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Voice experts and bestselling authors Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher have been chatting about voice for more than 20 years - this time they've switched the microphone on. Vocal technique? check. Musicals? check. The weird things you can do with your voice? check. Includes AMA on voice, singing, speaking, performance techniques, voice exercises and so much more.

This Is A Voice Jeremy Fisher and Dr Gillyanne Kayes

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Voice experts and bestselling authors Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher have been chatting about voice for more than 20 years - this time they've switched the microphone on. Vocal technique? check. Musicals? check. The weird things you can do with your voice? check. Includes AMA on voice, singing, speaking, performance techniques, voice exercises and so much more.

    The Health Fix and the Vagus nerve - with GP & bestselling author Dr Ayan Panja

    The Health Fix and the Vagus nerve - with GP & bestselling author Dr Ayan Panja

    For this World Voice Day Special edition of our This Is A Voice podcast we're delving into the Vagus Nerve and health diagnostics with one of the most influential GPs in the UK (Pulse Magazine), Dr Ayan Panja. Dr Panja is a GP (family doctor), podcaster, presenter on BBC World News and the bestselling author of "The Health Fix"

    Voice experts Dr Gillyanne Kayes & Jeremy Fisher share thoughts, stories and advice with Dr Ayan and bust some of the myths about singing, breathing and the vagus nerve.

    00:00 A great start!
    01:36 The Health Fix and how we diagnose
    04:35 What is a symptom?
    07:03 Pattern Recognition
    10:55 Systems + pattern interrupts
    12:47 Lifestyle and the monkey brain
    19:21 The vagus nerve and humming
    23:13 Dr Ayan's One Minute Recharge
    26:33 Singing and changing the way you breathe
    29:01 Singing and COPD
    34:19 Four stages of pitch matching
    36:27 Finding your truth as a singer
    37:47 Singing and style envelopes
    40:15 Jeremy gets contentious

    Get Dr Ayan Panja's book (highly recommended) The Health Fix here https://amzn.to/49xGTUL

    • 42 min
    Breath, Pressure & Flow. Dos & don'ts of breathing for singers - balancing a voice for sound & style

    Breath, Pressure & Flow. Dos & don'ts of breathing for singers - balancing a voice for sound & style

    Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher on misunderstandings, misconceptions and personal insights about breathing and breath management for singing. Untrue statements, pressed phonation, relentless twang, breathy versus leaky tone, everything is up for discussion. Plus five areas where we can control breathing, and details on using two contrasting airstreams at the same time (introducing the "Granny Kiss"...
    With research from Ian Howell and Heidi Moss Erickson on back pressure and brain function (used with permission)

    00:00:00 Breathe Out To Sing
    Personal insights on the misunderstood aspects of breath in vocal training

    00:03:31 Misconceptions About Breathing in Singing
    Discussing common misunderstandings and clarifying the role of breath in vocal technique

    00:07:20 Different names for Breath and Breath Management 
    Why a one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work

    00:09:47 Vocal Fold Dynamics and Airflow 
    Understanding the relationship between vocal folds, airflow, and sound production

    00:13:30 You must never... Jeremy gets annoyed
    When people try to explain something but make it worse

    00:18:37 The Artistry of Vocal Timbre and Dynamics 
    The importance of varied vocal timbres and dynamics in expressive singing

    00:21:00 Calibration and Personalization in Vocal Technique 
    Tailoring breath, pressure, and flow techniques to individual singers and styles

    00:23:42 A clear definition of "back pressure"
    Dr Ian Howell's take on back pressure and flow resistance

    00:28:16 Singing as predictive behaviour
    Heidi Moss Erickson on singing in the brain

    00:32:25 Calibrating your breathing 
    Ideas and techniques for calibrating breathing as an experienced singer and as a beginner

    You can find out about our Teacher Pathway for singing teachers, vocal coaches and choir leaders here 
    https://vocalprocess.co.uk/teacher-accreditation/

    Heidi Moss Erickson's article "A Copernican Shift: Reframing How We Think About Breathing" is downloadable here 
    https://www.heidimosserickson.com/writings

    We've also got this ↓ 

    For the best self-guided learning, check out the Vocal Process Learning Lounge - 22 years of vocal coaching resources (over 600 videos) for less than the price of one private singing lesson. 
    Click on the link https://vocalprocess.co.uk/learning-lounge/learning-lounge-level-2-deep-dive/
     
    If you want to discover if our singing teacher training programme works for YOU, message us - we can share the process for joining Cohort24. https://www.cognitoforms.com/VocalProcess1/TheAccreditationProgramme 

    Get the One Minute Voice Warmup app here, it's got a 4.9star rating 
    Appstore https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/one-minute-voice-warmup/id1212802251 
    Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.speechtools.warmup&hl=en_GB  
     
    Check out our brand new Voice Journal, written with Rayvox's Oren Boder https://www.rayvox.co.uk/products/voice-journal?ref=VOCALPROCESS 
     
    Find us - follow us on the socials! 
    🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/Vocalprocess   
    📸 Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/vocalprocess  
    📖 Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/vocalprocess

    • 37 min
    What People Say - From cringe-worthy review to powerful testimonials

    What People Say - From cringe-worthy review to powerful testimonials

    Celebrating 90 episodes of our This Is A Voice Podcast! Dr Gillyanne Kayes & Jeremy Fisher share how they deal with a bad review - and this one's just plain rude.
    And they celebrate 20 years of their groundbreaking voice teacher Accreditation Programme.
    Welcome to This Is A Voice Season 9 Episode 1, the podcast where we get vocal about voice.
    00:00:00 – Stodgy & Humble – the dynamic duo of voice training
    00:01:20 – Unpacking a Cringe-worthy Review
    00:04:49 – Dealing with Criticism - a Catalyst for Discussion
    00:07:16 – Celebrating 20 years of Training Teachers
    00:09:59 – Creating the Accreditation + Our Guest Experts
    00:13:33 – Innovative Voice Teaching and Energy Exercises
    00:18:23 – Evolution of Voice Training Towards a Holistic Approach
    00:22:20 – Working With the Singer in the Room
    00:26:28 – Effects of Being on the Accreditation Programme
    00:30:39 – Embracing Cognitive Dissonance in the Learning Process
    00:33:42 – What Happens in a Mentoring Session
    00:37:18 – Why You Don’t Need To Know EVERYTHING
    00:39:24 – The Enduring Power of Curiosity in Voice Training

    Dive into this insightful episode to explore the intersection of voice mastery, personal growth, and the vibrant community of voice professionals. Whether you're a seasoned voice teacher or an aspiring vocal coach, there's something in this episode for everyone passionate about the art and science of voice. Stay curious and join us on this vocal journey!

    #VoiceTraining #VocalCoaching #SingingTeacher #

    We've also got this ↓ 

    For the best self-guided learning, check out the Vocal Process Learning Lounge - 22 years of vocal coaching resources (over 600 videos) for less than the price of one private singing lesson. 
    Click on the link https://vocalprocess.co.uk/learning-lounge/learning-lounge-level-2-deep-dive/
     
    If you want to discover if our singing teacher training programme works for YOU, message us - we can share the process for joining Cohort24. https://www.cognitoforms.com/VocalProcess1/TheAccreditationProgramme 

    Get the One Minute Voice Warmup app here, it's got a 4.9star rating 
    Appstore https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/one-minute-voice-warmup/id1212802251 
    Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.speechtools.warmup&hl=en_GB  
     
    Check out our brand new Voice Journal, written with Rayvox's Oren Boder https://www.rayvox.co.uk/products/voice-journal?ref=VOCALPROCESS 
     
    Find us - follow us on the socials! 
    🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/Vocalprocess   
    📸 Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/vocalprocess  
    📖 Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/vocalprocess

    • 40 min
    Best of 2023 - Our top five podcast episodes

    Best of 2023 - Our top five podcast episodes

    We're rounding off the year with our annual Best Of selection.
    We broadcast 20 episodes in 2023, so we divided them into four groups of five and got our listeners (and watchers on YouTube) to vote for their favourite episode in each group.
    Then we chose the "WildCard" fifth episode ourselves.

    We're introducing excerpts from each of the top five episodes as voted for by you.
    If you don't want to know which episodes we chose, look away now...

    Top episode from January-March - Season 7 Episode 5 with Kate Bassett, Vocal Surgery and Beyond part 1, Injury, signs and rehab

    Top episode from April-June - Season 7 Episode 10, Career Mentoring and Vocal Habilitation - secrets of our 1-1 private coaching revealed

    Top episode from June-October - Season 7 Episode 11 with Louise Gibbs, Authenticity in Singing, what is it and can it be taught?

    Top episode from October to December - Season 8 Episode 7 with Lisa Perks, Overcoming Vocal Shame - how teachers can support their singers

    The Wild Card - Season 8 Episode 5 with Anne Leatherland, Exploring Values & Beliefs in Teaching Voice

    Thank you for being with us in 2023. We'll be back in 2024 with a new series. See you there!
    Cheers, Jeremy & Dr Gillyanne


    Book a coaching session with Jeremy or Gillyanne and explore what matters to you
    https://drgillyannekayesjeremyfisherinspirationsession.as.me/

    If you want to discover if our singing teacher training programme works for YOU, message us - we can share the process for joining Cohort24.

    Sign up for the Vocal Process newsletter https://vocalprocess.co.uk/news-and-media/freebies/

    We've also got this ↓
    The 12 Hours to Better Singing Teaching course online, with voice coaching techniques, vocal articulation exercises and a LOT more for the up-to-date singing teacher is here https://vocal-process-hub.teachable.com/p/12-hours-to-better-singing-teaching

    For the best self-guided learning, check out the Vocal Process Learning Lounge - 22 years of vocal coaching resources (over 600 videos) for less than the price of one private singing lesson.
    Click on the link and choose a Level https://vocalprocess.co.uk/learning-lounge/

    Get the One Minute Voice Warmup app here, it's got a 4.9star rating
    Appstore https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/one-minute-voice-warmup/id1212802251 
    Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.speechtools.warmup&hl=en_GB   
     
    Check out our brand new Voice Journal, written with Rayvox's Oren Boder https://www.rayvox.co.uk/products/voice-journal?ref=VOCALPROCESS 
     
    Find us - follow us on the socials!
    🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/Vocalprocess   
    📸 Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/vocalprocess   
    📖 Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/vocalprocess 

    • 38 min
    The Singer's Safe Haven - Building confidence through compassionate coaching

    The Singer's Safe Haven - Building confidence through compassionate coaching

    In This Is A Voice podcast S8 Ep8 Lisa Perks returns to talk about creating a safe space in the vocal studio for singers to discover their voice and individuality. Lisa shares with Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher insights and techniques to nurture each singer on their vocal and emotional journey

    00:00 No room for shame
    01:32 Discussing the concept of good disagreement
    03:39 The power of asking 'Why?'
    04:50 Patient empowerment in medical contexts
    07:32 Research on the impact of shame on musicians
    11:18 Taking charge of what you do
    12:54 Creating safe spaces for singers
    17:26 The importance of singing for self-connection
    18:52 The changing role of singing teachers
    24:21 The importance of diagnosis in singing lessons
    29:32 Singing as therapy doing

    We're talking about:
    Empowering Individuality: Emphasizing the importance of seeing each singer as a unique individual and respecting their personal vocal journey.
    Creating Safe Spaces: Discussing the creation of a non-judgmental and supportive environment in vocal training sessions.
    The Role of Empathy in Coaching: Highlighting how understanding and empathy can enhance the teaching and learning experience in vocal arts.
    Navigating Disagreement Constructively: Exploring the concept of 'good disagreement' and its role in fostering healthy, open communication between teachers and students.
    Agency and Self-Awareness in Singers: Encouraging singers to own their journey, understand their voice, and express themselves authentically.
    Overcoming Vocal Challenges: Addressing how to positively navigate and learn from vocal injuries and other challenges faced by singers.
    Mental Health and Singing: Delving into the connection between singing, mental health, and the importance of addressing anxiety and depression in the music industry.
    The Evolving Role of Vocal Teachers: Examining how the role of vocal teachers is changing, moving towards a more holistic and individual-focused approach.
    The Therapeutic Power of Singing: Acknowledging the therapeutic aspects of singing and its impact on personal growth and self-discovery.
    Cultivating a Community of Respectful Listening: Discussing the responsibility of both teachers and students in creating a culture of respectful listening and mutual growth.

    It's a packed episode!
    #mentalhealth #vocalcoach #singer

    Find Lisa Perks at https://Epiphanyvocalstudio.com

    Book a coaching session with Jeremy or Gillyanne and explore what matters to you
    https://drgillyannekayesjeremyfisherinspirationsession.as.me/

    If you want to discover if our singing teacher training programme works for YOU, message us - we can share the process for joining Cohort24.

    Sign up for the Vocal Process newsletter https://vocalprocess.co.uk/news-and-media/freebies/ 

    We've also got this ↓
    The 12 Hours to Better Singing Teaching course online, with voice coaching techniques, vocal articulation exercises and a LOT more for the up-to-date singing teacher is here https://vocal-process-hub.teachable.com/p/12-hours-to-better-singing-teaching 

    For the best self-guided learning, check out the Vocal Process Learning Lounge - 22 years of vocal coaching resources (over 600 videos) for less than the price of one private singing lesson.
    Click on the link and choose a Level https://vocalprocess.co.uk/learning-lounge/ 

    Get the One Minute Voice Warmup app here, it's got a 4.9star rating
    Appstore

    • 37 min
    Season 8 Mini bonus - Polls for Best Of 2023

    Season 8 Mini bonus - Polls for Best Of 2023

    We're about to record our "Best of 2023" episode and YOU can help us choose.
    This mini-bonus episode of our This Is A Voice podcast contains four polls to help you choose your favourite episodes of 2023.
    There are 20 episodes to choose from and we've divided them into four groups of 5.

    POLL 1, January-April episodes https://forms.gle/7TsTsVcdVJpj5KZZ9

    POLL 2, April-June episodes https://forms.gle/TKmgRchZcynFURqm6

    POLL 3, June-October episodes https://forms.gle/A6oxVtdqesK4YdDG8

    POLL 4, October-December episodes https://forms.gle/XGY3MMFuS33iDaJb7

    Vote for your favourite episode in each group (so choose 4 episodes in total). We'll collect the votes and add one Wildcard episode of our own to make the Top Five of 2023, to be broadcast between Christmas and New Year.
    You can vote in each poll by following the links above, or email us at podcast @vocalprocess.co.uk

    We want to know which episodes you loved the most (so we can do more of them!).
    Cheers
    Jeremy and Dr Gillyanne

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

peterpinkpuss ,

Good knowledge but flawed execution

Edit: after listening to all of the episodes it appears they have resolved most of the technical issues that occurred in the first year. I have included my previous review below but amended my rating to reflect that they identified most of these problems and fixed them (though I would still like to hear a little more from Gillyanne and a little less from Jeremy).

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Fans of ‘My Fair Lady’ will love this podcast, wherein a stodgy English vocal coach condescends to his singing teacher wife and business partner about her voice. Seriously though, the experience of both presenters is clear, but it’s clear that a lot of these are cobbled together from parts of webinars, classes and other recordings, often in a disorganized way and dangling just enough new information to encourage listeners to pay for the full archive, and they come across as extended trailers rather than coherent, self-contained shows. Many episodes are marred by things like: multiple-minute long sample clips repeated in their entirety (sometimes in the exact same episode) or jumping to a different subject without clear segue, context or relevance, suddenly poor sound quality, and rambling about things with no relationship to singing or speach (though, to be fair, at least there are no recaps of science fiction tv shows or superhero movies like the ones shoehorned into VocalFri podcast - why is it that professional voice teachers have such a warped view of what constitutes a professional and cohesive podcast?) And I would like to hear more from Dr. Gilliann, who is scientifically minded, humble and willing to admit when she doesn’t know something, and comparatively less from Mr. Jeremy, who states everything with absolute confidence regardless of its veracity. He strikes me as likely to be the kind of vocal coach enamored with the sound of his only voice, and who interrupts the singer every few bars to opine and bloviate the whole time. These errors could be fixed with a little more care, and admittedly i am only about 40 episodes in, so it’s possible they do fix these problems at some point, if so I will come back and revise my review.

Courageous Artistry ,

A worthwhile listen!

The hosts are fun, informative, and touch on lots of different topics that singers can benefit from.

Comedyluver ,

Delightfully Informative

I loved both of the SOVT episodes. I feel like SOVT is generally portrayed as a safe exercise for all without challenging how it relates to the individual voice. The episodes bring up some important things to explore and consider when it comes to implementing the technique as well as choosing what device you use. Overall I am really enjoying the episodes. Gillyanne and Jeremy continue to lift my spirits as well as my musical IQ with every listen. I highly recommend to anyone wanting to expand their vocal knowledge or are curious about the vocal process in general.

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