Understanding and Learning “Working Class Hero” by John Lennon
“Working Class Hero” by John Lennon presents a great opportunity to study and learn a powerful vocal technique: conversational singing, where singing is almost like talking on different pitches, just as Lennon does throughout this song.
Unpacking Conversational Singing
Next, learn the song effectively. Start by humming the melody and gradually adding words. Maintain an open and loose throat and mouth to avoid constriction and aid in articulation. Use our Pitch Monitor to help you hit the right notes.
Application in Other Songs
Conversational singing is not unique to “Working Class Hero”. It’s widespread in genres like indie, folk, and sometimes pop music. Examples include Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind”, Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” and Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy”. Learning this technique broadens your singing versatility.
Making It Your Own
Being true to the original doesn’t mean copying Lennon’s version, exactly. Try to find your own authentic voice. Apply the other elements of singing: intuition, skills, emotion, and thinking. Using resonance will make it more authentic and personal.
To sing “Working Class Hero” or any other song with a conversational technique, remember to analyze your voice, master your breathing, and learn the song effectively. Once you’ve mastered these basics, add your own personal touch to the song. Happy practicing!