Episode 123 – Information Overload

Voice science is advancing our understanding of singing by leaps and bounds – but it’s also becoming a bit overwhelming. In this episode, John looks at the role of knowledge in singing and why an overreliance on science can be a problem.

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Episode 122 – The Crumbling Walls

East is East and West is West – so went the Kipling poem and opposing voice teacher camps. But now the walls between educators are crumbling as science and knowledge are creating a common language and understanding. In this episode, John discusses the bridges between the classical and contemporary voice teachers and why it’s a…

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Episode 121 – Your Two Voices

We are born with two voices – one that flips into high falsetto and one that can speak and yell. These voices work great for communicating, cheering, or calling for help. But for singing strong high notes? Not so much. In this episode, John discusses these two natural voices and why we need to navigate…

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Episode 112 – Absolutes in Singing

Learning about the voice can be a confusing journey, especially online. Teachers will tell you to “always” do one thing and “never” do another and why other methods and instruction are “wrong.” Much like our current political climate, nuance is often left wanting as more extreme arguments are better able to cut through the clutter…

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Episode 111 – Natalie Weiss Interview

Natalie Weiss is a gifted vocal educator, as well as an amazing singer and performer. Her popular YouTube channel is a must-watch for singers. In this interview, Natalie gives us insights into her own vocal development, as well as how to learn to riff, prepare for performances, and how to get the sensations of singing…

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Episode 110 – Sensation Based Singing

It’s not enough to understand your voice – you must feel it in a knowing and precise way. Cataloging all the various sensations of pitch, vowel, color, and intensity is a large part of becoming a masterful singer. In this episode, John discusses the sensations of singing and how you can develop a greater awareness…

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Episode 109 – The Business of Singing

The recent bio picks of Queen and Elton John share a common villain – the music business.  Record labels and managers are shown at odds with the creative spirit. But without these business people, we likely would have never heard the music of these great artists.  In this episode, John discusses why you need to…

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Episode 108 – Performance Mistakes

Making the jump from the practice room to the stage can be a bit nervewracking. It is common for these jitters to affect your performance in ways you might not be aware of. In this episode, John discusses some of the most common performance mistakes and how to make your connection with your audience focused…

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Episode 107 – Great Singers Steal!

“Good composers borrow, great ones steal.” Igor Stravinsky In light of the recent Katy Perry – Dark Horse lawsuit, it would seem copyright enforcement has run amok. But borrowing from great artists has been a long tradition in music, and great singers certainly “steal” from other singers. In this episode, John discusses why you need…

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Episode 106 – Voice Science Works Part 2

This continued conversation with Laurel Irene and David Harris of Voice Science Works delves into judgment culture, the emotion of singing, as well as our evolving understanding of vocal registers. EPISODE LINKS: Voice Science Works Vocal Registers  

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