HOW TO SING LIKE A PRO

Song and artist breakdowns (Sia, Ariana Grande, Jessie J...)

Be a Great Actor While Singing

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:

  • How meaningful memories from your life can anchor you to certain emotions
  • Why it's important onstage to have imagery that keeps you grounded & safe
  • How emotion "lives" in the body
  • How singing "from" that body part can make your performance truly soar!

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!

xo Fel

P.S. If you watched all the way until the end then you heard -- I'm re-opening my elite training program, Singing Transformation, very soon!

This year is going to be awesome....more live hangouts with me, and other goodies. There are limited slots, so be sure to sign up for the waitlist below!

How to Sing "Hello" By Adele

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

How to Sing "Somebody to Love" by Queen

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

Ellie Goulding - "Love Me Like You Do" (3 New Videos!)

Friends! This week I'm bringing you THREE new singing videos!

1. The first is my first-ever cover... 🙂

I's pretty close to the original in terms of arrangement. In case you don't know my channel, most weeks on YouTube I give you guys singing tips videos and how-to sing lessons, but a bunch of my subscribers and buddies kept suggesting I sing a song the whole way through... so I recorded this one!

2. This video is bundled with 2 other related videos. The second is a HOW TO guide for how to sing "Love Me Like You Do!"

This video recommends vowel and lyric modifications that help you place the sound, as well as focus your head voice and voice in general to maximize resonance. Altering the lyrics with new vowels, consonants, and phrases will help your wrap your mouth around the sounds. I'll also address breathiness and how to do it healthily, using the false vocal folds.

When it comes to singing and creating a signature sound, you don't manipulate the cord, you manipulate the resonant space in your face and mouth.

And for video 3....

3. Now you can sing along to the song! I've made a karaoke track with singer-friendly lyrics (also pasted below). Enjoy!

Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding
alternate lyrics for singers by Felicia Ricci

YUTHA LIED YUTHA NIGHED
YUTHA KOLERA VMAI BLAHD

YUTHA KYAH YUTHA PEIN
YUH THEEOWLY THINGAI WAHNA TOUCH
NEVANYEW THEHDID CUMEEN SUHMAHCH SUHMAHCH

YUTHA FEEYUH AHDU NKEH
CUZAHVNEVAH BEENSOHAI
FULOHMEE THRUTHADAHK
LEMMITEHKYOO PAASTA SEHDULAHEETS
YUKKIN SIH THAWUH JOOBRUH TUHLAHEEF, TUHLAHEEF

SOH LUB MEELAIK YUHDOO LA LA LUB MEELAIK YUHDOO
LUB MEELAIK YUHDOO LA LA LUB MEELAIK YUHDOO
TUSHMEE LAIK YUHDOO TUH TUH TUSHMEE LAIK YUHDOO OO
WAHDUH YOOWEHDIN FOH(R)

FEHDINGIN FEHDINGOW(T)
ONNEE-EHJUF PAHRAHDAHEES
EVRRINCH UVYASKIN IZA HOLIGREHLAHV GAHTUH FAHEEN(UH)(D)
OLEE YUHKI SEHMAH HAHDAH(N) FAH(EE)(R) AH FAH(EE)(R)

YEH AHLAACHOO SEHDAHPEH(EE)S
CUSAHM NAHTHI(N)KEN STREH(T)
MAH HEH SPINNIH NAROWN AHKEHNSEE CLEE NOHMOH(R)
WAHDUH YOOWEHDIHNFOH-AH

LUB MEELAIK YUHDOO LA LA LUB MEELAIK YUHDOO
LUB MEELAIK YUHDOO LA LA LUB MEELAIK YUHDOO
TUSHMEE LAIK YUHDOO TUH TUH TUSHMEE LAIK YUHDOO OO
WAHDUH YOOWEHDIHNFOH-AH

LUB MEELAIK YUHDOO LA LA LUB MEELAIK YUHDOO
LUB MEELAIK YUHDOO LA LA LUB MEELAIK YUHDOO
TUSHMEE LAIK YUHDOO TUH TUH TUSHMEE LAIK YUHDOO OO
WAHDUH YOOWEHDIHNFOH-AW

AHLAACHOO SEHDAHPEH(EE)S
CUSAHM NAHTHI(N)KEN STREH(T)
MAH HEH SPINNIH NAROWN AHKEHNSEE CLEE NOHMOH(R)
WAHDUH YOOWEHDIHNFOH-AH

LUB MEELAIK YUHDOO LA LA LUB MEELAIK YUHDOO
LUB MEELAIK YUHDOO LA LA LUB MEELAIK YUHDOO
TUSHMEE LAIK YUHDOO TUH TUH TUSHMEE LAIK YUHDOO OO
WAHDUH YOOWEHDIHNFOH-AH

LUB MEELAIK YUHDOO LA LA LUB MEELAIK YUHDOO
LUB MEELAIK YUHDOO LA LA LUB MEELAIK YUHDOO
TUSHMEE LAIK YUHDOO TUH TUH TUSHMEE LAIK YUHDOO OO
WAHDUH YOOWEHDIHNFOH-AH

How to Sing "Black Widow" by Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora

Another week, another singing tips video!

This video breaks down "Black Widow" by Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora and recommends vowel and lyric modifications that help you place the sound for Rita Ora's tone and styling, as well as pop out your belt singing voice.

The sung hook and "pre-chorus" of this song is belty and hefty sounding, it's important to know where to place the sound to be able to bust tension and get the notes to flow.

Altering the lyrics with new vowels, consonants, and phrases will help your wrap your mouth around the sounds. When it comes to singing and creating a signature sound (like Rita Ora), you don't manipulate the cord, you manipulate the resonant space in your face and mouth.

Hope this is helpful! Leave me a comment and let me know. Complete lyric modifications below...
xo Fel

BLACK WIDOW BY IGGY AZALEAN & RITA ORA
Lyric Modifications by Felicia Ricci


I'm gonna love ya
Until you hate me

UMKUNAH LAHVYA
UHN TEHYAH HEH(T) MIH

And I'm gonna show ya
What's really crazy

UNUMKUNAH SHUHYAH
WUH ZRIHLIH KREHSIH

You should've known better
Than to mess with me, honey

YUSHUHDUH NOH BEDAH
THEDUHMEH SWITHMEE  HAHNEH

I'm gonna love ya, I'm gonna love ya
Gonna love ya, gonna love ya
Like a black widow, baby

AHM GHANA LAHVYA
AHM GHANA LAHYVA
GHANA LAHVYA
GHANA LAHVYA
LAHKA BLAH KWIDAH BEHBIH

....

You used to be thirsty for me
But now you wanna be set free

YUHYUH STAHBEE THUHSTIH FUHMIH
BUNAH YUHWAHNA BIHSEHFRIH

This is the web, web that you weave
THISIH DAH WUHB
WUHB DACHOO WIH(EE)V

So baby now rest in peace (It's all over with now)
SUH BEHBIH NAHRESTIH PIH (S)

(P.S. Background track is a "karaoke" version of the song I arranged myself on GarageBand, dubbing vocals over afterward with my computer microphone. But most of the sung parts in the video are live. Kind of low budget for now but hopefully it does the trick so you can get the feel for the song.)

How to Sing Blank Space by Taylor Swift

Friends!

This new video breaks down Taylor Swift's Blank Space and offers appropriate vowel and lyric modifications that help you place the sound in a way similar to Taylor's clear, resonant tone. This isn't necessarily the highest or most challenging song, but it's a great way to practice practice opening the back of your throat and not tensing so you know where to place the sound -- that way it won't fall flat while you're singing.

I hope you like this video!

Love,
Fel

 

Sing Like A Pop Star - Sing Like A Pro

Singer dudes!

Check out this new video if you're interested in learning how to sing like some of today's big POP STARS! Included are a few different singers who have different tones (Adele, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, and more).

xo Fel

 

How to Sing "Bang Bang" By Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj

Hi singer buds!! The song "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj is everywhere right now - and for good reason. It's SUCH a cool song, featuring impressive vocals from these three women.

Many of you requested I make a singing tips video to teach you how to approach it, so voila! 


How to Sing "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj >




Please check it out and leave me a comment to let me know what you think!

Love,
Felicia

How to Sing Chandelier by Sia

Hi singer friends!! I've just finished my latest singing tips video, this time breaking down "Chandelier" by Sia! It's a super cool song that got requested by lots of you on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and this blog.

When it comes to singing and creating a signature sound (like Sia), you don't manipulate the cord, you manipulate the resonant space in your face and mouth. Please watch and let me know what you think! Was this helpful? Which parts of the song give you the most trouble? Which songs / singer styles would you like me to break down next? Thanks, as always, for watching!

Love, Fel

How to Sing Problem by Ariana Grande

My new singing tips video is called How to Sing "Problem" by Ariana Grande! "Problem" is a high, fast, non-stop belting extravaganza -- but it becomes much less of a "Problem" if you know how to keep the words forward in the "mask" section of your face (see what I did there).

This video takes each lyric, breaks it down, and rewrites it with crazy "singer voodoo" phrasing listed for you on the screen, so you know exactly how to approach the lyrics with a relaxed, open throat and pingy, forward belty placement.

 

The trick with vowel mods is that they SOUND the same to the listener but are ultra singer friendly and much easier to place. I would NEVER be able to sing "Problem" if I took the lyrics at face value and didn't take time to rewrite every line. And the same goes for any song I've ever belted.

Please leave comments or questions, and share with friends who love Ariana Grande, love to sing, or who are curious about the bizarre workings of singer voodoo!!

Happy singing!!! Love, Fel