How to Sing “Silent Night” – Pop Singing vs. Musical Theater – Felicia Ricci


(silent night music plays) (silent night) (holy night) (all is calm) (all is bright) Hate to interrupt here but I’m gonna comment on my own singing because the point of this video is to instruct. not just for me to kind of sweetly, tentatively sing Silent Night for you. I want you to pay attention to the vowels when we go through the first one which is more musical theatre, classical-ish sounding versus the second pass through which is more pop. Now, admittedly I am not a particularly skilled pop singer. but I want you to notice the kinds of manipulations you can do through both versions. (demonstrates) So when I sing through this I was really focused on an open feeling in the back. A round kind of yawn-y tone. So, that’s why I’m writing the alternate lyrics on the screen for you is to see how ‘Silent night, holy night’ when you sing it. (silent night, holy night) and you want to get a richer, fuller tone you really have to create open space in the back. So check out the alternate vowels throughout the first pass so you could sort of see how you can sculpt the sound with your mouth. (demonsrates) And you’ll notice I’m also minimizing consonants. That happens through both versions, (round yon virgin=ruhw – nyuhn – vuhji(n) ) not Round yon virgin You don’t have to really worry as much about any closures, okay? (demonstrates) Ok, now it’s time for a ‘pop’ version. Now, this isn’t the best version of Silent Night as a pop singer might do like a legit pop singer. But what I did is like played around with pronunciation and I gave you a taste of sort of what kinds of changes you can make even if you just change a little bit which is in this case How you shape your mouth How you kind of sort of ease into the notes. You’ll see what I mean. (demonstrates) So anyway, it’s a bit more whiny Right? and I’m encouraging you to with pop singing you have to create that tall, consistent sound the entire time. Normally when you do a ‘dipthong’ like ‘night’ which combines two vowels. You want to hang out on the first vowel for a while. (demonstrates) Right? it’s more classical versus (demonstrates) where you kind of roll into it. ‘night’ and you don’t worry so much about keeping that vowel pure when you’re singing on a pop beat. (demonstrates) I just wanted you to note the difference in rhythm here. When I was singing the first time it was much straighter. ‘silent night’ right? but for pop beat you’re singing you can play around with how you choose to interpret those phrases and these goes for any genre, okay? What are your favorite singers doing to manipulate the song that can take it from something pretty straight to something a little bit more genre-ish (demonstrates) Little vocal fry there it’s tender it’s, you know its is, what it is. That pronunciation there (Hea-Vuhn-Lee) Like, what was I even doing? I mean you may think it’s stupid you may not. But the point is play around with how you pronounce though. ‘He-vuhn-lee’ allow me to somehow kind of pop my way through that versus a little more straight. became ’cause I kind of arc over it on my face. See how singing is a lot of the time just pronunciation? (sings) Bit more of a breathy tone there? You can hear it? that’s definitely pop-y versus let that breathiness come through.


100 Responses

  1. suddhachittabtl

    February 24, 2017 8:36 pm

    When I record my voice and listen back to it, it sounds like I'm whispering or intentionally singing softly to stay in key, but if I make a concerted effort to sing with a bigger voice, I can sing in the middle part of my range pretty well but just can't reach the low notes and can't stay in key with the high notes. I don't know if I've been able to explain my problem that well, but would love to see a lesson addressing the issue, whatever it may be.

  2. Antonette Marie De Guzman

    February 26, 2017 11:18 am

    Because you amazes me so much, i followed u on ig and twitter πŸ˜…πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Šβ€β€β€

  3. Shreddha Raj

    February 27, 2017 4:16 pm

    Hey! I really love all your videos but my only problem is my voice just stops when I shift from high tone to low tone vice versa. hope you see this comment and help me out.☺

  4. Nishad Sandilya

    February 28, 2017 7:25 am

    Hi Fel, I have one important question, So, please comment. My highs can
    go as far as g4 without strain but in some songs, some parts when I need
    to go higher like to about a4 or more(sometimes), I tend to scream and
    the voice gets that crackly strained tone(like that of rock singers)
    with much power, there after some days, I tend to strain my vocal
    chords so much to not be able to sing. Is there anything wrong with my
    throat or with my procedure of singing, please help.

  5. Kevin Ricci

    March 3, 2017 4:29 am

    How did I not find you before? We have the same last name! I know I sound like a little kid right now, but I'm 16 and that profile pic is old. You have such an amazing voice! Keep up the good work!

  6. Amber

    March 3, 2017 12:35 pm

    Felicia, please make a video showing how to sing Touch it – Ariana grande, I love the falsettos and would love to be able to achieve them.

  7. ariya anoosha

    March 4, 2017 2:01 pm

    Felicia, my voice breaks a lot during singing, and I can't hit high notes…I've tried all your singing tips and all, but it's not working for me. Any suggestions?

  8. Rebecca Vocal Athlete

    March 8, 2017 1:54 pm

    hello fel, I hope you don't mind but I have featured you on my latest youtube impressions video! keep doing what you do best. x

  9. PascalsWager5

    March 12, 2017 4:17 am

    Just found your channel. Great presentation. You are an amazing singer and teacher. And, I have to say it…Completely gorgeous.

  10. mercedes mai ashworth

    March 15, 2017 12:28 pm

    literally just discovered you today, I've always wanted to learn to sing. enjoying watching your vids and you are like the Leslie Knope of voice finding, I love it.

  11. Diana Rauzin

    March 21, 2017 7:45 am

    Hey, could you please do a video on how to sing "If I were A Boy" by Beyonce. πŸ˜€

    Love you xxxxx

  12. Marie

    March 22, 2017 3:24 am

    Hi, Fel. How you doing?
    Okay, ever since I can remember I've always wanted to be a singer and I've been taking singing lessons and my friends tell me I have a nice voice but I honestly think there's something missing. My teacher says I'm okay, that my voice is getting stronger and powerful but I feel like I'm not doing what I'm supposed to. And I want to ask you, how do I know if I can sing? like, how do I know if I'm talented?

    Have a lovely day x

  13. Kidane Essayas

    March 22, 2017 6:34 pm

    In your opinion where are the majority of male pop singers tenors? And as a bass or baritone is it harder to be successful as a pop/R&B singer?

  14. LIZ-on

    March 22, 2017 8:52 pm

    Watching Fel's videos is so inspiring that I want to start practicing right now! But what can I do if I live at university dormitories? I come home on weekend (but not even every weekend) and I have no opportunity to practice every day. Anyone else has this problem? If so, do you have any tips you could share? πŸ˜€

  15. CosplayPika 722

    March 23, 2017 2:42 am

    Fel do you know alex newell? I would like to expand my range as high as him before I reach adulthood but I don't know how, can you help me.

  16. Caroline Zambo

    March 24, 2017 12:50 am

    I've been watching you for a while and I don't know why I never asked this. Can you do a "How to sing All I wanted by Paramore" video. It's a pretty difficult song and I feel like a lot of people (including myself) could use some tips. Thanks πŸ™‚

  17. Donny Saddleback

    April 7, 2017 6:34 am

    Lol love the snap interruptions!LMAO PEE! that ending is funny! beatiful voice as always!

  18. Naphillian-_-

    April 9, 2017 9:57 pm

    I don't know if anyone else feels the same but…

    I'm so frustrated. I can't sing. I have no talent. I'm terrible. I'm too young to pay for my own singing lessons and my family doesn't have enough money to pay for a teacher. I can play piano and I really want to be able to sing along to the songs I'm playing. My mom and sister can sing but I just can't. My voice sounds gross. I want to have a mediocre voice if anything. Please help.

  19. Lev K

    April 11, 2017 6:43 pm

    Hey Fel do you think you could make a video about how to switch between belting and head voice? Like in no good deed where Elphaba belts "unpunished" but then ends the note with it fading into a soft head voice. I really like how it sounds but I'm having trouble figuring out how to do it

  20. Nadine Mitchell

    May 4, 2017 5:46 pm

    Fel! Learning so much and some how your style of teaching is so easy to integrate ! Thankyou!

  21. Louis Barningham

    May 12, 2017 10:35 am

    YOU HAVE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL VOICE!!!!πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‰πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜™β˜ΊοΈ


  22. Marcela Graham

    May 14, 2017 8:50 pm

    you know this is true cause my choir teacher always says drop your jaw and make a round tone

  23. Jonathan DPG

    August 23, 2017 5:02 am

    Im getting so good at skipping i didnt notice that my finger pressed the skip until it already skipped

  24. A K

    October 18, 2017 5:46 am

    i feel heavenly😚 then magic pop, i wake up/ back to reality 😨 hahaπŸ˜‡ thank you for the good tips i will watch all your videos!

  25. Karam Dayoub

    October 31, 2017 9:34 pm

    ohhhhh thank you so much for this vid you remind me so much if katy perry and rachel perry from glee u r so lovely

  26. Mouly Bhatt

    November 20, 2017 3:36 am

    Felicia, thanks for making a video like this. I am a singer from India and am drawn to western music and have been trying to learn how to sing it. I have subscribed to your channel and have found some of your videos very helpful. Keep it up, I love how casual and yet resourceful you are with your instruction.

  27. Samantha Mitchell

    December 27, 2017 3:30 pm

    This is not a great example musical theatre/classical singing. There should be no dip thongs, there is also a lack of pronunciation on many of the consonants. There should be more lifting through the top half of the face too to get more of a rounder sound.

  28. LΓ©onne L.

    March 10, 2018 8:03 pm

    The way she wrote the lyrics as she pronounces it is the way I sang all Spice Girls songs as a kid…no real words but it sounds like what they're saying.
    Actually…I still do it to that to Wannabe…I wanna really really really wanna ziggy zig aaaah!…Does anyone really know what Mel B is saying?

  29. Aakash

    March 12, 2018 6:59 am

    this video helped because for the past few years I have been practicing musical theatre and I want to be versatile in my singing so trying to sing pop has been a challenge but this did help.

  30. Korenski23

    March 18, 2018 5:01 pm

    Good information. Very helpful. I find the snapping explosion distracting, its a bit too much for me. But the video is good.

  31. Dodge Blake

    August 17, 2018 6:29 pm

    You made me laugh. And you've got big beautiful eyes. I'm in love! lol! Thank you for this great lesson.


    November 10, 2018 4:32 am

    Love from India….

  33. Gabriella Camiolo

    November 12, 2018 2:31 am

    Hi! Great video πŸ™‚ I have a quick question. I’m a voice performer who is trained in classical singing but is it still possible to sing musical theatre?? I love both and can’t choose!!

  34. Julie Nelson Umanzor

    December 27, 2018 5:28 pm

    I’ve been wondering how to get rid of dirt (really don’t know how to describe it) make your voice come out with more flow, and not sounding like it’s broken. Know what I mean? 😣

  35. Agnello Dei

    February 5, 2019 5:34 am

    This is bad. You should be singing forward for a rich tone, not letting your voice go to the back of your mouth. Your vowels are super distorted, and the voice lacks clarity, lacks core, lacks ping. This is not "Broadway", this is just not good technique. Would Judy Garland sing like that? would Barbra Streisand? No. Listen to how they did it, always forward, always a core, not a collapsed, hollow, back of the throat, muddy sound. Singing is not that complicated; it's quite simply: Breathe, support, project.

  36. Ches G

    May 3, 2019 7:53 am

    Uh, aren't you supposed to exaggerate diction in theater? Not dramatize it to make it sound pretty but hard to understand?

    Before actual singing skill, more important in musical theater is being understandable.


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