382 episodes

Hosted by world renowned vocal coach John Henny, The Intelligent Vocalist delves into all things singing - from anatomy and vocal science, to performance, lessons, health, artist development and inside industry practices, Join John as he opens the door to the world of singing and gives insights gleaned from his many decades of teaching everyone from beginners to superstars, as well as training other leading voice teachers.

The Intelligent Vocalist John Henny

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 105 Ratings

Hosted by world renowned vocal coach John Henny, The Intelligent Vocalist delves into all things singing - from anatomy and vocal science, to performance, lessons, health, artist development and inside industry practices, Join John as he opens the door to the world of singing and gives insights gleaned from his many decades of teaching everyone from beginners to superstars, as well as training other leading voice teachers.

    Understanding Time Signatures

    Understanding Time Signatures

    In this episode, John Henny discusses the importance of understanding time signatures for singers, and how rhythm and phrasing separate great singers from average ones. He explains the basics of time signatures, such as the meaning of the top and bottom numbers, and focuses on the most common time signatures. Henny highlights the significance of internalizing the rhythmic clock as a singer and the advantage singers have in playing with time.
    Episode highlights:
    Understanding time signatures is crucial for singers to develop rhythm and phrasing skills. Odd time signatures like 5/4 and 7/4 require counting the number of pulses between downbeats. Singers have the advantage of playing with time and can speed up, pull back, or hesitate while staying anchored in their internal clock. Being rhythmically precise and confident as a singer enhances collaboration with other musicians and makes for a better performance. To learn more about John Henny, his best-selling books, on-line courses, Voiceschool.com featuring his Teaching Team of Experts, Speaker Training and the Contemporary Voice Teacher Academy, visit: JohnHenny.com

    • 21 min
    Training vs Natural Talent

    Training vs Natural Talent

    In this episode, John Henny discusses natural talent versus training in singing. He shares examples of famous singers who have worked hard on their voices, debunking the myth of effortless talent. He emphasizes the value of voice teachers and the benefits of formal training, though self-study and listening to other singers can also be valuable. Ultimately, he encourages singers to work hard and find the right teacher or method to develop their voices to their fullest potential.
    Episode highlights:
    The myth of natural talent in singing is often perpetuated by the media and fans, but the reality is that even the most talented singers work hard and receive training. Formal voice training with a qualified teacher can provide valuable guidance and help singers improve their vocal technique and overall performance. Self-study and listening to other singers can also be beneficial, but it's important to have a strong foundation and understanding of vocal technique. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to singing, and each singer should find the right teacher or method that suits their voice and goals. To learn more about John Henny, his best-selling books, on-line courses, Voiceschool.com featuring his Teaching Team of Experts, Speaker Training and the Contemporary Voice Teacher Academy, visit: JohnHenny.com

    • 21 min
    The Science of Rough Vocal Effects with May Oskan

    The Science of Rough Vocal Effects with May Oskan

    In this episode, John talks with May Oskan about rough vocal effects and the techniques behind them. May also discusses the importance of creating vocal effects safely and the different parts of the vocal tract that can be used to create distortion. She explains that coordination and control are key in creating different vocal effects. 
    Episode Highlights
    Creating vocal effects safely involves controlling volume, avoiding extrinsic tension, and using specific structures in the vocal tract. Learning vocal effects may be easier for singers who have already developed specific coordinations and have a playful attitude towards their voice. Voice teachers interested in teaching vocal effects should listen to a variety of vocal effects, listen to their students' desired sounds, and explore vocal effects themselves to better understand and teach them. You can learn more about May Oskan at https://www.mayoskanvoice.com
    To learn more about John Henny, his best-selling books, on-line courses, Voiceschool.com featuring his Teaching Team of Experts, Speaker Training and the Contemporary Voice Teacher Academy, visit: JohnHenny.com

    • 24 min
    Your Vocal Prime

    Your Vocal Prime

    In this episode, John explores the concept of the vocal prime, its significance, characteristics, and implications for singers of all ages. He emphasizes the importance of honoring and investing in the voice, regardless of age, and encourages continuous improvement and care.
    Episode highlights:
    The vocal prime is a significant period in a singer's life, characterized by strength, stability, and flexibility in the voice. Investing in vocal care and improvement is essential at every stage of a singer's life, regardless of age. Creating a new vocal prime is possible at any age, emphasizing the potential for continuous growth and development in singing. The voice is a valuable instrument that should be honored, nurtured, and used consistently to maintain its strength and flexibility. To learn more about John Henny, his best-selling books, on-line courses, Voiceschool.com featuring his Teaching Team of Experts, Speaker Training and the Contemporary Voice Teacher Academy, visit: JohnHenny.com

    • 18 min
    Creating Charisma

    Creating Charisma

    In this episode, John discusses the importance of charisma and owning the space as a performer. He emphasizes the cultivation of energy and emotional communication, and highlights the role of vocal technique and emotional intention in creating a powerful performance.
    Episode highlights:
    Charisma is a quality that can be cultivated and developed by performers to own the energy and space during a performance. Vocal technique is a tool for communication, and emotional communication is the highest level of singing. The shared humanity and emotional connection between the performer and the audience create a powerful and unique experience. To learn more about John Henny, his best-selling books, on-line courses, Voiceschool.com featuring his Teaching Team of Experts, Speaker Training and the Contemporary Voice Teacher Academy, visit: JohnHenny.com

    • 18 min
    Emotional Support for Singing

    Emotional Support for Singing

    In this episode, John Henny discusses the importance of emotional support for singers. He emphasizes that singing is different from learning any other instrument. Singers expose themselves in a way that other instruments don't because the average listener focuses on the singer more than any other aspect of music. Singers also face emotional challenges such as stage fright, self-doubt, and criticism. It is essential for singers to have emotional support from friends, family, and the right voice teacher or mentor.
    Episode highlights:
    Singers expose themselves in a way that other instruments don't. Singers face emotional challenges such as stage fright, self-doubt, and criticism. You need safe support from your family, friends, singing community, voice teacher, and from yourself. Mindfulness and developing strategies to deal with irrational fears and negative thoughts are important for singers. To learn more about John Henny, his best-selling books, on-line courses, Voiceschool.com featuring his Teaching Team of Experts, Speaker Training and the Contemporary Voice Teacher Academy, visit: JohnHenny.com

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

Drea223 ,

Great PodCast for New Vocalists

Thank you so much for your podcast John. I am new to the world of singing and your podcast really has opened the door to me learning so much more about the voice and how it is connected to every part of life.

seanleesikes ,

Thankful for a GIVER LIKE JOHN

As a worker for non profits for years, I have determined that a non profits goal should be to eventually put themselves out of business....You may understand what I’m speaking about if you truly are a GIVER, and only have others best interest at heart. John shares so much excellent information on singing, that if one studies on their own and skillfully practices what is learned, John could eventually put himself out of vocal teaching business!!! John is truly a professional who is intelligent, funny, frank, and a wealth of knowledge! I discovered this podcast only 8 episodes ago...with many more to go! Thank you John Henny, and thank you for your mention of the podcast called the “Inner Singer”. The two podcasts go “hand in hand “! (Sean Sikes from Fairfield Bay, Arkansas)Just Do It!

nikkiged ,

Great podcast for singers and teachers

I’m a voice teacher and I’ve met John several times at teacher conferences and he has an amazing ability to take complex concepts and make them simple to understand. My other teacher/singer friend told me she had been listening to his podcast a while back so I followed suit and was hooked! I recommend this podcast to my students who like to get more in depth with their voice knowledge and they Always love it! Super helpful show when I just need a boost with my teaching or singing motivation! Highly recommend!!!!

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