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Singing and Brain Chemistry

I’ve been teaching voice lessons for 22 years, and I’ve been noticing lately a common thread in many of my lessons: that singers who achieve a certain high state of mind and body awareness can experience powerful personal transformation. I call this transformation “the Release”, and it is accompanied by either laughter, tears, or “chills”.…

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Mouth Position: How to Easily Improve Your Vocal Range

One of the most important and easiest things you can do to improve your singing is to make sure you have enough room in your mouth. Most singers don’t open their mouths wide enough to get a good sound, so one of the first things I do with a new student is to show them…

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How to Avoid a Vocal Injury

Adelle is one of my favorite singers. Her success is not the result of fancy productions, glitzy marketing, or trendy youth culture, but is simply the result of great singing and an amazing ability to communicate emotion through her songs. I was saddened but not shocked to hear that she had injured her voice and…

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How To Expand Your Singing Range

The best way to expand your vocal range is to effectively blend your chest voice and head voice. The best way to start is to practice some sirens, and try to minimize the break by keeping your larynx low. You can also learn about releasing jaw tension, keeping your vocal cords adducted, and proper breath…

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The Secret to Effortless Singing: Air Control

Take a breath of air. A nice long breath. Now take a breath and hum on the exhale, feeling your vocal cords vibrate and resist the air leaving you. This mysterious process of engaging your vocal cords is the secret to effortlessly controlling your singing voice. Most singers who run out of breath do not…

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How Your Shoulders Can Unlock Your Voice

When it comes to being a great singer, it boils down to having subtle control of your vocal cords. The problem most people have is that the larger muscle groups that surround the vocal cords tend to squeeze in and prevent the vocal cords from doing their job. The shoulders play a big role in…

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Singing and Your Brain

There are some amazing new discoveries being made about the brain and singing. Researchers can measure brain function in real time with magnetic imaging technology. New findings about the role of neurotransmitters, neural networks and brain systems are coming out at an amazing rate, ushering in a new era of understanding of how we think.…

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Tribe and Singing

A student came in after the holidays absolutely glowing. It turns out that she had gone to some year-end parties that she usually dreaded, but this year there was singing. Her voice was in a new place where she could really enjoy singing with others and having fun, and she spent hours singing and making…

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Jamie Lynn Noon’s “Like a Meteor” – Hollywood Music In Media Award Nominee

The John Scott School of Voice is overjoyed to share the news that our valued student Jamie Lynn Noon’s industry accolades get better and better! Let’s all congratulate her on this, her latest peer-to-peer recognition. “Like a Meteor,” a stellar track from Jamie Lynn Noon’s forthcoming release, is a prominently featured nominee in the 2010…

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High Praise About the JDSMethod: Gabriel Weiner Chimes In

The John Scott School of Voice JDSVoice.com is pleased to share even more great feedback about the innovations in vocal study, mastery, and instruction that we continue to provide as we coach and assist our students, helping them to excel and improve as vocalists in terms of career longevity, technique, and overall singing enjoyment. Check…

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