Stay With Me – Sam Smith (How To Sing…)


Hi, Max from Sonic Crew London here. The song
I’m going to cover in this video tutorial is “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith. This is a
fantastic song to sing, with lots going on: from the use of chest, mixed and head voices,
to the wide range of dynamics employed, the beautiful harmonies and the peculiar timing.
In this video tutorial I’m going to help you identify the challenges you’re likely to face
singing “Stay With me”, and will offer practical advice on how to overcome them. So, let’s
get cracking! To be able to sing “Stay With Me” properly,
you need to be aware of what chest, mixed and head voices are and know how to use your
vocal registers correctly. To keep it simple: you’re using your chest voice when your voice
resonates mainly in your chest, like when you’re talking. You can run a quick test by
putting a hand on your chest and saying a few words, you’ll feel a vibration in your
chest. The head voice resonates mainly in your head. You’re likely to use your head
voice when you sing at the top of your range. If I sing using my head voice [example
note], I’ll feel that the vibration has pretty much disappeared from my chest. You’re using
your mixed voice when you mix chest and head voice. Now, one of the best exercises you
can practice to develop awareness and control over the different vocal registers are the
sirens, which help to connect your registers and allow you to sing from the bottom to the
top of your range without breaks, which is what Sam Smith does in “Stay With Me”. This
is how a siren sounds like [siren example]. Give it a try and if you’re struggling to
keep the transition from chest to head voice nice and smooth, try anticipating or
delaying the switch until you can move from one register to the other seamlessly. Also,
to make things easier, try and switch at the same pitch, both going up and coming back
down. There are quite a lot of harmonies in the
chorus and instrumental break of “Stay With Me”. I’m going to help you break them down
in a minute, in case you’re interested to sing and record them yourselves or have a
group of friends and would like to have fun singing the song with them. Starting from
the chorus, there are 3 harmonies on “stay with me” that repeat on “all I need”: the
top harmony is [top harmony example], the middle harmony is [middle harmony example],
and the bottom harmony is [bottom harmony example]. You’ll find the other harmonies
in the instrumental section of the song, where we’re going to sing a triad made of G2, C3
and E3, using the ah sound. They repeat 4 times throughout the instrumental section.
Please check my demonstration on the last chapter of this tutorial to hear how all these
harmonies sound together. The dynamic range Sam Smith uses in this song
is very wide: his voice can be breathy and gentle, like at the start of the song, or
very powerful, like when he hits the top notes in first chorus with full on chest voice.
And can be everything in between! Being able to identify and reproduce these changes can
help you make your vocal performance richer and therefore more interesting for
your audience. “Stay With Me” is a beautiful Pop ballad with
an evident Gospel influence. As a result, timing has an important role, and being able
to play with it, is going to add rhythm and movement to your singing. I think it’s time to put all this theory into
practice and have some fun! You can focus on listening only, to understand how I have
applied what’s been discussed before or sing along with me. Let’s do it! Guess it’s true, I’m not good at a one-night
stand But I still need love cause I’m just a man
These nights never seem to go to plan I don’t want you to leave, will you hold my
hand? Oh, won’t you stay with me?
Cause you’re all I need This ain’t love it’s clear to see
But darling, stay with me [instrumental section] Oh, won’t you stay with me?
Cause you’re all I need This ain’t love it’s clear to see
But darling, stay with me OK, so I hope you’ve found this video tutorial
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section of this video. So, thanks so much for watching, happy singing
and see you next time!

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