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Episode 342 - Getting Over Your Vocal Skis

The Intelligent Vocalist with John Henny

Release Date: 10/17/2023

Episode 361 - Your Vocal Values show art Episode 361 - Your Vocal Values

The Intelligent Vocalist with John Henny

In this episode, John discusses the importance of vocal values and how they can shape your success as a singer. He emphasizes the difference between what is within your control and what is not, and encourages focus on the things that are within your control as defined by your values. Episode highlights: Focus on what is within your control and accept what is not. Identify and prioritize your personal vocal values. Consistent study and application of knowledge are crucial for improvement. Push through fear and judgment to achieve your singing goals. To learn more about John Henny, his...

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In this episode, John talks with top voice-over artist Liz Hill as she discusses her experience with freelance work and how it has changed her life. Liz highlights the advantages that singers have in voiceover work, as their vocal training and skills are easily transferable. She shares her journey of starting out in freelancing, the potential for income in this field, and her new venture of creating courses and training content to help others get started in freelancing. Episode highlights: Freelance work, particularly in voiceover, can be a lucrative source of income for singers. Singers have...

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Episode 353 - My New Year’s Resolutions show art Episode 353 - My New Year’s Resolutions

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In this episode, John shares his New Year’s resolutions and his approach to make sure he follows through with them. Episode highlights: Making resolutions just once at the beginning of the year isn’t enough. You need strategies to build a habit, which then becomes a routine. Having accountability is crucial. To learn more about John Henny, his best-selling books, on-line courses,  featuring his Teaching Team of Experts, Speaker Training and the Contemporary Voice Teacher Academy, visit: 

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Episode 352 - The Top Ten Episodes of 2023 show art Episode 352 - The Top Ten Episodes of 2023

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In this episode, John highlights the Top 10 podcast episodes from 2023, based on the number of listens and feedback from listeners. Episode highlights: You should be using your voice all the time. Singing is not easy, but if you’re struggling with your voice, you can’t quit. John’s personal vocal “setback” has been transformative.   To learn more about John Henny, his best-selling books, on-line courses,  featuring his Teaching Team of Experts, Speaker Training and the Contemporary Voice Teacher Academy, visit: 

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In this episode, John explores the difficulties of trying to master everything all at once, and shares his advice on how we can all learn to not get over our vocal skis. 

Episode Highlight:

  • The temptation to step beyond the starting point
  • Good ways of checking in on your growth
  • The practice of learning how to filter information

To learn more about John Henny, his best-selling books, online courses, Vocal Assessments and Voice Lessons with his Teaching Team of Experts, Speaker Training, and the Contemporary Voice Teacher Academy, visit: JohnHenny.com.