Singing Lessons 5 Secrets

Symptoms of Vocal Failure:

1.    Thinking you can’t do it

2.    Not practicing enough

3.    Not dropping the jaw

4.    Not “believing”

5.    Not performing

You’re thinking, “really?”


 Hang on… The human brain is an amazing thing – one day you’ll be able to do seemingly impossible things.

You must put in the time, but your technique can be incredible.

Enjoy the process and go for that breakthrough. Get that Aha(!) moment.

Come on now; everyone can practice, drop the jaw, and perform.

If you want to be a bodybuilder, you GOTTA go to the gym.

If you want to be a singer, you GOTTA do the exercises that we teach at least every other day.

Dropping the jaw is a simple fix. You don’t have to do it all the time, but at certain times it can be a great magical key that opens up a new register for you. I see it happen every day to my students.

Almost nothing will teach you more than getting on stage. Get three songs together and sign up for a local open mic. Or better yet, sign up for our next performing class here at Boulder Voice Lessons.

If you want to learn how to BELIEVE, and how to warm up and exercise every day and how to get your voice the way you’ve always wanted it to be, sign up for a lesson here:

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Boulder Voice Lessons New Times

As a singer your competition is not Johnny-one-note down the hall. As a performer, no matter what, you are pitted against the number one performers in the world.

“Oh she’s good, you know, but Madonna is better.”

“Yeah he’s a good rapper, but 50 Cent is better.”

“Yeah he’s a good opera singer, but Giacomini is better.”

For real, that’s how people think. 

Welp, I’m here to help. If you’ve been having trouble scheduling a lesson to get better than Madonna, log on to to see the new lineup of new times. New lesson times are later in the evenings, and lessons on the weekend.

This voice lesson technique is the real deal. I’m the only one teaching it in the front range... Drop by and take a first consultation lesson for 50% off and see for yourself. Shoot me an email with any questions, or I’ll see you at the studio!

See what my students are saying:

“I am loving my experience with Boulder Voice Lessons. Josh has been really good at understanding my goals and pushing me to do better. His work space is comfortable and functional. Definitely recommend him!”
Kimberly (Via Google Reviews)

“I've been taking voice lessons with Josh for a few months now and I can't recommend him highly enough. He is very encouraging, patient, funny, and has a great voice himself! We have done a lot of practice to strengthen my voice muscles, which is exciting both for singing and for speaking. We pick songs that I like but also that challenge me. I hadn't sung in any type of group or lesson since I was in elementary school, and I'm so glad I finally decided to start again. I can't wait to see what my voice is like in another year or so!”
Rebecca (Via Google Reviews)

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Hard Times by Stephen Foster

Boulder Voice Lessons produced an Autumn Recital last month. It was a great chance to perform! Here’s a clip of me singing, Hard Times, by Stephen Foster….

Singing Lessons are a great way to gain confidence and get better. It’s all about that technique, so if you are interested in growing your voice, schedule a lesson here, and start your journey.

Beginning Piano Lessons are also available.

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Joshua South - Boulder Voice Lessons

Hey Everybody - I just rewrote my bio and thought I would share it with everyone! Check it!

Joshua South, Boulder Voice Lessons and Singing Lessons

Joshua South, bass and lead teacher of Boulder Voice Lessons has performed with 50 Cent, Paul McCartney, Kelli O’Hara, Kelsey Grammar, Brian Dennehy, and many other world class singers, conductors and stage directors (Julie Taymor, Sir Jonathan Miller, Thaddeus Strassberger, among others) at many world class venues like Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He has been a member of a number of world class vocal ensembles, including The Clarion Choir (2017 GRAMMY nomination for Best Choral Performance), St Thomas Men and Boys Choir, New York City Opera Chorus, New York Choral Artists, the Bard Opera Chorus, Trinity Wall Street, and has sung on numerous SAG/AFTRA major motion picture soundtracks

In the 2017-2018 season, he sang Riff in West Side Story with Central City Opera, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte  (Boulder Opera Company), Sarastro in Magic Flute (Arapahoe Philharmonic), Pandolfe in Cendrillon (Boulder Opera Company), Dottore Grenvil in Traviata (St. Petersburg Opera Cover and Boulder Symphony) and the Big Bad Wolf in Cesar Cui’s Little Red Riding Hood (Boulder Opera Company). 

In 2016, Joshua South was featured at Opera North (USA) as Angelotti in Tosca. He also sang the role of Sparafucile with Amore Opera in May 2016, the Alter Diener in Elektra with Create Opera, and was an apprentice artist with Sarasota Opera in early 2016.

He developed and performed the role of Mr. Hare in the New York workshop of Julian Grant and Mark Campbell's The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare, a new opera which will serve as a collaborative effort between Boston Lyric Opera and Music Theatre Group.

Career highlights include a Carnegie Hall debut in the New York Philharmonic’s West Side Story Suites, an Avery Fisher Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra, and a New York City debut with Kent Tritle in the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series. Joshua also appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the critically-acclaimed staging of Bach's St. Matthew Passion, directed by Sir Jonathan Miller.

He has performed in Brazil, Italy, Austria, and gave a 2 week recital and masterclass tour in China, with performances in Shanghai and Xiamen.

Joshua has been a student of vocal technique for over 20 years and has studied with the most well respected voice teachers, vocal coaches and collaborative artists in New York City. He holds a Master of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music.

Joshua is excited to offer world class vocal instruction in Boulder, CO with Boulder Voice Lessons. Please visit for more information.

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Voice Lessons Near Me?

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Boulder Voice Lessons is the most convenient Voice Lessons Studio in South Boulder.  Students from Bear Creek, Mesa, Fairview High School, Southern Hills Middle School, Monarch High School, and Boulder High School have all grown increased range, breath control, and volume with the vocal technique that we teach here at Boulder Voice Lessons.

Singing Lessons Near Me might be one of the most important aspects of an UNschooling, or home schooling curriculum.

I’m Joshua South, lead teacher for Boulder Voice Lessons, and I’m here to help.  I received my Master of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music, and have studied with some of the Best Voice Teachers, Conductors, and Pianists in New York City.  We could create a world class music program for your home schooling students or home schooling groups.  A two day per week - 1 hour class  will allow your students to learn world class techniques and music theory that will give them abilities and confidence to step out on stage, the debate hall, and eventually the board room.

I offer Professional Voice Lessons to all ages… Kids, Young Adults, Couples working on a Wedding Duet, Moms, Dads, and ALL Individuals are welcome here!

If you want to learn more about me, please check out my free online singing classes on YouTube page:

First 1 Hour Voice Lesson Consultation is 50% off…

Sign up here:

You CAN become a great singer – I can show you how!


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How to Sing - O Holy Night

Hey Friends!

Do you want to learn how to sing O Holy Night? Well, here's a great way to make it happen!

And..... Download the free PDF of 5 ways to improve your voice here: If this is your first time watching these videos, be sure to check out HOW to do them properly by watching the following videos:

Chest Voice HOW TO DO:
Falsetto Voice HOW TO DO:

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Jazz Recitals and CYBER MONDAY with Boulder Voice Lessons

Hello Singing Lessons in Boulder Turkeys,

It feels like Winter in Colorado, but it’s still Autumn in New York!
Come see our Jazz Concert on Friday, November 30 at 4:30pm and melt away those cold noses and toses…
Video is king these dayz, so tune in here:

Voice Lessons teach you how to make these sultry, smoky, deep and jazzy tones, so schedule a lesson and I’ll learn ya!
Sign up for here for your Boulder Voice Lessons:
CYBER MONDAY SALE: Sign up for 5 Singing Lessons, and get one Voice Lesson for FREE.

Keep Singing!
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Boulder Voice Lesson Podcast is Back!

Singing Lesson students - Heed this advice…

The way we have always practiced might be doing us more harm than good.

Once upon a time… a singer was practicing a song for their upcoming solo at Fairview Highschool. This singer was putting in lots of time near the piano, practicing the song with the greatest of intentions to improve. However, the singer was doing it all wrong. The student was solidifying a terrible technique. Breathing small, singing nasal, wrong segments, not enough breath flow, etc, etc, ecteteraaaaaa (We’ve been watching the King and I).

The singing lessons student also ran the whole song from beginning to end, never stopping to drill a high note, a hard phrase, or any drilling of the breath.

Come performance time, what do you think happened?

The way you practice is the way you perform.

Check out the right way to practice here:

How to Practice Singing!

Latest podcast - grab it while the grabbins’ good!

If you want to learn more about how to create your best sound, schedule a lesson with me at the following link:

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Boulder Voice Lessons Week in Review!

Great stuff to take away from this week’s lessons. First, we have a couple students auditioning for the all-state choir today… Break a leg guys!

As we say in New York before auditions, “Book it!”

Drill the Technique

The Biggest Takeaway from this week’s Singing Lessons is the idea of drilling the technique. This is a concept that I got from studying Jiujitsu. There are so many moving parts in that martial art - so many brain maps and crossing synapses…. but if you can just concentrate on the first step of the first move, and drill it for 30 minutes, the following day you’ll be better at it – guaranteed!

It’s the same thing with the coordination of our Chest and Falsetto voice. If you can do the exercises we do in the lesson for 3 days in a row, take a day off, and do another 2-3 days in a row, you’ll find massive gains in your Voice Lessons.

For instance, if you’re working on keeping that ornery larynx down, try this recipe:

1. Breathe in and bring the larynx down.
2. While keeping that same feeling of the larynx down, exhale.
3. Breath in again with the same low larynx position, and exhale again while keeping it down.
4. Now, try it again, but add a word, or vowel. You’ll kind of sound like Dracula, but don’t worry, we are working on the structure!
(it’s that simple!)

You can modify this recipe to work on the Falsetto Vowels, the beginning of any phrase of music you’re working on, and those “silly” yodel exercises that we do.

What else?

Oh.... when trying to learn a song in a foreign language, it will benefit you to speak the lyrics of the song in poetic form. Try to memorize the words this way before even learning the song. Get a great translation of the text. Memorize the poem in English, as well. Use a fun accent in the foreign language. If it is an Italian song, do some research on the Italian accent. Listen to a YouTube native speaker. Try to emulate it. Singers need to be good imitators. The lilt, rhythm, and bounces of the language will help you sing your song.

OK, that’s all! Be sure to sign up early to get your favorite times for the following weeks. I’m also offering half-hour piano lessons now, so if you know anybody that might be interested, please refer them to Boulder Voice Lessons…

Sign up for Singing Lessons here:

Thanks everybody!

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How the piano can pay for college

Piano Lessons

A fabulous East Coast colleague of mine regaled me this story once upon a time.

She was a singing teacher, but also taught her kids to play piano. I’m sure they weren’t world class Carnegie Hall pianists, but they knew enough to play well, look super cool, and to TEACH.

Throughout her daughter’s four years of university, instead of work study at the library for the paltry minimum wage (like I did), she used her mad skillz to teach piano, and paid off her entire student loan before she graduated (no interest, no penalties).


There are all sorts of jobs you can get as a pianist that pay pretty well, especially as a side gig. But, you have to be able to play!

Do you or your kids want to learn a skill that you/they can monetize? Step right up folks, and start your Piano Lesson Journey here.

Oh, aaaaaaand, when you study Piano Lessons here at Boulder Voice Lessons, you also get a solid beginning vocal technique, too!

Play Piano and Sing at the same time and:
Wow your friends
Make your enemies weep
Fill up the living room stage with your talent!

Go ahead and get those big sunglasses and sequin jackets out of the closet…. You’re gonna need ‘em, Rocket Man…

Book those lessons here:


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Voice Lesson Fairy Tale


Once upon a time…

There was a caped little boy that danced about his family home, singing at the top of his lungs.

No vocal technique to speak of, but it was fun.

Meanwhile across town, there was a little girl singing in her church choir, belting out tunes with the rest of the choir in unabashed, unrestrained, yet beautiful and harmonious singing tone.

In another land, a mother spoke in her dulcet Julia Child like - falsetto toned voice. She urged her fidgety red-headed children to eat their eggs before school. She had been talking like this for as long as anyone could remember.

The little boy and the little girl spoke and sang in a chest voice dominant way and started studying Voice Lessons, but quickly realized there was a (w)hole part of their voice they had forgotten about... The falsetto.

The mother of the redheaded children took Voice Lessons and quickly realized that she had absolutely no chest voice.

Only a voice teacher that could recognize this type of beginning was able to diagnose and prescribe a course of action to further complete training for an entire vocal production...

Their voices grew and grew, and they sung happily ever after.

Thankfully, their teacher is also available to you, here in Boulder, and across the world (via the magical inter-webs)!

Joshua South, lead teacher at Boulder Voice Lessons has sung with some of the world’s most famous singers at the world’s most prestigious venues. The vocal technique he teaches is the real deal.
Jump on the singing lesson train at the following link, and get 50% off your first lesson:

What is YOUR end game?

What are the tools YOU need to get there?

Don’t know?

Sign up for a voice lesson and begin your Singing Lesson Journey today.
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Do something every day that scares you…
Them’s some good words to live by.

I don’t know why, but public speaking has always been my public enemy number one.

Give me a script, or give me something to sing, and I’ll do it in front of 1 million people.
I like to be well rehearsed and I like to be prepared, but if it’s talking off-the-cuff or trying to charm an audience, that is something I’m usually not well equipped to do.

So, in the thrill of doing something every day that scares you, I jumped at the chance to emcee a local opera highlights production in Boulder.

Oh technique, how I love thee, let me count the waves.

Technique is magic. Whether you are learning to tie your shoes or play a Bach fugue on the piano, if you work on it today, you will have visible improvement tomorrow. This is why parents want their kids in piano lessons.

Back to me being scared… So just like learning an opera role, I sunk my teeth into this emcee thing and pulled it off, I daresay, with Doogie Houser-like fashion!

If you or your little one want to conquer the world, start your piano lesson or singing lesson journey with Boulder Voice Lessons right now.

Just think of all the great things will be able to do with your new skillz.

Sign up here:
First Lesson is 50% off!!! Returning students first lesson is 50% off!

(Josh has sung with 50 Cent, Paul McCartney, Kelli O’Hara, Kelsey Grammar, Brian Dennehy, and many other world class singers, conductors, at many world class venues like Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center… if you want the real deal with voice lessons – work with Boulder Voice Lessons!)

Don't give up those Singing Lessons

How do you get to Radio City Music Hall?

Just don’t give up.

This seems like a simple concept…. lots of people have been around longer than I have, and a lot of people have quit before me.

Competition is a funny thing. There are sprints, and there are marathons. One has to do with flat out skill and talent, and one of them has to do with patience. Sure, it’s great to be the fastest/strongest/most talented, but long-standing patience is even more powerful.

A flood can wipe out a town or structure, but a river can groove out a Grand Canyon. Constant and steady winds can shape mountains, and a volcano that waits patiently for 100 million years can explode with earth shattering force.

What is your career? Are you a sprinter? Are you going to last three years and give it your all and then quit and move on? This life is not for everybody! But, it might just be for you if you can stay on the path and create your groove and put in the time, effort, and be patient.

Just outlast the person next to you, and they’ll be one less person in the race…

Sprinter or Marathoner, you’ll need a technique. The best technique is right here at Boulder Voice Lessons. Work with me in person, or online.

First lesson 50% off.

Sign up here:

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50 CENT at Radio City Music Hall

I did a thing last night... Sang back up for 50 Cent at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. What an experience! More info to come, but check the video here!

How to Stop your Voice from Cracking

Have you ever cracked while singing???
This video will help you to NEVER crack again.
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How to Breathe While Singing

We've gone over breathing exercises.
We've found our True Voice.

Now, let's tie it all together in this latest Video:

How to Find Your True Voice

Have you ever wondered what you would sound like with a “million dollar voice “?

Did you know that someone can judge your voice within one second of you singing?

The person listening could be an audience member, an audition panel, and it could make or break your ability to succeed in that one instant. But, if by chance you make it past that first second and the audience is still listening to you, there is still the rest of the song to get through.

Your vocal technique can make or break you!

For more than 1000 years, all the way from the Middle Ages troubadours, to John Legend, singers have been enchanting audiences. But, every single singer also knew when an audience was lost...

Command an audience with your True Voice. 

Find your True Voice with this Free Online Voice Lesson:


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The (not so) secret way to breathe for singing.

I have taught hundreds of singing lessons over the past few months, and there is a recurring theme in almost all the new students that walk through the Boulder Voice Lesson studio door.

People take in a big breath, puff up the chest, and I expect to hear a huge loud roaring sound, but sometimes it just comes out more like the sound of a mouse.

By the way…. We teach the Lion sound here at Boulder Voice Lessons… Not so much the mouse sound.

The secret to breathing isn’t so much breathing in (but that is a big part of it) as it is allowing the breath to flow out with a constant and steady flow.

The faster that flow of air, the louder and more powerful your sound can be.

Now this isn’t the only aspect of singing, but it’s a pretty important one.

Want to know more? I just published a YouTube lesson on How to Breathe for Singing here:

If you want to learn more about how to create your best sound, schedule a lesson with me at the following link:

We are running a sale on Voice Lessons in May – Online only - $30 for 30 minutes… Use the link above to schedule.

Drop me an email with any questions, and please subscribe to the YouTube page!


How to find your Unique Voice

Here’s a great quote found in the 1991 biography Martha: the life and work of Martha Graham by dancer and choreographer Agnes de Mille:

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.

No artist is pleased. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”

Martha Graham is saying that you have to work your sass off. Everyday. Give the world your art (voice) and make it uniquely yours. Never give up. Keep marching and stay alive and free.

Do you still need inspiration to find your voice? Don’t know where to start?

Start with my free singing lessons on YouTube. The techniques there will help you strengthen your voice and give you a lasting technique:

You can also check out my daily voice lesson podcast here:

(All of this information that I’m posting on YouTube and on the Podcast is free!)

Online singing lessons are great – but there is no substitute for real, in-the-flesh (or skype) voice lessons. The teacher can hear your sounds, make suggestions for changes in real time, and get you the progress you want.

During the month of May, we are offering a special sale. Skype/Facetime/Messenger lessons are $30 for 30 minutes. We can work on specific exercises that will help you find your true Voice.

Sign up for a lesson here:

You can be a great singer… Stop waiting around… I’ll show you how.

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How to sing louder in your middle voice

"Hey Josh, I can sing the high notes, but my middle range, where most of the music lies in my songs, it is not as strong. What can I do?”

I’ve been asked this question throughout my whole teaching career. The answer is always the same. The singer must retain the structure that we talk about here at Boulder Voice Lessons throughout the middle range.

The middle range must also be exercised and given attention in daily practice. The middle range, which is dominantly the chest voice is the foundation for your whole sound. Without it, you will be sadly lacking in the “excitability meter” that the audience feels.

As singers and performers, we want to keep the audience on the edge of their seat. And with a huge chest voice they are always wondering, “my goodness, are they going to make it to the high note?“

In this studio, the answer is always a resounding, yes!

Check out my daily podcast for exercises on how to do middle range and chest voice warm-ups.

And if you want to be the best singer you can be, there’s no substitute for working with me privately. Sign up for a lesson here:

I’m offering free 15 minute online lessons, as a one-time offer. If you’ve never taken a lesson with me before, you’re eligible! Sign up on the website, and just click the free 15 minute option.

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