How to Learn Singing “Pity the Child” from Chess

Learning to Sing “Pity the Child” from Chess

Performed originally by Murray Head in the musical Chess, “Pity the Child” is a demanding song with a unique vocal technique. It is particularly known for extensive use of the Belting technique, similar to what you can hear in other popular songs like “Defying Gravity” from Wicked or “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls. Let’s learn how to apply belting in “Pity the Child”.

Determine Your Vocal Range

Before starting, make sure the song fits your range. Use this vocal range test tool. Learning and practicing a song within your vocal range is crucial for vocal health.

Mastering Belting

Belting allows singers to maintain chest voice qualities in higher pitches where usually only head voice is used. This creates a powerful and intense sound. Infrequent breath and a tight, narrow mouth opening are often used along with belting. To learn more about belting, read this article and practice using our Pitch Training tool.

Analyze the Song

To deeply understand the song’s structure, melodies, and lyrics, use the song learning method. Analyzing the song assists in memorizing the song better and helps connect with the emotional content.

Articulation and Resonance

Given the dramatic and emotional nature of “Pity the Child,” careful attention to articulation and resonance is key. Pronounce the words clearly and use resonance to keep the voice warm and rich throughout.

Maintain Vocal Health

While practicing this demanding song, monitor your vocal health and avoid any strain or discomfort. Good breath support is essential and continuous vocal health practices ensure you keep your voice in great shape.

To summarize, singing “Pity the Child” will help you explore and expand your abilities. Use all the tools and resources provided and remember to warm up before you start, listen to your body signals, and most importantly enjoy the process!