How to Sing Like Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury was the lead vocalist of the famous band Queen.
He was a flamboyant singer of the 20th century and left us with a lot of masterpieces.
He was a British singer and was different from ordinary singers.
His vocals were too good to be true.
If you are a Freddie Mercury fan or a Bohemian Rhapsody fan then you must have a question in your mind, “How to Sing Like Freddie Mercury?”
Well, it is not easy to sing like such a professional and extraordinary singer.
But a few tips and tricks can take you there and help you sing like him.
Tips and Tricks
You need to understand that Freddie Mercury was a professional singer.
Moreover, he worked hard and was gifted with a naturally flamboyant voice.
If you are not a professional singer, try to learn singing first before imitating any artist.
If you think you have a good voice, then you are good to go.
By following the tips mentioned below, you can learn to sing like Freddie Mercury.
Here is an article I wrote showing you how to sing like a pro
Switch Between Head and Chest Resonance
The most important element of singing like Freddie Mercury is that he used to switch between his head and chest resonance a lot.
Now, a lot of people can’t do this without practice.
You need a lot of practice for this step.
Practice on his songs especially Bohemian Rhapsody.
It is better to practice both of these separately at first and then try to switch between them.
For head resonance, sing in a natural voice which is well supported and can be heard clearly.
For the chest resonance, try to sing like your voice is coming from above the voice box.
Keep this voice compressed and aggressive.
Once you think you can do both of these well, try to switch between them.
Practice as much as you can.
Take a part from Bohemian Rhapsody that consists of this switching thing and sing it over and over again until you think you are good to go.
Learn to Emphasize on Certain Words
Freddie Mercury would emphasize on certain words in a lyric by switching between his head and chest voice.
Mostly, the chest voice would emphasize on a certain word.
This technique is used to convey the message to the audience in a better way.
You must learn which words need more emphasizing than the other words of a sentence.
The Crow Sound
The most used voice of Freddie Mercury was his crow voice in his songs.
If you want to learn to sing like him, you have to master this voice.
For this, try to imitate a crow’s voice and make it sound like you are singing.
This way you will be able to impersonate Freddie’s voice better.
Practice A Clear Switch
When you listen to Freddie Mercury’s songs, you notice that you can hear a clear switch between resonance and voices when he sings.
You have to practice that.
When you switch between your chest resonance and head resonance or when you go from the crow sound to head resonance, the switch between the resonance must be heard.
Don’t try to blend it all in together.
Keep everything separated.
A good way to do this is to practice everything separately and then combine all the techniques together.
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Change Your Ways
A very important part of singing like Freddie Mercury is the way you sing.
If you want to put everything in the singing you have to follow certain things.
When you sing, stand up and keep yourself uptight.
This way, you can sing with the compressed and crow voice.
You can sing better when you are standing up.
Another tip is to sing with your mouth wide open.
As you can notice in Freddie Mercury’s songs that he has a very loud and clear voice.
If you want that much of a clear and loud voice, you need to keep your mouth wide open.
Here is an article I wrote showing you how to breathe easily while singing
Learn When and How to Breath
Learning when and how to breathe makes an impact on your singing style.
You can ignore or incorporate breathy voices in your song by the way and time you breathe.
You can almost never hear a light and breathy voice in Freddie Mercury’s songs.
So, avoid that if you want to sing like him.
Moreover, less breathing can help you compress the voice more if you want to sing like him.
He used to sing in a compressed voice a lot.
Therefore, it is important to master the art of controlling your breathing style while singing if you want to sing like him.
Practice Aggressive Sound
Most of his songs were in aggressive sound.
You need a lot of practice for that.
Try to sing in a crow, compressed and fry voice if you want to achieve that sound.
Don’t just use Bohemian Rhapsody to practice, try to use other songs as well.
Faster songs are also important to practice because it is hard to sing aggressively when you are singing faster.
If you won’t practice fast songs, you won’t be able to sing them.
Combine Everything Together
In the end, if you think that you have become good enough to combine everything together, try to do it.
For this, try to sing his songs all at once.
You should learn the lyrics first so you don’t get stuck at a point and ruin the effect of your singing.
Practice as much as you can and only use his songs for practicing.
You can sing like Freddie Mercury if you learn certain things like switching between different resonances, crow sounds, keeping everything separated, etc.
It will take a lot of time and practice to sing like such a great singer.
The best song to practice on is Bohemian Rhapsody as it contains all the techniques that Freddie Mercury used in his singing career.
You can also create your own song like Freddie Mercury by following the tips mentioned above.
But practice as much as you possibly can before making your own song to get the best results.