10 Questions Every Voice Teacher Needs To Ask

Which Teacher Are You?   I was speaking with a teacher of a well-known “Guru” singing method.  This is a type of method that is based on one person’s understanding of the voice and you are expected to teach the technique exactly as the Guru demands. This teacher admitted that they do not use the…

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How to Sing “Rolling In The Deep”

Rolling In The Deep – A Singer’s Guide   Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” is certainly one of the most popular songs to come through my studio in quite a while.  Her bluesy, impassioned vocals grab the listener and inspire other singers to try and do the same. The relatively low range of the song…

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Keep Singing Simple?

When is Simple Too Simple?   We’ve all seen the quotes from history’s great thinkers extolling the genius of simplicity.  Even the Apple computer I write this on is a testament to the virtues of keeping things simple. However, behind this simple interface lies a whole wealth of knowledge and expertise.  True simplicity actually requires…

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Voice Teachers – Stop Cheating Your Students

Are Your Students Confused?   We’ve all been there as teachers.  We hear something we know is wrong, but we’re not sure why. We start trying every exercise we can think of, hoping for luck or intuition to strike.  Sometimes it does, but often it does not. These moments are not only frustrating for us,…

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Learning From Your Vocal Mistakes

Embrace Your Mistakes     When I am working with a student I am always on the lookout to see if they are dismissing a vocal event. Dismissing an event is when attempting an exercise or line in a song, your voice does not go the way you planned.  This “mistake” is often viewed with…

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Simple Exercises For Finding Singing Resonance

How To Discover Singing Resonance   One of the great challenges of singing is that it is very sensation based. These sensations can be tricky as they are not easy for everyone to feel and often don’t present themselves until you are singing correctly. This become the singing equivalent of “the chicken or the egg,”…

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Singers – Don’t Look For Career Shortcuts

Embrace Your Struggles   We always want our movie heroes to go through trials and tribulations – those events that make or break them.  Luke Skywalker struggling in his training with Yoda, Rocky Balboa gasping for breath in his early morning runs. We know this is what forms their character and skill and makes their…

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7 Big Mistakes Voice Teachers Make

Are You Making These Mistakes?     I often work with voice teachers to help them make better decisions when working with students.  Today I want to look at some of the bigger career mistakes teachers can make.   Not Furthering Your Own Studies It can be daunting when dealing with a full teaching schedule…

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Is Your Speaking Voice Hurting Your Singing?

My Voice Is “Fry’d”   I’ve seen it time and time again.  I am called in to work with a singer who is experiencing vocal trouble only to discover the issue as soon as they begin talking. Singers, from developing artists to superstars – all speaking at a pitch so low that they are rattling…

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Voice Teachers: Do You Need Vocal Science?

Vocal Science: Is It Necessary?       I was discussing the topic of vocal science with a well-known voice teacher when he suddenly stopped me and said, “John, I did not choose this career to become a scientist.  I chose teaching voice because I love singing and want to help people.” Does this teacher’s…

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