How To Sing Like Ariana Grande For Love, Fame, And Money
You’re rooting for her too, right?
The gurl, the explosive singer, songwriter, and actress: Ariana Grenade Grande.
Baby girl storms the music spotlight, dominating top spots with a unique voice delivered in a sensational style.
And her winning streaks?
- 2 Grammy Awards.
- 2 Billboard Music Awards.
- 27 Guinness World Records.
- 90 Billion consumed streams from her.
- Huge fan bases all over the world.
Did you just say; “No way! Give me whatever she’s smoking!”.
Well, no, I don’t think she does, but here it is.
How to sing like Ariana Grande to win friends and gigs and…
Let’s get started by…
Kickstarting Your Learning Process With An Understanding Of Ariana Grande’s Vocal Profile
- She is a light lyric soprano.
- Her vocal range is 4-octaves (D3 – B5 – E7 (Bb7).
- She isn’t a tenor (unlike what you’ve probably been fed).
- Her song with the lowest pitch: “Just like magic” (D#2-D#4).
- Her song with the highest pitch is “Imagine” (G#2-C6)
- Mimics Britney Spears’ and Christina Aguilera’s vocals sometimes.
She rocks! Right?
You too can. First off…
Learn Her Ways; How To Actually Sing Like Ariana Grande
Now, the step-by-step process of tuning your voice LIKE A GUITAR to the scale of Ariana Grande.
Step 1; Unlock The Box of The Radiant Mixed Belt
Have you noticed this too?
Though Ariana commands her “chest voice” like oiled wheels, she scuba-dives with her “head voice” too.
And the kicker?
She is God-creative at switching between both voices in every performance. And that, people, is what I meant in the headline by mixed belt.
Think of it as cycling, you need to keep the balance between the “head” and the “chest” as you go.
If you’re new, I have created this beginner’s guide to learning, developing, and using head voice and chest voice just for you.
Do you already have these two voices in your arsenal? Yes? Then check this complete guide for how to use them together magically for the mixed belt effect.
For a demo, watch Christopher David Mitchel do mixed belts with student Karen in this video.
Step 2; Work Those Vocal Runs
Here you are…
So, vocal runs are fast-moving melodic lines. Ariana uses them impressively, but with a special technique that I am about to share with you.
Let’s get practical.
- Pick a song with a vocal run (i.e a song with fast-moving melodic lines).
- Listen carefully to hear the different notes change.
- Practice transitioning between the notes at a slow pace.
- Focus on hitting each note as it comes through the slow pace transition.
- When you feel more comfortable doing this, start speeding it up till you match up with the original tempo.
For a demo,
Don’t thank me… keep moving.
Step 3; Experiment With The Whistle Tone
Imagine a boiling whistling kettle of coffee…
A whistle tone is the highest phonation register that starts above the soprano “high D” (D6 or 1174.6 Hz) for most singers. It extends to about an octave above (D7 or 2349.3 Hz).
Ready to experiment with yours?
Let’s do it, but, this time, using “head” resonance.
- Sing a high note on an “O”
- Focus on filling up the “headspace” with your sound.
- Place your hand on your chest as you do this
- Feel the vibrations in your chest. All the sound is coming from your head.
Do you want to see someone do this? Yes? Then, watch Ramsey of Ramsey Voice Studio explore 10 easy techniques to sing whistle notes in this video.
Keep Your Throat Muscles Relaxed
These are the muscles surrounding your throat. The more you work your voice, the more you also work your throat muscles.
You can relieve your throat with these few steps. It’s always good to make sure there’s no tension in your throat.
- You can gargle with a mixture of salt, baking soda, and warm water
- Or suck on a throat lozenge.
When using whistle tones.
Observe Ariana while she’s singing her whistle tones. You’ll notice that her throat is completely relaxed. She makes it look so easy! If you need to relax your throat muscles, you should warm up for 5 mins before you start singing.
Improve Your Vocal Cords Game
Here we go:
The vocal cords ‘also called vocal folds’ are two bands of smooth muscle tissue found in the larynx ‘voice box’.
The vocal cords vibrate and air passes through the cords from the lungs to produce the sound of your voice.
It will take a lot of practice to move beyond squeaks to whistle tones.
When you are doing something new and as challenging as this. It is always advisable to enrol the help of a vocal coach to help improve your performance.
Improve Your Falsetto Singing
Falsetto is a singing voice that is unusually high.
This is meant to be high-pitched, in a soft and quiet voice. It can be related to the voice of a singing toddler.
To learn this:
Try singing a police siren. Sing it to the highest note you can achieve and back to the lower notes gently and smoothly.
After constant practice, your transition from falsetto to normal voice range would be smooth and accessible.
Her falsetto is best described as sweet, light, and bright up to Eb6.
Your vocal range tunes can be increased when your mouth opens to yawn.
This process involves raising the soft palate that is located at the back of the mouth roof. This enables ample projection of voice without restricting the airflow.
Belting in Mix
Belting, also called ‘vocal belting’ is a specific technique of singing by which a singer carries their chest voice above their break.
Ariana Grande attains her belts through mixing.
This is the process where she begins her songs in a low tone before building up to full power.
That’s not all:
Her belts stretch up to Bb5’s without any problem. A rolling vibrato voice can be heard while she belts up to G#5 and as low as Bb3.
Ariana Grande can stay in the soprano range for longer periods than usual. You and I can call that a superpower.
This can be observed in her live performance while singing ‘Focus’ and ‘Dangerous Woman’.
Riffing is a vocal improv procedure where a singer makes a series of minimal changes in the song’s melody to strengthen his/her musical expression.
This process involves starting on a single note before hitting several others within a short period.
This is apparent in most of Ariana Grande’s songs. You have to get familiar with the style of Ariana Grande’s riffs in her songs.
Record And Review
After constant practise and tuning of your voice like Ariana’s. It’s only right that you record a song with your newly found voice and review how much progress you’ve made.
Don’t stress your voice in the process of sounding like Ariana Grande.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, so make considerate progress in getting your voice and singing style where you aspire it to be.