This Is A Voice

This Is A Voice

Voice experts and bestselling authors Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher have been chatting about voice for more than 20 years - this time they've switched the microphone on. Vocal technique? check. Musicals? check. The weird things you can do with your voice? check. Includes AMA on voice, singing, speaking, performance techniques, voice exercises and so much more.


November 19, 2021 37 min

Jeremy Fisher & Dr Gillyanne Kayes chat about collaboration and life

  • Why we collaborate with other people
  • Has it ever gone wrong? (Has it ever!)
  • The most important conversation you can have when you begin your collaboration
  • And we announce a new brand for actors, singers and theatre people that say it like it (almost) is – Voicenerdz
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    Dr Gillyanne Kayes & Jeremy Fisher take a deeper breath and dive lower into part 2 of breathing techniques for singers & speakers.

    And we share

  • Breathing and tongue position (with demonstrations)
  • Is nose breathing better than mouth breathing for singers?
  • Is there a difference in pressure between inhaling through the nose and through the mouth?
  • Breathing, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Why nasal breathing D...
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    October 8, 2021 57 min

    Dr Gillyanne Kayes & Jeremy Fisher dive deep into breathing techniques for singers & speakers.

    And we share

  • What MDs really shouldn’t do to their singers
  • Why one of the classical “rules” really doesn’t serve the singer (and you still hear it on recordings)
  • When you don’t need much breath
  • Why rhythm is so important for easy singing (and it may not be what you think)
  • Why Rib Reserve and Accent Method are opposite breathing techniqu...
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    September 24, 2021 65 min

    We're talking business, singing and marketing with founder of the Speakeasy Cooperative (SECO) Michelle Markwart Deveaux

    We share what happened when Michelle coached us in our own business (Vocal Process), and the two MAJOR decisions we made that have turned our lives around.

    We find out

  • The main reason why it's difficult to make your singing studio work financially
  • Why marketing yourself is essential in these days of the inter...
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    September 10, 2021 50 min

    Impostor Syndrome is real.
    We're chatting about Jeremy's recent blog post Seven Ways to Deal With Impostor Syndrome, and sharing our own journeys feeling like impostors. 
    Jeremy describes the five types of impostor: 

  • Perfectionist
  • Expert
  • Natural Genius
  • Soloist
  • Superman/woman
  • Discover which ones we are (and which ones we think each other might be).  
    And we go into more detail about the seven Impostor Buster techniques that we've...

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    Gillyanne and Jeremy riff about life after lockdown, the Accreditation programme, and different ways of working with us (the Ziggurat)
    How life has changed since our first podcast episode a year ago
    Finding an envelope for your creativity
    Working with us offline, online and live
    The Vocal Process Teacher Accreditation Programme (launching 4th July)
    The Learning Lounge
    Our new Circle Community, and so much more

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    Our special guest prizewinning jazz singer Georgia Mancio talks frankly about

  • becoming a lyricist almost by accident
  • collaboration as a song-writer
  • the layers of a song including melody, lyrics, story and social conscience
  • dealing with a vocal cyst as a recording artist
  • working with Gillyanne on voice habilitation after surgery
  • the difference between experiencing a performance, organising a festival, creating an album and writing song ly...
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    May 28, 2021 52 min

    Gillyanne & Jeremy tackle two controversial AMAs in this episode:
    What they REALLY think about "thick and thin folds", and why the topic of vocal fold hydration is so confusing.

    Gillyanne and Jeremy go in depth into vocal fold behaviour, why the terms thick and thin are misleading, how we can change pitch and volume while singing, and which words they now use in their teaching.
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    May 13, 2021 70 min

    Gillyanne and I have some more best bits we'd like to share with you, this time from Series 1 Episodes 6-9 and Series 2 Episodes 1, 3 & 5.

  • Episode 6 - The Singer in the Room. Industry sounds, why my belt isn't your belt, and at what point a singer needs to be "fixed" in their technique. And we answer Joanna's question about students and "when do you give up?"
  • Episode 7 - Stories Behind the Stories Part...
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    April 30, 2021 61 min

    Gillyanne and I have some best bits we'd like to share with you. Here are the best bits from Series 1, episodes 1-5

  • Episode 1 - How our online teaching changed during Lockdown, and does a singing teacher need keyboard skills?
  • Episode 2 - What's the difference between a vocal coach and a singing teacher, and when we might swap clients
  • Episode 3 - How Jeremy teaches songs to "customer not present" singers and how learnin...
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    April 16, 2021 39 min

    The theme for World Voice Day 2021 (April 16th) is One World, Many Voices.
    To celebrate being part of that One World of voice, we thought it would be great to hear the best bits from our vocal expert guests.

    We start with the first of our #LockdownHeroes, our SOVT expert Oren Boder
    Oren made four appearances altogether on Podcasts 10, 11, 13 and 14 answering your SOVT questions and sharing so many insights.

    James Sills, author of Do Si...

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    March 18, 2021 44 min

    Gillyanne and Jeremy tackle the controversial topic of vocal registers

  • M1 and M2 - what the M words actually mean
  • The difference between M1 and chest voice
  • The only way to find out where the mechanisms change (according to the research)
  • Why registers help us navigate our pitch range (with examples)
  • Why key is vital to registers in different genres
  • Why mixing is not about the vocal folds!
  • And Jeremy makes a sweeping statement about THE MIX
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    We're talking about Covid and voice, breathing and singing.
    Phoene Cave, music therapist, singer, trainer and developer of the Singing For Lung Health sequences chats to us about her life, singing for people who have chronic lung conditions, and what she thinks is the single most underrated skill for singing leaders.
    Why Exercise Induced Laryngeal Obstruction is sometimes misdiagnosed as asthma
    What you need as a Singing for Lung...

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    February 18, 2021 29 min

    Why we don't do "vocal coach reacts to" videos, and when we might
    The single most important difference between a singer and a singing teacher (and the simple reason why great singers might not be great teachers)
    Vowel shaping
    When to listen to the speaking voice of a singer and why
    Teaching two different people the same Belt technique
    And Jeremy demonstrates exactly what's being discussed with a line from a "legit...

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    February 4, 2021 53 min

    We're talking to Nic Redman and Leah Marks from the excellent podcast TheVOSocial
    How Leah and Nic got into voiceovers
    What a portfolio career means for an actor
    Voiceover genres
    Finding your niche
    Dream jobs
    Why Gillyanne and Nic are passionate about vocal education
    How Leah and Jeremy found podcasts as a playground for their talents
    And of course, What's in your mug?

    FYI The disaster that you hope never happens, happened.
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    January 21, 2021 35 min

    Gillyanne & Jeremy open series 2 (and 2021) with chat about
    tea, purpose, happiness and coffins
    They share more on their legacy and how to incorporate legacy into your life, why they stopped selling books, Konmari-ing Vocal Process and getting rid of 1900 dead people.
    They also reveal plans for more podcasts and their guest wishlist

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    We had so much material on SOVT techniques, straws and AMAs that we had to split it in 2! Here is part 2 of Oren Boder's return visit. All 3 of us answer questions on:

  • Athletic vocal exercises - what does that mean?
  • The difference between athletic, therapeutic and agility SOVT work
  • A/C versus D/C backpressure and what it means for your vocal folds
  • Lumpy runs and how to avoid them
  • When not to use straws
  • Why you might want to match you...
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    November 26, 2020 33 min

    By popular demand, #SOVT expert Oren Boder, creator of the SOVT Singing Straw, is back!
    We had so many more AMAs for Oren following our SOVT Workshop together that we invited him back for SOVT AMAs part 2 (part 1).
    In part 1 of this two-part return, Oren, Gillyanne and Jeremy answer questions on:

  • what SOVT really is
  • the difference between active and passive SOVT
  • which way should you move - straw to singing or singing to straw
  • the differe...
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    Dr Gillyanne Kayes & Jeremy Fisher chat with another of their own #LockdownHeroes, James Sills. James is a passionate choral leader, the founder of The Sofa Singers, and the author of Do Sing.
    James shares how Sofa Singers ran from a quirky idea to international recognition (almost overnight), why singing together is vital for our wellbeing, and how his background shaped his view of music as an everyday essential.

    Do Sing is ava...

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    SOVT expert Oren Boder answers six of the top AMAs we received on semi-occluded vocal tract exercises & science.
    We discuss:
    Why the angle of the straw in water might make a difference - 3.50
    Why you might be bypassing the benefits of straws without realising it - 5.30
    Why matching resistance of your straw to your personal glottal impedance is important, and when to break that rule! - 7.10
    Understanding the relationship between the...

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