How to Learn Singing “My Favorite Things” from Julie Andrews

Learning to Sing “My Favorite Things” by Julie Andrews

Are you a fan of Julie Andrews and want to learn how to sing her iconic song “My Favorite Things”? Look no further! In this article, we will break down the unique vocal technique used in the song, provide practical advice for learning and performing, and highlight relevant resources from Singing Carrots that can help you along the way.

The Vocal Technique: Belting

One of the distinctive features of “My Favorite Things” is Julie Andrews’ use of the belting technique. Belting is a powerful style of singing that involves using the chest voice to produce strong and resonant high notes. Andrews effortlessly showcases this technique throughout the song, adding an extra layer of excitement and emotion to her performance.

If you’re new to belting, it’s important to develop good breath support and control. Singing Carrots offers a helpful resource on breath support, which will teach you how to use your diaphragm effectively and maintain consistent airflow while belting. Remember to warm up your voice and practice vocal exercises tailored for belting, such as the mixed voice exercise from Singing Carrots.

Learning and Practicing “My Favorite Things”

Now that you have an understanding of the vocal technique used in the song, let’s discuss how to effectively learn and practice “My Favorite Things.” Here are some practical steps to get started:

  1. Listen to the original recording by Julie Andrews to familiarize yourself with the melody, phrasing, and overall style of the song.
  2. Refer to the educational singing course from Singing Carrots, which covers singing theory and practical tips. This course will provide you with a strong foundation for learning any song.
  3. Use the Singing Carrots vocal range test to determine if the song suits your vocal range. This will help you understand which key to sing the song in.
  4. Break down the song into smaller sections and practice each section individually. Focus on mastering the melody, rhythm, and lyrics. Singing Carrots has a great resource on how to learn a song effectively that you can leverage to improve your learning process.
  5. Utilize the Singing Carrots pitch accuracy test to assess and improve your pitch accuracy. This will ensure that you sing the song in tune.
  6. As you practice, pay attention to the dynamics and emotional nuances in the song. Julie Andrews delivers a heartfelt performance in “My Favorite Things,” and you can learn from her expressive delivery by watching her live performances on YouTube.

Songs with Similar Vocal Technique

“My Favorite Things” is a classic song that showcases the belting technique. If you enjoy singing in this style, here are some other popular songs that use belting:

  • “Defying Gravity” from the musical Wicked
  • “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from the musical Dreamgirls
  • “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
  • “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from the musical Funny Girl
  • “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston

Exploring these songs will not only help you practice and strengthen your belting technique but also expand your repertoire and vocal capabilities.

Keep Practicing and Enjoy the Journey

Learning to sing “My Favorite Things” by Julie Andrews is an exciting endeavor. Remember to take it step by step, practice regularly, and have fun along the way. Singing Carrots provides a wealth of resources to support your singing journey, so