We've all experienced the phenomenon of rehearsing a song alone in our rooms to great success, then going to perform and....BAM! Everything goes out the window.
Today's video answers a Q from one of my students -- "How do I avoid 'choking in the moment'?" The video below contains my most effective singing and performance tips that will help you gain control over your mind, body and, ultimately, your singing voice.
The most important thing is to remember is that you DO have control over your thoughts, and ultimately, your voice. Like anything else, it just takes strategy and practice.
Let's make "choking in the moment" a thing of the past!
Please leave me a comment to let me know if you can relate to this!
P.S. In the video I mention that I'd provide links to free meditation resources. Here they are!
This video is a sick-singer's guide to staying healthy when you're not feeling 100%. How much should you practice (or not practice) while you're sick, and how can you tell if it's the type of sickness that can support some gentle warmups?
This video is all about sick singing and how to avoid making the mistake of over singing when your sinuses are blocked or your throat isn't cooperating.
Lots of you have asked me, what's the best way to sing with a sore throat?
Unfortunately, the answer is....don't. Singing with a sore throat is a definite no-no.
Phlegm, a blocked sinus, and other symptoms have a bit more grey area, which I'll explain in the video.
And when you're bed ridden or feeling sick and you want to still practice your singing, the best way to stay in touch is to do some simple breath exercises or lip trills.
I hope this video is helpful! Don't get down on yourself when you're sick. The best thing you can do as a singer is not to attempt strained or uncomfortable "sick...
I lost my voice this week, so I decided to post a "Strategy" lesson from Singing Transformation 2.0, my elite singing training program, since it's an interesting topic that I think you'll find helpful!!
**Editors Note: As of August 2017 Felicia is no longer offering Singing Transformation.**
This video answers a question I get a lot which is -- "How can I tell if I'm singing something 'right'?" Lots of singers are worried about "correct singing" and frequently feel somewhat lost when practicing alone.
The video outlines three principles, which are:
1) Singing should never feel PUSHED, FIXED, or FROZEN, or like it hurts,
2) You can always use audio and visual feedback to gauge your sound and technique (i.e. record yourself, and look in the mirror!)
and, third (and most importantly)...
3) Learn to trust yourself and embrace being self taught!
Let me know what you think of this topic... I'll be back soon with a new song breakdown video!
Hiya singer friends!
This video is all about riffs and runs, and how to achieve riffing as effortlessly as possible. You will first and foremost learn how to riff by practicing and breaking down certain patterns, but this video offers some key technical adjustments to make riffing easier.
When it comes to learning how to riff, there are a few measures you can take to ensure your voice is as agile and supported as possible, including:
(1) Practice your riffing on a narrow, non-breathy vowel for maximum control and focus
(2) Using "G" or "B" to seal your cord and make sure you're not leaking air
(3) Making "Fish lips" to minimize jaw and tongue tension and to keep your larynx neutral as you riff or run
(4) Using the "opposite cue" to ensure your breath energy and mouth/throat space doesn't collapse or tense when you're riffing down.
Try out these suggestions, and let me know if they help you learn how to riff!
My new video explains the most common reasons why singers fall or sing flat (beneath pitch) which breaks down to: (1) Not enough breath support, or, more commonly, (2) not enough space in the face and mouth to allow the pitch to resonate.
Staying on pitch for singing requires also that you anticipate jumps in notes, like ascending intervals, and it's important to get your "landing gear" out and ready BEFORE you land (sing a note).
If you've been told you have "pitch problems," don't worry. Learning how to stay on pitch is simpler than you think. Learning how not to sing flat takes some practice so your cords have more control, but it also is a mental process. And the more you can utilize these mental cues, the better pitch you will have!
Hope this video is helpful!
My latest singing tips video is all about how to find a singing voice that is uniquely "yours." It offers my top 3 tips for doing so...some of which might surprise you!
1) Pay attention to the natural variation in "color" (or resonance, or tone) when you speak in the day-to-day. Become aware of all the variations that are possible, and what kind of emotional intention or context usually prompts them.
2) Start by imitating! This one might be a bit controversial, but even the seemingly most original singers had influences that turned to inspiration, that eventually led to their creating their own sound.
3) Don't be afraid to be weird and look silly! Get rid of those blocks of what you're "supposed" to sound like will allow you to experiment more freely, which will unlock tones you didn't know were possible.
What do you think about this topic? Don't forget to leave me a comment! xo Fel
I'm back with a brand new video!
This one answers top questions asked by you guys! Those of you who took my singer survey asked me quite often about my own experience singing and other more "personal" questions. I realized that while you may have gotten to know me through my singing lessons, courses and YouTube channel, you might still be curious about the Fel on the other side of the camera!
This video is a big departure from me, but I figured I'd give it a shot. Let me know if you'd like more videos like this or if you'll pass in the future :)
In this video I answer the questions:
(1) When did you start singing, and was it natural for you?
(2) Were you always this self-confident on camera, and in life?
(3) What drives you to be a voice finder?
In the video I also mention my nonfiction book UNNATURALLY GREEN, which chronicles the time I was in the musical Wicked, and you can learn more about it here: http://www.UnnaturallyGreen.com.
Lots of love,
My latest video addresses voice classification, or voice part (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) and answers a common question I get from singers, which is: what's my voice classification, and does it matter?
Basically, it doesn't really matter. Voice classification describes the thickness of your vocal folds. Sopranos and tenors are born with thinner folds, while altos, baritones, and basses are born with thicker vocal folds. This means you are naturally predisposed to sing higher (in the case of tenors and sopranos) or lower (altos, baritones, basses), and you can usually tell which voice part you are based on the natural tone of your speaking voice.
Check it out!
What I want to stress in this video is that your voice classification is a starting guide. It's like saying: "I have long legs." It describes your body and the way you were born, but it does not determine your ultimate range or what you will be able to sing in your career as a singer. It may describe what is...
This new singing tips video is a response to some of the confusion I've heard/seen around YouTube and in general surrounding singing and how to sing!
Specifically, I want to debunk three lies:
(1) That singing is "natural" and in order to sing like a pro, you just have to forget about technique and FEEL the music! While this is, to some degree, part of the art and craft of singing, so many people underestimate how much time and effort goes into finding your singing voice.
(2) That if you can't learn how to sing a song the very first time you attempt it, you'll never be able to sing it! This is a huge mental block people experience, and I want to explain how this is simply NOT the case.
(3) That belt singing or big hefty sounds require a ton of TENSIONS and EFFORT in the face and throat. This is a misconception! Even though performers make "belting faces" and emote in their faces when they hit high notes, it has nothing to do with the production of sound. In fact, when done...
The absolute best thing you could ever possibly give your theater-loving relatives and friends is (you guessed it) my book, UNNATURALLY GREEN!
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