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Today is the second part of my 2 part series... career saving tips to protect your voice from a hit songListen to this podcast episode for 7 more strategies to help your voice survive the increased performance demands that come with vocal career success!

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Suggestions covered in this episode include:

  • Nourish your body like your voice is attached
  • Workout like a pre-game athlete
  • Avoid voice saboteurs
  • Rehearse with and use in-ear monitors
  • Stay in touch with your vocal coach
  • Be prepared for the emotional ride
  • Know what to do about laryngitis

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For this episode, I interview Fela Davis…an audio engineer and entrepreneur based in New York City. She graduated from Full Sail University and now has over 15 years of audio engineering experience, including working for industry powerhouses Clair Global and House of Blues. You’ll hear the names of several legendary artists she’s worked with as we chat. 

Fela specializes in wireless mics and in ear monitors, has prepped gear for network and cable TV shows including Good Morning America Summer Series, The Colbert Report and The Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade. She and her partner Denis Orynbekov combined their expertise to create 23dB Productions, located in New York City. Besides in-studio work, they offer a mobile one-stop shop for live projects: They film videos, do multitrack recording, mix and master for concerts and live events.

When Fela's not creating content for her company she’s on international road tours… currently working as mixing-front-of-house engineer for 5-time Grammy award winning jazz artist Christian McBride, and does some shows with 5-time Grammy award nominee Ottmar Liebert. 

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To be vocally prepared for your best stage performances, train with Judy in lessons or courses. To do your best studio vocals ever... check out 'Singing In The Studio', the ulimate training for getting magic in your studio vocal performance. 

Subjects covered in this episode include:

  • Taking a career placement test to uncover your best fit in the arts.
  • Why singers and engineers do well to understand each other's issues.
  • Specialties for sound engineer jobs such as front-of-house and monitor engineers.
  • Mistakes Fela has seen performers make, and how to can avoid them.
  • Practicing with in-ear monitors to get used to the sound.
  • Current technology in wireless mics and the trust factor
  • Fela's favorite microphones... shootouts... buying your own.
  • Caution with digital editing; the importance of being prepared before the vocal session.
  • Working with Christian McBride on the road.
  • Paying dues and establishing reputation.
  • The dangers of reverb in wedge monitors.
  • What speakers can do to help audio engineers capture their voices best.
  • Tips for singers who want to learn audio engineering.

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Today's topic is 'Why Singing Without Your Instrument Feels So Weird'. Listen to this podcast episode for tips to help singers who normally sing while playing to sing well without their instrument.

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If you’d like help with singing with or without an instrument, or any other vocal matter, try the courses or personal lessons PROVEN to WORK on stage and in the studio... available at www.JudyRodman.com.

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Today's topic is the dark art of trolling and what singers can do when cyber-bullied.

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Today's topic Sara Bareilles. Listen to this podcast episode for lessons to learn from her voice.

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If you’d like help with learning any of these vocal techniques, 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. Well-developed head voice can be belt voice's (upper chest voice's) best friend.

    2. Middle voice can be more interesting when varied and multi-colored.

    3. Don't be afraid to play with vibrato and straight tone.

    4. If you write with piano, let your fingers and your voice collaborate.

    5. Watch where you place a piano mic stand.

    6. If you have a great feel for rhythm, carefully consider scat singing in your performance.

    7. Watch your pitch when out of your most usual position.

    8. It's ok to write the whole song yourself.

    9. It's ok to have a name people have to spell check and hear pronounced correctly.

    10. Everything you've ever done informs the music you make.

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  • Sara Bareilles 

          http://www.sarabmusic.com/main/

  • Love Song
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi7Yh16dA0w&list=PLs2VDJTtCn3rEmYeaKvL3xMeG62gzp1zO

    Gravity
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEXhAMtbaec&list=PLs2VDJTtCn3rEmYeaKvL3xMeG62gzp1zO&index=3

    Brave
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUQsqBqxoR4

    Many the Miles
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwg1TpxkSnA

    Many the Miles (live)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Kc0cYWfmUE

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Today's topicis 7 Songwriter Round Mistakes. Listen to this podcastepisode to learn what not to do for successful songwriter round performances, plus bonus mistake #8 !

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If you’d like help raising the mastery level of your live performances, or any other vocal matter, try Power, Path and Performancevocal training, available at www.JudyRodman.com in vocal lessons and on CD courses.


Subjects covered in this episode include:

  • Talking too much

  • Mumbling lyrics
  • Wrong volume
  • Failing to connect
  • Not being gracious
  • Singing too long
  • Singing wrong songs
  • Not telling them who you are

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Today's topicis Singing Scared. Listen to this podcastepisode to understand why guarding the voice can actually cause vocal problems to get worse, and what to do instead.

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If you’d like helpwith vocal strain, vocal performance anxiety or any other vocal matter, try Power, Path and Performancevocal training, available at www.JudyRodman.com in vocal lessons and on CD courses.


Subjects covered in this episodeinclude:

  • Diagnosing trigger events for scared singing
  • How hormones activate the vocally counterproductive fight or flight response
  • How this response causes loss of vocal ability
  • The crisis of vocal confidence that follows
  • Two keys for turning vocal fear into fearlessness
  • Case studies
  • Power, Path and Performance vocal training and how it can help

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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.

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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?

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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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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. )

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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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