Mastering “Working for the Weekend” by Loverboy
Famed song “Working for the Weekend” by Loverboy is a classic rock anthem that features an energetic vocal line full of emotion and power. One of the distinctive vocal techniques employed in this song is belting, where the singer pushes their voice to project a powerful, emotive sound.
This technique is also seen in songs such as “I Wanna Know What Love Is” by Foreigner and “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. Learning to incorporate belting into your singing can help take your performance of this song to the next level.
Step 1: Understand Your Voice
Begin by using the Vocal range test to determine if your vocal range matches the song. The use of belting in this song requires a strong upper chest voice and mixed voice. You can learn about these registers from the Voice registers article.
Step 2: Learn the Song’s Melody
Utilize the Vocal Pitch Monitor to work on the song’s melody. Sing along to the melody while observing your pitch accuracy. Make sure you hit all the right notes and stay in tune.
Step 3: Work on Your Belting
Step 4: Articulation and Emotion
Step 5: Perform the Song
Once you’ve learned all the notes, perfected your belting, and are able to articulate each word clearly and with emotion, it’s time to perform! Remember to warm up, use good posture, and take deep supported breaths. Need some help with these? Check out our posture and breath support articles.
“Working for the Weekend” is a fun, energetic song, and learning it can be a great way to expand your skills, particularly in belting and emotional expression. Have fun and keep practicing!