If you want to learn how to sing, improve your vocal range, hit some high notes, or just generally improve your singing voice, the best thing you can do is work with a voice teacher or a singing teacher. However, this can be costly and you can't have them accompany you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you don't have a music teacher with you or aren't in your singing lessons, you still need to practise. Fortunately, in this day and age, you can spend your free time learning to sing by singing along to the prmusic. Of course, before you start singing, you'll need to pick the music.
In this article, we're looking at some of the great British patriotic songs that you can use to improve your voice. If you've never seen Last Night of the Proms, you should check it out. In addition to some fantastic examples of classical music, these songs are also rousing, great for your voice training, and useful for working in various singing skills.
This patriotic song is great for testing your singing ability. Whether you use it as a vocal warm-up or the core of a singing lesson, this can do wonders for your vocal training.
Here are the lyrics:
When Britain fi-i-irst, at heaven's command, Aro-o-o-ose from out the a-a-a-zure main, Arose, arose, arose from out the a-azure main, This was the charter, the charter of the land, And guardian a-a-angels sang this strain: Rule Britannia! Britannia rule the waves Britons never, never, never shall be slaves. Rule Britannia! Britannia rule the waves. Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.
As you can see, there are plenty of long vowels and runs. These make for great singing exercises and if you are working with a vocal coach, they'll be able to break these down and teach you how to do them step by step.
If you're not attending voice lessons or don't have a voice coach, you'll have to break it down yourself. Fortunately for you, it's very easy to find the sheet music since this song was originally written in 1740 and has been in regular use ever since.
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I Vow to Thee, My Country
This patriotic hymn was written by Sir Cecil Spring Rice to be used over the music of Gustav Holst. The lyrics were written in either 1908 or 1912 and are sung over "Thaxted", a tune featured in "Jupiter" from Gustav Holst's The Planets.
The song is about being as loyal to your country and the Kingdom of God. It is regularly performed on Remembrance Day around the Commonwealth and was used at Princess Diana's wedding and Margaret Thatcher's funeral.
Land of Hope and Glory
This British patriotic song was written by Edward Elgar with lyrics by A.C. Benson and is part of the Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1. King Edward had suggested to Elgar that the melody would make a great song.
The most famous part is the chorus, which is as follows:
Land of Hope and Glory, Mother of the Free,
How shall we extol thee, who are born of thee?
Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set;
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet,
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet.
The song is at a reasonable tempo and requires a fairly narrow vocal range so it shouldn't pose too much of a challenge to aspiring singers.
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God Save the Queen
The good thing about the national anthem of the UK is that it's quite slow and simple and almost anyone can sing it. Of course, great singers can turn it into something more than the kind of droning chorus is becomes in sporting events. That said, as a national anthem, it's meant to be sung by anyone so it's good that you don't need to be a professional singer to get it right.
There are no runs, very few notes that are held for a long time, and it's one of the better songs to perform in a choir or a group since the more people singing it, the better it sounds.
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The song that is often used as the unofficial national anthem for England in sporting events. The music was written by Hubert Parry in 1916 and used lyrics from William Blake's "And did those feet in ancient time".
It's based on a story that Joseph of Arimathea travelled to Glastonbury (the town not the festival). The lyrics cover Jesus' Second Coming and the idea that a New Jerusalem could be created in England in contrast to the Industrial Revolution that was taking place at the time of writing.
Blake's poem, upon which the hymn's lyrics are based, never asserted that Jesus or Joseph of Arimathea visited England but rather implied it may have happened at a time before the Industrial Revolution and its "dark satanic mills".
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Scotland the Brave
Along with "Flower of Scotland" and "Scots Wha Hae", "Scotland the Brave" is regularly considered an unofficial Scottish national anthem. The song was written in 1911 and the lyrics commonly used were written in the 1950s.
While "Scotland the Brave" was used for the Scottish football team, it was replaced by "Flower of Scotland" after 1990 much like with the rugby union team.
Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (Land of My Fathers)
This is the Welsh national anthem and is featured in sporting events and official government ceremonies. While it hasn't been made official by any laws, it is recognised as such in events in Wales. Unless there's a royal connection, God Save the Queen will not be played at such events.
Now that you know more about a few rousing patriotic songs, you can start practising how to sing with them. To learn more about learning how to sing, check out our other articles in this series or get in touch with one of the many talented private tutors on Superprof!
They can help you learn to sing in pitch, provide ear training, and suggest vocal exercises to help you hit that high note you've been struggling with. If you're straining to sing high in your head voice or you just feel like you're tone-deaf, before you start belting out some of these patriotic classics, you might want to get in touch with a private tutor to help you with your singing technique.
On Superprof, there are plenty of talented and experienced singing tutors who can help you. There are three main types of tutorials offered: face-to-face tutorials, online tutorials, and group tutorials. Each type of tutorial has its pros and cons so think carefully about which type would work best for you, your learning style, and your budget.
Face-to-face tutorials are your traditional private tutorials between you and a private tutor. You'll be the only student in a class and your tutor will tailor the tutorials to you and your learning style. Tailoring each class to each student takes time and effort from the tutor so expect to pay more per hour for this type of tuition.
Online tutorials are also between just the tutor and a single student with the main difference being that the tutor and student aren't in the same room as one another. Thanks to the internet, anyone with a decent internet connection can be taught by tutors from all over the world. With fewer outgoings for travel and the ability to schedule more tutorials a week, online tutorials tend to be cheaper than face-to-face tutorials.
Finally, group tutorials are more like classes in school with one teacher and several students. These groups can either be with people you know or with strangers. If you and some friends are all interested in learning how to sing, you can all get in touch with a tutor and ask for group tutorials. With each student footing the bill, these types of tutorials tend to work out cheaper per student per hour. Of course, you won't get as much one-on-one time with your private tutor.
In short, the more personalised the tuition, the more you'll tend to pay for it. Of course, the more personalised the tuition, the more cost-effective it'll be, too! However, there are more tutors in certain parts of the country so you mightn't be able to get a face-to-face tutor if you live rurally or in a small town.