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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 “Silent Night” – Pop Singing vs. Musical Theater

Time for a ridiculous, holiday-themed video that explores the differences between pop singing and musical theater singing!

More specifically, I will sing “Silent Night” two different ways, all while wearing an ugly Christmas sweater.

The gist of the two approaches is:

  1. Musical theater singing features pure, open, sustained vowels and is more faithful to rhythm.
  2. Pop singing lets you have more freedom with pronunciation. Play around with diphthongs, rhythms, breathiness, and vocal fry, as these simple adjustments can instantly change the genre of the singing. If you struggle with how to sing pop, hopefully these simple approaches can help you start to reshape your sound.

This isn’t a detailed musical theater or pop singing tutorial per se, but it’s a fun ‘n’ silly video that contrasts some key approaches that can help make your singing sound more pop-py.

(Because I personally am a beginner pop singer, I would consider this pop singing for beginners. 🙂 )

xo Fel

P.S. Don’t forget to get on the waitlist for my 8-week online singing course Singing Transformation, re-opening January 2017! The experience begins with a free 90+ minute singing webinar that is pretty awesome. Hope to see you there!

P.P.S. And if you’re struggling with last-minute holiday gift ideas, you can give your singer friends one of my other online singing courses!! Here’s how.

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

 

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.

Singing Into a Microphone – How to Record Vocals for Best Results

Here’s a lil video all about microphone singing! My best 6 tips for knowing how to record vocals for optimal results.

My tips include….

1) Set levels so they’re not too high; otherwise you’ll max out and distort your vocal recording — and, worse, try to hold back or sing tentatively to accommodate this too-high setting. Instead, aim for a lower microphone level. You can always boost it later.

2) Get your live monitor/headphone levels right! Singing with headphones always presents its own set of challenges, so I almost always leave one ear outside of the headphones as I’m singing to get some live feedback.

3) Don’t forget your breathing DOWN BELOW! The microphone picks up what you’re creating up top, however, the work and effort happens via the rest of your body. Don’t forget your technique or become a “neck-up” singer in the studio.

4) Be mindful of how distance to the microphone affects the nuance, intimacy and volume of what you’re singing. Closer = more intimate. Further away = taller, more echo-y, for louder moments.

5) Learn how to breathe without harsh, noticeable gasps (super distracting — and in the video I give you a quick tutorial on how to do this).

6) Finally, experiment! Microphones are incredible tools, so don’t be intimidated! Just practice and see what sounds good, then trust your instincts. 🙂

In the video I also mentioned that I was using an Audio-Technica AT4040 condenser microphone for $299 – http://amzn.to/29hKetW

Ooh! Even better — AT4040 plus pop-filter and XLR cable, for $299: http://amzn.to/29gKJVd

Other good condenser microphones….

AT2020 microphone is $99 – http://amzn.to/29lNwh2

AT2020 microphone with USB hookup is $149 – http://amzn.to/29gLqOE

MXL 770 for $75 – http://amzn.to/29fUlDm

My headphones are also Audio-Technica (see a trend here?) and you can find them here: http://amzn.to/29fUiaP

*Please note, these are Amazon affiliate links.

Hope this video and these resources are helpful! Please leave me a comment to let me know whether you’ve been recording some vocal projects, and whether you’d like more videos like this!
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

3 Tips for How to Sing High Notes

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 physical technique and prep!

For more info on developing vocal range (in general), check out some of my previous videos in my INCREASE VOCAL RANGE playlist here.

Hope this is all helpful! Please leave me a comment to let me know which tips click with you!

Love,
Fel

P.S. If you have related singing questions, try searching them in the “Search Singing Topics” in the top right of this blog to see if I’ve covered them. If I haven’t yet, definitely leave me the question in the comments section!

VIDEO: How to Relax Your Tongue While Singing

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

3 Tips to Find Your Singing Voice

My latest singing tips video is all about how to find a singing voice that is uniquely “yours.” It offers my top 3 tips for doing so…some of which might surprise you!

1) Pay attention to the natural variation in “color” (or resonance, or tone) when you speak in the day-to-day. Become aware of all the variations that are possible, and what kind of emotional intention or context usually prompts them.

2) Start by imitating! This one might be a bit controversial, but even the seemingly most original singers had influences that turned to inspiration, that eventually led to their creating their own sound.

3) Don’t be afraid to be weird and look silly! Get rid of those blocks of what you’re “supposed” to sound like will allow you to experiment more freely, which will unlock tones you didn’t know were possible.

What do you think about this topic? Don’t forget to leave me a comment!
xo 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