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Are you frustrated with your voice? Read this.

You know what bugs me most? When singers don’t realize their full potential — not because they’re incapable, but because they don’t have the right tools.

In our online singing community there are over 90,000 singers who tweet me, email me, leave awesome comments — you name it! And I can sense the love-hate relationships they have with their voices.

They have spent years (decades, even!) spinning their wheels and not making lasting progress.

Maybe you can relate. You’re a singer with boatloads of potential, trying to piece together the “clues” of how singing should feel. But you feel way more frustrated than triumphant.

You see progress, then setbacks. You learn tips and tricks (possibly from me, on YouTube 🙂 ), but nothing truly STICKS.

You don’t know how to put it together in the right order.

Your voice comes and goes, never seeming predictable.

You start to worry: “Am I just not cut out for this?”

“Do I have to be blessed with that elusive ‘it’ factor that makes singing easy and effortless?”

The confusion ends now.

You CAN absolutely sing, consistently and well. There is a voice waiting to be unlocked. If you haven’t yet, you haven’t been given the right tools.

Singing ISN’T pure natural ability. Singing CAN be developed, and built, in the same way you can build up your muscles in order to lift heavy objects.

Singing is a PROCESS.

A slow burn.

Singing is 50-year marriage, not a weekend love affair.

Singing is about your MIND, BODY, and EMOTIONS, not just physical mechanics.

If you’re reading this email, we’ve already met somewhere on the internet (hi!). You’ve hopefully enjoyed my singing tips videos, where I give you short bite-sized bits of information. Or maybe you’ve enrolled in a few of my specialized singing courses, on belting or warming up.

But I want to go deeper with you.

I want to pull everything together in a manner that makes sense.

I want to show you how my “singing tips” are the tip of the iceberg. 🙂

I want to show you how learning singing fundamentals, empowering yourself to know your instrument, and linking your mind, body, and emotions will make your voice soar.

My mission is to help you build a lifelong singer strategy that puts you in the driver’s seat, and lets you get to know your voice better than anybody else.

If you can relate to any of this, you are my favorite kind of singer!

You are driven, you are committed, and you are not letting setbacks throw you off course.

Let me help you keep going –

I’d like to extend to you an exclusive invitation to my free singing webinar.

Next Sunday, January 15 @ 3PM EST I’m releasing Part 1 of my epic training series, called:

UNLOCK YOUR TRUE SINGER POTENTIAL: Yes, My Dude, You Can Become a Good Singer

**As the video plays, I’ll be there live chatting with you in the comments section of the webinar!**

Be sure to RSVP for the webinar, as space is limited >

This is a 3-part video series that totals over 90 minutes of free singing training! Part 1 comes next Sunday, then parts 2 and 3 throughout the week. 

It’s unlike anything you’ve seen from me before (or probably elsewhere), as we will be learning and singing along together, using powerful visual cueing and creativity to access your body and voice. We will get into the nitty gritty of how to build a lifelong singer strategy that WORKS. And I will show you how to build CONFIDENCE & CONSISTENCY every time you go to sing or perform. 

RSVP for my epic singing webinar, where you can live chat with me! >

This webinar is a free introduction to my elite training course Singing Transformation: 360 Degrees of Vocal Training, which re-opens for enrollment at the end of this month (after 8 months of being closed, eek!). The entire experience — from webinar to registration — is heart-poundingly exciting for me because SO many singers get SUCH incredible results.

I hope to see you there and hope you’ll chat with me!

Lots of love,

Fel

P.S. I want to thank all of you who participated in my singer survey and Skype lottery! Update- I’m still going through all 2,359 response (lol) but will announce the Skype winners ASAP!

In the meantime, be sure to RSVP to the webinar so you can secure a spot — there’s tons of interest this year and I like to cap attendance so that I’m not overwhelmed with the live chatting. 🙂

In my webinar, I will teach you:

  • Why it’s fruitless to worry about your “maximum potential” – and why you (and you alone) determine your own vocal potential
  • Why practicing on your own doesn’t need to be a marathon (and is actually really simple)
  • The REAL reason voice lessons and teachers haven’t worked for you in the past
  • The magical power of visual cueing and linking your mind, body, and emotions
  • Why the best singers are their own voice teachers — and their own cheerleaders
  • How to feel free in performance while still maintaining great technique
  • How to set mental, emotional, and physical conditions so your voice doesn’t “come and go”

Claim your spot at my free webinar >

Let’s do this! xo

How to Sing Any Song with Modified Lyrics

This video is about my favorite singing “hack” – modified lyrics! This easy singing tip will give you the most bang for your buck, even (especially) if you’re a beginner.

If you’ve watched my “How to Sing Chandelier by Sia” video, or any others in my pop song series, you know that I like to take regular English words and translate lyrics into singer-friendly vowels. Why? It can do WONDERS for your singing.

When you rewrite singing lyrics with more “open” vowels, which are easier and more resonant to sing, they become a million times easier for singers to tackle.

What’s more, it makes your singing tone less closed or pinched, and more open, rich, and resonant.

I get tons of requests to translate specific songs, which I will keep doing in future, but I also wanted to give you my guidelines so that you can do it for any song that you like to sing!

Be sure to download my .PDF summary so you can check out the best singer vowel translations and start singing in with a more open, resonant, and beautiful tone.

Please leave me a comment to let me know if this video helped you translate and sing your favorite songs!

xo Fel

 

Sing Without Tension – 3 Easy Warmups

Vocal tension is the #1 culprit of strained singing, vocal fatigue, burnout, and vocal problems! These 3 warmups will help prime you for relaxed, open, free singing.

Remember: if you’re someone who experience lots bodily tension (like yours truly!), singing without tension is possible — you just have to incorporate relaxation techniques into your vocal routine.

The 3 vocal warmups in the video below are:

(1) The Teapot Hiss – eliminates lower body, ribcage, and lower back tension that can creep “up the chain” and affect your voice.

(2) The Scary Lion’s Yawn – busts jaw, tongue, neck, and throat tension, all in one!

(3) “Oh, Wow!” – a simple warmup to reinforce a relaxed jaw and open throat.

Try these simple vocal warmups and let me know if they help you relax and free up your voice! I’d love to hear from you in the comments section.

Also — stay tuned for my vocal warmup series called “The Lazy Singer’s Warmups,” coming soon! Sign up for email updates to the right and you’ll be the first to hear about them, along with fun bonus goodies, once they’re released.

 

 

 

Vocal Warmup to Open Your Voice (and Give Yourself Love!)

Singer buds! Many of you have talked to me about the incredible amounts of tension you experience while singing, and I want to help!

I’ve been cooking up some cool warmups that (1) Relax you, (2) Open your voice, (3) Get you LOVING on yourself and feeling confident. 🙂

(I’ve been trying to come up with a title for these, I’m thinking “Let’s Get Singer-High”?)

Anyway, I wanted to give you a short ‘n’ sweet preview of one warmup that will get you to:

(1) Open your voice and relax your throat and larynx

(2) Lift your soft palate while relaxing your jaw

(3) Look at yourself in the mirror and think HEY I LOVE MYSELF!

And here it is!

The sung line is “I LIKE LOOKING AT YOU” and the musical pattern is 1-1-3-2-1-1.

Simple, right?

Here’s the nitty gritty:

 

(1) Look in the mirror while you do this. It will help to make sure….

(2) You keep the back of your mouth open and relaxed the whole time, kind of like you’re yawning. So you sing “I LIKE LOOKING AT YOU” more like “I LAHK LUHKING AHT YUH.”

(2) When you create these words, keep your jaw dropped and try not to move it. Stay open.

(3) Your tongue basically has two “touch points”: the back of your bottom teeth, and the back of your top teeth.

(4) Start around a middle C and go for about an octave and change. Stop if it starts to hurt.

(5) As always, breathe using your diaphragm!

(6) Really heed the words you’re saying. YOU LIKE LOOKING AT YOURSELF because DAYMN you’re sexy.

 

Hope this warmup is helpful! Leave me a comment to let me know (1) if some more warmups from me to relax you and get you feeling the love for yourself and your voice sounds fun, (2) whether you enjoyed this warmup!

Love,

Fel

 

P.S. Fellow songwriters! Tonight at 8PM my voice teacher Cari Cole is doing a Facebook live event for songwriters!

It’s her 2nd free training before her Signature Songwriting Circle begins this week — enrollment period is almost over and the course is almost sold out.

 

The free training topic is:

 

Songwriting Shop Talk: Writing Songs That Will Get You Discovered

 

…and it’s going to be rad.

 

Cari Cole is an Artist Development Expert & New Music Business Mentor, and she has so much wisdom to offer to aspiring songwriters ready to get serious. She’s going to share how there are no real “tricks” to songwriting, and describe how you can hone your artistic process to truly reach your full potential.

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE TONIGHT AT 8PM! >

 

See you soon, amigos! xoxoxo

 

 

What If Your Voice is Not Perfect?

Here’s a thought… What if the qualities you believe make your voice less than, actually make it cool and interesting?

I’ve contemplated this question a ton as I venture into writing my own music. So far I’d describe my strange songs as a cross between: Grimes, Lana Del Rey, and Every Broadway Show Ever.

ANYWAY. My vocal background and training is musical theater singing, which means I’m hardwired to think: “These notes (high, low, whatever) need to come out cleanly, perfectly, and without any noticeable variation, damnit!”

And while I still love that I’m able to unify my chest, mix, and head voice cleanly (for the most part) — and I believe it is important for singers not to be held back by any technical “holes” in their voices —

The truth is: for many genres of music, embracing our imperfections, or the reasons our voices are unique, can unlock a whole world of interpretation, variation, color, emotion, and interesting style choices.

Take it from the Leaning Tower of Pisa: imperfect is cool.

Take it from the Leaning Tower of Pisa: imperfect is cool.

For example, I am naturally higher-voiced, meaning I was born with thinner vocal folds and at certain parts of my range my voice lacks dark undertones. It instead seems to float “on top” of notes, with an almost cutesy sound to it.

When I record my voice in my home studio, I will often adjust my face shape to develop a darker tone — I open my mouth more, drop my jaw down, and make sure I’m engaging the lower half of my face. I also stand up straight and utilize my chest resonance.

But recently I wrote a song where the character seemed…well?

Vulnerable. Feeling small. Expressing thoughts that were difficult to express.

So what did I do? I recorded a take where I thought, “Let me just embrace ME, however it comes out. Let me use this higher voice. Let it thin out where it wants to, sometimes breaking, sometimes being breathy, and maybe this will better reflect the vulnerable nature of the song.”

And the result is…

NOT perfect. 🙂 But (in my opinion) way, way more interesting!

Three questions for you:

1) Have you ever wondered whether “perfect singing” is really “the best” singing??

2) Are there any artists performing today that you admire who don’t have perfect voices but who you LOVE to hear sing?

3) Wanna hear my first song? (Currently finishing the mix and planning to post a video soon to YouTube, but my mailing list will be the first to hear it AAAAAH!)

Leave me a comment here on my blog!

Lots of love,
Fel

P.S. I don’t often fish for encouragement but, man I could use a little right now! 🙂 Very different process creating music versus teaching or filming tips videos. But onward I go!

Love ya.

How to Fix Sharp Singing!

Sharp singing is when you go for a note but land a little bit too high, which is a hurdle for many singers.

So today I will answer your question: “What do I do if my singing is consistently sharp?”

In this video, you will learn some powerful approaches that will help fix your pitch and make it much more accurate.

Notes are like circles, and your pitch can move up and down the circle. When you’re singing a note, you’re creating a tone that is round. If you’re used to landing sharp, aim at the bottom of the note’s “circle.” This will help “average out” the pitch.

Stay grounded. Literally, stay connected to the ground and remember your lower body! Pitch often reflects your energy and focus. If you’re nervous or “floating up” into your head, your pitch can start to drift upward, too. Remember, singing involves your whole body!

Your breath support is your pitch buddy! Thrust your focus down to the lower part of your body — to your diaphragm. Building on tip 2: you can even picture roots growing from your diaphragm, down to your feet, digging into the earth.

If you’re a singer who tends to go sharp, follow these simple steps and you’ll notice your energy, your focus, and, ultimately, your pitch will start to correct itself.

Do you struggle with sharp singing? Leave me a comment and let me know if these tips helped!

xo Fel

Beginner Singers, I Feel Your Pain! – What Learning Guitar Taught Me About Singing

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 yourself from practicing too much and return when you’re physically, emotionally, and mentally ready.

Happy practice makes for faster progress. When learning a new skill don’t get down on yourself. Instead, be silly, laugh at yourself, and have fun while you’re practicing. Believe it or not, that mindset shift and positive outlook will lead to faster progress.

If any of you are learning a new skill (singing, guitar, or a new instrument), can you relate to this process? Let me know!

I hope these tips, approaches, and mindsets will help get you to the next level. Good luck!

 

xo Fel

 

 

What Does Vibrato Feel Like? – How to Sing with Vibrato

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:

  1. Good technique means good vibrato. As annoying as it sounds, start with good technique. Period. Good breath support creates a seal with your vocal fold so your cords vibrate evenly and don’t leak too much air. A tone that’s leaking air sounds whispery, and that can make it very difficult to layer on healthy vibrato.
  2. Vibrato is felt in the back of your mouth. Migrate your mental eyesight to the back of your mouth, to your soft palate. When you smile or laugh, you can feel it kinda raised, right? Singers who engage in correct vibrato can feel a little flicker or tickle on their soft palate — and it doesn’t have to involve your throat at all!
  3. When activating vibrato, relax into it. Let your vocal folds chill out slightly. Relieve a little bit of pressure — that’s the feeling that creates vibrato.
  4. Don’t push harder. Vocal wobbles happen when you push down or add more effort on your throat. Your voice box is basically shaking around, causing a large jump between pitches versus a vibrato which is lighter and more subtle. So if you ever get the urge to press down — don’t.

Just remember, good vocal technique will lead to a healthy and pleasing vibrato, but these mental adjustments will get you that much closer to easy, natural-sounding vibrato.

Keep practicing, my friends! 🙂

xo Fel

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