Learning to Sing ‘An Open Letter To NYC’ by Beastie Boys
Beastie Boys’ ‘An Open Letter To NYC’ presents a fresh blend of rap vocals and punk rock vibe that challenges conventional singing approaches. Find the song here.
The song employs Twang, a contemporary vocal technique that creates a sharp, cutting sound by shaping the vocal tract. Twang is frequently used in genres like rock, pop, and country. Other examples of Twang usage include ‘It’s My Life’ by Bon Jovi and ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston. Learn twang by watching this How to Twang Exercise.
Articulation and Breathing
Perfecting rap vocals requires clear articulation; hence, consider this Finger Bite exercise for clarity. Proper breathing is critical to long rap verses. To achieve this, refer to this Breathing Basics article.
Voice Analysis and Range
Learning the Song
Mastering ‘An Open Letter To NYC’ requires practice, patience, and proper techniques. Singing Carrots provides a wealth of resources to support you on this journey.