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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.

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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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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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How do I get a College Scholarship?


So you want to take over the world, eh?

Anyone will tell you – start young....

Golf, tennis, martial arts, dance, rock climbing, whatever. Put in thousands of hours of practice of those skills as a kid, and chances are, when you grow up, you’ll be better than 99% of the adults on the planet at those skills.

As a parent, I know the importance of exposing kids to skills that are usable as they grow up. For instance, I think my twin boys should grow up wrestling each other (they already do...), and maybe they’ll get a full NCAA scholarship in wrestling! Who knows…

Or, if you want to go the music route, there are a lot of marketable skills that a singer can bring to the table. And, universities, both big and small, but especially the big ones, are always looking for talented singers that can be showcased for audiences.

Starting a singing journey in the beginning of high school can prepare the student for those college scholarship auditions.

  • A few years of singing preparation will lead to a better chance of a successful scholarship audition.

  • A successful scholarship audition will lead, hopefully, to a scholarship!

  • A scholarship would lead to reduced tuition, and a reduced debt load.

  • A reduced debt load will lead to more money in your pocket for the rest of your life.

You get the idea…

Deep thoughts for a Drowsy Sunday after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Start your journey on world domination here:


Talk Soon!


Opera is.....

Opera has been around for about 400 years!

Talk about an enduring artform.

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It combines theater, music, dance, costumes, sets, foreign languages, deep-seated human emotions.... and, it’s generally very long!

An operatic technique takes years and years to work on. Do you remember the amazing singer, Jewel? She was studying to be an opera singer, and after hearing it would take over 10 years to even get the technique going, she decided to sing pop music.

The rest, is history.

But, the classical technique can give you the foundations for a unique pop, rock, or jazz, or rap vocal sound.

Listen to this song by Adele.

I hear some great chest voice, some really wonderful falsetto, some coordination between the two registers, and then some mix, which adds some more emotion to the sound.

She is using all of those techniques to add different colors, timbres, and emotions to this beautiful song. (“someone like youuuuuuuuu – great falsetto example)

The techniques she uses are possible to learn, and I can show you how!

Start by watching my two free videos on YouTube, and then send me an email to set up your lesson. I can teach online, so even if you’re in a different time zone, we can work on the technique!

Sign up for the email list and get a free eBook about 5 tips to sing better!

Would you like a scholarship with that?

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Like fries with a cheeseburger, a career, or the ability to create income, is the next logical progression after learning how to do something.

A friend of mine was telling me how her daughter basically paid for her entire college education by teaching piano during college.

She was easily able to move to a new town and start up a new studio rather quickly, leading to income, which led to no debt!

How about a scholarship with that?

Colleges are always looking for great singers to perform in their productions, and will pay handsomely for somebody that fits that description.

I currently have a couple of students in middle school, and in high school. They are learning how to sing better, and are working on their technique so they can add that extra opportunity to get some of that extra voice scholarship money.

How about you?

Want to join the studio?

Schedule a lesson here: