Episode 130 – What Makes a Great Voice Teacher?

There endless debates about what makes a great voice teacher – celebrity clients, excellent singing voice, scientific expertise, the list goes on. In this episode, John draws on his years of experience training hundreds of voice teachers to discuss the traits he finds in exceptional teachers.

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Episode 129 – So You Had a Bad Performance

No one enjoys giving a bad vocal performance – but it happens to us all. The aftermath of failing onstage can be devastating, but there are great lessons to be learned from a less than perfect performance. In this episode, John discusses how to recover and improve from your vocal disasters.

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Episode 128 – Practice Less, Improve More

We all have 24 hours in a day, and the time we can take out of this limited resource for practicing is precious. Inspired by James Schramko’s bestselling book, Work Less, Make More, John applies this concept to practice sessions. Learn John’s best tips for getting real results from your practice sessions so you can…

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Episode 127 – Don’t Hesitate

He (or she) who hesitates is lost. This should be the mantra of every singer. Plunging into scary, risky situations is what propels us and helps create musical breakthroughs. In this episode, John discusses why you should push hesitation aside and embrace the fear of the unknown. EPISODE LINKS Penn’s Sunday School Podcast

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Episode 126 – Using Your Eyes

The eyes are indeed the window to the soul, and the secret to emotionally capturing and moving an audience. In this episode, John discusses how to use your eyes to impact an audience and to help raise your vocal performances to new heights. EPISODE LINKS Carole D’Andrea Singing Performance Classes

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Episode 125 – Singing in BELTinese

High, intense belting requires finely-tuned resonance, otherwise, the results can be disastrous. In this episode, John discusses the concept of BELTinese – the language adjustments necessary to sing thrilling high notes with balance and ease.

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Episode 124 – How to Make Rapid Singing Improvement

The voice is an incredibly tricky instrument, and there are periods when our improvement can seem to stall or even go in the opposite direction. In this episode, John discusses how to create a routine that can help propel your voice to the next levels.

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Episode 123 – Information Overload

Voice science is advancing our understanding of singing by leaps and bounds – but it’s also becoming a bit overwhelming. In this episode, John looks at the role of knowledge in singing and why an overreliance on science can be a problem.

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Episode 122 – The Crumbling Walls

East is East and West is West – so went the Kipling poem and opposing voice teacher camps. But now the walls between educators are crumbling as science and knowledge are creating a common language and understanding. In this episode, John discusses the bridges between the classical and contemporary voice teachers and why it’s a…

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Episode 121 – Your Two Voices

We are born with two voices – one that flips into high falsetto and one that can speak and yell. These voices work great for communicating, cheering, or calling for help. But for singing strong high notes? Not so much. In this episode, John discusses these two natural voices and why we need to navigate…

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