How "NOT" to sing the National Anthem

A professor is teaching singers how not to butcher “The Star-Spangled Banner.” (7/4/14)

YONKERS - As you catch a ball game or fireworks display this Fourth of July weekend, you're probably going to hear “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Our National Anthem is a song that can be inspiring when sung well, but brutal on the ears when sung poorly.

One man is on a personal mission to prevent cringe-worthy moments for singers. UCLA professor Michael Dean offers a how "NOT" to butcher The National Anthem class to help save singers' egos and our ears.

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Dean has taught scores of pop stars how avoid humiliation by teaching them not only the technique of the song, but its meaning. "If it's just a lot of nonsense words then the audience is going to perceive it as a lot of nonsense words. So studying why this piece was originally written is a very important for the singer to do," says Dean.

”The Star-Spangled Banner” was written after Francis Scott Key watched a battle during the War of 1812 and was named America's National Anthem in 1931 by President Hoover.

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