Category Archives: Intelligent Vocalist Podcast

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

Episode 36 – How High (or low) Should My Larynx Be?

The optimal positioning of the larynx is a subject that can certainly keep voice teachers debating. Some feel a low larynx is optimal, while others will argue for a raised position. This can lead to confusion amongst singers, as well as voice teachers. In this episode, John looks at the larynx from an acoustic as…

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Episode 35 – Becoming a Voice Teacher

Have you ever thought about teaching voice, but are intimated? In this episode John talks about the joys of a teaching career, and how you can get started on your path. Teaching voice is incredibly rewarding, and can provide a career full of music. This episode is perfect if you want to get started, but…

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Episode 34 – Are You Doing the Work?

A career in the entertainment business takes enormous dedication. You are competing against the best in the world and you need to bring your absolute best to the table. Dedication and hard work are essential.  Without them, your chances of success are almost nonexistent. In this episode, John gives his best advice about what it…

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Episode 33 – Fixing Your Vocal Break

The vocal break is the dreaded part of the voice that keeps voice teachers in business. The break is the number issue most singers deal with. If you hit this area too hard you jam up, not hard enough and you fall apart. Why does this happen and what to do about it? In this…

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Episode 32 – The Focused Mindset

Singing is a high-level art form that takes an incredible amount of skill and artistry. As a student of singing your work is truly never done. But are you really doing the hard work? In this episode, John delves into the idea of “deep work” and how to use uninterrupted focus and intensity to supercharge…

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Episode 31 – Artistry and Vocal Risks

Many in the vocal community are talking about Adele and the recent cancellation of the final nights of her tour. The pressures and demands of a career can take a toll on an artist, and it’s something professional singers often find themselves worrying about. There is also the pressure to deliver performances that move and excite…

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Episode 30 – Vowel Perception

The music of the voice is in the vowel, and therein lies a great key to singing. Understanding how to approach vowels is critical for singing, not only for technical mastery, but also vocal color and nuance. However, the vowels you want for singing can be very different from the vowel sounds you commonly use…

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Episode 29 – How to Practice

Practicing correctly can speed your progress greatly, but singers often wonder how to get the best from their voice during these sessions. In this episode John gives his best advice for having a successful practice session. Practice well and you will sing well! Episode Transcript Episode 29 – How to Practice   Hey there! This…

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Episode 28 – Acting Your Song

One of the main reasons to listen to music, and especially good vocalists, is to feel an emotion. Being able to deliver strong (and honest) emotions in your singing is extremely important. Acting your song is not just for musical theatre or opera.  You can use these techniques to up your performances of any style. In this…

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Episode 27 – Do Skype Lessons Work?

Skype lessons tend to bring our very strong opinions amongst voice teachers.  Some love ’em, some hate ’em. In this episode, John looks at the challenges of learning voice on-line, starting with his early days of teaching over the telephone (yes, he’s that old). If you have thought about learning or even teaching over Skype…

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