Episode 48 – Teaching Yourself to Sing

Teaching yourself to sing can be a confusing and frustrating experience. For various reasons, singers will try and go it alone, and while not often the best option there are ways to make the process more efficient and effective. In this episode, John gives his Teaching Triangle, the method he uses to stay on track when…

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Episode 47 – What’s Keeping You From Your Singing Goals?

Theoretical Physicist, David Deutsch breaks all goals into two steps. 1. It must be achievable according to the physical laws of the universe. 2. If it is possible, then it is merely a matter of acquiring the knowledge necessary to achieve it. It is not a time or resources problem – it is a knowledge problem. You can…

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Episode 46 – Your Health and Singing

We all hear about vocal health, vocal rest, proper technique. But what about your overall health? Is this something you have been ignoring? Is it something you are beginning to worry about? In this episode, John looks at his own health journey and what it has meant to him as a teacher and content creator.…

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Episode 45 – Intellectual Humility

Humble thyself! Yep, it turns out ego and confidence not only makes you unpleasant on social media, but it can also slow your progress and learning. In this episode, John looks at how adopting intellectual humility and a growth mindset can be critical in rapid growth as a singer, voice teacher, musician, and yes, human being.…

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Episode 44 – The Acoustics of Mix

Mix is an often misunderstood term (as are most in singing). Singers often refer to mix as “something less than belt,” but in this episode, John discusses how to take your mix into the world of intense belting without the usual vocal fatigue and danger. The acoustics of mix are incredibly fascinating and open up…

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Episode 43 – Drop Your Jaw

Drop your jaw! If you take voice lessons you have no doubt heard this command. You have even likely felt the beneficial effects of doing the jaw drop. Why does dropping the jaw help? And why do we often resist doing it? In this episode, John looks at the acoustic science behind dropping your jaw…

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Episode 39 – How to Make Your Teacher Love Working With You

Skilled, in-demand voice teachers see a high number of voice students in a given week, all vying for their attention. With an extensive roster of students, there will always be those that make the teacher’s job just a little harder – don’t be that student! By being respectful of your teacher’s time and policies, and…

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Episode 38 – Trust, but Verify

“Trust, but verify” might come from Ronald Reagan era but it is certainly applicable today. The internet is a wonderful explosion of knowledge, and singing is no exception.  The disruptive force of online content means anyone with a microphone has access to billions of followers – which is good….and bad. In this episode, John talks…

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Episode 37 – Stop Studying Already!

Studying your craft is critical to master your singing. But when does study become a crutch or avoidance mechanism? Fear of failure. Fear of judgment. These can be crippling. Yet if we don’t embrace fear and criticism our singing will likely never reach its full potential. In this episode, John explores why you need to…

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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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