Song Interpretation – How to Sing Using Back Phrasing – Felicia Ricci

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This video is all about a very useful song interpretation tool called back phrasing.

What is back phrasing? Back phrasing refers to the technique of speeding up or slowing down a song’s lyric at certain moments in order to add certain emotional emphasis.

Don’t think back phrasing can add emotional weight, intrigue, or power to your performance? Check out the video to learn how simple changes in tempo or rhythm can have a HUGE effect on your song delivery!

Learning how to perform a song for maximum impact opens up a world of possibilities. At times, it can be overwhelming! Which is why, in this video, I want to focus on this one very powerful tool and teach you the DOs and DON’Ts of back phrasing.

Hope it’s helpful!!

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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39 thoughts on “Song Interpretation – How to Sing Using Back Phrasing – Felicia Ricci”

  1. Felicia…. do you mean that we have to work out like you to develop the
    shoulders and neck like you? of course for singing. thanks ed

  2. Hi. Im Jordynn Im 12 Almost 13 My Family Tells Me I Have An Amazing Singing
    Voice. And Ik I Have a Good Voice. I Really Enjoy Singing. And I Want To
    Know what to work On For My Voice. If You Would Go To My Channel and Watch
    One Of My Singing Videos. And Tell Me What I Need To Work On… That Would
    Help Me So Much! 💜 I Really Want To Feel Like I Can Work On It. Thank You.
    You Probs Wont Read This But Yeah.

  3. Congratulations on your wedding!
    got pix?
    ‘Cry Me a River’ (1953) is one song that begs for tempo shifts. (JT has
    sumdam nerve appropriating that title.) Good example:

  4. Hey Fel?! I was wondering if you could do another confidence video. because
    honestly I used to love my voice and really thought I was good singer. I
    still think that but I feel I’m not great(not good enough) and when I hear
    female singers on youtube, trust me they make me sound like crap. and I
    have been struggling with accepting my voice, tone, just basically how I
    sound naturally. and I have a problem trying to sound like other people and
    I know that, that’s the reason why I’m not accepting my natural voice.

  5. Hello Felicia,you are the best,with these videos you help a lot. Can you
    please make a video:”how to sing tattooed heart by Ariana Grande”?? Because
    i will sing this song to a festival and i need help. PLEASE!! :)

  6. Every time I sing to my music I sound good but when I try to sing on my own
    I sound like a squirrel in a blender… I don’t know why or how… Does
    anyone else have this problem?

  7. Hey Felicia! I just wanted to let you know that I love your videos and you!
    I was wondering if you could do a video about scat-style singing, and also
    a video about how to sing “At Last” by Etta James or “Ain’t no way” by
    Aretha Franklin. I’m a jazz and blues vocalist lol, could you possibly
    make a video including some tips for jazz and blues vocalist? I’m so sorry
    for so many requests, you’re just one of the best voice finders/teachers
    that I’ve ever seen, and I just adore you!

  8. i_am_a_baby_giraffe_16

    The first person I thought of was Freddy Mercury. I feel like he does this
    in a lot of his songs to give a lot of emotion, specifically somebody to

  9. Melissa Montelongo

    Is there any way you can teach on Harmonizing? Do’s & Don’ts, how to train
    yourself, how to not go super high to where you’re cracking.

  10. im a singer in China. frequently hit the stage. thank u so much i watched a
    lot!!!! ur so amazing! but im struggling with doubut about whether my vocal
    cords are closed or not. and breahting with diaphrame u said singing is
    dow-toward process specially high notes but u also said singing is so
    relaxing how to down my diaphrame and relax the body at the same time? im

  11. I’ve been using this technique for years for years but didn’t know the
    official name. It can be very effective when used in the right way.
    Thanks for putting the name to what I’ve been doing and enjoying to do for
    years. You’re awesome. I’ve recommended your videos to others. Keep
    making more videos.

  12. Hi Felicia. Really interesting video, thanks. Is your song performance
    course out and if not when do you think it will be as I’d definitely do it!

  13. Just watched your back phrasing video. It reminded me of something I
    learned as a trumpet player, rubato, the temporary disregarding of strict
    tempo to allow an expressive quickening or slackening, usually without
    altering the overall pace. Any piece of music has a certain number of
    beats. What’s stolen here must be paid back later. If you watch jazz
    players you might see their feet keeping the beat while their heads do a
    side to side motion when getting ahead or behind the beat. Is this the same
    as back phrasing in singing?

  14. I always find myself coming back to your video’s for advice. This is a
    DEFINITE for everyone to practice and mess around with. Awakening

  15. AKA, rubato. It’s also really helpful if you’ve messed up and need to
    regain your footing! ;)

  16. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH FEL, You have help me doing what i love and i cant
    thanks you enough. I wish we can meet in person some day or even skype :D

  17. UkuleleHoloholo

    This was very interesting… I happened to watch an old Bing Crosby movie
    last night, Going My Way. And guess what he had the character Carol do who
    sang a tune of the time very bouncy and, … without proper feeling… Bing
    had her repeat the lyrics as a spoken set of phrases then repeat it in
    song. That move was made in 1944.

  18. i need help i always cant get on tempo on some songs or on all song like
    when singing on a -1, very glad if you have a video for that really
    thankyou my idol hehe i admire you much

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