Learning to Sing “Where is My Mind?” by The Pixies
“Where is My Mind?” is an iconic song by The Pixies, featuring unique vocal techniques. Let’s explore how to sing this song, with a focus on the “yell” technique used by Black Francis.
Understanding the Yell Technique
The yell technique involves a forceful, high-pitched vocal delivery. It uses a mix of chest and head voices to create a powerful sound. This technique is common in rock and punk genres, and can be heard in songs such as “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen and “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)” by Arcade Fire. Learn more about finding a balanced mix between chest and head voices here.
Mastering the Yell Technique
Yelling can strain your voice if not done correctly, so good breath control is crucial. Mastering this technique may entail learning more about breath support and keeping your throat open to avoid constrictions. Learn your vocal type and range with Singing Carrot’s Vocal Range Test to see how well your voice fits with this technique.
Learning and Practising the Song
To learn “Where is My Mind?” effectively, start slowly, singing along with the original track. Pay attention to the melody and riffs, incorporating the yell technique where appropriate. When you’re comfortable, use Singing Carrot’s Pitch Accuracy Test to check your accuracy. You can also use their Vocal Pitch Monitor to visualize your sung notes.
Make sure to warm up your voice before performing. To help maintain proper posture, check out this helpful video on Good Singing Posture. To cope with potential stage fright, refer to How to overcome stage fright.
As with learning any new singing technique, remember to take care of your vocal health. The key is to be patient and consistent in your practice. Happy singing!