Fooling Expectations

Hey there, this is John Henny and on today’s vocal tip I want to talk about fooling expectations. Popular Music works in patterns traditionally, verse-chorus or verse pre-chorus, chorus, and you will have repetitive verses and repetitive choruses you keep coming back to the same patterns Now as a singer, you need to set up…

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Episode 139 – The Power of Negative Thinking

We are often encouraged to stay positive – think positive thoughts! But can negative thoughts help us with our singing? Negative reframing is a powerful psychological tool that can help break us out of complacency and setbacks. In this episode, John discusses how to use negative reframing to give yourself a mental boost and to…

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Episode 138 – Stop Comparing!

We all love comparisons – top ten best and worst lists are consistently reliable clickbait. We also love to categorize and compare singers – including ourselves. But the comparison game often leads to frustration loss of motivation. In this episode, John discusses why comparing ourselves to others is often a losing proposition and why you…

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Episode 137 – The Voice of Your Mind

Voice of your mind

A great voice is the product of great thoughts. The delicate balances of singing require precise thoughts to control the many muscles involved in the process. In this episode, John discusses the importance of a clear, focused mind, and how to approach thought in your practice and performance. EPISODE LINKS John Henny YouTube Channel

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Episode 136 – Being Too Careful

It takes work and dedication to learn to mix and blend through the vocal break. It also requires a period of being very careful to establish the new balanced in the voice. The problem is when the singer gets stuck in this particular place, afraid to sing more openly and robustly. In this episode, John…

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Episode 135 – A Voice Lesson from Bruce Lee

“Research your own experience. Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is essentially your own.” – Bruce Lee Bruce Lee’s quest to fuse the martial arts in his way still inspires. His philosophies are also applicable to the art of singing. In this episode, John discusses how to adapt and apply Lee’s…

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Episode 134 – Mind Your Tongue

The tongue is a critical part of good, balanced singing, but our awareness can often be lacking. In this episode, John discusses why tongue placement helps with registration and balance, and how to control the tongue when belting high, strong notes. EPISODE LINKS Boldly Belting

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Episode 133 – Why Are You Practicing?

The repetition of practice can often lead to unfocused and “mindless” sessions. The question “why?” is a great way to filter and focus your efforts and awareness and to get better results from your efforts. In this episode, John explores the power of knowing why you are practicing.

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Episode 132 – Mindfulness and Singing

Mindfulness is becoming extremely popular, and for good reason. The scientific consensus is that meditation has concrete benefits, including increased focus, awareness, and brain function. The ability to direct your focus is one of the cornerstones of mindful meditation, and the practical applications for singers are immense. In this episode, John discusses how to begin…

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Episode 131 – Listen to the Music

Singing is such a mind intensive endeavor that it is easy to ignore the richness of information around us. The music we are singing over is full of clues and instructions to help us deliver fantastically musical performances – but we need to listen. In this episode, John discusses the cues embedded in the music…

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