Episode 172 – Staying in Vocal Shape with Sidonie Smith

Sidonie Smith is a leading musical theatre star in Europe. Sidonie not only has a fantastic work ethic, but she also specializes in helping singers with mindset coaching. In this episode, John talks with Sidonie about her journey to musical theatre success and how singers can keep their voices and minds in top shape while…

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Episode 171 – 5-Minute Practice

Our schedules and habits are a bit out of whack these days. Amid quarantine and confusion, our practice sessions can take a backseat. Consistency is vital in vocal development, and short practice sessions of just a few minutes can still be effective. In this episode, John discusses how to utilize and structure micro practice sessions…

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Episode 170 – The Hard Work of Singing with Daniel Formica

Daniel Formica has 25 years of experience singing with some of the top show and corporate bands in the US. Daniel has to be vocally ready to sing a wide variety of material, including Journey and Whitesnake. Daniel’s vocal skills are the result of study and hard work. In this episode, Daniel shares with John…

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Sing Softly to Sing Loud

Hey there, this is John Henny and on today’s vocal tip, I want to talk about singing softly to sing loud. As singers, we all desire high powerful notes. But if we let our impatience get the best of us, we can really force our efforts, we will tend to over muscle in our rush…

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Episode 169 – Vocal Stability

Stability is something that’s missing in all our lives right now, but we can still find stability in our voice. Having a stable voice across your range is not the product of one aspect of singing, but a blending of optimal balance in breath, phonation, and resonance. In this episode, John discusses how all parts…

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How to Sing Lower

Hey there, this is John Henny and on today’s vocal tip I want to talk about How To Sing Lower.  Seniors spend a lot of their time learning to sing higher and one of the issues they usually have to work through is stopping the larynx or the throat from rising up too much from…

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Episode 168 – Don’t Shortchange the Verse

Singers tend to focus on the money notes, the big, high notes usually found in the chorus of a song. But there is a world of musical expression to be found in the verses. Although the verse tends to be lower and less vocally exciting, there is much of a song’s story to be found…

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Episode 167 – Phonation for Singing

Phonation is the act of creating sound waves from the vocal folds. While we phonate naturally in speech, singing requires a higher level of awareness and control. In this episode, John discusses the three main types of phonation and the elements you need to be aware of for healthy singing.

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Episode 166 – The Myth of Pure Talent

We often like to think of our musical heroes as being more than human, imbued with supernatural talent. This belief is unfair to both our heroes and ourselves, as it ignores a great deal of the hard work and constant learning all singers and musicians must go through. In this episode, John discusses the myth…

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Episode 165 – Hollywood Session Singing with Gerald White

No matter where you live, you have likely heard Gerald White sing. Gerald is a first-call session singer in Los Angeles, whose voice has appeared on numerous TV shows and major motion pictures. Gerald is also a highly skilled voice teacher, and sight-singing instructor. In this episode, Gerald discusses the demanding world of session work…

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