Tip no. 3: Take the third step, teach yourself to follow the tune

Alica Keys sings Frank Sinatra's New York New York

Alicia Keys opens her song ‘New York Empire State of Mind’ with the tune ‘New York, New York’

Let’s move on to the song ‘New York, New York’, which was made famous by Frank Sinatra and sung by Alicia at the opening of her duet with Jay-Z. The tune is stretched on a wide range of notes that could be quite hard to reach without some singing skills. Notice that Alicia starts singing the song on one level and then drops her voice to a low pitch to be able to finish the tune.

Exercise: Follow Alicia singing New York New York with the following lyrics:

Starts spreading the news…(hold the note)  I’m leaving today… (hold the note) I’m gonna be a part of it New York, (she drops her voice here) New York. If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere. It’s up to you, New York, New York.

If you’ve practiced the exercises on Tips 1 & 2, you should be able to do it in three steps:

1. Hum the tune and try to match the notes Alicia sings, as close as possible.

2. Keep beating the rhythm without stopping than add the humming on top.

3. Sing the tune with the words beating quietly in the background to keep the rhythm going.  Now your voice will be flowing with the tune in the right notes and the correct rhythm.


These three tips are the first series of basic steps to help you exercise singing in an easy way.  When you repeat the exercises regularly you’ll be able to develop your singing skills and to gain some control on your voice.

I hope it was a helpful start for your singing journey and that you’re ready to move on to the next level which will follow soon.


Idit Gold
Musical Director & Founder
Singing in London

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