Can Everyone Sing? Here's the Truth.

Oct 01, 2015

Today's singing tips video is in direct response to a question I get all the time.

"Fel, can everyone sing? Or only the chosen few??"

Be sure to watch for my answer -- and I'll also describe some recent cool articles / studies about this very topic that are VERY encouraging for singers.

If this topic interests you -- or if you're a singer, at any level, looking to improve your process and truly maximize your potential -- be sure to sign up for my FREE webinar on 10/11/15 which explores this topic more fully and helps you (1) uncover your singer potential, (2) learn the PROCESS behind true singer progress, (3) integrate your mind, body, and emotions for awesome singing, (4) much more!!

To sign up for the webinar is click here.

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

Enjoy!!

xo Fel

P.S. If you know someone who gets discouraged easily or who has been told they just "don't have what it takes," be sure...

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My Love Affair with BBC Radio 1

Sep 20, 2015

I've always secretly wished I was British. If you were to crack open my middle school diary, one of its first sentences would read: "I am writing in an effort to sound and feel more British." Ignoring the identity crisis component, I want to cite this as definitive proof of my lifelong anglophilia.

So imagine my delight last Christmas when I received an email out of the blue from The Scott Mills Show, a national British radio program on BBC Radio 1. They had seen a few of my "How to Sing _____ by ______" YouTube video series (in which I break down lyrics from popular songs and give you alternate, more "singer-friendly" vowels) and asked me to call in and teach Chris Stark, the co-host, how to sing "Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues.

To accommodate the time difference, my interview was at 6am (see haggard photo below). I was incredibly nervous, but Scott and Chris instantly put me at ease. Plus, it was interesting to experience...

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3 Tips for How to Sing High Notes

Sep 06, 2015

My latest singing tips video is all about how to sing high notes!

In the realm of singing, high notes are one of those things that have almost mythical status - they can be intimidating, scary, and mentally very troubling for singers, which, in turn, compromises vocal technique.

But knowing how to sing properly when it's time for those "money moments" is simpler than you think (although "simple," doesn't always mean "easy"). (But don't worry -- I gotcha covered.)

In this video, I'll give you my top 3 tips for how to sing high notes like a pro, including:

  1. Why you should anticipate your high note BEFORE it comes
  2. Why breath is incredibly important for singing (but especially when it comes to high notes)
  3. How and why you should think DOWN as you go UP

Remember, high notes aren't really any more "special" or concerning than other notes. So it's important not to think of them as "separate" from the notes surrounding them. The mental side of this technique is just as important as the...

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What is "Back Phrasing?" (Hint: It's Awesome for Song Interpretation)

Sep 02, 2015

Hey there, singer buds!

I'm back after a week vacation (during which I happened to get married...more on that later!).

My latest singing tips topic deconstructs one of my favorite singing tools: a technique called BACK PHRASING.

What is back phrasing? Back phrasing refers to the art of slowing down or speeding up certain lines of a song. Why would you ever want to do this? Basically, back phrasing helps to alter the emotion behind what you're saying, which can add nuance and impact to your song delivery.

In other words, it makes the audience get all tingly and be like "ooooh, that was cool!"

So how does one back phrase? Well, like most singing techniques, it's more of an art than a science! However, there are certainly guiding principles to help you. 

In this video, you'll learn:

  • What back phrasing sounds like
  • An exercise for deconstructing your lyrics and figuring out where to back phrase
  • How to tell when it's appropriate to back phrase
  • Why...
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How to Talk with Confidence - Healthy Speech Habits

Aug 12, 2015

Ahoy there!

This video provides my top 3 tips for speaking healthily!

Unhealthy talking that strains your throat and deflates your breath is sort of the "silent killer" for singers. A lot of the time, unhealthy speaking habits can contribute to fatigued vocal cords and unhealthy singing technique in the long run.

Luckily, if you've been keeping up with my blog and videos and know how I roll as a teacher; many of the core principles of singing also apply to speaking!

In this video, learn how to talk with confidence -- producing volume that lets you talk louder without the strain. You'll learn:

(1) Where to "aim" the sound for maximum volume (hint: it's not on your throat!)

(2) A simple and crazy effective exercise to help you activate your breath (to make sure you're not holding your breath while you talk)

(3) Why posture can make or break your speaking voice - and how to fix it.

Tips to improve speech for singers apply to non-singers, as well; so if you're a public...

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How to Stop "Choking in the Moment"

Aug 01, 2015

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!

xo Fel

P.S. In the video I mention that I'd provide links to free meditation resources. Here they are!

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VIDEO: 1 Easy Trick for Learning How to Sing

Jul 20, 2015

Hi friends! My latest singing tips video is short 'n' simple and offers a really easy way that you can take your singing practice into your own hands - and make huge progress, fast.

When it comes to learning and teaching yourself how to sing, it's all about harnessing the power of VISUAL CUES and "face shapes."

Singing can be super confusing if you think of it as an infinite number of sounds and possibilities. But if, instead, you memorize (1) where you feel the sound in your face, (2) and what that shape "looks like" to you in your mind, you'll start to internalize and memorize technique MUCH MUCH FASTER!

It also gives you an excuse to watch tons of YouTube videos of singers performing - oftentimes the way their faces LOOK can give you valuable clues about their singing technique and how they're creating their singer sound.

Hope this is helpful!

xo Fel

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VIDEO: How to Memorize Songs & Lyrics

Jun 10, 2015

Hi there! Today's singing tips video is all about memorizing songs and lines! Memorization is a key skill in the music, theater, and entertainment industries, but not many singers often discuss their strategies for memorizing.

Since I am pretty horrendous when it comes to learning lyrics and lines, I thought I would let you in on the top methods that help me learn new material.

I'm not an expert on this topic of memorization, but these methods have worked well for me -- and I hope they'll help you, too!

Let me know what you think of these techniques - try them out, and report back - and please share with any friends you know who have had trouble memorizing songs or lines in the past.

xo Fel

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VIDEO: How to Relax Your Tongue While Singing

May 27, 2015

My newest singing tips video gives you 3 suggestions (+ 1 bonus tip) for how to relax your tongue and get it to stay neutral while you're singing!

Two ways to gauge tongue tension are:

(1) how your voice sounds (do you sound like Kermit the Frog?)

(2) How your throat or neck feels (dull pains along your jaw or at the top of your voice box).

If you have tongue tension or a tense tongue, fear not! 3 easy triggers to get your tongue to chill include:

(1) Thinking "UH" while you sing

(2) Pretending you're drunk (not kidding)

(3) Practicing a "conversational" version of your song or warmup

And as a bonus tip? Don't make an enemy out of your tongue! As a singer, it does more harm than good to be stressed out about the body part that's causing you tension. Instead, think positively about your tongue, remember that it's just trying to help, and eventually it will learn to back off and stay out of the equation.

Enjoy! :)

xo Fel

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How to Sing "Somebody to Love" by Queen

May 13, 2015

Ahoy there, singers!

My latest singing tips video breaks down and teaches you how to sing "Somebody to Love" by Queen! Trying to sing like Freddie Mercury can at first seem like an epic challenge, but it's my job to help you break it down and find some easy, effective strategies for approaching this song.

In this video you'll learn:

(1) How to break down the song "Somebody to Love" in stages so it's easier to sing

(2) Some key vowel and lyric modifications that are going to help you sing higher without tensing or cutting off the sound

(3) Tips for getting your head voice to be stronger, louder, more focused and powerful

(4) Tips for contrasting that head voice with a full, impressive belt sound, since belting is perfect for rock singing (like Queen)

I hope you enjoy this video! Let me know how your practice goes, or if you find these tips helpful.

xo Fel

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