How to Learn Singing “I Wanna Be Sedated” from The Ramones

Learning to Sing “I Wanna Be Sedated” by The Ramones

“I Wanna Be Sedated” is an iconic punk rock song by The Ramones, noted for its fast tempo and energetic delivery. If you’re eager to master this song, understanding its unique vocal styling is key.

Identifying Your Voice Type

To resonate with the style of The Ramones, start by identifying your voice type. This process is thoroughly described in “Voice types.” Following this, use the Vocal range test to determine how comfortably you can reach the song’s highest and lowest notes.

Vocal Techniques Used

The vocals in “I Wanna Be Sedated” bear a heavy modal register, a vocal technique heavily used in rock music for its robust and resonant sound. To better understand this, refer to the article “Contemporary vocal techniques.” For practice, watch the video “Chest Voice Explained.”

The song also features vocal distortion, a technique commonly used in punk rock to add a raw and edgy effect to the vocals. Our article, “Vocal distortion & Growling”, gives a detailed explanation of how to achieve distortion safely. The “How to Growl Exercise” video can also serve as a practical guide.

Learning the Song

Now that you’re familiar with the techniques, follow the steps in “How to learn a song effectively” to systematically learn “I Wanna Be Sedated.” Meanwhile, practice pitch accuracy with our Pitch accuracy test and track your performance on the Vocal Pitch Monitor.


The Ramones is known for their commanding stage presence. “I Wanna Be Sedated” requires energy and connection with your audience. Use the tips in the articles “Tips for performing on stage” and “How to overcome stage fright”, or watch the video “Stage Tips.”

Remember, masterful singing combines skills, emotion, and a dose of intuition. You can dig deeper into this topic through our article “Singing with intuition, skills, emotion, and thinking.”

Songs with Similar Techniques

If you enjoy singing “I Wanna Be Sedated”, you might also enjoy other songs featuring heavy modal and vocal distortion. For example, “Anarchy in the UK” by The Sex Pistols, and “London Calling” by The Clash. You can use our Song search tool to find more tracks matching these techniques.

Remember, practicing with a wide range of songs can help improve your versatility as a vocalist. Enjoy the journey!