How to Learn Singing “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” from Taylor Swift

Unlocking the Secrets of ‘This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things’ by Taylor Swift

Join us as we dissect the unique vocal techniques Taylor Swift leverages in ‘This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things’ and how you can learn to sing this hit song.

Identify Your Voice

Before beginning, it’s crucial to understand your voice and how it aligns with a song’s range. Use Singing Carrots’ vocal range test to learn about your voice type, which will be a valuable guide in our song journey.

Song Analysis

‘This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things’ employs a storytelling technique, where Swift changes her vocal delivery dynamic to match the lyrics’ emotion and tone. This requires both intuition and skill to navigate seamlessly between vocal registers.

Mastering the Technique: Twang

This song exemplifies the use of Twang, a technique involving narrowing the epiglottic space to increase vocal resonance and cut. You’ll find this technique in songs like Katy Perry’s ‘Firework.’ To practice Twang, watch and follow the How to Twang Exercise.

Practicing the Song

Take your understanding of this song a step further by leveraging Singing Carrots’ Pitch Training Tool and Vocal Pitch Monitor. Our article on effective song learning can also be pivotal on your journey.

Performing the Song

Once you’ve mastered singing ‘This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,’ don’t forget the importance of the actual performance. Develop a good singing posture and overcome any stage fright by using specific exercises.


Remember, learning to sing a song is a step-by-step process. With patience, consistency, and the right tools which Singing Carrots offers, you’ll be singing ‘This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things’ like a pro!