This video is about my favorite singing "hack" - modified lyrics! This easy singing tip will give you the most bang for your buck, even (especially) if you're a beginner.
If you've watched my "How to Sing Chandelier by Sia" video, or any others in my pop song series, you know that I like to take regular English words and translate lyrics into singer-friendly vowels. Why? It can do WONDERS for your singing.
When you rewrite singing lyrics with more "open" vowels, which are easier and more resonant to sing, they become a million times easier for singers to tackle.
What's more, it makes your singing tone less closed or pinched, and more open, rich, and resonant.
I get tons of requests to translate specific songs, which I will keep doing in future, but I also wanted to give you my guidelines so that you can do it for any song that you like to sing!
Be sure to download my .PDF summary so you can check out the best singer vowel translations and start singing in with a more open, resonant,...
Singer buds! Many of you have talked to me about the incredible amounts of tension you experience while singing, and I want to help!
I've been cooking up some cool warmups that (1) Relax you, (2) Open your voice, (3) Get you LOVING on yourself and feeling confident. :)
(I've been trying to come up with a title for these, I'm thinking "Let's Get Singer-High"?)
Anyway, I wanted to give you a short 'n' sweet preview of one warmup that will get you to:
(1) Open your voice and relax your throat and larynx
(2) Lift your soft palate while relaxing your jaw
(3) Look at yourself in the mirror and think HEY I LOVE MYSELF!
And here it is!
The sung line is "I LIKE LOOKING AT YOU" and the musical pattern is 1-1-3-2-1-1.
Here's the nitty gritty:
(1) Look in the mirror while you do this. It will help to make sure....
(2) You keep the back of your mouth open and relaxed the whole time, kind of like you're yawning. So you sing "I LIKE LOOKING AT YOU"...
There have been times in my life when I have not practiced my singing. Like, at all.
As with any long term skill, my commitment to singing has had peaks and valleys, especially for the past three years. Sure, sometimes I've felt jazzed, but more often than not I've been in a "bare-minimum-maintenance-whatever" mode. I practiced a couple times here and there, or not at all. :-/
My excuse was:
I'm good...enough. As long as my singing is decent, I can demo things in my videos and lessons. If I lose my skills a little, what's the big deal? It's not like I'm singing for audiences anymore.
(Ugh. Just reading those thoughts back to myself is hard. What an uninspiring point of view!)
And because I felt so uninspired, my singing suffered.
When it comes to singing, or any long-term goal, frame of mind is everything.
When I am not inspired, I lose momentum. When I lose momentum, I stop tending to myself and the...
Recently I looked at a video of myself singing that I had posted on YouTube about a year ago. For some reason I didn't think about one very challenging aspect of this: the comments!
I love reading your comments on my blog or my instructional videos because they include your ideas, reactions, and suggestions for future videos. But comments on my performances are quite another thing...
For some (not all) of these, I need a different mindset entirely :)
I found myself getting pretty worked up. But the weird thing was, certain negative comments STUNG, while other comments didn't faze me.
I wanted to better understand WHY certain online comments are so hurtful, while others are no big deal.
In this video, I'll talk about (1) how the negative thoughts we choose to hear reflect a shadow side of ourselves, (2) how it's important to witness and forgive the negative thoughts that we all carry around within us.
I'll also teach you an easy and effective meditation for overcoming...
Here's a thought... What if the qualities you believe make your voice less than, actually make it cool and interesting?
I've contemplated this question a ton as I venture into writing my own music. So far I'd describe my strange songs as a cross between: Grimes, Lana Del Rey, and Every Broadway Show Ever.
ANYWAY. My vocal background and training is musical theater singing, which means I'm hardwired to think: "These notes (high, low, whatever) need to come out cleanly, perfectly, and without any noticeable variation, damnit!"
And while I still love that I'm able to unify my chest, mix, and head voice cleanly (for the most part) -- and I believe it is important for singers not to be held back by any technical "holes" in their voices --
The truth is: for many genres of music, embracing our imperfections, or the reasons our voices are unique, can unlock a whole world of interpretation, variation, color, emotion, and interesting style choices.
Take it from the Leaning Tower of...
This video is different than most of my videos, and to be honest, it was scary to film.
Watch to learn about a 15-minute meditation I use daily to face one of the strangest, elusive, and most overwhelming forces in life: fear.
So many of us deal with fear and negative thoughts when it comes to realizing our dreams, reaching our full potential or, really, just existing in a world that can feel negative and scary.
I wanted also to describe how to meditate (as best as I could) - the actual process - to help demystify the experience. Everyone's journey is different, but here's some insight into what I do.
I hope this meditation for fear is helpful for you. Leave me a comment to let me know your thoughts!
Lots of love,
Healing by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license
About two months ago, I was singing some warmup scales, and my voice just STOPPED WORKING.
The higher I got, the more I felt stuck.
I took a moment, reset, and tried again.
Same weird thing!
Even worse, this second time through, I could feel my throat compensating, trying to push the notes up rather than feel them float out easily, effortlessly.
Crap, I thought. What the heck is going on?
Trying not to get too hard on myself, I took an inventory of my body and how I was feeling.
Breathing? (I took a deep breath and did a quick hiss exercise, counting to 45 seconds.)
No tension in my lower back? (I draped over in rag doll pose, and let my body hang.)
Tongue relaxed? (I opened my mouth and stuck out my tongue. Then I flicked my tongue back and forth like a snake tasting the air.)
Third time’s the charm…
I did the scale again.
What the f(*&$%(*???
Then, luckily, I remembered a tidbit from a voice lesson I had about 8 years ago with a...
Hi dudes! In today's video, I CONFESS! What do I do to warm up my *own* voice everyday?
But first, an invitation direct from me to you --
This Sunday, I'm republishing my free singing webinar series -- "Unlock Your True Singer Potential: Yes My Dude, You CAN Become a Good Singer!" Learn more here.
The series rolls out in 3 parts and includes almost 90 minutes of free lessons, all starting this Sunday, April 10 at 12pm EDT!
Follow-up lessons are Wednesday, April 13 @ 6pm EDT and Sunday, April 17 at 12pm EDT. If you can't make the live chat, it's cool -- I'll keep the replay link for the lesson videos online for about a week.
**HERE'S THE REALLY COOL THING: I'll be there on each rollout day to live chat with you in the comments section!!!**
**Editors Note: As of August 2017 Felicia is no longer offering Singing Transformation.**
And now, without further ado, here's my latest video entitled "How I Practice My Own Singing (Fel Confesses!)" Enjoy -- and...
Sharp singing is when you go for a note but land a little bit too high, which is a hurdle for many singers.
So today I will answer your question: “What do I do if my singing is consistently sharp?”
In this video, you will learn some powerful approaches that will help fix your pitch and make it much more accurate.
Notes are like circles, and your pitch can move up and down the circle. When you’re singing a note, you’re creating a tone that is round. If you’re used to landing sharp, aim at the bottom of the note’s “circle.” This will help “average out” the pitch.
Stay grounded. Literally, stay connected to the ground and remember your lower body! Pitch often reflects your energy and focus. If you're nervous or “floating up” into your head, your pitch can start to drift upward, too. Remember, singing involves your whole body!
Your breath support is your pitch buddy! Thrust your focus down to the lower part of your...
Singer friends! I would love your help with a quick “singer survey” (below). If you complete it, you’ll be eligible to Skype chat with me (totally optional…but I hope you'll be into it, as I love talking with you guys!)
Quick background: I’m always revising my elite training course Singing Transformation: 360 Degrees of Vocal Training. As of now, this course only opens 2X per year, because I put lots of time and attention into the curriculum and course experience.
This course represents me as a teacher and is very comprehensive, designed to grow you into a CONFIDENT and self-sufficient singer. It was developed directly from singer feedback (a.k.a. you guys!) and twice per year I re-open and update the course to reflect surveys and feedback, exactly like this one.
NOTE: At the end of this form is an opt-in to be eligible for a one-on-one interview with me. Be sure to check YES if you’d be interested in some one-on-one Skype time with...