Singing Guide: Star Trek: The Original Series

Singing Guide: Star Trek: The Original Series

Vocal technique, exercises, tips and relevant resources

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Learning to Sing like William Shatner

William Shatner has a distinctive voice that is nearly as famous as the character he portrayed in Star Trek: The Original Series. His unique cadence, pauses, and inflections set him apart and have made him an iconic figure. Those looking to learn to sing like William Shatner will need to focus on three key elements: breathing, phrasing, and cadence.


William Shatner’s distinctive voice is due in part to his breath control. Singers looking to emulate this quality should focus on their breathing technique. To get started, Singing Carrots has a great article on Breathing Basics. For a practical exercise, try the Farinelli Breathing Video.


William Shatner’s unusual phrasing is another key element of his unique singing style. Singers hoping to replicate his sound should work on their own phrasing. To begin, check out Singing Carrots’ article on How to Learn a Song Effectively. For a vocal exercise, the Humming Video is a great way to improve your phrasing.


William Shatner’s distinct pauses and inflections are the final piece of his singing style puzzle. Singers who want to learn to sing like him should approach cadence as a prioritized element of their style to train. Singing Carrots has a great article on Singing with Intuition, Skills, Emotion, and Thinking, with which you will learn how to improve your cadence. One option to check into to also improve your cadence is Voice Break Video.


With the right focus and training, singers can learn to sing like William Shatner. By improving their breathing technique, phrasing, and cadence, they can develop a distinctive sound that is all their own. For even more resources to learn from, check out Singing Carrots’ Educational Singing Course. Good luck on your learning journey!

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