How to Sing With Confidence

Boulder Voice Lessons Teacher, Joshua South

First and foremost… I’m a singer.

I’ve always been a performer, from playing Tiny Tim when I was eight years old, to the current day where I’m working on five different shows within the next two months.

I get it.

Trying to get confident is a little bit scary… when you walk out on that stage, you’re all alone.
-The lights are bright.
-You can’t see the back of the house.
- What if you forget the words.
- Maybe you’re worried you’ll crack
- What if people will laugh at you… not like you…whatever.

We have All. Been. There.

I can show how to overcome those fears.

I can give you a vocal technique that will teach you to sing with your true self, your true voice, and without any fear of cracking.

I’m not saying you’ll never be nervous again.
 
I’m not saying it will be easy, or you won’t have to work hard.

This vocal technique is life changing… and it makes you improve FAST.
 
You can sign up here: https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule/

Now, I’m located in Colorado. If you're within driving distance, that's great, let's meet in person. But if you're not, through the magic of the Internet we can still meet as often as you like.

If you have any questions about the process, I’m more than happy to discuss all of this with you. Drop me a line, or better yet, sign up for a lesson, and let's get started.

Talk soon,
Joshua South
Boulder Voice Lessons

Don’t listen to yourself while you sing.

That comes straight out of the Voice Teacher “Guru” handbook.

Mmmmm, OK, but how in the world are you supposed to change your sound if you don’t listen to yourself?

“Stop listening to yourself,” I always used to hear. I guess in hindsight, I can understand what a teacher would mean by that. If you are overdoing the technique, and by changing the structure of your sound, I suppose you could “listen” to yourself in a bad way.

However, we need to be able to help ourselves when we sing. That’s the only way we can more effectively go for that wider, deeper, Boulder Voice Lessons Technique sound!

Still others say that a microphone is the best teacher, and instead of going whole hog and not agreeing with anyone, how about we take a little bit of advice from everybody.

Here at Boulder Voice Lessons, we record a song or aria during the last part of the lesson. I’m wearing headphones, you’re wearing headphones, and you are listening to your voice. Want to sing like Norah Jones? Well, Norah Jones always sings into a microphone, and so does Adele, and so does every pop-star.

They also sing with great microphones, just like the one that we use here at Boulder Voice Lessons.

So step right on up, and work with some professional equipment while we on your professional vocal technique.

Yet another perk, and yet another reason to trust Boulder Voice Lessons for all your Vocal Technique Lessons!

Start listening to yourself here:

Peace!
Josh
Boulder Voice Lessons

21st Century Voice Lessons

The 21st-century Voice Teacher

Back in my day…

I’m not really that old, but I still went to college before things like smart phones, YouTube and Wikipedia.

I had one Voice Lesson per week, recorded the lesson on a tape player, and went to the library to listen to operas on CD and record player. (Hah Gawwwwwd I’m so old!)

Nowadays, if you want to learn how to do something like change headlight on the car, clean out your kitchen disposal, or flip on the light switch (seriously, that’s a thing), just check out YouTube.

The best thing about being a 21st-century Voice Teacher in Boulder, CO is that I can have my own YouTube channel that highlights my specific ideas of the technique, the actual warm-ups that we work on, and my rambling thoughts about how to learn a song.

For instance, if you want to take an Online Voice Lesson with me, all you really need to do is log on to my YouTube page and pick one of 20 lessons that you like to work on for the day and go to town!

The progression and advancement of the vocal technique is really up to the student, and the teacher is only as good as the student that’s willing to work for it.

So, step right up to https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule and sign up for an Online Voice Lesson. This vocal technique change my life, and I’m pretty sure it’ll open new doors for you.

Peace,
Josh
Boulder Voice Lessons

Climate Change Eyes

One of the great things about teaching so many people is that I am constantly exposed to new and exciting artists.

One such artist is Billie Eilish who sings the epic song, Ocean Eyes.

I just posted a new video on YouTube that explains the techniques of how to sing Ocean Eyes by Billie Eilish. Now, you may be thinking, who the heck is Billie Eilish, and why should I care, but I assure you all of the techniques that I discuss can be implemented to your favorite tunes, as well!

Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/tGcmghPZSqA

Please take a second and subscribe to the Boulder Voice Lessons YouTube Page...

Oh, and if an eight minute video on YouTube doesn’t get you the desired results, feel free to schedule an appointment with me at the following link: https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule/

Peace!

Josh

Boulder Voice Lessons

From Timbuktu to Boulder... Online Singing Lessons

The Digital Revolution is here.

First came the Agricultural Revolution, then the Industrial Revolution.

And now, Boulder Voice Lessons is taking the Internet by Storm.

Announcing Online Singing Lessons!

You live 1,000 miles away but you want to take world-class vocal technique instruction? Skype me!

Winter Storm Snowflake got you buried in 6 feet of snow? Let’s have a Voice Lesson without the hassle of driving!

$65 for 60 minutes gets you some of the greatest vocal technique instruction available.

You don’t even have to leave home. 

But, try to change out of your comfy pajamas.

Thank you, Digital Revolution.

Book a session here: https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule/

Josh

Boulder Voice Lessons

Voice Lesson Antifreeze for your frozen musical inspiration

How to Sing Better

Hello Friends!

While watching the newest edition of Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, I came to a few conclusions…
 
This planet is insane! There are animals defying what we perceive as the laws of the physical world!
 
Check the caterpillar that tries to turn into a moth every short summer in the Arctic. He doesn't eat enough before the winter comes, so he crawls under a rock and literally freezes solid, only to thaw out again when the spring comes the following year. He follows this strategy for 14 years until he spreads his mothy wings.
 
Now. that. is. survival.
 
That’s Dedication!
 
Well..... has your musical inspiration and vocal technique frozen solid?
 
Do you need some creative and musical thawing??
 
I'm here to tell you that Boulder Voice Lessons is the sun that will thaw your frozen musical state.
 
Learn the singing technique to learn how to sing high notes.
 
Learn the technique to sing like you’ve always wanted to.
 
Get on over to https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule/ and book your voice lesson now. Studio size is limited, so reserve your weekly spot soon!
 
All Voice Types, All Ages welcome. Love of singing is a must!
 
Peace,
Josh
Boulder Voice Lessons

How to Sing Better - A Voice Lesson involving Fergie

Poor Fergie... The National Anthem is one of the hardest songs to sing, with truly little reward for the performer. Generally, you volunteer your time to sing the National Anthem in front of a large crowd, everyone judges you, and apart from the emotional fulfillment that you get while singing it, there isn’t much that the performer gets back.

But, God help you if you mess it up. If you forget a word, if you sing out of tune, if you start too high and can’t sing the the last phrase... you know the drill. People love a controversy. You will get roasted.

Then somebody this week posted a clip of Whitney Houston singing the national anthem (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_lCmBvYMRs) . Her beaming face, beautiful smile, and seemingly effortless, yet virtuosic rendition of the national anthem is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard.

We talk a lot about vocabulary here at Boulder Voice Lessons.

Chest voice
Falsetto
Coordination
Chest Pull
Function tone
Ah Breath
Pharynx
Larynx

The list goes on and on...

Whitney knew how to use her chest voice and falsetto, and expertly coordinated them to provide the listener with goosebumps and tears for days, years, and even a lifetime.

This is the technique we are teaching here at Boulder Voice Lessons.

Sign up for a lesson and get after it…

Sign up here: https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule/

Josh
Boulder Voice Lessons

Vocal Technique Lessons from down in the dirt!

I was taking my jujitsu class the other day, and the teacher told us to walk down the line and get partners.

I went to the beginning of the line to shake hands with my next best friend for the hour, and even though I am a pretty tall dude of 6’2”, I got to my partner, shook hands, and continue to gaze up, and up, and up at the face of the 6’8” giant in front of me.

Turns out the dude was an ex-marine, easily had 100 pounds on me, and pretty much laughed with me (in a friendly way) as I tried to wrap him up for the whole hour. It was like a 5-year-old wrestling with his 40-year-old father.

He rolled me up pretty hard, and I walked away with multiple bruises and tweaks to just about everywhere on my fragile frame. Great times!

Point is, I was working out and trying to better myself, and even though there was some pain, I kept at it and finished the work out with this huge sweaty dude...

That’s how you improve.

You have to put in the time on anything, especially your voice, and especially your singing technique.

So, whether you want to get better at performing, technique, singing in tune, or memorization, it’s not that different than drilling wrestling moves with an ex-Marine, taking a yoga class, or summiting a 14er peak (that’s a mountain in Colorado talky). Get down in the dirt, roll your sleeves up, and get to work!

Do you want to have the best instruction on how to improve your singing techniques? Sign up for a voice lesson here:
 
https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule/
 
(Online Skype/Facetime/Facebook Messenger voice lessons available to the whole world!)

Peace!

Josh
Boulder Voice Lessons

Microphone with Elvis Filter

There’s no denying – Elvis was the King.

Girls screamed.

Men wept.

If only we could click a button and sound like Elvis.

Yeah right…

This old friend of mine had an “easy way” idea, and bought a crazy expensive microphone - all the bells and whistles. He hired a professional guitarist to record for a few hours with him at his home studio.

He sent me the demo, and the only thing I could think of was that I wish that he had spent the $3000+ dollars on Singing Lessons and Musical Coachings rather than that microphone.

It made me realize that having the fancy microphone and recording set up will not an Elvis make, or be any better than using your iPhone Microphone, if you don’t sound good.

I showed him a few of my singing warm-ups and vocal techniques and we worked for few months together, and his voice improved. He started doing the work, started doing the techniques, started really concentrating on drilling those exercises.

Big difference.

Sign up here for a lesson and I’ll show you what we worked on (If you're not in the Boulder, CO area, we can still work on Skype/Facetime)

https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule/

Peace!

Josh

Boulder Voice Lessons

Patiently Waiting for Patience:

Hey Josh, soooo…. When am I going to get better at singing?

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JOSH: I get this question often... The answer is generally the same for everybody. You will be a better singer when you know how to do the techniques. Do you want to learn the proper singing techniques? Set up a voice lesson with me... I’m more than happy to show you!  (also check out my YouTube page)

Hey Josh, I know you sing opera, but I want to sing rock ‘n’ roll....Are you gonna make me sound like Opera Man from Saturday Night Live?

Josh: So you want to sing like Axl Rose? Yeah, me too... how about we work on your voice, and you can sound like your best you. You are unique and so is your voice. Let’s get to work on it and see what we can do! By the way, I also sing Jazz, Musical Theatre, Pop, Gospel - anything I can get deep on!

And.....How can I get better at performing?

Josh: confidence, confidence, confidence.... get’cha confidence here. Nothing says confidence like being a master at what you are doing. Bruce Lee had confidence – Jim Morrison had confidence…

Do you want to learn how to sing the high notes, do you want to learn how to sing the low notes, do you want to control an audience with your voice?

The answers are all right here at Boulder Voice Lessons... sign up for a voice lesson here (it's soooooo easy!): https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule/

If you haven’t signed up for my email list, do so here, and get my free e-book on Five Tips to Sing Better. Check it!

https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/

Peace!
Josh at Boulder Voice Lessons

Force Choked by Darth Tension

Force Choked by Darth Tension:

I was watching Star Wars the other day with my kids, and something occurred to me when Darth Vader couldn't take any more insults from Admiral Motti (the Death Star commander who mustered the courage to confront Vader's "sorcerer's ways”). This of course resulted in Vader’s decision to force choke Motti’s sneering windpipe from 10 feet away.

Poor Vader... the guy needs to get his emotions in check.

But as singers, we also know what it’s like to be in Admiral Motti’s shoes/windpipe. While singing with tension is a far cry from literal choking, not being able to sing the notes you want, not being able to breathe freely, and most of all, feeling scared or unable to function while on stage, are all real issues.

Thankfully I have an antidote!

In my latest mini e-book, I teach you the fundamentals of How to Sing Without Tension. Admiral Motti only wishes he could’ve thought of these tension-reducing techniques whilst Darth Vader had his grippy force tentacles around his throat.

Get it while the Grippin’s Good!

https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/ebooks/howtosingwithouttension

There is also an audio download available with the eBook, so you can practice in your car, or a crowded subway!

Singing Lessons for JEDI masters - Right here:

https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule

Peace,

Josh
Boulder Voice Lessons

Man Fined $149 For Screaming In His Car While Singing ‘Everybody Dance Now’ Too Loudly

“I was thinking they wanted to pass, but they called on the speaker ‘Please go to the right side.’ I stopped and four police came, two on each side, and checked the inside of the car. Then they asked me if I screamed. I said no, I was just singing.”

I found that gem on the most hilarious site ever, FML news.

Good grief…

I’m going to get in touch with this guy and sponsor him with a few lessons.

“I don’t know if my voice is very bad and that’s why I got the ticket, but I was very shocked.”

Bless his heart…

I talk a lot about learning the vocabulary of the technique here at Boulder Voice Lessons. It’s important to know the definition of the follow words:

Chest Voice
Falsetto Voice
Head Voice
Coordination
Function Tone
Fundamental Pitch
Fundamental and Harmonic Resonances

…and the list goes on and on…

The ability to produce the sounds that these words define CREATE a complicated and beautiful tone. It’s a tone that people sit up in their chairs, or edge closer to the stage, to hear. They’ll say something like, “whoa… I don’t know how that person is making that sound, but I like it!”

That’s the sound we make here at Boulder Voice Lessons.

There are a bunch of ways to learn how to create this sound:

Private Lessons in person with yourz truly
eBooks
Boulder Voice Lessons “How to Sing” YouTube Videos
Online Singing Lessons via Skype or Facetime or Facebook Messenger

But, the most complete way to learn to sing is to combine all those options.

So, get in touch with me, and let’s chat.  There are lots of changes afoot here at Boulder Voice Lessons, and I want you guys in on the ground floor! I can’t wait to share it all with you as soon as it’s ready.

Until then, check out the YouTube Lessons, and if you haven’t signed up for the email list yet, do that here:

https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/5tips

(You’ll get a FREE eBook, 5 Tips to Sing Better, for your efforts)

Sign up for a Singing Lesson here!

https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule

Pe@ce!
Josh
Boulder Voice Lessons

www.BoulderVoiceLessons.com

1 Easy Tip to Sing Better!

Once it was an 11 minute ab workout... Then, it was a 7 minute ab workout...

Same thing with razors... One razor blade used to do the trick, and now 19, or whatever the current number is, is the only way to go...

WELL! Here's 1 (ONE) TIP to make you a better singer!

Heed this info well, my good friends, for it will work!

Here's the video:

Please SUBSCRIBE! 

Let me know if you 'gots questions!

Peace,

Josh

Get some history in your ear

Jerry Hadley was arguably America's greatest operatic tenor in the 20th century.

He gave a revolutionary interview that probably ticked a lot of people off. This is required listening, so click on that video right after you finish reading this.

He talks about getting history in your ear, and learning the style of the music from the greatest singers that have ever been recorded.

He talks about how opera singers are notoriously bad for not knowing the history of the human voice, and being overly concerned with placing your voice in a specific spot, worrying too much about technique, and worrying whether not you’re doing it.

So check out the video, and then do some research... stand on the shoulders of the giants before you. Learn from them. This applies to all music, pop, jazz, opera, musical theater, whatever.

It is up to the Singer to improve and conquer the world. My favorite quote from this interview is the following:

“The teacher is only as good as the receptacle to which he is giving that information.”

You do not need anyone’s permission to sing… so go out there and get learnin’!

Start your Singing Lessons in Boulder journey today!

https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule

Peace!
Josh
Boulder Voice Lessons

 

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12/31/2017

Last day of the year….

Here’s an update you didn’t think you needed.

Unlike Apple, these batteries won’t slow you down..

What batteries you ask? The Boulder Voice Lesson Batteries.

That doesn’t make sense - I know.

But these 5 singing tips will make sense!

Start 2018 off with a voice lesson course that is free, easy to follow, and gets results!

Help me get to 100 subscribers before 11:59pm tonight! Come on!

Visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF4FlnRG4vFLKqm-7zboKqQ

And while you’re at it - work on the exercises!

Happy New Year!

Josh

https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/

 

How Karaoke Saved My Life!

Everybody’s having a blast a karaoke... Except me.

These people were ripping out Whitney Houston, Adele, all the great Broadway tunes, and after they got done singing they were rewarded with high-fives, hugs and complimentary shots.

Not Me... just crickets.

I felt terrible, here you are all having a great time and all I got was the obligatory sideway glances and congratulatory pats on the back.

I was so embarrassed…

An acquaintance regaled this story to me after I mentioned that I was an opera singer, and had a voice lessons studio in the Boulder area.

Now, what can we do to learn from this infomation?

We don’t want to be embarrased or fail! We all wanna slay the dragon - be the hero, save the day, or just kick some serious tushy at karaoke!

I propose a few ways to move forward from here:

1.      This might seem a bit obvious, but choose an appropriate song. Do some research; sing along to some karaoke tracks at home, and see if you can actually hit all the notes.

2.      Take some voice lessons.
Voice teachers can help you learn how to sing better. Actually, these videos that I made will help you learn to sing better, and are totally free.

3.      Practice, Practice, Practice – but practice with proper technique. If you don’t know proper technique, see #2.

These ideals can appeal to all types of performing – School plays, Community theatre, Auditions…

Any more questions? Hit me up in the comments section below, or email me at info@bouldervoicelessons.com

Interested in taking voice lessons? First Singing Lessons are 50% off. All you have to do is sign up here:

https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule

I can't stop starting at 'dat Class

The perks just keep on coming, my friends.

When you are in the studio here at www.BoulderVoiceLessons.com, we do an Old Skool thang that has been tested through time.

All the Singing Students in the studio, at the end of the semester, get together for a studio class.

We all gather to sing in front of each other, wall practice the same technique, and basically… we all sound awesome.

Bestable of all, we get to practice the songs we've been werkin' on in front of real life non-digital people!

This is where your skillz get put to the test.

Competition, my lovelies, is what makes the cream rise to the top…

"Anyone who imagines they can work alone winds up surrounded by nothing but rivals, without companions. The fact is, no one ascends alone."
- Lance Armstrong (The greatest, hardest working athlete that ever lived)

So, get on that bike/horse/eagle, fly over here to www.bouldervoicelessons.com, and sign up for your free eBook filled with great singing tips!

Singing Lessons live here in Boulder. Sign up here: https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule

Peace!
Josh
Boulder Voice Lessons

Video Voice Lessons - Boom or Bust?

Can you learn anything from a video lesson?

Video Lessons are mainly there to peak your interest… to start a fire within you to have the desire to work towards that goal.

Take a martial art like Jiu Jitsu… it’s easy to get caught up in YouTube videos about Jiu Jitsu moves (right???? Or am I the only one here... crickets... awkward....)

You spend 3 hours (that you should have spent sleeping) going down the YouTube rabbit hole of watching matches, watching instructional videos, only to roll into the gym, and you find that all of your digital learning doesn’t really work out for you as you get chocked out over and over again (at least that’s my experience!)

If you’ve got a willing partner, you could work on the things that you learned, but the moves that a true-to-life class will drill, stick far better in your toolbox of tactics than you could ever hope for with a YouTube video instructional video.

It’s the same with the voice! You need to be able to sing for the teacher. The teacher must hear your voice, especially in the beginning, to see if you are doing the exercises correctly.

The Chest Voice Exercise and the Falsetto Voice Exercises are integral, fundamental steps to your progression. You can’t move on to the next level, or belt, unless you have a working knowledge of the fundamentals.

So get in touch, and let’s get you started off right. I’m here to help.

Josh

Schedule your first voice lesson today!

https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule

By the way, I am a current student of JiuJitsu at Easton Training Center in Boulder, CO. I can't recommend it enough as an exercise regime, but it's especially helpful for singers. It's an amazing workout; you’ll learn to control your emotions, your fears, but mostly your breath. 

How many times have we, as singers, felt nervous or scared of the stage? It's different for everyone, but there's nothing like perspective to make you not worry about stage fright, and a martial art, especially JiuJitsu, often puts you in uncomfortable physical and mental situations.

I've learned so much about the breath through these situations. It might not be for everyone, but if you're interested, and in the Denver/Boulder area, check out Easton (tell them I referred you!)

Peace!

Free Demo Recording? Sure, I'll take one...

How about a free demo recording with that?

Ok… get ready… this is what I am bringing to the table:

Expert vocal technique advice - $65/hour

20 years' experience of musical style vocal coaching advice – included.

20 years' experience in the singing industry, mainly in New York City - included.

A safe, fun, exciting learning environment – included.

Access to online video singing lessons that review the techniques you learned in your lessons – included.

Is anybody else offering these bonuses for being involved in their vocal studio? I’m honestly not sure...

But, Boulder voice lessons is!

Sign up for our email list and get your free eBook today!

Schedule your first Voice Lesson here: https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule

Peace!
Josh
Boulder Voice Lessons

How a child’s temper tantrum taught me to sing better

It was a simple mistake.... I should’ve known better.

I hope I didn’t mess this kid up for life, but…

I cut his pancake in half.

Cue the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown now.

This poor little snowflake son of mine tilted his head back and let out the most primal, and yet coordinated, chest voice and falsetto functional sound you have ever heard. I’m gonna have to cut his pancake tomorrow, just so I can record this for you.

My amazing teacher Franco Bertacci, talks about this sound as the natural sound of the Larynx.

With no vowel, lots of air, and a neutral sound, this is basically called - the function sound!

Try it...have somebody cut your pancake, and let out (dys)functional sound. It actually feels really good. It’s like a bombshell of emotion exploding, after seeing your sweet, beautiful chocolate-chip pancake being destroyed before your very eyes.

Don’t try this at home, kids. For real. Hit me up with the online session, and we’ll talk about it.

For those seeking a strong chest voice that you can take higher in your voice, this is an invaluable addition to your arsenal of vocal technique!

50% off your first Voice Lesson here:
https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule

Pancake Destroyer Josh