Voice Lessons

Be extreme in your daily quest for greatness

I have always been a person that goes to extremes. If I were going to practice stretching I would stretch until it hurts. If I were to work out by lifing weights I would lift the heaviest weight possible. Basically any technique, I would take it to the nth degree, because that’s how to do it best, right? Wrong. 

Something has changed in the last year, though. I don't know if it's because I'm just getting older, if I'm getting further along in my jiu jitsu practice, if I'm getting older as a father, or what, but I've had a pretty seismic idea, extreme, if you will, of being extreme..

Maybe it occurred to me these past couple weeks as I've been working out almost every day at the Opera Colorado office. It’s not the greatest gym in the world, but, if you just work out with what you have, and keep on the slow and steady grind on this campaign of self-improvement, one begins to see results. If I just come in every day and work and go through the motions and lift the weights do my stretches my injuries heal, my body strengthens, and I feel overall, better.

The same thing can be said regarding our singing. In the beginning of your singing journey, you are building your voice, much the same way as you are building an instrument. You can't play a violin unless it's built, and you cannot sing to your full extent unless the muscles that are directly in control of producing the sounds have been strengthened...

The muscles allow you to sing softly, loudly, to add emotional textures to your voice, to add caricature textures to your voice, singing dark, singing light, singing clear, and have a ringing tone. All of these things are the standard, the baseline, the foundation of what it takes to add artistry to your song, to your band, to your life....

Once again, we come to this idea of extreme. I can't tell you how many students I've seen in the past few years that want a major change in one lesson. It doesn't happen like that. Expecting a change in one lesson… that is extreme. One must recognize that one needs to build the muscles that are directly responsible before producing those sounds over a period of YEARS! it took Arnold Schwarzenegger a long time to get that Mr. Universe body. It's the exact same way with the voice.

Slow and steady. Steady. Steady. Constant and disciplined workouts will get you to your goals.

Oh, and by the way, I can help get you there!

Singing Lessons schedule is a bit wackadu for a little while, but sign up on the Boulder Voice Lessons website for available lesson times.

Free Piano Lesson and Daily Piano Warmups

Boulder Voice Lessons Daily 7 minute piano warm up will make you a better piano player.

Daily Piano Practice will make you a better piano player!

If you don’t know what to practice, or if you are sick of practicing your assigned song, just do this simple 7 minute warm up, and you’ll continue to improve.

It’s like 7 minute Abs, but for your fingers.

Check it here:

Boulder Voice Lessons and Artistry

Voice Lessons this past week were fantastic! Ranges are expanding, textures are improving, volume and intensity is growing, and most importantly, ARTISTRY is blossoming.

Our voice building technique ultimately helps you sing the way you have always wanted, but don’t forget that this is not the most important thing. Your artistry - what you are communicating - and what you are bringing to life is of the upmost importance. 

Take another look at your music and re-read the poetry/lyrics. Breathe in the thought of the emotion or phrase, and let that emotion fill your sound and your soul. Allow your falsetto coordinated tone to be full of that emotion, and then pull a little bit of the chest coordination into the sound. 

The following quote has been in my life for the last 22 years… It is a letter from Martha Graham to Agnus de Mille - I consider this the exemplary definition of our journey, our path, and our artistry:

There is a vitality,

a life force,

a quickening

that is translated through you into action,

and because there is only one of you in all time,

this expression is unique.

And If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.

The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine

how good it is

nor how valuable it is

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 open and aware directly to the urges that motivate YOU.

Keep the channel open...

No artist is pleased...

There is no satisfaction whatever at anytime

There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction

a blessed unrest that keeps us marching

and makes us more alive than the others.


Thank you all for your commitment to your voice! Keep practicing - 2 days on, 1 day off… Let me know how it’s going, and I’ll see you soon.

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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:
(Online Skype/Facetime/Facebook Messenger voice lessons available to the whole world!)


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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)




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Patiently Waiting for Patience:

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


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!


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!


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:



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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
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
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:


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

Sign up for a Singing Lesson here!


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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:


Let me know if you 'gots questions!



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:


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

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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.


Schedule your first voice lesson today!


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!)


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:

Pancake Destroyer Josh

Little Orphan Annie Got it Right

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The sun WILL come out tomorrow.

Actually, the sun has been “coming out tomorrow” for about 4.5 billion years. Don’t quote me on that…. ask Neil Degrasse Tyson.

The point is, that barring some total black hole collapse, the sun will continue to come out for the foreseeable future…

You can bet your bottom dollar on that.

No matter how terribly your day is going, you can count on this:

Tomorrow will come.

We can take this idea and put it towards the idea of Building Vocal Technique.

Muscles take time to grow, and if you work them out one day, the next day, they’ll probably be stronger.

It’s a simple, yet complicated idea, and different from getting 1000 likes on your new hairdo selfie, it’s certainly not instant gratification. It takes time - lots of time!

So get started on your 10,000 hours of voice building today, and check out my new YouTube videos.

You can learn any technique on YouTube, but ultimately only you can put in the time, and get stronger…for tomorrow.

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