How to Learn Singing “The Longest Time” from Billy Joel

Mastering “The Longest Time” by Billy Joel

“The Longest Time” by Billy Joel is a delightful a cappella challenge for singers, full of harmonic complexity and unique techniques. Its soul is in the resonance and breath control. Let’s break down the process of learning this song and mastering its unique vocal requirements.

Step 1: Understanding Your Voice

Before diving into the song, grasp your capabilities by going through the vocal range test and voice analysis. These resources will give you a clear picture of your voice’s strengths and limitations.

Step 2: Breath Control

The song requires sustained breath control. To improve this, visit breathing basics and test the techniques using the Farinelli Breathing exercise.

Step 3: Voice Resonance

The characteristic resonance in “The Longest Time” makes it stand out. To develop your resonance, read about resonance in singing and hone this skill with our interactive pitch training tool.

Step 4: Articulation

Clear articulation is essential due to the lyrics’ fast pace. Master articulation with the article and practice using the Finger Bite exercise.

Step 5: Song practice with Vocal Pitch Monitor

Start practicing the song with Vocal Pitch Monitor. It visualizes your sung notes on a virtual piano, helping with pitch accuracy.

Applying the Techniques

You can observe effective resonance and breath control in songs like “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley and “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers. These techniques work in any genre, emphasizing the emotiveness of the song.


Mastering “The Longest Time” is a demonstration of your vocal prowess. The reward is the ability to perform a complex, beautiful piece that tests your voice in an engaging way. Enjoy the process!