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.
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...
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.
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...
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.**
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:
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!
**Editors Note: As of August...
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...
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....
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.