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How to Audition

The other week my rambunctious twin boys auditioned for their first professional theater company. They were going for the role of Tiny Tim. We worked really hard for about two weeks to get them ready.... (There was lots of bribing involved)

The big day came... they had resumes and headshots in hand as they each strutted into the audition room without me, handed their music to the pianist, proudly announced their names and their selections and sang their piece.

I was trying as hard as I could to be the ultimate “stage dad” with my ear against the audition door listening for their cute dulcet Tiny Tim voices. And, after everybody in their group was finished with their own additions, they called the whole group back into the room to work on a new song.

A NEW SONG???? But they are only six years old....They can’t even read yet, let alone read music.
(Internal eye rolling, internal palm to the face)

“Why didn’t I prepare all of Tiny Tim‘s music for my kids!!!” I yelled at myself in the silence of my own brain.

Welp, neither one got the role.

Lesson learned. Learn the whole role if you really want to be considered.

This goes for six-year-old singers auditioning for musical theater, stage actors auditioning for Hamlet, opera singers auditioning for whatever, and grade school kids auditioning for their school play at Mesa Elementary, Bear Creek Elementary, Fairview High School, or Southern Hills Middle School, or any BVSD school.. The more you seem prepared, the more the producers will trust you. After all, you worked hard to get this far, why not learn that extra piece and impress the audition panel.

If you’re interested in working locally with me, sign up for a lesson at www.bouldervoicelessons.com, or drop me an email at info@bouldervoicelessons.com.

How prepared you have to be?

The show is tonight!

Peace!
Joshua South,
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#BoulderVoiceLessons Instagram Feed

Singing Lessons Near Me has never been nearer to YOU.

Boulder Voice Lessons Instagram Feed is going to give you a :59 second singing tip as often as possible.

How to Sing Like a Top 40 Star is the theme for this “course.” We’ll give you great tips on mic technique, smokey sounds, chest sounds, belts, etc.

Singing Technique for all ages, all types, all genres of music.

Check it out!

Peace!

Joshua South

Boulder Voice Lessons

Clear as Mud

I spent the past weekend in South Alabama working as the Director of Photography (did you know I’m also a photographer/videographer??) on a short documentary for the Lyman Ward Military Academy. I grew up in Alabama and have sorely missed that deep swamp-like humidity since moving to the bone-dry climate of the Wild West.

I love Alabama. Love the culture, the FOOD, the people, the language, and the “isms”!

“Now that’s a gear we ain’t gonna get into right now.”

“Bless your heart.”

“That’s about as clear as mud.”

And I “sure get tickled” every time I hear a new one.

A LOT of great singers come from the South, probably because of the language/accent/chest-dominated speaking voice, but there are some GREAT singers here in Colorado too.

One of them is a singing student right here at Boulder Voice Lessons, Darrow Klein. She is killin’ it all over town and is being featured as the Title Role in the Diary of Anne Frank at the (UNION-HOUSE) Arvada Center.

The Arvada Center is LEGIT, folks, and so is Darrow. I’m so happy to help her along in her vocal and artistic journey.

Y’all check out the article in the local paper, the Daily Camera, featuring Darrow taking a lesson with Boulder Voice Lessons.

https://www.dailycamera.com/2019/04/28/fairview-student-in-professional-production-of-the-diary-of-anne-frank/

Boulder Voice Lessons has availability for new Singing Students, if you’re interested…

We’ll quickly diagnose your singing technique and git ya on track to accomplish your singing goals!

Singing Technique lessons here:  https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule

Y’all take care now and tell yer Mama I said hey!

(Roll Tide)

Joshua South
Boulder Voice Lessons

Someone told me I was tone deaf…

A Boulder Voice Lessons student said that to me recently… Those words can sting.

It made me think of the process. It made me think of how much I’ve learned in the last few years… I’m teaching my kids how to read, I’m studying a martial art (jiu-jitsu), and I’ve ramped up my voice teaching to over 500 lessons a year.

You gotz to start at the beginning when learning a new skill. My ‘energetic’ 6-year-olds are learning the sounds of the letters. We drill those letters a lot. I’m also teaching them piano and trying to train their ear. We try to do work on that a lot. Baby steps…

Jiu-Jitsu is the same. No white belt is getting their black belt tomorrow – you have to go through the steps and give it time. Those moves have to get in your body – it has to become natural. That can only happen with time… Again, baby steps.

I’ve seen the same thing with ALL my voice students. As much as I would love to have a new student become the best singer in the world in 3 lessons, it just doesn’t happen. My children can’t read novels because they don’t know all the letter/word rules yet, and I don’t have my black belt because I haven’t put in the time. The same goes with the voice.

What is the common thread of all students?

The desire to get better.

Without the desire, fire, will – it’s hard to progress.

How then, does one get better??

Record your lessons and listen to them. Do the warm-ups. Memorize your music. Perform in front of someone. Go to an audition. Join the local theatre group.

Baby steps…

Get the on the vocal technique path here today - https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule

Keep the fire going!

Josh
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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?”

“Believing?”

 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:

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

Peace,
Josh
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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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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: https://www.youtube.com/bouldervoicelessons

First 1 Hour Voice Lesson Consultation is 50% off…

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

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

Best,

Joshua South

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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: https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/5tips. 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZVaq...
Falsetto Voice HOW TO DO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLPOU...

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Comment with any questions, and I’ll get back to you ASAP!

Like, Like, Like!
Peace,
Josh

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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: 
www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule
 
CYBER MONDAY SALE: Sign up for 5 Singing Lessons, and get one Voice Lesson for FREE.

Keep Singing!
Josh
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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:

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

Peace!
Josh
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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: www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule

Thanks everybody!

Josh
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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).

Whaaaaaaa?

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:
Www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule

Peace!
Josh

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Voice Lesson Fairy Tale

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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:

www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule

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.
 
Peace!
Josh
Boulder Voice Lessons

Jump in with the sharks and get 50% off these skillz

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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: https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule/
 
First Lesson is 50% off!!! Returning students first lesson is 50% off!

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

Hit me up with any questions,
Josh
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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.
Peace,
Josh at Boulder Voice Lessons
 

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: https://youtu.be/iPBtswJlEFk

 

Peace!
Josh
Boulder Voice Lessons

 

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: https://youtu.be/AwuG6Zcx-0w

If you want to learn more about how to create your best sound, schedule a lesson with me at the following link: https://www.bouldervoicelessons.com/schedule/

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!

Peace,
Josh