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

Today I interview Mark Thress… classical singer and teacher, voice science researcher, entrepreneur and colleague. He and I have been trading vocal lessons for about a year. Listen to this episode to hear us share our explorations and findings concerning the similarities and differences in contemporary and classical singing and teaching, as well as how cross-training can help both.

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If you want the best contemporary vocal training proven to maximize vocal ability and conquer strain, try Power, Path and Performance vocal training, available at www.JudyRodman.com in vocal lessons and on CD courses.

Find Mark Thress and his services at his Facebook page, Instagram @MarkThress and website.

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Subjects covered in this episode include:

  • How we met and our intention behind trading lessons.
  • Similarities and differences between the genres of classical and contemporary singing.
  • How all art is about effectively and authentically communicating a message to the one heart.
  • Subtle technical differences in formal and contemporary genres in performance focus, creating volume, using self-compression, facial expressions, vowel lengths, vibrato, the need for mic technique or to fill the hall acoustically, conveying emotion without pushing.
  • How “less is more” in contemporary music, while continuity in sound is important in classical music.
  • Ways cross training can benefit both contemporary and classical voice.
  • Issues students typically have when trying to cross these genres and perform them authentically.
  • Using tools such as a trampoline or bosu ball to loosen the body and increase access to breath and tone, as well as a coffee straw or balloon for warming up.
  • How 'pulling' helps both contemporary and classical singing.
  • How both coaches have improved each other's voices.
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This is the audio version of the blogpost you can find at AllThingsVocal.com.

Today's topic is How to Sing Love Songs. Listen to this podcast episode for tips to go deeper into the various messages that are present in love songs, and the how to deliver love songs more interestingly and authentically to get a more powerful response.  

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If you’d like help with performing emotional songs 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:

  • Examples of various love song messages and songs that carry them
  • Four questions to ask
  • What to do if you’re not feeling it
  • Mistakes to avoid
  • How to create nuance
  • Two exercises

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

Today's topic is Harmony. Listen to this podcast episode for tips to sing and create harmony parts.

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If you’d like help with singing or creating harmony, 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:

  • The power of harmony
  • How to pick a part
  • How to train for harmony singing
  • Some examples of great harmony

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

Today's topic is Courageous Creativity of New Zealand.  Listen to this podcast episode to learn about the unique and breathtaking creativity I found during my New Zealand trip, and to find inspiration for your own expanded possibilities.

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If you’d like help with exploring your voice’s potential, 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 adversity and how it can be used to benefit the voice. Listen to this podcast episode to find out why I add humorously negative and seriously hard times to my voice’s gratitude list, and how you can, too.

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If you’d like help with difficult vocal issues 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:

  • My childhood demotion from lead to harmony
  • Mandatory piano lessons
  • Paying dues with vocal abuse
  • Serious illness and vocal damage
  • Multiple career failures

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Mending Vocal Breaks

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

Today's topic is Mending Vocal Breaks. Listen to this podcast episode to find out what vocal breaks are caused by and what you can do about the unwanted ones.

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If you’d like help with mending vocal breaks 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:

  • What is a vocal break?
  • What causes vocal breaks?
  • Why do we use dysfunctional vocal technique?
  • Reasons to re-train the voice to mend unwanted breaks
  • Ways to begin changing bad vocal habits
  • My specific approach to mending vocal breaks

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

Today's topic is DissonanceListen to this podcast episode to learn how we can turn uncomfortable, unsettling and fearful dissonance into an energy that moves us forward musically, vocally and culturally.

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If you’d like help with resolving vocal issues, 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:

  • A-tonal music
  • Dissonance as a lyric writing tactic
  • Dissonance as a production tactic
  • Dissonance in the music business
  • Dissonance in voice and vocal training
  • Dropped technique
  • Physical dissonance
  • Relational dissonance
  • Cognitive dissonance
  • Historical dissonance
  • How to use dissonance to move forward

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

Today's topic is about 3 ways to increase vocal range. Listen to this podcast episode for tips to safely and practically widen the distance between the lowest and highest notes you can sing.

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If you’d like help with extending your vocal range, 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:

  • 3 different definitions of vocal range.
  • Questions to determine your vocal range.
  • How to train for more vocal range
  • How to determine how much range you need.

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

Today's episode is the 2nd part of my interview with Rick Barker… music business mastermind and artist development hero. Listen to this All Things Vocal podcast episode to get insider tips for creating and growing a successful music business.

This podcast is now playing at iTunes , Google PlayTuneIn Radio, . Subscribe and don't miss an episode... and please leave a review where you like to listen! REVIEWS ARE MUCH NEEDED and APPRECIATED!

If you want the best vocal training proven to maximize vocal ability and conquer strain, 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:

  • When an artist is ready for a good manager and booking agent. How to understand why you need to be making enough money to make it win-win.

  • Why you educate yourself to get to that point.

  • How to protect yourself from bitterness and self-pity which stops your progress.

  • The strategy of re-thinking and using labels as joint ventures.

  • The singles game.

  • Building your own buzz.

  • How to create fan engagement on social media (great tactics)

  • Why you shouldn't spend a ton of money on Billboard radio station promotion.

  • Spotify, soundcloud

  • How to earn people's attention

  • Rick's book and courses

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

Today I interview Rick Barker… a highly successful music mogul and mentor who teaches artists to be successful with their careers.. Listen to this All Things Vocal podcast episode to get insider tips for creating and growing a successful music business.

This podcast is now playing at iTunes , Google PlayTuneIn Radio and many other podcast apps. Subscribe and don't miss an episode... and please leave a review where you like to listen! REVIEWS ARE MUCH NEEDED and APPRECIATED!

If you want the best vocal training proven to maximize vocal ability and conquer strain, 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:

  • Rick's work as former manager of Taylor Swift and promoter, consultant for Big Machine Records.
  • Artist development includes communication skills.
  • The importance of vocal health and vocal training for successful careers.
  • The mindshift necessary to go from hobbyist to serious artist.
  • Rick's strategy of interaction for music business success... how musicians, songwriters, vocalists, social media masters can engage and help each other.
  • The mistake of not registering your music. There is now $1.6 billion of unclaimed music royalties.
  • Steps to take for studying and developing multiple streams of monetary transactions.
  • Smart places to prioritize and invest your money in your career.
  • The importance of processing mechanical and sync licenses.
  • What major labels are looking for, what they are good and bad at doing. 360 deals.
  • How money flows to artists and labels. How to create a win-win.
  • TV talent shows and specific strategic steps you can take to make them work for you.
  • The importance of songwriting to artist development 
  • We discussed pop artist icon Mat Kearney and new country artist Preston James
  • The wisdom of patience and not rushing the artistic formation process.

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