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Simple singing tips on how to be a good singer

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!

I Hate My Singing Voice, Help!

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.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Identify any negative beliefs that are limiting your growth. So often, hatred of our voices is a symptom of something else — most likely a larger pattern of limiting beliefs or negative thoughts. Step back and reflect. What greater limiting beliefs do you carry about yourself? Write them down and start to dismantle them.

Being the best is not always the most interesting! Take it from Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming: “I sing how I speak and how I am. I have a nice voice, but you don’t come to see me to hear the sound of an incredible instrument. You come to hear someone interpret songs in an interesting way, and to get to know someone better.”

The goal isn’t always technically amazing singing, it’s how you tell a story and connect with others.

Be YOU, boo!

Can you relate to this topic? Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts!

xo Fel

Can Everyone Sing? Here's the Truth.

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.

To learn more about my elite training program, Singing Transformation, click here.

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 to send them a link to this video!! Spread the love, I always say. 🙂

P.P.S. Oh! And here are links to the articles I mention in the video:

1: http://www.medicaldaily.com/singing-tips-have-certain-skull-shape-and-other-science-behind-carrying-tune-308372
2: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-northwestern-singing-on-key-met-20150218-story.html

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

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 you should back phrase sparingly!

Check it out and let me know your thoughts!

Love, Fel

How to Stop "Choking in the Moment"

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!

Hope they are helpful!

Singing the Right Way - How to Tell If You're Singing Correctly

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!!

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!

xo Fel

Personal Q&A with Fel! (New VIDEO)

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,
Fel

Does Voice Classification Matter? (VIDEO)

Singer buddies!

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 *easiest* for you at first -- but just as someone with short legs can learn to run fast, so can someone with thick vocal folds learn to sing high.
Loads of baritones and altos can sing high, and likewise many tenors and sopranos have impressive lower ranges. So don't get bogged down in assigning a label to yourself. Any singer can successfully grow his or her voice and learn to increase their range.

Hope you like the video! Please leave me a comment. xo Fel

How to Be More Confident - 3 Tips for Singers

Hello again, singer friends!

Are you looking to beat stage fright and be more confident when it's time to perform a song? This video offers three main tips to help singers be more confident. No more choking up or freezing when you sing in front of people!

Check it out below 🙂

Love,
Fel