How to Learn Singing “I Could Die for You” from Red Hot Chili Peppers

Learning “I Could Die for You” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

One of the standout tracks from the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ album “By The Way” is “I Could Die for You”. This song features vocalist Anthony Kiedis using a unique combination of elements from rap, rock, and melodic singing. Here’s a guide on how to master this specific vocal technique.

Understanding the Technique

The technique involves delivering rhythmic spoken-word poetry over a melody. This creates a rap-like rhythm that seamlessly transitions into melodic singing. While it’s common in a number of Red Hot Chili Peppers songs, other artists like Twenty One Pilots and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park often use this technique too. Analyzing your voice can help you grasp this style of singing better by understanding your vocal type and range.

Practicing the Song

To learn “I Could Die for You”, start by focusing on the rapid-fire verse delivery. Using the Vocal Pitch Monitor, sing along to the song and watch your voice on the virtual piano. This way, you can align your pitch with Kiedis’ vocal technique.

Acknowledge your Breathing Technique

Since the verses require quick, staccato delivery, working on your breathing technique will enhance your performance. Try to break down the lyrics into smaller chunks for smoother delivery and avoid running out of breath. The Farinelli Breathing exercise will help you manage your breath better.

Warm-up before Singing

Additionally, warming up your vocal cords is essential. You can use the 3 Minute Warm Up video to start your practice session.

Finding Similar Songs

To help hone your skills, consider finding more songs that use the same technique. This is where the Song Search tool comes in handy. You can search using your vocal range, preferred difficulty, and genre.

Monitor your Progress

As you continue practicing, use the Pitch Accuracy Test frequently to monitor your progress. This will show how accurately you’re hitting the notes and give you the confidence to nail the song.


With diligence and regular practice, you’ll be able to master the unique technique used in “I Could Die for You”. Remember to stay patient with your progress, everyone’s singing journey is unique!