voice control. The featured vocal technique in this song is Twang, a techniques that adds a ‘bright’ and ‘cutting’ quality to your voice.
Twang involves constricting or narrowing the area around the larynx. This results in a sharper, resonant sound, as seen in Lloyd’s verses and chorus. Skilled twanging aids in increasing vocal volume without straining or damaging your voice. Familiarize yourself with this technique using How to Twang Exercise.
Twang is also used in other popular songs such as “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston and “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood.
Mastering the Song
First, find your vocal range using the Vocal range test. You should be comfortably within the range of G3 to Bb5 for this song.
Start familiarizing yourself with the melody using the Pitch Training – Educational Singing Game. Then conduct a Pitch Accuracy Test to ensure you’re hitting the correct notes. Use the Vocal Pitch Monitor to see your sung notes on a virtual piano.
Considering the song’s energetic nature, proper breath control is vital. Follow our Breath Support guide to ensure your voice doesn’t waver or break when singing the lively parts.
Practice your pronunciation abilities, adjusting your technique for the song’s quick pace. Our article on Articulation can assist.
Embodying the Performance
Apart from mastering the notes, embodying the emotional content of the song is essential for a convincing performance. Our article on Singing with Intuition, Skills, Emotion, and Thinking will guide you on singing with authenticity and emotional resonance.
Remember that practice is the primary key to mastering any song. Follow this guide on How to Learn a Song Effectively for more tips and a structured approach to learning.