Episode 77 – Singing and Competition

Most human endeavors have an element of competition to them, and music is no different. The problem is when competition between singers turns toxic, it can be a discouraging situation. In this episode, John looks at how to use competition to your benefit, and how to move towards a higher level of competition with yourself,…

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Episode 76 – The Life of Your Voice

Your voice will change dramatically from birth to old age. What can you expect during these different periods? Can you sing well your entire life? In this episode, John takes you through the how and why of your changing voice and gives you tips for staying healthy throughout your vocal lifetime.

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Episode 75 – Do You Have What It Takes?

It is a common question for singers (and all creatives) – do I have what it takes? But is this even the question to ask? And if asked, who is to answer? In this episode, John looks at this fundamental struggle of self-doubt and how it impacts you, the singer.

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Episode 74 – Training Your Ears

One of the best compliments you can give a musician is to say he or she has “big ears.” This means an ability to hear music at a deep level. Singing is a skill that requires so much attention that the ability to focus on the music around us is often diminished. In this episode, John…

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Episode 73 – Your Vocal Color Wheel

The tonal variations and shades of a musical instrument (such as the guitar) are nearly infinite. From the choice of woods, to strings, to the musician’s approach, each element helps create a rainbow of sound variations. Singers have their own infinite color choices, and vowel shadings are a significant source of variations for musical expression. In this episode,…

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Episode 72 – Distraction Is the Enemy

The mind is a stimulus-seeking machine, which creates opportunities to be constantly distracted. Technology, especially social media is engineered to take advantage of our increasingly short attention spans. The problem is, the work we singers seek to do takes a great deal of focus and awareness. In this episode, John discusses the problems of distraction and how…

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Episode 71 – The Seven Traits of Great Singers

Great singers have a uniqueness that makes them rare and special. But they also have traits in common that help fuel their greatness. In this episode, John discusses these traits so many leading singers have cultivated and developed in their musical lives to lift themselves above the pack. These traits are: Consistency Self-Awareness Kinesthetic Awareness Attention…

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Episode 70 – Understanding Sound

It all starts with sound, however, few singers understand the nature of sound and the importance of creating balanced sound waves. In this episode, John breaks down how sound works and the differences in balanced and unbalanced sound waves. SHOW LINKS: January Voice Challenge

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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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