Episode 69 – The Singer’s Serenity Prayer

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I can’t change – sage advice through the ages, but often ignored by singers. The beauty of singing is it is a discipline of continuous improvement and discovery. But there are also limitations in each of our voices, limitations that should be accepted so we can focus on…

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Finding Your Vocal Path

We’ve all heard a version of the serenity prayer – asking for the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change what we can and the wisdom to know the difference.   We tend to like the idea of being able to change things, of becoming better – and we should…

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Episode 68 – Habit and Consistency

Bad habits are easy to form but hard to live with. Good habits are hard to form but easy to live with. Your current level of singing ability is the culmination of your daily work habits and routines and while every voice can improve, not all of us have formed the habits to make consistent…

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Episode 67 – Year-End Wrap-Up

2018 was a year of continued advances in singing science and the influence of media savvy voice teachers. In this year-end wrap-up, John looks at some key areas of voice and discusses the current state of singing and teaching.

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Episode 66 – My Journey to Health, Part 2

Health is extremely important for the singer and performer, as our body is our instrument. In this follow-up episode, John continues his discussion of losing a large amount of weight in a short period of time, with the help of scientist Ray Cronise.   SHOW LINKS: Presto by Penn Jillette. The talkative half of Penn…

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Episode 65 – My Journey to Health, Part 1

Food is everpresent in our lives and is part of a large percentage of our social interactions. The trap of hyper-palatable, calorically dense foods is creating a global health crisis of obesity and overnutrition. The singer’s instrument is their body and vocal, as well as full-body health, should be a priority. In this episode, John discusses…

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Episode 64 – Essential Piano Skills for Teachers and Singers

The piano is the perfect instrument for developing a greater understanding of music. Having basic piano skills can help you be a better voice teacher, but it can also help you as a singer, making your practice sessions more efficient and helping you learn songs quicker. In this episode, John discusses the benefits of learning…

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Episode 63 – Working In the Margins

Life can be hectic and unpredictable and our vocal practice can often fall by the wayside. “Working in the margins” is an idea John learned from a client who is also a bestselling author. He utilizes this concept to stay prolific in his output while maintaining a rigorous performing schedule. John has adopted the idea and…

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Episode 62 – Fixing a Breathy Voice

Breathy singing can be a useful vocal color, but it is often overused or not in the singer’s control. Even worse is when the singer is unable to get out of a chronically breathy condition. In this episode, John gives some tips and exercises to help overcome an overly-breathy voice.   Episode Transcript (approximate) Hey,…

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Episode 61 – Voice Stuck In Your Throat?

“I feel like I’m singing from my throat.” “My voice is stuck in my throat.” Singers complain of feeling like their voice is trapped in their throat, unable to break free and soar. But if your vocal cords are in your throat, shouldn’t your voice be there? How can you be stuck? In this episode,…

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