Jenks Voice Studio

...[Brad] will do his very best to make you a better, and most importantly, a happier performer.

Yvonne Gonzales-Redman

Soprano, Metropolitan Opera, Bregenz Festival, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Professor of Voice at University of Illinois

...[Brad] will do his very best to make you a better, and most importantly, a happier performer.

Yvonne Gonzales-Redman

Soprano, Metropolitan Opera, Bregenz Festival, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Professor of Voice at University of Illinois

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Inside The Actor's Studio: Dave Chappelle

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Inside The Actor's Studio: Dave Chappelle Not specifically to do with singing - This video (link above) is nevertheless interesting for its candid perspective on show business. Many people who have only a passing acquaintance with Dave Chappelle might even be surprised to know that he had ever been a guest on Inside the Actor's [Continue reading »]

Tell Me A Story......

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Even though it was over 22 yrs ago, I can remember my very first voice lesson. My teacher asked me to define singing. I shrugged. He looked at me and said, “Singing is sustained talking on a tune.” He asked me to repeat that back to him, and I have never since forgotten those words. [Continue reading »]

Aaaand breathe......no.... out. Breathe out.

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You take a breath, you sing. Concern sets in? Long phrase? Start again, this time with a bigger breath.... Singers spend a fair amount of time considering their breathing, as well they should. Very often, particularly in young or amateur singers, this takes the form of thinking exclusively about their inhale (“Did I take a [Continue reading »]

Success According To You....

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My last post took as assumed something that we all tend to do from very early in our lives: The equating of success with fame. I began from the standpoint of taking renown as the marker of success, and correspondingly, my choices of artists for comparison were illustrious performers of former and present eras. My [Continue reading »]

Aww... But you're just a baby!

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Not too long ago I was invited to sit in on the Young Artist Program auditions of a company for whom I used to work. It was an interesting time, and there was plenty of conversation about the people auditioning. Having once upon a time been the audition coordinator for this same company, I was [Continue reading »]

That is definitely the best approach.....and so is that.

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A couple of years ago I was coaching some music with a friend of mine, a wonderful coach. In the course of the hour, I observed, “Y’know, I have recently been thinking a lot about the relationship between a hook-up (another term for “support”) and legato, and how....” “...They are the same thing?” “Well, sorta. Not exactly the [Continue reading »]

That's a lovely image.... but how?

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“Remember to bring the top down”   -   “Bring it forward, get a more forward sound” “Try to get it into the pocket”   -   “Sing in the mix” “Don’t bring the chest too high”   -   “Turn it over. Flip it”   -   “Focus the sound” “Try to find that higher placement”   - [Continue reading »]

A Sing-Along Culture

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Oh, if only life could truly be like it is in the movies........ Well, maybe not. For one thing, life would be a lot shorter. “Cut to....” takes out quite a chunk. But what is being cut? Answer? Real life. In my time as a teacher, a student of singing, and frankly, as a person [Continue reading »]

Reasonable Expectations, pt.2

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In my last post, I spoke about singing in terms of time spent. I want to continue that same line of thinking with the following observation, aimed at those struggling with changes to your singing: Think for a moment about how long you have been singing. How long have you been singing more or less [Continue reading »]