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Frustrated With Breath Support?

This one’s for you if you get frustrated with breath support.  Trust me, you’re not alone if you: Struggle to make it to the end of long phrases Have an airy sound Deal with tension or strain (yup….that’s a support issue) Feel like you never get enough air on your inhale Have trouble transitioning between registers (yup….also a support issue) I want to let you in on something. . . . .there are three simple changes you can make that will improve your support right away so that you’re not frustrated with breath support anymore. Here’s what I want you to know: Your ability to improve your breath support involves the synthesis of a few essential things. You’ve probably heard me say before that singing is not just an artistic endeavor, it’s an athletic endeavor. And not only that, singing is also a cerebral endeavor. It’s body AND mind. One thing matters more than anything else when it comes to how the mind & body communicate. . . . drum roll please. . . . Words! The words we choose to direct ourselves around our singing really affect how we embody our technique, for better or for worse.   Changing

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How Long Does It Take To See Results In Your Singing?

Let’s talk about RESULTS for a second……there are so many online voice teachers and singing workshops these days, but do they actually deliver lasting results in your singing, and if so, how long does it actually take to SEE results?  Most singers have been conditioned by voice teachers to believe that singing at the level they want is a looooooong and gradual process.  And they’re right in the sense that if you do it their way – the old, traditional way –  it IS a long and gradual process. But what if there were another way to get results MUCH more quickly? What if there was something different then the online voice teachers and singing workshops you’ve been doing that have disappointed you because you’re STILL dealing with the same old issues in your singing and your career? Today I want to introduce you to the fabulous blues/folk singer-songwriter Grace Theisen. Grace is a blues/folk singer-songwriter who went from being sidelined by the effects of nerves, tension and vocal fatigue to blazing a new trail in her career with rock solid confidence in her voice, zero vocal fatigue AND a brand new record. . . . .in EIGHT WEEKS.  If

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How To Get Rid Of Tension

Do you know what the #1 thing is that sabotages good singing and kills singing careers? (drumroll please) Tension. I did a poll recently on what the proverbial “Holy Grail” is for singers, and the overwhelming answer chosen was: “To sing without strain and tension throughout the expanse of my range with a free, powerful, resonant and vulnerable sound.”  That’s not a tall order or anything! (Can you feel me rolling my eyes right now? You probably are too. I feel you.) I mean, if singing like that were simple, you’d be doing it by now. You’d never strain going for high notes. You’d never tense up on the breath or at the end of a long phrase. You’d never feel anxious about what sound was going to come out – it’d be amazing! The thing is, there’s a really good reason you’re frustrated, and guess what? It’s not your fault. You just don’t know what you don’t know! Click below to check out this training I did for Backstage Magazine recently: THE SECRET TO SINGING FREELY (aka how to NEVER deal with tension and strain again). You NEED to know this! If you are a singer who has had a ton of training

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How To Trust Your Voice (NPR Interview)

Is your singing career stuck in first gear because you’re afraid of really putting yourself out there? 😬 Or did it used to be easy to put yourself out there, but now…..after so much time and energy constantly chasing this dream and constantly coming up short, are you so beat down that it’s becoming harder and harder to keep putting yourself out there? So many giant talents never reach their potential because of fear. In my studio and in my Intensive program, a lot of the singers started out that way. They’re knowledgeable and talented and want to build a world-class singing career……. But they’re stuck. Bottom line is, you can’t be successful if all these things are dragging you down, no matter how talented you are. If you want to understand how to master your fear and trust your voice so that you can stand in your greatness every time you sing and open all the doors to an impactful career, join Daron Larson and I for a fascinating discussion on artistry, singing, fear and trust. Daron is the host of a great NPR show (and podcast) called “The Art Of Attention” and he had me as a guest

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What Is The 2 Month Intensive Program?

Before I get into the real purpose of this email, I want to invite you to consider something.  And that is…….we are all in this pandemic together, and we are all handling these extraordinary circumstances in our own unique way.  For me, I think it’s important that I still run my studio as normally as possible, as it supports not only the hundreds of singers in our tribe, but also financially supports my team and my family – which in turn supports the economy.  If you would prefer NOT to hear about programs I am offering, please click ‘Unsubscribe’ at the bottom of this message and we’ll be sure to exclude you from any future emails.  And, if you’re someone for whom a program like The 2 Month Intensive, along with my personal support and the support of other amazing singers doing the real work to get past their blocks to succeed like crazy when this is all over, would be helpful right now… please read on.  Thank you so much for your consideration and remember you can always join me for my FREE live weekly trainings in my Facebook Group “The Pro Singer Success Collective” here. So, what is The 2 Month Intensive

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Financial Relief For Singers

I have some important info on financial relief for singers to pass along to you today. If you have suffered the loss of income because of cancelled gigs, I want you to know there ARE resources for you. Many organizations have sprung up to help musicians during this time. I have listed a sampling of them below. Sending lots of love and “hustle muscle” during this time. Remember, this WILL end. You already KNOW how to be resourceful (as all free-lance musicians do), so now you’re getting to flex this muscle in new ways and unexpected ways. I’m here for you if you need support!   FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR MUSICIANS Effected by Covid-19 The Recording Academy and its affiliated charitable foundation launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund to help those in the music community affected by the pandemic. Individuals who’ve lost work can apply for financial relief online HERE. Equal Sound has launched a relief fund for musicians who can confirm gig cancellations. Musicians and music industry workers affected by the coronavirus also can apply to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund for help. Phone 888-955-7880 or download a grant application form HERE. AGMA relief fund For AGMA members only Click HERE. ArtistRelief.org A coalition of national

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Career Advice For Singers During COVID-19

Some career advice for singers during Covid-19…… I’ve been thinking about time lately. (Covid-19 is definitely making me introspective these days!) Being stuck at home without the usual daily routine – I’m experiencing time so much differently than usual. And I’m so present to the fact that none of us are promised a tomorrow. That could be seen as very morbid, or it could be really motivating depending on your mindset. And I know that a lot of you reading this may not yet be where you want to be in your life, in your singing or in your career yet. Then the thought came to me…..what if there were a pill that could magically get you to that next level in your career right this moment, would you take it? Of course you would! Who wouldn’t want to skip all the periods of self-doubt and angst we go through on this artistic journey? But then the thought came to me……….what if it doesn’t have to be such a struggle? The more time I spend working with mind/body connections in singers, the more I am convinced that the “magical pill” to unlocking the consistency and growth we all want, is in understanding how to use Present Moment

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SINGERS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19: How To Stay Sane While Everything Is Going A Little Nuts

Here’s a little hope and help for performers during Covid-19. The pandemic is obviously top of mind for everyone right now, and it’s affecting each of us in different ways. Today I wanted to bring you some of the training I do with the singers in my Intensive Program because the same ideas can be really helpful to center yourself amid Coronavirus and everything associated with it. There are some great tools and reframes in here to help you find some sanity and grace amid all that we are experiencing right now. You can access it by clicking below to watch. SINGERS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19: How to stay sane while everything is going a little nuts. I want to support you in the ways that I can to give you some hope right now and this video training is just one small gesture. The performing community is dealing with a lot of fear and uncertainty right now given the effects of COVID-19 on our industry.   The ideas in this video are aimed at guiding you to create a new emotional home for yourself around the challenges we are all facing.   In doing so, I hope you will

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Truth Bomb

I’m gonna be brutally honest for a second. Right now, there are thousands of singers trying to make it in this business. They’re twisting themselves into pretzels to be, sound and look like what they think the industry wants. They’re obsessively focused on mastering technique. They’re going on TV reality shows like The Voice, Idol  and AGT just to get noticed. They’re even paying  to perform instead of getting paid to perform (pay-to-play gigs and YAPs). And despite all of that, most of them aren’t even close to getting paid to sing regularly, much less touring around the world to widespread acclaim. If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that the strategies I mentioned above – people pleasing the industry, technique tunnel vision, reality shows and “pay-to play” gigs  – are absolutely worthless, in my opinion. If you want a world class singing career, you’ll never get there in a million years if you do those things. There’s a much shorter path. But is that the REAL reason talented, professional singers are struggling? No. The real reason is that most of these singers lack vulnerability. VULNERABILITY. When they perform, they present a façade of who they think they need to

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Change Your Singing With One Question

Have you seen yourself and other singers asking: “But what if it doesn’t work out?” “What if I’m never able to make a living as a singer?” “What if I’m rejected by the industry?” “What if I’m never able to break in?” “What if try it and fail?” “What if I can’t do it after all the training and effort?” This one question stunts most singers’ growth severely. It prevents you from taking a chance, from doing something differently, from having a shot at success. And in the meantime, most singers asking this question are wasting the MOST important non-renewable resource in their life: TIME. While this question continues to run on the treadmill in their heads – getting nowhere fast, preventing them from success – hours turn into days, weeks, months and years – AND NOTHING CHANGES. 3 years in – they’re still putting themselves out there and coming up short. 5 years in – they’re wondering if it’s time to let their artistic dream go and commit to a “real” job. 10 years in – they’re feeling bitter that all this hard work went into their singing and didn’t count for anything. So, I want to flip this question for