Learning to play the guitar is hard! I started a couple months ago and now can officially play about 5 chords. (Baby steps are better than no steps.) :)
Now that I’m trying to learn a new instrument, it gave me some insights into what kinds of approaches beginners should take when learning how to sing.
In this video, I’ll show you my best tips and takeaways that will help you grow your singing practice, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced singer.
It’s best to practice in short blocks of time, as often as possible (daily is best). Progress takes time. Make adjustments, internalize new sensations, but know that you might need to sleep on a new skill or technique before it clicks. It’s better to revisit new sensations every day, even if only for a little while, than to practice for several hours once a week.
Take a break sometimes! Take some time, step away, and sleep on it. Know when to call it a day when you’ve exhausted...
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...
When you’re singing, vibrato is that slight oscillation in pitch that varies a note from a straight tone.
In this video, I’ll describe exactly what vibrato feels like and how you can achieve it using some mental adjustments. (Yes, singer buds, it’s primarily a mental process!)
Simply go through these steps to find your own vibrato:
When it comes to singing, I'm all about shortcuts and easy singing tips! Sometimes the simplest adjustments can yield big results, fast. Enter: Fish Lips!
What are the Fish Lips? It's a simple cue/adjustment that will help your singing get much easier. Because who doesn't love easy singing?
You'll find Fish Lips helpful in the following ways -- they will help to:
One way to practice the sensation is to sing lip trills as part of your vocal warmups (check out my quick demo in the video).
Layer this cue onto your practice or song prep, and let me know if it helps!
Have you ever listened to your own voice and just thought, “I absolutely hate it. Even frogs sing better than me!”
I know a lot of you have been there. You love to sing, but feel like you suck. So what do you do if you hate your own voice? And how do you get over that?
Here is an 8-minute video to help!
Everyone can shape their own vocal tone! We all have vocal folds that are of a certain thickness, that we genetically inherit. But there is a ton you can do to shape the way you sound! Think of yourself as a vocal chameleon, and feel empowered to know your voice is much more versatile than you might think.
Love yourself and love the process of change. Working on your singing and working on your body means learning to love yourself the way you are now. But if you’re constantly sending negative thoughts to yourself, progress is impossible. So be committed to the path, but do it out of love for your voice, your singing, your instrument, and your body.
10 years. Four medleys. Zero cue cards. One take. Read below for an explanation of this crazy video....
This 154-Song Medley video is dedicated to the die-hard fans who started watching me and my lil sister Tessa's weird videos back in 2010! If you're one of these amazing people, you already know what this insanity is: our 3 epic medleys from 2010-2011 strung together, PLUS one more glorious medley (Medley 4!), created and filmed in December 2015.
(New medley song titles are in RED, and start at 6:49)
Making medleys with my sister began while we were riding in the back of a van in Ireland, on the rainiest, most miserable 2006 family vacation of all time. To pass the time and feel less like prisoners, we sang and hummed and strung together 38 songs that we felt just "flowed together."
There was no further explanation. It just had to....click.
Four years later, in 2010, when Tessa was visiting me in San Francisco (I was living out there because I was performing in "Wicked") we...
Isn't it frustrating when you feel like you've worked so hard on a certain singing skill, but then when you go to actually do it, you get blocked by tension?
My newest video gives you some powerful imagery, or visualizations, for you to use while you're singing -- designed to fix about 95% of your singing problems!
When I say "fix your singing," I essentially mean: get out of your own way, and rely on your breath to guide you. When you learn how to relax, trust, and let go, singing is finally possible!
In this video you'll get 3 powerful mental images that I use with my students when I cue breath.
I'll also take some time to re-teach you how to breathe for singing -- zooming in on the actual sensation of what breath feels like (which so often confuses singers). Breathing for singers can be tricky to get the hang of at first, but once you understand it and memorize the sensation, you're going to make lightning progress.
Basically, breath for singers feels a bit like you're filling...
Maintaining good vocal health is especially crucial in the winter months! If you've found that your singing just gets harder in the winter, you're not alone, and you're not a weirdo. The combination of cold weather, dry indoor environments, and nasty colds makes singing in winter harder....period!
In this video you'll learn why it's important to:
(1) Sleep with a humidifier next to your bed
(2) Drink tons of water
(3) Bundle up when you go outside!
(4) Warm up in the shower
(5) Take longer to warm up (in general)
Hope this is helpful! Stay healthy, my friends.
This past summer, a group of men wearing button down shirts and thick, artistic glasses brought tons of camera equipment to my apartment. Then they interviewed me about my experience email marketing with their company, Aweber! Then we drank cold brew coffee, and discussed my pit stains, because it was boiling hot outside.
The result is below: a snappy 2-minute video about how I use YouTube and email marketing to drive my online singing and self-development business.
Definitely check it out if you're someone itching to start your own online business, or if you're curious about how my little operation works! (Note: you can't see them, but the pit stains were there. Oh, they were there.)
Aweber also posted an accompanying article on their blog that goes into greater depth about my email marketing, which you can read here.
After a mini-break from singing tips videos (due to Singing Transformation launch), I'm back!! I'm so excited to be teaching you how to sing "Hello" by Adele because, well, this song ROCKS.
This video starts with a bit of straight-up singing technique to help you engage with breath, and then learn how to let your resonance hit the "bulls-eye" and deliver maximum power and volume.
And then who could forget my weird-as-hell vowel modifications?? Well, they're in there, too, my friends.
These will give you clues about how to shape and aim your sound to make singing the powerful chorus of "Hello" much, much easier.
Leave me a comment to let me know if you like to sing this song, and whether this tutorial was helpful!
Lots of love, Fel