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Monday, July 14, 2014

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

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Free Belt Singing Course - 3 Easy Video Lessons

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The number one topic singers ask me about is belting. I can't blame them -- belting is super fun to do, incredibly popular, and sounds super cool when you nail it.

A lot of you have joined my complete, A-to-Z belting course called Belt Your Face Off!, which is loads of fun and incredibly effective. It's the "belting mothership," and is a comprehensive look at belting that takes you, step-by-step, through warmups, practice sessions, homework, audio downloads, and enables you to master belting. I highly recommend you check it out if you're serious about studying belting.

But what if you're just dipping in your toe? Maybe you're just a little bit curious, and aren't ready to take the plunge? What if you want a "crash course" in belting -- the cliff notes, if you will -- before you decide if you're ready to go on the Belt Your Face Off! journey with me?

Behold! A brand new, completely free, completely fun belting course (taught by me) that teaches you the top three steps to belt singing ! It's called Belting Crash Course and features over 40 minutes of video spread out over three easy lessons (with a couple surprise bonuses). There are also audio downloads and text guides to help you.

So far, 350+ students have enrolled in one week!

To join in the belterly fun, click here to enroll >

Hope we get to belt together!!

Love, Fel

Monday, June 16, 2014

Breathing While Singing: When is it Conscious, and When is it on Autopilot?

Hello! Here is a brand new singing tips video about breathing while singing. It was inspired by one of my Belt Your Face Off students, who recently asked:

"Should my breathing be conscious and deliberate, or is it automatic and on autopilot?"

It's a great question that requires we delve more deeply into breathing. So I posted a response video to my YouTube channel. Check it out below! And hopefully this will clear up some lingering Qs you might have about breathing from the diaphragm and using a supported sound.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Wedding LOL 2015

I started a Google doc spreadsheet

Not to spoil the ending to my book or anything, but I'm getting married. Circa 2015. Probably Spring, or Summer. Those seem like nice seasons!

Today was the first day I made calls to schedule venue tours. The conversations have been interesting.

"When are you looking to get married?"

"2015! Or like whenever!"

"What is your style of decor?"

"Just like wedding-style!"

I'm entertaining any and all options. In the running: a camp ground with cabins. A private dock. An old castle. A restaurant with a fish on the wall. Also, what if I got married at the zoo? But not in an event space, just in and around elephants. I don't know if this is possible though.

I'm not hyper-particular about any of the little details. I just want it to be fun and not like a prom. I'm apathetic about Pinterest, and DIY gives me anxiety. I dislike repetitive tasks that require dexterity, like fastening twine around quarter-sized boxes filled with jelly beans emblazoned with my and my fiancé's face.

What is a wedding? Everyone says, "It is a party!" In the past, when I've hosted parties, they have all had the following characteristics:

1) Board games that involve charades / some form of flailing

2) A signature cocktail invented by me, always requiring the barest minimum in terms of skill level (e.g. The "Pom Bomb": Sprite, vodka, and pomegranate juice, in no particular ratio)

3) Snacks and defrosted hors d'oeuvres from Trader Joe's

If that doesn't sound like a wedding, I don't know what does.

Then there's the question of: In what order will I plan everything? Say Yes to the Dress suggests I should pick my venue first, then determine what style dress to wear. And I fear my wedding dress conversations won't be much more productive than the ones concerning venue.

"What style dress are you looking for?"

"Just comfortable. No pit-stains."

Mostly I want to be able to dance like nobody's watching, and tweet like nobody's following.

In any case, throughout the process I will be sure to keep you all engaged (NO PUN INTENDED! LOLOLOLOL). This should be fun, right? I really kinda like my fiancé a whole lot, so as long as I keep that in the very front of my mind, there shouldn't be too much stress.

We shall see, my lieblings. We shall see!

Love,
Felicia


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

How to Sing Like Katy Perry (Video)

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I heart you, Katy Perry
The other day, while singing along to "Dark Horse" in the car, which I do constantly, (I'm obsessed) I realized I wanted to know exactly what Katy Perry does to sound so distinctive and awesome. So I decided to listen to some of her most popular tracks (over...and over...and over...) and figure out exactly what she does, from a technical standpoint, when she delivers a song. The video below -- "How to Sing Like Katy Perry" -- is perfect for singers who are hoping to emulate elements of her signature style, or use her vocal choices as a jumping off point (or if you just want to straight-up copy her...!).

Not gonna lie... I'm super excited about this video.

Katy Perry is obviously a hugely popular and successful singer-songwriter with legions of fans and tons of hits. But she's also an impressive vocal technician who has developed a rich, interesting, and distinctive sound.

After I finished editing the video, I realized that it also helped convey not just Katy Perry's artistic choices, but the wide range of technical choices available to artists who are developing their tone and style. The video just scratches the surface, but it gives you a bit of insight into the kinds of detailed vocal work that solo artists put into creating a signature sound that separates them from the rest of the world.

Please check it out, like it in YouTube, and share with friends! (Oh, and subscribe to my channel!)

Love,
Felicia

Thursday, May 1, 2014

On Criticism, Reviews, and the Opinions of Others


Hi crazy kids! Recently I did an email interview for a woman who's working on a project about artistry and criticism, and I thought her questions were interesting and thought-provoking! So, per her permission, I decided to cut and paste the Q&A below. Check it out and let me know your thoughts. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Voice Cracking & How to Prevent It (Singing Tips Video)

Why is everyone so afraid of voice cracking?? And what can we, as singers, do to prevent the dreaded wobble? Check out my brand spankin' new singing tips video -- "Voice Cracking and How to Prevent It" -- for advice on combatting the process of cracking. In it, I crack a lot like a complete weirdo. Hopefully you will lol with (at?) me.



(This video has also been added to the Free Singing Tips area of this blog, which is a collection of handy singing articles, videos, and singing advice. Check it out if you haven't visited yet!)

What do you think about cracking? Have you ever cracked during a performance? Are you terrified of cracking while practicing, or have you learned to embrace your voice's vulnerabilities as you learn and grow? 

Leave a comment in the comments section below!

Love,
Felicia

Friday, April 25, 2014

Singers, Sign Up For an Online Video Critique With Me (Fel)! (Video)


Hiya! If you're a singer, please check out the trailer (above) I made for my exciting new Online Video Critique service, which is really picking up some steam via my website. It's an amazing way for me to connect to singers across the world -- I love to hear and see you sing!

How It Works: All you have to do is film your video, fill out the form on my website, checkout with PayPal, and we're in business for a quick 1-3 business day turnaround, in which I send you a filmed video of me critiquing your performance and vocal technique (and whatever else you're working on). Check it out and let me know what you think!

Sign Up Today >>

On a related note, there's a prize in order. Those of you who were generous enough to take my nifty little singing survey this past week (see previous post to get up to speed) were automatically entered to win a free Online Video Critique. I received 78 responses and all your answers were incredible -- detailed, open, honest -- the works! Thank you for sharing your experiences with me. This will help me tremendously as I continue to hone my teaching style and offer more or more online resources for you guys.

I'm pleased to announce that the winner is.... Justin C.!

Look! I made some nifty #charts
Justin, I've sent you an email letting you know and also listing the next steps. I'm psyched to work with you! Wooooo!

As for any possible one-on-one phone chats to discuss your answers, those still might happen in the next several weeks, so look in your email inbox for a message from me. I'll email you all a thank-you note regardless, but will also set up chatting time via email when I'm ready to get the ball rolling.

I'm so thrilled to be part of such a cool community of singers, actors and theater-lovers. Everybody, let's do a virtual dance together. [Does virtual dance.]

See you soon!

Love,
Felicia





Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Take my survey & enter to win a critique and/or phone chat!

Here is my face, smiling at you, like, "Please take my survey lol!"

*Note: As of Friday, April 25, 2014, submission has been closed. Thank you to all who participated! The winner will be announced later today.*

Are you a singer? An aspiring singer? Do you belt it out in the shower?

If so, I'd love for you to help me out by taking a quick survey.

Is there a prize involved? Heck yes! One survey-taker will be randomly selected to receive a free online video critique from me! (What's a video critique? Learn more here >)

So what's the survey about?

In an ongoing effort to bring more beautiful, free, effortless, joy-filled singing into the world, I'm searching for ways to better serve my private and online voice students.

Lately, I've been very interested the concept of fear and what holds us back when we perform. 

Would you mind lending a few moments to offer your opinions? 

You can remain 100% anonymous.

Cool bonus: I'm also looking to phone interview some of you for further research.

If you're interested in potentially having a little one-on-one chat with yours truly, simply fill out the survey as truthfully as possible, leave your email at the bottom, and be sure to check "yes" when I ask you if you're open to speaking over the phone. 

If I feel you're a good candidate for an interview, I'll email you and we can schedule a time to speak.

Thank you, friends! I can't thank you enough for participating!

Love, Felicia