Episode 4 – Why You Aren’t Singing In Tune

Do you struggle with pitch?  Are you worried you might be tone deaf?  In this podcast John explains the main causes of singing out-of-tune and how to correct them. Struggling with pitch is an almost certainty if you are not using correct technique.  John gives you the understanding to fix these issues and to get…

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Episode 3 – How the Vocal Cords Work

As a singer, understanding the vocal cords is an important part of learning your instrument, yet so few singers really know how they work.   In this episode, John breaks down the anatomy and function of the vocal cords in easy to understand language, in order to give you greater knowledge and control over your singing.…

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Episode 2 – Choosing a Voice Teacher

Finding the right voice teacher is critical for your future success as a singer.  What are the most important things to look for when choosing a teacher?  You might be surprised at John’s answers. The voice teaching industry is marketed like any other.  In this episode, John helps you see what is hype and what…

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Episode 1 – The Greatest Secret of Singing

In any skill there is usually one technical shift that can bring a big change. In this episode, John reveals his one technical trick and how it has helped bring about big changes in singer’s abilities to hit higher notes and remove strain. The reasons why this “trick” works are also explored, including what is…

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What Singers Must Know About Breathing

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Breathing is one of the most misunderstood and debated elements of singing, even amongst voice teachers. Get a roomful of teachers, bring up breathing, and watch the fireworks commence. “Give it more support!” “Sing on the breath.” “Sing from your diaphragm!” The list goes on. I believe almost all teachers are going after the same…

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Episode 00 – Introduction to the Intelligent Vocalist Podcast

In this introductory episode, renowned Los Angeles voice instructor John Henny gives you the lowdown on the show’s philosophy, what you can expect from future episodes, and why he’s doing this in the first place. The Intelligent Vocalist explores singing on every level.  It is based on the idea that the more you know about the…

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Why High Notes Are So Difficult

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Singing Powerful High Notes High notes are actually pretty easy, until you want them to be strong. Singers often find themselves being able to sing the note in a light head or falsetto sound, or they have to jam up and push like crazy, forcing the voice until it hurts. Why does this tug of…

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Why Is Singing So Hard?

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Why is Singing So Hard? Singing boils down to three basic things: • The air you send the vocal cords • The muscles of the cords to resist the air • The resonance to enhance the resulting sound wave It would seem pretty easy, wouldn’t it? Three simple things you need to work with: air,…

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Three Ways To Have Better Voice Lessons

Doing prep work and getting in the proper frame of mind can turn a good voice lesson into a great one, or even into a major vocal breakthrough. These magic lessons happen when you put in the work. Let’s look at three ways to have a great singing lesson.   Bring In Songs Voice teachers…

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Voice Lessons and Sexual Harassment

Voice Teachers and Sexual Harassment It took me a long time to write this article. I suppose I’m a bit hesitant to shine a light on a dark little corner of my industry, and I also believe that most all voice teachers are good, ethical people who are trying to sincerely help others. Then there…

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