Category Archives: Intelligent Vocalist Podcast

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

Episode 11 – Can Everyone Learn to Sing?

This is one of the questions voice teachers get asked the most.  People are fascinated by singers, and would love to be able to do it, but don’t think they can ever learn. John goes into his past experience with students, and explains how those with very little natural ability were able to become proficient,…

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Episode 10 – Is Vocal Technique Necessary

The passing of the great David Bowie is a great loss to the artistic community. In this episode, John reflects on one of Bowie’s greatest vocal recordings, “Heroes,” and looks into the debate of vocal technique versus vocal performance.  John gives his thoughts on how to strike a proper balance between giving your all in…

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Episode 9 – Classical vs Contemporary Voice Lessons

Voice teachers are often divided into two camps: classical and contemporary.  There are often disagreements between these groups, sometimes it’s not pretty. In this episode, John looks at the two major voice camps and gives his thoughts on some controversial points – specifically singers who are studying classically, but want to sing contemporary musical theatre…

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Episode 8 – Why Your Voice Cracks

In this episode you will learn about vocal registers and why they cause the dreaded cracks and breaks in the singing voice. John also tackles some of the myths and misunderstandings surrounding vocal breaks. Understanding why these breaks occur is one of the best ways to begin to correct them.   Episode Transcript:   Hey. Welcome…

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Episode 7 – Should I Sing Scales?

There has been a move in recent years to denigrate singing scales, even accusing their use of hampering your vocal progress. John has his own opinion of singing scales, and how you can best use them in your own practice. John also shows you how to move from scales to sings more smoothly, eliminating a major…

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Episode 6 – The Basics of Vocal Health

Vocal health might be a somewhat unglamorous list of dos and don’ts, but it is a major part of being a good singer.   John explains key points you need to know to keep yourself healthy and to make sure your voice lasts. Understand key foods, medications, and lifestyle choices that can create serious problems…

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Episode 5 – Why You Need to Understand Resonance

Vocal resonance really is the difference between sounding awful, sounding just okay, or being absolutely amazing.  Resonance acts as the filter and the amplifier for the sound waves you create, and correctly adjusting your resonance is a must for good singing. John breaks down this complex subject into easy to understand bites.  Join him in this…

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Episode 4 – Why You Aren’t Singing In Tune

Do you struggle with pitch?  Are you worried you might be tone deaf?  In this podcast John explains the main causes of singing out-of-tune and how to correct them. Struggling with pitch is an almost certainty if you are not using correct technique.  John gives you the understanding to fix these issues and to get…

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Episode 3 – How the Vocal Cords Work

As a singer, understanding the vocal cords is an important part of learning your instrument, yet so few singers really know how they work.   In this episode, John breaks down the anatomy and function of the vocal cords in easy to understand language, in order to give you greater knowledge and control over your singing.…

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Episode 2 – Choosing a Voice Teacher

Finding the right voice teacher is critical for your future success as a singer.  What are the most important things to look for when choosing a teacher?  You might be surprised at John’s answers. The voice teaching industry is marketed like any other.  In this episode, John helps you see what is hype and what…

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