5 Tips for Going Through Long, Messy Journeys

Apr 22, 2018

It's been so long! How are you? I hope you are still singing up a storm. (Are you?? Huh??? Don't make me come over there!!!)

Me? I've been........chugging along. :) With my 32nd birthday coming up next month, I can now say, confidently:

Future Felicia will one day look back on this past year, cackle, slap me on the butt, and say: "Oh, honey, that was rough, wasn't it?"

And I'll be like, yes, Future Felicia, but please don't slap my butt that hard.

(Although I guess given the time-space reality I won't actually be there to respond?) (Whatever, you get the idea.)

The thing is, the last time I changed this much in a year was....I don't know! Puberty? And while change is often marketed as purely awesome, it is actually so, so, so disorienting and wack.

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In case you hadn't heard, the human brain HATES change. In the right filtered light, change seems fun! Exciting! Wow! Let me Instagram my new haircut, etc!

In a more direct, honest light, change feels like churning swamps...

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Where The F%*# Have I Been?

Mar 05, 2018

Well, well, well....if it isn't Fel. (<-- love 2 speak about myself in the third person and simultaneously rhyme)

I write to you now from my home office, which has become a true caricature of itself. The MUSIC PRODUCER AT WORK! Wires, cords, microphones, MIDI controllers, opened boxes, bubble wrap. But somehow there is order in the chaos.

I'm makin-da-sweet music.

And in the process, making myself.

Er. "Making myself" might not be the best phrase.

Clarifying myself.

It occurred to me that the field of self-improvement should be called "self-clarification." Cuz there's nothing to improve.

Growth feels more like stripping away than building up. Stripping away what I was told to be and feel, groping around in the dark for the silhouette of my essential self. Like finding a melody through the noise.

The act of making music has helped me (forced me?) to do this. It's been....wild.

I've been asking myself:

Who am I, independent of judgment, shame, and the rules that were randomly laid...

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Why I Stopped Teaching Singing

Dec 27, 2017
Good friends,
 
It's been months since we spoke. I am learning so much about myself! PATIENCE has never been my strength...but, boy, am I learning how to embrace slow change. I am sending a quick 3 min and 30 second video update to say hello and clear up confusion about where I've been..... The main takeaway: I am becoming my true self. And that is mad scary. But ultimately so good. I am, and always have been, an artist. There ain't nothing I can do about it.

(Can anybody relate to this?) What's taking me so long then??? Whelp. When I emerge from this hiatus I want to make sure that EVERYTHING I create is 100% aligned with who I am. 

In the darkest corners of my mind and heart, there has always been a scared person hoping for validation.
 
And when it comes to creating art and music, I DO NOT want to put out songs or materials that are asking for approval. It's not about the likes, the numbers, or the compliments. It's about truth, connecting, and sharing...
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Inch Wide. Mile Deep.

Aug 23, 2017
Hi!! Did you miss me? I missed me, too! 

Literally and metaphorically! Because this post is about finding my way back to myself.

If you feel lost, stressed, out of touch, or overwhelmed, I want to assure you: you are not alone.

Today I'm going to explain how I'm resuscitating myself after much neglect, and then I'll wrap up by offering five resources that you can use, too. 

If I help just one of you, it will be worth it.

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As you may have heard, I'm moving away from teaching online voice lessons to pursue performing and adventure.

This is NOT because I don't love you all. But because I have simply, unequivocally, not been fully aligned, or in love, with myself.

Here's the hard truth that I have learned over and over: If something in you INTERNALLY is out of whack, no EXTERNAL circumstances will fix it.

And I mean NONE. Nada, nothing, zilch. 

(No matter how many people you help or how many YouTube subscribers you have!)

I am...
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Why Do You Want to Sing?

Jul 04, 2017
The real, deep reason why you want to sing is either EMPOWERING you or HOLDING YOU BACK.
 
How can you tell which it is?
 
Read my story below, and then hit reply with your response. I want to hear from you.
 
(Warning: It's a long post...but it was important for me to write.)
 
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It was freezing outside, and the sun hadn't fully risen. I checked my alarm clock and saw I was late for freshman English class.
 
I rolled out of my twin bed and hustled to my dorm bathroom.
 
While brushing my teeth, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a scale. On a whim, I decided to step on.
 
My heart sank.
 
I'd gained 20 pounds??
 
I felt totally awful looking at the number, but even worse when I turned back to the mirror.
 
What had happened?
 
I felt despair and confusion, a sense of futility, and the feeling that I'd failed myself.
 
But I had no idea what to do.
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Live Lesson Replay!

Jun 29, 2017

If you missed my live YouTube lesson on June 29, 2017 you can still watch it! I'll leave it here for a limited time.

The topic is: What separates AVERAGE singers from AWESOME singers?

(Psst! I even sing a song I write at the end.)

I've got lots more free trainings coming up, including a re-release of my 90-minute voice lesson series called Unlock Your True Singing Potential: Yes, My Dude, You Can Become a Good Singer. 

The ONLY way to get notified of these events is to be on my mailing list for Singing Transformation, my elite training program.

**Editors Note: As of August 2017 Felicia is no longer offering Singing Transformation.**

xo Fel

 
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Be a Great Actor While Singing

Jun 13, 2017

A couple months ago I wrote an article on how to hold a difficult emotion while performing -- without breaking down or losing it.

But because it's a complex subject, I wanted to follow up with a video explaining exactly how to do this.

Today's video tackles the "acting" side of performing a song. How do you embody real emotion while you sing -- without buckling under the weight of that emotion?

In the video below, you'll learn:

  • How meaningful memories from your life can anchor you to certain emotions
  • Why it's important onstage to have imagery that keeps you grounded & safe
  • How emotion "lives" in the body
  • How singing "from" that body part can make your performance truly soar!

If this sounds weird, don't worry -- I'll walk you through each step!

 

 

 

Was this video helpful? Will you use these techniques when you perform? Are you ready to take your performing to the next level?

Let me know what you think!

xo Fel

**Editors Note: As of August...

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Being An Old Man Helped My Singing (No, Seriously)

May 30, 2017

What do a park-dwelling Birdman, an old hunchback, and a golden-kneed soccer player have in common?

Watch my latest singing tips video to find out!

In this video, you'll learn how my performing onstage with my musical improv group gave me insight into a new strategy for relieving vocal tension. Specifically: that my playing *old, male characters with hip-loaded posture* helped me to bust singing tension!

Here's my conclusion: loading your hips, tucking your pelvis under, and bending slightly at the waist can help to un-tense your neck, shoulders, and throat. (This is similar to the "butt clench" technique I often advocate for belt singing -- thrusting your energy DOWN into your lower body can help to free up your upper body.)

Yup, I know it sounds crazy. And no, I'm not kidding about this!

 (NOTE: In the video, when I play my weird old man characters, I stick my neck out a bit, kind of like a "chicken-neck." Resist the urge to do this. The most important...

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Sing Better By Opening Your FACE

May 16, 2017

Today's topic: Your FACE affects your singing!

Don't believe me? In my latest video, you'll learn how a personal vocal struggle led me to investigate the inside of my mouth -- specifically, my soft palate and cheekbones.

What did I discover?

An open, expanded, relaxed face and soft palate are crucial to creating a full, open, and beautiful singing tone.

In my personal experience, having a locked right side of my face (caused by tension and stress) can seriously limit vocal range and vocal tone.

Your face is a key RESONATOR for creating beautiful singing tone -- so if you're droopy, tense, or not creating space as you should be, you are seriously cutting off what's possible for you as a singer!

In this video, I'll give you some cues for expanding not just the middle of your soft palate -- but also the left and right sides -- which will, in turn, make pitch and tone much easier for you.

I'll also show you a (hideous!) face stretch that you can do before and during warmups.

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How to Be a Great Singer Using Musical Phrasing

May 02, 2017

In today's video we'll explore the question:

What separates a good singer from a GREAT singer?

The answer, in my opinion, is musical phrasing. 

Good singers get the job done and not much more. They think about individual notes and whether or not they can hit them right, and then stop there.
 
Great singers think about how those notes relate to each other and how they can sculpt them into something memorable and moving.
 
This is musical phrasing. And it's tons of fun.
 
 
Phrasing can be altered by adjusting the following 4 components:
 
1. Dynamics (how loud or soft you get)
2. Rhythm (how fast or slow you sing the notes)
3. Onset (how you start the line)
4. Cut off (how you end the line)
 
(Admittedly, there are some more factors, but those are the broadest and most apparent.)
 
The easiest component for a singer to adjust and make their singing instantly better is the first one -- dynamics, or singing...
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