Episode 164 – Effective Online Lessons

It’s the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, and social distancing has already begun in earnest. In this episode, John discusses online voice lessons and how to get the most from your remote study.

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Episode 163 – Contemporary Pop Singing with Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson is a leading online voice teacher whose YouTube Videos have garnered tens of millions of views. John talks with Sam about his journey to teaching voice, the current state of pop singing, the role of voice science in his teaching, and much more. EPISODE LINKS: Sam’s Website Sam’s YouTube Channel

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Episode 162 – This Precious Singing Moment

We spend so much time depressed about the past or anxious about the future that we often miss the miracle of the present. Every moment you get to spend with your voice should be treasured and experienced fully. In this episode, John discusses the mindset of gratitude and awareness that will bring a new sense…

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Episode 161- Getting Worse Before You Get Better

When you get serious about singing, it’s not uncommon to go through periods of feeling like you are getting worse instead of improving. The path of learning to sing is not a straight one, and we often need to take detours that can lead to frustration. In this episode, John discusses why we may need…

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Episode 160 – Accepting Your Voice

Body acceptance is a growing trend, freeing us from attempting to fit into narrowly defined concepts of attractiveness. Yet this often doesn’t happen with the voice. Singers struggle to make their voice some it’s not, often to frustrating results. In this episode, John discusses the concept of vocal acceptance, and why your natural voice is…

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Episode 159 – Your Dynamic Speaking Voice

We speak much more than we sing, yet while we work to have a dynamic singing voice, we can often neglect these qualities in our speech. By utilizing the concepts of music in speech, we can be more convincing and exciting to our listeners. In this episode, John discusses the elements of great speakers and…

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Episode 158 – Dealing with Intimidation

“The results a person obtains are inversely proportionate to the degree to which he is intimidated.” – Robert Ringer Being a singer is to face constant intimidation, real or imagined. The fear of criticism or the idea you need to wait until it’s your turn can stymie and choke your goals and progress. In this episode, John…

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Episode 157 – Brute Force Learning

Brute force learning is a concept taken from computing. The idea is to approach a problem or area of learning from multiple angles. With singing, it can be highly beneficial to get a wide array of sources to increase your understanding and skill. In this episode, John discusses how brute force learning has helped him…

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Episode 156 – Within and Without

The poet, David Whyte, has a beautiful poem entitled, The Bell and the Blackbird. The verse speaks of the pull to deep inner work and the contrasting pull to take our wares to the outside world. This contrast is a constant pull for the artist – how much more do I need to practice? Am…

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Episode 155 – The Acoustics of Belting

Belting is the high-wire act of singing. To vocalize intense high notes while not falling into vocal stress and shouting requires a precise balancing of resonances. In this episode, John discusses the acoustic aspect of belting, to help you better navigate this sought after vocal skill.

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