How to Sing Defying Gravity from Wicked

/ Learn the tricks and techniques I used when I played Elphaba in Wicked, specifically the vocal approach to singing “Defying Gravity” and “The Wizard and I.”

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Belting efficiently requires that a singer develop certain vowel sounds and then find a way to modify song lyrics to suit these “sweet spot” vowel sounds. Learn the best way to sing like Elphaba and sing these challenging songs with ease. (More Singing Tips on my channel!) As a professional voice finder, it’s my sworn duty to teach you how to find your singing voice! Learning how to improve your singing voice is all about simple, achievable steps that make SENSE to you. All of us learn how to sing on our own timeline, and certain things will click more than others. But it’s important that YOU understand your voice more than anyone else — learning how to be a good singer is, in many ways, getting to know yourself 🙂 If you feel you don’t yet know how to sing like a pro, be patient — every baby step and daily practice session helps. (And I’ll keep posting new vids to help you!)
xo Fel

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43 thoughts on “How to Sing Defying Gravity from Wicked”

  1. Omg thank you for this I am in the car all the time rocking out to my
    wicked soundtrack and I never can hold/hit the note im going to try this
    now ..Again Thanks 

  2. Singer’s worst nightmare? Our Elphaba in our high school production last
    spring thought exactly the same. I played drums in the show and I think
    this show is also drummer’s worst nightmare 😀 (if we don’t count Miss
    It was the hardest drum book I have ever read and it took me countless
    hours to learn. I was quite agitated before the premiere, but the shows
    went very well and it turned out to be super fun :)

  3. Hey Fel, I’m a huge fan of your Belting Crash Course. I am an alto and have
    a call back for Elphaba on a local arts school. I’m feeling really nervous
    about those two songs you mentioned on this video. My native language is
    Spanish and the end of The Wizard and I has been translated to: Al mago y
    yo and the Defying final is: No lo harán. ¿Can you plis help me? ¿Which
    vowels should I use to make it easier?

    Thanks a lot.
    X.O. L.

  4. Desmond Gamnle

    Do you think a male could do a this song? Because I wanna do this song. And
    I love elphaba’s part like I just need my belt to sound…..good lol Cuz I
    can belt up to b5 and sometime C6. More like controlled scream to be honest
    lol. But I can easily do an I think I can do it. 

  5. i don’t ever have a problem with putting the D on down. It actually helps
    me push up and out the sound for the belt on down. I did the trick and I
    sounded like I said “me now.” but ever singer is different and it sounded
    like it worked on you :)

  6. Baylee Fitzgerald

    SAME! Whenever I sing Defying Gravity (or any song) I look out my window
    and see if anyone heard me. Anyway this video was very helpful!

  7. I can’t believe I’m only finding this video now! I initially wanted to sing
    musical theatre but eventually switched and am now pursuing my Master’s in
    Opera, (but let’s face it, Elphaba will never stop being a dream role for
    me) so this is a video I’ve been interested in seeing for 10 years now.
    This was so interesting to really hear a singer talk about this from a
    technical standpoint. Automatic subscribe!

  8. I’m reading your book on my Kindle and quite enjoying it. My daughter is an
    English major at a small liberal arts college (way smaller than Yale) in
    Illinois on a (small) theater scholarship; she mostly works the
    technical/art/props side in her college’s productions, but did have a small
    speaking part in “A Christmas Carol” 2 years ago. I’m a volunteer cantor at
    my church, and don’t have to ever “belt”, but do appreciate the “how to
    sing” tips (as I’m strictly an enthusiastic amateur without any formal
    vocal training).

  9. This is very helpful information!! I just enrooled in your “Belt Your Face
    Off” course. Also, I have submitted the request to be notified when there
    is an opening for the “Singing Transformation.” I am totally excited about
    doing this. I have always wanted to develop my singing voice. I play piano
    and guitar, too. I have been told that I am very talented, and I believe
    this to be true. However, my voice needs to be trained properly. I began to
    hear vibrato in my voice while singing in the car last week. It excited me
    so much, that I knew it was time to take my singing to another level. That
    is what led me to you!! I really believe that GOD will use my voice as I
    begin to share my testimony of how He brought me through some very dark
    times. I am hoping that with your help, this dream can become a reality,
    real soon! Please continue to do what you do. You have an amazing gift of
    singing, performing, and teaching!!

  10. Hey there Fel. Thank you for your videos. I am considering trying your
    belting course, but I went ahead and tried it out the other day and I
    sounded like my dad yelling (but he couldn’t match pitch when he was with
    us). Is belting supposed to sound like yelling? I haven’t yet recorded
    myself, but I don’t like the yelling it sounds like I am doing when I go
    high. Take care!

  11. Thanks Fel, I’m performing this tonight at a charity event and as a
    classically trained opera baritone, my operatic vocals tend to override a
    lot! It’ll be fun to put opera away for a night! Love and best wishes from
    Camden, London UK 🇬🇧❤️

  12. The “look to the western sky” part in defying gravity, when it is riffed,
    kinda sounding soulful or w/e, is hard in my opinion….. help would be
    nice :3

  13. dario de la mata

    OK so I’m an 18 years-old boy and I have this audition for a Drama School
    and Musical Theatre and I’m singing Defying gravity. Not the Wicked one but
    the glee one which I think it’s easier. I reiterate that I’m a boy (but I
    can sing really high). Mi only problem is that I sing the high notes with
    less “energy”, more faint. My audition is in June and I need some advice to
    make my high notes more powerful. Also, my voice is a bit unstable and it
    can be perfect one day and then the next day I cant sing. I really need
    help with it, so if anybody (specially you, Fel) has any tips I would be
    incredibly thankful.

    P. D: but don’t tell me that I shouldn’t sing high notes because I’m a boy
    and my voice shouldn’t be high. I know I can do it, my voice is very
    special. I know I could do something great with it if I knew how to use it.
    Thank you. Also, love your videos. Bye

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