Is weightlifting bad for singing? Only if you're not doing these things....

vocal health tips Jul 30, 2018

Is weightlifting bad for singing?  Depends how you're doing it.  In the video above, I share some tips that you can implement so that your weightlifting doesn't negatively affect your singing voice.

The common belief is that weightlifting will stiffen you up and create tensions in your body that will negatively affect your singing.  Can this really happen?  Yes.  But there is also a way of lifting weights where you can avoid this problem.

There is a lot of dogma and "black and white thinking" in the singing community.  Statements like "weightlifting is bad for your voice!" or "milk is bad for your voice!" etc. are way too simplistic to be truthful.  We have to go deeper.

Yes weightlifting CAN have a negative affect on your singing.  If you are not careful of HOW you lift weights, you can develop tension patterns particularly in the jaw and throat which can encourage you to that same kind of constriction when you go to sing.  If you get...

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Afraid of being judged by others when singing? How to get past this?

singing inner-game Jul 25, 2018

Are you afraid of being judged by others when singing?  Does it feel difficult to learn singing when you're surrounded by peers who make fun of your voice instead of encouraging or helping you?

"It feels like being a fat person at the gym who's trying to get in shape and instead of people cheering you on, they simply laugh at you for trying to make yourself a better person."

That's how one singer described his story about being bullied and judged for his singing.  You can really feel his pain.

Then he goes on to say:

"I see this happen all the time to people. Makes me feel sad. Happened to me so much before. It impacted my life growing up. Made me discouraged sometimes. It's really stressful when someone bullies you just because you don't know how to sing high.  Why don't they try to help instead of put me down?

Feels like a competition on the internet these days. If you can't sing high then you're out of the club.  Everyone wants to sing high but I just want...

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How To Mix Chest And Head Voice - PART 3 of my HOW TO SING THROUGH THE VOCAL BREAK series

pro singing tips Jul 05, 2018

Welcome to PART 3 of my HOW TO SING PAST YOUR BREAK series.  In this video we'll talk about how to mix chest and head voice and how you should go about doing this.

Here are the links to the previous videos in this series:

  • PART 1 - The difference between head voice, falsetto, mixed voice and chest voice.
  • PART 2 - Why your CHEST voice is the secret to learning how to sing past your vocal break.

In Part 2 I mentioned how there IS a time and place for bridging from your chest voice into your falsetto smoothly.  I say falsetto because most people when they talk about crossing from chest to head voice are REALLY talking about a non-breathy falsetto.  I talk more about this in part 1.  Check it out.

Anyway, the main thing I want to say is this:

You don't build mixed voice and high ranged full voice by just crossing from chest voice to falsetto and "smoothing the break".  I mentioned there is a place for this, but it's a supplement.  It's not a finished...

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HOW TO GET RID OF VOCAL BREAK - PART 2 - STAY IN CHEST VOICE BUT REFINE IT!

pro singing tips Jul 04, 2018

Welcome to PART 2 on how to get rid of the vocal break.  Let's recap what we covered in PART 1:

  • I showed you the proof that myself and my students can sing through the vocal break.
  • I demonstrated falsetto, 2 different types of head voice, chest voice, mixed voice and explain how they all fit together in the puzzle of the vocal break.

If you haven't seen PART 1 of how to sing past your break, then check that out first here.

Now that we’ve gotten the terminology out of the way, in today’s video I’m going to show you the actual process on how to get rid of the vocal break.  How exactly is it done?  What sorts of sounds will you need to do?  That’s what we’re going to talk about today.

The biggest thing I want you to know right away is, we don’t actually wanna sing "around" our vocal break by leaving chest and going into falsetto and trying to "trick" the audience into thinking we're still in chest...  We want to ELIMINATE...

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HOW TO SING PAST YOUR BREAK - PART 1 - Head Voice vs Falsetto vs Mixed Voice vs Chest Voice?

pro singing tips May 28, 2018

Stuck on how to sing past your break?  Feel like you’ve tried every vocal exercise without any luck?  You’re in the right place.  I was stuck on this for YEARS not knowing what I was meant to do to overcome it. 

This is video is PART 1 of a new free video series I'm creating about how to sing past your break in full voice.

Check out Part 2 and Part 3 here.

In PART 1:

  • I prove to you that I can sing through my vocal break as well as my students.
  • I demonstrate falsetto, 2 different types of head voice, chest voice, mixed voice and explain how they all fit together in the puzzle of the vocal break.

In PART 2 I'll be explaining the actual process of how you go about building your voice so that you can sing past your vocal break without cracking or flipping.

I hope you enjoyed this video lesson.  If you want to learn the specific exercises and techniques specific to YOUR voice then I recommend getting Skype lessons with me and I'll teach you how to...

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BTS Fake Love English Cover 방탄소년단

cover songs May 22, 2018

With just a 2 day deadline I transcribed the new release song from BTS - FAKE LOVE by ear, recreated it from scratch in my own style, recording and producing it. 

My friend Douglas Skene from PLOUGHMANSTUDIOS wanted to help out with his badass vocals, a guitar solo and mixing tips - and he pulled it off in 1 day LOL.  Check out his channel for tips on songwriting, mixing and producing.

I hope you enjoy it!  I'm really enjoying the challenge of creating finished music in such a short time frame, it forces me to get my skills to the next level.

This song was quite tough because there's a lot of high notes, lots of A4's and C5's all needing to be belted in full voice!

When I first started singing there would be NO WAY I could sing notes like this...my highest note was F4!!  If you'd like to learn how to increase your vocal range and sing with more freedom then schedule a skype lesson with me here and I'll show you how.

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VOCAL COACH REACTS TO MARCELITO POMOY THE PRAYER - HOW HE SINGS SO WELL

vocal breakdown May 14, 2018

Recently everyone's been going crazy over a Filipino singer named Marcileto Pomoy and how he's able to single-handedly (or single-voicedly) sing duets - yes he sings both female and male parts and pulls them off convincingly!!  Crazy right?

Well I thought I'd break down exactly what he's doing and how he does it and maybe it can help you with your singing.

Check out the video above!

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Post Malone Stay Cover By Vocal Coach Phil Moufarrege

cover songs May 07, 2018

Similar to what I did with Drake's song "Nice For What", I created this cover in 2 days.  It's part of an exercise I'm doing to grow myself as an artist:  Picking new release songs that I usually wouldn't sing and learning them, recording them and producing them in a very tight time frame.  I'm learning a lot by doing this!

Let me know what you think.

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Original Songs By Phil Moufarrege

original songs Apr 30, 2018

I've Drawn a Line

Now's a Good Time

Feelings of Mistrust

Wake Up Call

These Days

She's Under Fire

These are my original songs that I wrote, composed, recorded, produced and sang on.  I think it's important for singing teachers to be able to prove that they can do what they talk about.  When I first started singing I couldn't sing any of this stuff and had many songs written that were waiting on vocals.  It took me many years until I was able to build up the technique to actually do this stuff - especially my newer tracks that I am now doing live in one take.

If you'd like to learn how to sing live with more freedom and consistency then click here to begin.

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Drake Nice For What Cover by Phil Moufarrege

cover songs Apr 30, 2018

 

I created this Drake Nice For What Cover in 2 days from scratch.  All vocals, instruments, recording and producing.  It was a great exercise to see if I could take a popular new song that I had never heard before, in a style I don't listen to and see if I could turn it into my own style and get it up within 2 days.  Here is the result.  I'm always up for experimenting with different sounds and ideas to see not only what I can do but also to see what sticks for people.

I'd love to hear your feedback on this!

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