Merry Christmas and (almost) Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!

“Episode 4? Where are all the rest??”
Well I’m glad you asked, here:

Phil Moufarrege – professional vocal coach and singer/songwriter



  1. Merry Christmas and (almost) Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’ve got episode 4 for you here today.  If you’re just tuning in and wondering “…the heck is episode 4???”
    Well I’m glad you asked.
    I have a YouTube series where I share simple techniques for eliminating strain and singing with more freedom on those HIGHER SONGS (you know, the ones that we have a love/hate relationship with ha ha)

    Here’s the previous episodes:

     I got a lot of requests to do Myles Kennedy, and I can’t say that I sing anywhere near as well as him (cut me some slack lol) but I hope you find the techniques I share in this video to be helpful for you and your singing journey – especially your gigs.  I’m no “master” by any means, but I will say that singing in this range A4 and higher was something that I used to only DREAM about doing 10 years ago.  I never thought I’d actually be here doing it and being able to pull it off day-in-day-out.  The highest note I could even get NEAR used to be F#4 – and I couldn’t use it in any song reliably.

    I hope you don’t get me wrong.  I don’t want to push some unhealthy relationship that singing is just about “high notes”.  It isn’t.  But I know damn well that when you don’t have the range to sing what you want, it’s a big obstacle and it’s something that you need to smash. Fearing your vocal break causes you to have to “manipulate” your tone in weird ways and prevents you from performing with the ease, freedom and confidence of a pro.

    So don’t just work high notes, focus on building your ability to SOUND GREAT in your spoken range.  If you want to know more about this just reply and let me know and I’ll make some content around it. If you’re not on my mailing list, sign up at GROW-THE-VOICE.COM because I have a 20 minute lesson on singing well in your current range that you’ll receive when you sign up.

    As we’re heading into the new year I want you to look back on your journey and honestly give yourself a pat on the back for how far you’ve come and thank those who helped you, because any insight that helps you become better as a singer and human being is VALUABLE.  I’m always grateful for the insights I get day in and day out.

    Lastly, let’s make 2017 amazing. The way we can do that is focus on LESS TALKING and MORE DOING. As much as I want you here watching my videos, I want you out there performing and making music. Don’t TALK about singing, DO IT!


  2. Hey Phil, this is an awesome video! I was told to do the same exercise to get past the G#4 recently. I might be wrong, but it seems like you are activating that pharyngeal resonator to not flip into falsetto too early – after that bridge is strengthened, you can then add roundness and depth to the sound while still having that edgy quality. If I am wrong, do correct me though – I am just a student 😛

  3. This vid gave me a question – if I feel like my bridging process from chest to head spans from Eb4-Bb4, does that mean I should work on getting that G4 kind of area in the middle to feel “halfway bridged” while first strengthening the bridge to be able to sing songs in a light mix? Especially since G4 is also my last reliable note if I abuse the bridge. I’m so used to it just feeling like chest voice but it would always have some strain. Now it’s hitting me that it may very well be more of a middle point between chest and head, or between full and thin, and I could really became aware of that middle area as a kind of landmark to make sure the bridge is headed in the right direction to make it to either end

  4. Btw I like your vibe in this video there’s a lot of moments you seem more comfortable here than most of your vids. Whatever you’re doin keep it up 🙂

  5. Great video. I can hear some Myles vibes in your technique.. I saw alter bridge last month in Stockholm. Great musicians. Consider to make a cover tutorial on this one and comments about how to sing low notes beautiful as well..Great channel! 🙂

  6. Hi Phil! Have you heard about Dillinger Escape Plan? Greg Puciato is probably the best metal singer today, and I would like to hear you covering, for example, their song Widower. I’m trying to tap into his range lately, and your tips already helped me a bit, so if you could do a video which deals with that style of singing, that would be great! Cheers

  7. Hi Phil!! 😀 Merry Christmas amigo~~ 🙂 Another amazingly detailed Video Lesson!! I wanted to comment on this one also because I want you to know this for sure~ :} I haven’t found any Videos on Youtube that “walk” with us ~through~ the processes of the scale! I mean, you let us know what to expect before we start training the exercises you give us. Explain how and why this helps and that it ‘does’ take time.. there is no magic fix to strengthening the Voice, just hard work~ (at least for me any way) XD So! Again thank ~you~!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Ps–> have a happy new year!! 😀

  8. "Tommy's Dirt And Soul" (Tommy The Hat)

    Good stuff once again Phil. Typically I don’t sing many songs (publicly) that push my range. But I do practice that way. However exercises like this come in handy. A song I’ve been playing with that is just “right there” if you know what I mean is Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher.” While I can “hit” most of it I can’t “sing it” to my liking. push,push. So it remains in the practice file. This video kind of dovetails into that song for me somehow and how I’m practicing. In my own weird way though…lol

  9. hi phil!, my chest voice just breaks At f4, but I cant go higher? all voices including basses can develop mixed voice and hit A4-b4?

  10. Stranger Inside the Box

    For your next video, sing Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. That would be fantastic to hear and a great challenge for you.

  11. Ive been doing this for awhile after seeing you do it in an old video. after I’ve warmed up chest to about a4-b4 range this really helps my sound not be to shouty. you’re the man Phil!

  12. Stranger Inside the Box

    Phil, could I send you a video of me singing via gmail so you could give me some feedback on what I’m doing wrong or right?

  13. Oooo — I like this exercise because it did not hurt me to follow you up to A4-B4 (why not?). Very informative process indeed. I was also able to follow your connective slides on vowels — but now how to bring this to lyrics is the trick. That’s where the vocal fry comes into play isn’t it? But I need to sound like a bluegrass vocal and not a pop vocal. Loved the Swiss ball bounce!

  14. its also a great exercise for warm up for me in morning when voice is not fully functional..
    i think you should cover opening of mouth during high notes.. during practice i figured out that opening of mouth both vertically and horizontally helps for proper belting.. i used to open my mouth more vertically and less horizontally and it caused less power in voice and tiny cracks during singing(i also sent you audio) but as i started opening my mouth both up-down and sideways power in sound increased and it beacome easier to sing high without cracks. : D

  15. Hey phil be late merry xmas and happy new year 😇 i have a question, I can see a lot of similarities between the exercise you did at 5:15 and your video called number 1 singing exercise like that staccato video did before.My question is will this exersise help my M1 to pull up to notes like B4 to even like D5 with no strain or will singing with M1 up there cause a bit of strain since its M1 going all the way up there? sorry for my bad english

  16. I’m kinda confused. When you got to the higher notes with a lighter voice it still sounded like chest to me, but without too much weight/support, and that’s why it sounded a little weak, like it wanted to break. My highest notes at the moment are E4 – F4 and the term “mix” confuses me a lot. Is it really possible to blend chest voice and head voice? To me it seemed like you were purely in chest voice during the intro (which btw sounded awesome) please clarify this, and thx for all the videos, I’m learning a lot

  17. You got the best lessons. The Chris Cornell one was huge for me. Big breakthrough. I had the habit of trying to sing the way I talk instead of singing. This lesson will help too. Thanks Phil!

  18. phil, good video…
    i really need your help, i do a lot of vocal excercises to increase my range, and they help me, but my voice after the E4(my passagio note)when change to head voice sound very small and thin:(
    im very confused and that its my biggest problem with my voice, could you help me??

  19. Hi Phil,
    Compliments of the season and happy new year.
    Thank you very much for the videos.
    They are a great inspiration.
    In all honesty, your teaching is awesome , l quite appreciate it. In fact, am no longer stuck and I don’t feel stress in the vocal cords anymore. It appears as if am speaking and singing with my head now.
    So grateful, bless you.
    Best regards.

  20. I’m almost ready for mixed voice exercises, your video on support has really helped me strengthen my chest voice, I can go up to B4 flat with full control.

  21. I like that you said ‘This exercise may or may not be great for you this point in time, depending on where you are’ This was actually perfect for me in this point in time. I worked on getting a light mix for ages much like your oo, it took this to understand that it’s a different area of the vocal chord to get an edge to the sound. I swear singing like this is just one big illusion aha. With no training or understanding people just hear ‘full voice’ and shout, when there’s a lot more involved underneath.

  22. Hi Phil! I followed your tips, now I just wanna ask you if what i’m doing is right and if I’ve understood (sorry for my bad english, i’m italian). I’m a bass-baritone, when I first started singing my highest note was E4 (F4 tops, belted), and now my highest natural note is F4, and my highest belted note in FULL voice is G#4. After that G#4 I can still stay in chest voice, but then with A4s and higher my voice starts to “automatically” lose power and becoming more heady (like you describe in this video, the resonance moves from chest to head automatically while still staying in chest voice, permitting you to sing through the break), of course with belting and pushing a lot and also with good breath support.. so is this mixed voice?

  23. Sounds like your doing what Brett Manning calls a “balanced mix voice”, i’m working on my “hard mix voice” right now ( or heavy mix as SLS “Seth Riggs” calls it )
    I’m using “Mastering Mix”- Singing Success at the moment & it’s really helping me get this down. Before that i used to abuse my voice by singing with a high larynx & pulling chest all the way up.
    I think the vocal chords thin out ( zip up ) but still engage more of a thicker vocal fold vibration, like in chest voice.
    I’m not sure though as Brett doesn’t really say much about the science behind it. ( But what the hell if it works right ! )

    Great vid 🙂

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