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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Singers: A Lesson From Poker

What Poker Can Teach Us     Some people will argue the game poker is nothing more than gambling, while others say it is a game of skill.  I believe poker is, in fact, both and because of that it holds some important lessons for the singer. Much like life, poker is a game of…

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How Great Singers Tune Vowels

Two Virtuoso Singers On Vowel Tuning     Tuning vowels is the act of precisely adjusting for optimum resonance on every pitch.  While it can be painstaking to learn to do correctly, it is one of the cornerstones of great singing. In order to tune vowels you need to be keenly aware of your two…

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