Category Archives: Podcast

John Henny shares his vocal tips and techniques in his Intelligent Vocalist podcast.

Episode 28 – Acting Your Song

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One of the main reasons to listen to music, and especially good vocalists, is to feel an emotion. Being able to deliver strong (and honest) emotions in your singing is extremely important. Acting your song is not just for musical theatre or opera.  You can use these techniques to up your performances of any style. In this…

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Episode 27 – Do Skype Lessons Work?

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Skype lessons tend to bring our very strong opinions amongst voice teachers.  Some love ’em, some hate ’em. In this episode, John looks at the challenges of learning voice on-line, starting with his early days of teaching over the telephone (yes, he’s that old). If you have thought about learning or even teaching over Skype…

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Episode 26 – Vocal Fold Hydration, Revisited

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Keeping your vocal folds properly hydrated is essential for good healthy speaking and singing, but it is not always easily done. Just drinking more fluids is often not enough, especially for those who use their voices on a professional level. In this episode, John again looks at some of the latest research on vocal fold…

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Episode 25 – Vocal Science and Singing

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Vocal science has gone from being hidden within the halls of academia to a greater acceptance by voice teachers, and increasingly, singers as well. However, is vocal science becoming overhyped and stopping singers from actually learning to sing? John delves into this subject with his own viewpoint of how vocal science has transformed his approach…

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Episode 24 – What is Mix Singing?

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Singers often talk about “mix,” but what does it really mean? In this episode, John delves into the world of mix and discusses it from a physical and acoustic standpoint. If you are confused by what mix singing is, this episode is for you!

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Episode 23 – Singing With More Power

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Singing with more power is usually a high priority for singers.  Unfortunately, if done wrong, attempting to get more power out of the voice can lead to vocal problems and even damage. In this episode John explains how vocal power works and how to begin to safely find it in your own voice.

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Episode 22 – Healthy Belt Singing

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Belting can be one of the most thrilling types of singing a vocalist can attempt, but if done incorrectly it can lead to devastating vocal problems. In this episode, John breaks down the right and wrong ways to belt, and exactly what is happening in the voice when belting correctly. This basic knowledge can be an…

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Episode 21 – Rhythm and Phrasing for Singers

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One of the key ways to become a great singer is to gain mastery over rhythm and phrasing. This can make the difference between mediocre vocal performances and ones that will have listeners flocking to you. In this episode, John covers how to learn to accurately subdivide beats and how syncopation can make you singing more…

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Episode 20 – Natural vs Trained Singers

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Some believe that only natural singers can truly reach the heights of singing. In this podcast John discusses why pure natural talent, while a desirable gift, can also cause problems for singers, and how the singer that has to work harder actually has some advantages. If you are doubting your ability to become a world-class…

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Episode 19 – Should You Learn an Instrument?

In this episode, John goes over the many benefits of learning an instrument as well as breaking down the advantages of some of the most popular instruments. Learn which musical concepts are vitally important for a singer, and why you don’t need to become a virtuoso player in order to dramatically impact your musical skills.

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