Mastering “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Kathryn Scott
‘When I Survey the Wondrous Cross’ by Kathryn Scott uniquely exemplifies the Belt voice, a contemporary vocal technique used often in pop, rock, and musical theatre. Artists like Adele and Christina Aguilera are masters of this technique. ‘Turning Tables’ by Adele and ‘Hurt’ by Christina Aguilera are popular examples.
Identify Your Voice and Range
Understanding your voice type and matching it appropriately to the song is paramount. Use our Vocal range test to ascertain your vocal range. This will allow you to pick the right key or transpose the song as needed. You can better understand voice types with this article.
Belting technique, featured in this song, requires the singer to achieve high energy notes without flipping into the head voice or falsetto. It is the act of singing notes in the higher part of your vocal range by using your chest or mixed voice. Learn more about this technique here.
Practice with Technique Exercises
Once you learned how to belt, it is important to train this technique with the help of these exercises: Pitch Training.
Master the Lyrics and Melody
Understanding the lyrics and melody of the song is important. Break down the song into sections and practice each separately. This will eventually help you to stitch the song back as one whole smoothly. Here’s how to effectively learn a song.
Performing the Song
Once you’ve mastered the song, it’s time to perform it. Remember to engage with the emotion of the song, express yourself visually, and convey the song’s feeling to your audience. These performance tips will help you to connect with your audience better.
With consistent practice, understanding, and application of these techniques, you can master ‘When I Survey the Wondrous Cross’ and take your singing skills to newer heights!