Episode 243 – Your Musical Mind

In this episode, John talks about exploring your musical mind and how expanding your imagination can support your creativity and help you be a better singer. 3:08 – Get curious about the music you listen to 4:25 – Texture in sound 12:38 – Listening to the colours of the voice 15:38 – Let your mind…

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Episode 242 – Breathing for Singing with Karyn O’Connor

In this episode, John talks with renowned singing teacher, Karyn O’Connor, about the most effective techniques for breathing. For more information about Karyn O’Connor visit https://www.singwise.com Episode highlights: 2:38 – How is breathing for singing different? 10:25 -Getting back to intuitive breathing and what it is. 15:07 – “Support” explained and why we don’t want…

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Episode 241 – Choosing the Right Teacher for You

In this episode, John talks about what to consider when looking for a vocal coach or singing teacher. It is important to research and ask questions to help you find a teacher that is the right fit for you. Episode Highlights: 2:36 – What is a teaching sweet spot? 6:59 – Why singing is different…

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Episode 240 – You Gotta Have Swagger

In this episode, John discusses confident swagger and how it can help to improve your singing performance. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: 1:32 – Singers are front and center, and the challenges involved 5:05 – Where to get your swagger (this may surprise you!) 8:32 – Mastering your vocal instrument 13:14 – Letting go of perfectionism

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Episode 239 – Fearless Singing With Becky Gilhespie

John talks with “Singing for the Self-Conscious” author, Becky Gilhespie about overcoming fear and discovering the joy of singing. 4:45 – What is Fearless Singing? 10:45 – The number one way to become fearless 13:32 – Recognizing self-sabotage 20:00 – Practice being uncomfortable EPISODE LINKS Becky’s Website How to Get Over Performance Nerves

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Episode 238 – Becoming a Songwriter with Shane Adams

In this episode, John talks with the incredibly talented songwriter and educator Shane Adams.  Shane is on the faculty of Berklee College Of Music, is a Grammy-nominated music educator, an award-winning songwriter, and lectures worldwide.  Here he breaks songwriting down to make it simple and understandable, and he encourages everyone of all ages to start…

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Episode 237 – Helping Creatives Get Things Done

The creative mind is often a double-edged sword: The ability to dream and create can also lead to indecision and unfulfilled goals. Tracee Theisen-Henny helps creatives, singers, and voice teachers (including her husband, John) eliminate roadblocks and accomplish realistic goals. In this episode, John and Tracee discuss typical challenges creatives face and some of her…

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Episode 236 – Am I Straining?

In this episode, John discusses what vocal strain is and the difference between vocal intensity and strain. As singers develop and work towards auditions and performance they have to ask for more power from their voices. It is a fine balance of “pressing in” and engagement of the vocal folds. John explains what happens in…

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Episode 235 – The Great Straw Debate

Straw phonation can be an excellent warm-up and can help a singer find vocal balance, but at the same time, it should be used within reason as a tool but not relied on as a crutch. In this episode, John discusses arguments for and against using the straw and its role in a singer’s vocal…

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Episode 234 – Singing Through the Pandemic with Dr. Reena Gupta

In this episode, John speaks with Dr. Reena Gupta on the challenges of singing and performing in this continued pandemic. Dr. Reena Gupta, a specialist in Otolaryngology and the founder of the Center For Vocal Health covers topics such as navigating breakthrough Covid infections as well as Long Covid and the lingering symptoms that some…

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