Episode 102 – How Much Should I Practice?

Singers are often unsure how much to practice on a daily basis. There are a number of variables that come into play, and each singer is different. In this episode, John discusses guidelines to make your practice productive and positive.

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Episode 101 – Essential Muscle Balance

The balancing of tiny, unseen muscles is critical for singing, but these coordinations can be tricky. In this episode, John explains the muscles of pitch – how they work and how they need to balance for powerful singing.

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Episode 100 – The Developing Singer

When first starting to sing, there are usually major technical skills that need to be developed.  Once a baseline level of technique is established, there is a new mountain to climb – the mountain of musicianship. In this episode, John discusses the path to singing mastery and the skill sets you should be aware of…

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Episode 99 – The Future Looks Bright

The world of voice teaching has often been fractured, with various camps, methods, and disciplines, keeping a sense of distance from each other. In recent years, a new crop of teacher has emerged who is embracing different styles and methods, as well as working closely with science and medicine. In this episode, John discusses these…

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Episode 98 – Embrace the Struggle

If only it were easier – but it rarely is. Being a creative, an artist, a musician is to invite constant obstacles and setbacks. These roadblocks can sideline us, even cause some of us to give up completely. In this episode, John discusses the inevitable struggles you will face and how to find inspiration and…

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Episode 97 – Don’t Get Brain Hacked

Technology, the internet, and even social media can be wonderful tools for the singer…..until they are not. Many of these tools have been engineered to distract and steal away your time and attention – leaving you less time and energy for singing and creative pursuits. In this episode, John discusses how to control your digital…

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Episode 96 – The Key to Vocal Power

Maximum Flow Declination Rate (MFDR) is not something often discussed by singers (or even voice teachers) but it is an important part of having a powerful voice. In this episode, John explains what MFDR is and how best to develop safe and healthy vocal power. EPISODE LINKS: OHNI Vocal Masterclass Contemporary Voice Teacher Academy OOVO…

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Episode 95 – Beware the Gap

We all have a future ideal self we strive towards – the singer we will someday hope to be. But staying focused on this ideal can often cause us to become discouraged, as it seems so far away and, at times, unattainable. In this episode, John discusses how best to measure your progress to keep…

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Episode 94 – In Praise of Consonants

In singing, the vowel is “all-important” while consonants are often relegated to bits of noise that must be negotiated around. But consonants not only give us understandable language – they are the rhythmic drivers of music, containing a whole world of expressive possibilities. In this episode, John delves into making consonants an important part of…

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Episode 93 – Essential Rhythm for Singers

Rhythm and sense of time are not the first things singers tend to work on, yet they are vitally important music skills. Developing a great sense of time and a feel for accurate rhythmic subdivision should be high on the list for every singer. In this episode, John gives some of his favorite exercises for…

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