How to Learn Singing “Pretty Women” from Sweeney Todd

Learning “Pretty Women” from Sweeney Todd

“Pretty Women” from musical Sweeney Todd is an iconic song containing unique vocal techniques that create its unique sound. Here’s how to learn it effectively.

Step 1: Analyze the Song

Before getting started, understand the song’s structure and the techniques used in it. Note the switches between Chest and Head voice, the pace, and the rhythm. Read “How to analyze your voice” (link) for guidance.

Step 2: Determine Your Vocal Range

Taking a secret from the classical world, the song utilizes Lyrical Baritone and Baritenor ranges. Use our Vocal range test to see where your voice lands and read about voice types.

Step 3: Understand ‘Belting’

This song uses a powerful technique called ‘belting’. Learn more about it from our article on contemporary vocal techniques.
Other popular songs featuring belting include “Defying Gravity” from Wicked and “Let it Go” from Frozen.

Step 4: Master ‘Belting’

Belting requires good breath support. Start with understanding breathing basics and then move to advanced breath support. Use the Farinelli Breathing video to practice.

Step 5: ‘Open Throat’ Technique

Apart from belting, “Pretty Women” also utilizes the ‘open throat’ technique. Read about the significance of Opening the mouth and throat while singing, and practice.

Step 6: Practice with Our Tools

Use our Vocal Pitch Monitor to track your pitch accuracy and interact with our Pitch Training tool to refine your technique.


No song is too difficult with adequate practice and understanding. Use the right resources and tips to master “Pretty Women”, and remember – the journey of learning to sing is as beautiful as the destination itself!