In this episode, John talks with tenor, pedagogue and researcher Nicholas Perna about the topic of voice issues and the stigma surrounding them in the singing community. They discuss the concept of technique shaming, how singers often blame themselves for vocal struggles, and highlight the complexity of singing and the various factors that can affect the voice, emphasizing the need for understanding and support.

Episode highlights:

  • Voice issues are common among singers and can be caused by various factors unrelated to technique.
  • Blaming singers for their vocal struggles is unfair and unhelpful.
  • The singing community should provide support and understanding to those experiencing voice issues.
  • Singers should seek help from professionals, such as otolaryngologists and speech language pathologists, and not hesitate to share their struggles with trusted individuals.

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