Category Archives: Intelligent Vocalist Podcast

John Henny shares his vocal tips and techniques in his Intelligent Vocalist podcast.

Episode 147 – Five Terrible Singing Traps

Singing is a mental game, and we need to keep our minds as positive and focused as possible. Yet there are common traps singers often find themselves falling into – traps that can sap our confidence and growth. In this episode, John covers five of the most common traps he sees in singers and how…

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Episode 146 – Stubborn Vocal Breaks

The vocal break is what keeps voice teachers in business, and you can find plenty of advice on how to smooth out the break. But what do you do when nothing seems to work? In this episode, John discusses how to approach this problematic vocal area and gives some tips on how to patiently eliminate…

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Episode 145 – Simply Begin Again

As we approach a new year (and decade), we tend to have a period of new beginnings, with resolutions and promises of doing and being better. But rather than wait for a new year, we can begin again, moment to moment, continually renewing our promise and purpose. This works particularly well for singers, as it…

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Episode 144 – Children and Singing with Nikki Loney

Nikki Loney is a well-regarded vocal educator who specializes in teaching young children. In this episode, John and Nikki discuss the debate around children and voice lessons and how to best help your child discover the joy of singing. EPISODE LINKS: The Full Voice Website

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Episode 143 – Breathy Singing

Singers often want to sing in a breathy style – but it is usually done in a way that weakens their vocal performance. What singers often miss is the variety of texture and intensity great singers use when sounding breathy. In this episode, John discusses how and when to sing breathy for maximum musical effect.…

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Episode 142 – Alexander Mendoza on Being a Working Musical Actor

Being a working musical theatre actor is not just the bright lights of Broadway. There is opportunity working in touring and regional companies in the US and all over the world. Alexander Mendoza has a flourishing career touring the world in musical theatre. In this episode, John and Alex discuss his vocal journey and the…

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Episode 141 – Too Much of a Good Thing

Learning to sing is an evolving process, and you will need to change your approach as you improve. Exercises to help with common beginner problems can get you “stuck” if you continue with them too long. In this episode, John discusses two of the most common “helpful” exercises that can become a hindrance for singers.…

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Episode 140 – The Trolls Are Coming For You

Putting yourself out there is an essential step for a singer. Getting your music heard by other than friends or family can give you invaluable feedback from which to improve. But the troll culture is out there, waiting to derail you. And it’s only getting worse. In this episode, John discusses his recent experiences with…

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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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