How to Learn Singing “Once Upon a December” from Anastasia 
Learning to sing a song can be both exciting and challenging. When it comes to singing “Once Upon a December” from the movie Anastasia , it is important to understand the unique vocal technique used in the song and how to effectively learn and perform it. In this article, we will guide you through the process of mastering this beautiful song and provide practical advice along with relevant Singing Carrots resources to support your learning journey.
1. Analyze and Understand Your Voice
Before diving into learning the song, it is crucial to analyze your voice and understand its characteristics and capabilities. Check out the Singing Carrots article How to Analyze Your Voice to learn more about voice analysis and identification of vocal range and voice type. This will help you identify the most suitable key for singing “Once Upon a December” based on your vocal range.
2. Breathing and Warm-up
Proper breathing techniques are essential for singing any song. Refer to the Singing Carrots article Breathing Basics and Breath Support for tips on breathing exercises and warm-ups to prepare your vocal cords before practicing the song. You can also use the Singing Carrots Pitch Training tool for vocal warm-ups and exercises specifically designed to improve pitch accuracy.
3. Understanding the Unique Vocal Technique
“Once Upon a December” showcases a beautiful and haunting vocal quality. The song requires a balanced mix of head voice and chest voice, often referred to as the “mixed voice” technique. Singers utilize this technique to seamlessly transition between the registers and create a captivating performance. To understand and master the mixed voice technique, refer to the Singing Carrots article on Voice Registers & Vocal Break.
4. Learning the Song
Begin learning the song by listening to the original version of “Once Upon a December” multiple times to internalize the melody and phrasing. Pay attention to the subtle nuances and the emotional depth conveyed by the singer. Sing along with the song as you become more familiar with it. If you struggle with pitch accuracy, you can utilize the Singing Carrots Pitch Accuracy Test to assess and improve your pitch.
5. Vocal Techniques in Other Songs
The unique vocal technique used in “Once Upon a December” can be found in various other songs as well. Some popular songs that incorporate similar techniques include:
Studying and practicing these songs can further strengthen your vocal control and help you explore different vocal techniques.
6. Singing Carrots Resources
Singing Carrots provides a range of resources to support your learning and practice:
- Song search: Use this tool to find songs that match your vocal range, difficulty, and genre preference.
- Artist vocal ranges: Discover the vocal ranges of over 5000 famous singers to get a better understanding of different vocal techniques.
- Song-book: Create your performance set with linked lyrics, sheet music, chords, karaoke, and YouTube audio.
- Progress statistics: Monitor your singing improvement with Singing Carrots’ vocal range test.