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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

 

 

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

How to Stay Healthy During Winter (For Singers)

Maintaining good vocal health is especially crucial in the winter months! If you’ve found that your singing just gets harder in the winter, you’re not alone, and you’re not a weirdo. The combination of cold weather, dry indoor environments, and nasty colds makes singing in winter harder….period!

In this video you’ll learn why it’s important to:

(1) Sleep with a humidifier next to your bed

(2) Drink tons of water

(3) Bundle up when you go outside!

(4) Warm up in the shower

(5) Take longer to warm up (in general)

Hope this is helpful! Stay healthy, my friends.

Love, 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

VIDEO: 1 Easy Trick for Learning How to Sing

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

Mixed Voice Technique and Exercise

Hello ladies and gents!

Here is my newest video explaining how to approach and use a mixed voice. Mixed voice means singing “between” chest and head voice by accessing your nasopharynx (which lets the sound vibrate in the “mustache” region of your face). Accessing the mixed voice technique itself is not super complicated, but sometimes using muscle memory to master it can be tricky. This video explains some simple exercises that will help you practice.

Let me know if this video helps you access you vocal mix!

Thanks 🙂
xo Fel

VIDEO: 3 Lies About Singing You Should NOT Believe

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 correctly, singing should feel basically effortless (except for the breath production down below).

What do you think? Do you agree? Disagree? Leave me a comment!

xo Fel

How to Sing Low Notes – For Guys & For Women

Yo yo yo!

Here is my newest video on how to sing low. Remember that it is important to utilize breath support and getting the resonance in the mouth. This video teaches healthy ways to accomplish these singing tasks!

Try out these tips and let me know how it goes!

xo Fel