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How to Sing "The Star-Spangled Banner"

Learn how to sing the U.S. National Anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner" from vocal coach Cari Cole in this Howcast singing tutorial.


Hi I'm Cari Cole. I'm a celebrity vocal coach and artist development expert. And I help artist find their voice, craft their music, and create successful music careers. I've worked with Donald Fagen from Steely Dan, Courtney Love from Hole, I've worked with the band Journey. I'm going to teach you how to be a better singer and performer

So in teaching you a little bit about singing the National Anthem today, "The Star Spangled Banner", and this is a big song. So, the first thing that you want to have down is the key. The key is essential and here's why. Because you've got some big notes, and if you start singing just Acapella without even checking your key you're going to end up in trouble. Especially when it comes to "The rocket's red glare" because all of a sudden, you're up on that high note,[singing] "And the rocket's red glare", and you want to be able to nail that note instead of [screeching sound]. Right? You want to be able to really nail that. So, you've got to check your keys. So from the beginning, so from the key I'm singing in right now is an F key which is pretty standard for most female singers some people take it a little bit lower, to a half-step down to an E, and some people bring it up to a G, but an F is a pretty comfortable key. But again, you want to check out the scope of the entire song before you choose that key.

So another thing that is super important is where you put your breath marks in this song. There are three spots that are crucial. One is before "The rocket's red glare", the other is "The land of the free", where you have that big note. And then the last big note, "The home of the brave". So you want to mark where you take your breaths there, and make sure you get that extra breath and practice it like that. So here's a little example, [singing] "Oh say does that star spangled [takes breath] banner yet wave." That was a nice breath there, here is another one [singing] "O'er the land of the free" [takes breath] "And the home of the [takes breath] brave" So you can see how you have those nice elongated notes there and how important that is to get that extra breath

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