Episode 233 – Singing Without a Head

“On Having No Head” by Douglas Harding is a short, concise book that shows a simple method to finding states of open awareness and flow. This state of lowered self-awareness is perfect for creativity and musical performance. In this episode, John discusses singing with “no head” and how to glimpse this place of openness and…

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Episode 232 – Long COVID and Singing with Rachel Goldenberg

Long COVID is defined as symptoms lasting over 12 weeks. The lingering fatigue and respiratory issues can be devastating for the singer. Dr. Rachel Goldenberg has extensive experience working with long COVID sufferers. In this episode, Rachel and John discuss the impact of ongoing symptoms and how to approach and manage long COVID as a…

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Episode 231: The Importance of Emotion

Voice teacher Philippe Hall calls emotion “the most neglected skill in singing.” Not only does emotion connect you with the listener, but it also helps support and refine your technique.  In this episode, John and Philippe discuss his performing career, the importance emotion has played in his success, as well as Philippe’s new singing course.…

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Episode 230 – Vocal Acoustics Made Simple

Vocal acoustics is one of the most confusing yet important parts of singing. In this episode, John gives you the essential knowledge you need to understand this crucial element of your instrument.

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Episode 229 – Working with Other Musicians

The world of the working musician is competitive, and the best singer does not always get the job. You need to be a top-level professional in both skills and attitude. James Eager is a veteran bass player in the UK music scene and the creator of ebassguitar.com, a leading music education site. In this episode,…

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Episode 228 – Mindset for Advanced Singing

There comes a period in a singer’s development where the mind becomes the challenge rather than the voice. Reaching the highest levels requires a mindset that is quite different from the beginning or intermediate singer. In the episode, John discusses what to work and focus on as you transition to advanced levels.

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Episode 227 – Understanding Range with Matt Ramsey

Range is often the yardstick singers use to measure themselves and others. But range alone does not a singer make. In this episode, John is joined by voice Teacher Matt Ramsey to discuss developing vocal range, its place in the singer’s skill set, and why it may not be as important as you think. EPISODE…

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Episode 226 – Five Misconceptions About Singing

Both professional and amateur singers have misconceptions about singing. From breathing to belting, misconceptions can lead singers down rocky paths. In this episode, John discusses his top five vocal misconceptions and how you can get focused and clear about your singing.

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Episode 225 – Strategies to Extend Your Vocal Range

Singing higher is usually at the top of the goal list for singers but they are often unsure how to extend their range. Range has two primary elements, the physical and the acoustic, and both need to be balanced to create vocal freedom. In this episode, John gives his best tips and exercises to safely…

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Episode 224 – How to Have Better Voice Lessons

Voice lessons are an essential part of improving as a singer. However, lessons are not cheap, and you want to make sure you get the maximum benefits and results. In this episode, John gives his best tips to increase your learning and get the most out of your voice lessons.

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