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This is the audio version of the blogpost you can find at AllThingsVocal.com.

Today's topic is a study of the voice of Chris Stapleton. Listen to this podcast episode to discover lessons singers can learn from this iconicly successful voice.

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If you’d like help with your voice, try Power, Path and Performance vocal training, available at www.JudyRodman.com in vocal lessons and on CD courses.

Subjects covered in this episode include

  1. Maintaining flexibly tall posture 
  2. Lightening middle voice mix for rich, strain-free sound
  3. Pulling instead of pushing for power
  4. Drop technique for effect
  5. Find a great background singer
  6. Give the voice access to movement
  7. Support the ends of lines
  8. The importance of active facial language
  9. For increased power, back off pressure, add passion
  10. Avoiding vocal health perils of the road
  11. Don't be afraid to do it your way
  12. Make music that makes the world a better place.

Links mentioned in this podcast include:

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This is the audio version of the blogpost you can find at AllThingsVocal.com.

Today's topic is 30 studio saboteurs. Listen to this podcast episode to learn what to avoid if you want to perform and capture best vocals in the studio. 

The discussion lists 5 saboteurs to avoid in each of the following categories: Producer, Vocal Producer, Audio Engineer, Background singer, Lead Singer and Anybody Else who comes into the studio.

For much more help getting great studio vocals, here are links to the two courses mentioned in this podcast:

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Today's topicis chiropractic, wellness and the voice; my interview with Dr. Dwaine Allison. Listen to this podcastepisode for insight, stretching exercises and practical tips to support and free your voice, from an expert resource - a doctor who sings!

Subscribe to thispodcast at iTunes , Android apps or Google Play and don't miss an episode... and please leave areview there, too! REVIEWS ARE MUCH NEEDED and APPRECIATED!

If you’d like helpwith vocal strain tension, or any other vocal matter, try Power, Path and Performancevocal training, available at www.JudyRodman.com in vocal lessons and on CD courses. Chiropractic, Feldenkrais and Alexander Technique practitioners can also provide valuable help.


Subjects covered in this episodeinclude:

  • Dr. Allison's beginning in music before becoming chiropractor
  • How chiropractor and vocal coach got together.
  • How Dr. Allison's chiropractic and wellness work helps the voice. He assesses, recommends changes and improves the general health of the body which houses the voice.
  • The 7 pillars of wellness he addresses: Exercise, Posture, Nutrition, Hydration, Rest and relaxation, Mental state, Neurological condition.
  • Assessment of the patient to determine strategy of improvement. 
  • Getting rid of bad habits, unloading baggage, taking your foot of the brake so you can go forward. Checking posture, and how both chiro and vocal coach do this.
  • Windows to your health that Dr. Allison checks, including the vital state of your posture. What forward leaning posture does to sabotage health, just as it sabotages the voice by interfering with open throat and breath control.
  • How Dr. Allison works to change aligment. Strategies in addition to chiropractic that he uses including frequency therapies and chi gong.
  • We discussed the diagphragm and the lungs, also the torso, pelvic, cervical and thoracic vertebrae. 
  • We got into the trigeminal nerve, the jaw including tension in the platysma and how to release it.
  • He takes us through a few wonderful, very effective stretches to counteract  specific areas of tension. You'll find yourself moving with the discussion!
  • How awareness helps change things.
  • Feldenkrais and Alexander technique and how they can increase muscular efficiency.

About Dr. Allison:

Dr. Dwaine Allison, has been in private practice since graduating from Texas Chiropractic College in 1985. He has given some three quarters of a million individual treatments. His first in Tyler and Ft. Worth, Texas, and now in Franklin Tennessee, where I am among his devoted patients. Born legally blind, he has overcome huge hurdles in his life to become a well-respected Chiropractor, public speaker, and singer/songwriter/performer.


His care is effective for those who have chronic pain and all kinds of disabilities and other issues; He also delivers high performance care to musicians, runners, martial artists and other athletes.  The multiple protocols in which he is certified in include:

  • Acupuncture (both with and without needles)
  • Treating "The Injured Musician" 
  • Medical Qi Gong
  • "Athletes In Industry",
  • Corporate Wellness & Accident Prevention
  • ... And so much more

Dr. Allison is a true community leader. Check out his website to see the organizations who have him on their Boards, the positions he has held including district president for the Texas and Tennessee Chiropractic associations, his appearances on TV and radio, and the incredible volunteer and educational work he has done. Some of his ‘other’ interests include marathon running, guitar, songwriting, hiking, chess, table tennis, travel, foreign language and culture, human development and empowerment, public speaking, writing, unicycling, and martial arts!


He and his equally amazing wife Rita have 6 children, some of whom have studied voice with me. I had the pleasure of producing an album of his original music. He is a truly gifted and insightful healer and the things I've learned from him over the years have helped make me a better and more effective vocal coach for you! 


Dr. Allison's office is in Franklin, Tn. Learn more and contact him at his website http://www.franklinchiropractic.net. 

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This is the audio version of the blogpost you can find at AllThingsVocal.com, written by vocal coach Judy Rodman.

Today's topic is Ear to Larynx... What the voice learns from listening skills. Listen to this podcast episode to find out how your ears, brain and voice can work together for quicker results in gaining vocal ability.

Subscribe to this podcast at iTunes and don't miss an episode... and please leave a review there, too! REVIEWS ARE MUCH APPRECIATED!

If you’d like help with listening skills or any other vocal matter, try Power, Path and Performance vocal training, available at www.JudyRodman.com in vocal lessons and on CD courses.

 

Subjects covered in this episode include:

  • How to listen more actively - pointing the ear to 

    articulation, tone, volume, pitch, phrasing and rhythm

  • How the ear directs the voice
  • Practical advice for the listening voice

Links mentioned in this podcast include:

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This is the audio version of the blogpost you can find at AllThingsVocal.com.

Today's topic is the career of voiceover, and includes my interview with renown New York-based voiceover talent Linda Bruno. Listen to this podcast episode to learn what goes into creating a successful career in the field of voiceover, from an insider who has done it. 

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There is nothing like speaking with a master of any art, and Linda's career credits speaks to her mastery of not only the art of voiceover, but the business as well. And to top it off, she continues to train her voice in the endless pursuit of higher levels of ability, and protection from strain. It is my great pleasure to work with her every week from her office to mine, over Skype.

Some of the topics we discussed include:

  • What the preferred term for her line of work is.
  • The trip to Miami with her father when she was 18 and the kindness of a pro that lit the fire for Linda's voiceover career. 
  • The current state of business for skilled voiceover talent, and what Linda does to stay competitive in the field. 
  • What it means to work union (SAG-AFTRA) vs non-union.
  • The really fun stuff: How Linda met Meryl Streep backstage while working the She Awards at Radio City Music Hall.
  • The not-fun stuff: How she deals with difficult clients who don't know what they want.
  • What it means to be a professional with a great reputation in this field.
  • How improv classes can be helpful for honing voiceover skills.
  • How acting can help with message delivery in voiceover as well as singing performance.
  • Why Linda still takes vocal lessons.
  • Why Linda believes it's no longer necessary to have an ISDN line for voiceover work.
  • Her practical advice for those interested in developing a professional career as voiceover talent. 

More about Linda Bruno:

Her website is www.LindaBruno.com. She can be contacted there.


From voicing promos for National networks to making you laugh with character voices to providing your pharmaceutical or banking information over the phone, Linda Bruno has been tagged a renaissance woman. Linda’s voice is used daily for Television, Radio, and multimedia formats all over the world. Currently she is the voice of HSN – Home Shopping Network, Disney Jr for South East Asia, Fandango, The Weather Channel as well as the voice of “Alex” for United Airlines’ website.  Her specialties include retail spots and auto dealerships. More Credits: Walmart, Pfizer, Disney Asia, HSN, The Weather Channel, Fandango, United Airlines, TLC – The Learning Channel, CNBC, CNBC Asia, CNN, Stride Gum, VH1, Nickelodeon, Verizon, Costco, McDonalds, AT&T, Kraft Foods. Various radio and TV stations across the country. Local and Regional auto dealerships including Mercedes Benz, Acura, Jaguar, Kia, Chevy, VW, Lexus, Honda and more. 

Remember you can find me and my services for your voice, as well as contact me, at www.JudyRodman.com

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This is the audio version of the blogpost you can find at AllThingsVocal.com.

Today's topic is the middle voice, and problems that can make these so-called easy notes sound and feel bad. Listen to this podcast episode to learn from vocal coach Judy Rodman about 4 specific middle voice issues, what you can do to fix them:

1. Breath issues 

2. Facial language issues

3. Vocal register mix issues

4. Vocal cord issues

Subscribe to this podcast at iTunes and don't miss an episode... and please leave a review there, too! REVIEWS ARE MUCH APPRECIATED!

If you’d like help with optimizing the sound and health of your middle voice, or any other vocal matter, try Power, Path and Performance vocal training, available at www.JudyRodman.com in vocal lessons and on CD courses.

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This is the audio version of the blogpost you can find at AllThingsVocal.com.

Today's topic is the Power of Getting To The Point. Listen to this podcast episode to learn to focus in on your messages, and make your central point clear for strongest songs, scripts, and vocal performances. You'll learn several exercises, featuring the 5 question focusing strategy asking... What? Who? Why? Where? and How?. 

Also covered is the subject of word count... how many words or lyrics are enough? How can you concisely write wordy songs?

Subscribe to this podcast at iTunes and don't miss an episode... and please leave are view there, too! REVIEWS ARE MUCH APPRECIATED! 

If you’d like help with singing or speaking performance focus and impact, my vocal training method has a whole third cornerstone devoted to that very area. Check out 'Power, Path and Performance' training, available at www.JudyRodman.com in vocal lessons and on CD courses.

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This is the audio version of the blogpost you can find at AllThingsVocal.comSubscribe to this podcast at iTunes and don't miss an episode... and please leave a review there, too! REVIEWS ARE MUCH APPRECIATED!

Today's topic is the importance of artist development, and contains my interview with an expert in the field: PCG Nashville’s Bernard Porter. Listen to this podcast episode for tips to greatly increase your chances of success in the music business, and become a well-rounded, happier human being in the process. Subjects covered in this episode include:

  • Areas typically missing in ‘artist development’ that can sabotage the successful breaking of new artists
  • Traits in a singer that turn Bernard off; signalling that singer may not ever succeed in the music industry.
  • Whether it is important for a singer to be a songwriter. 
  • The vital importance of an artist to be able to 'own' the stage with presence and performance skills.
  • The difference vocal training can make to a recording and performing artist.
  • The impact of persistence, dedication and even sacrifice required for the potential for the artist to succeed.
  • Ways even those without a lot of financial means can still find the money, heart, and effort to invest in training and preparing for a music career.
  • How PCG Artist Development works uniquely to grow artists in different dimensions, and what the byline of the company 'the science of artist development' means.
  • The brand new arm of the company that is offering training to everyone, even those who can't afford to enroll in the primary PCG program. (A little disclaimer… I am proud to be the author of PCG Online's vocal coaching courses, in the company of other instructors I highly respect authoring courses which include songwriting, auditioning, music theory, live performance. )

Links mentioned in this podcast include:

More on Bernard Porter and PCG:

PCG Nashville is recognized as America’s leading career/artist development organizations, working with established and new emerging artists. A successful business entrepreneur, Porter has spent his career developing and securing high profile joint ventures within both corporate and private sectors, guiding them in all phases of creative media, production, marketing and national product launches. In addition, he has served as an entertainment consultant to many record labels, broadband networks, major artists, large corporations, state tourism boards as well as to specialty venues, including the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Simon Mall properties, Dave & Busters and Marriott Hotels. Porter was instrumental in signing Jason Aldean to Broken Bow Records and has a long history of high level achievements. 
Note: I provide vocal coaching services for many PCG clients, and have a video vocal training course published at PCG Online.
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This is the audio version of the blogpost you can find at AllThingsVocal.com.

Today's topic is singing studio vocals with live stage magic. Listen to this podcast episode for tips to get the power, passion, authenticity and sheer vocal magic of your live stage performance into the final vocals you have to deliver in the austere environment of the vocal booth.

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If you’d like help with studio vocal performance, here are links to products and services discussed in the podcast:

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Today's topic is my response to the fear by music makers and listeners that roots music could be lost in the marketplace. Listen to this podcast episode to find out why I don't believe we should ever worry about roots music disappearing, in fact that it will always be priceless.

Subscribe to this podcast at iTunes and don't miss an episode... and please leave a review there, too! REVIEWS ARE MUCH APPRECIATED!

For help with your priceless voice, no matter what your style of music, try Power, Path and Performance vocal training, available at www.JudyRodman.com in vocal lessons and on CD courses.

 

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