If you would like John to speak or teach at your school or for your vocal class, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For concerts 415-923-9702.
Learn to sing through your body, not with your body.
Conscious singing will help you to understand how the mind sends a signal
to the body, telling it that a note is coming and to get the body in a
position to hit that note, because it doesn't want to fail, be embarrased,
humiliated or hurt by the judgement of others. When the attention is focused
on the mind and body while thinking about the note coming in the future,
the body contracts, and closes down, in doing so, it closes off the air,
the sound and the energy. That is called a paradox... when the tool that
you are using to sing with is what is stopping you from singing. That
tool is the body!!! The body cannot sing! But then what will you sing
with??? You will sing from the inside out, but that can only happen when
you are present. When you are present you're not worrying about the future,
and that can only happen when you are not in your mind, but when you are
focused on what is happening now. Feeling, breathing, singing, energy,
keeping time, and enunciating.
For this, a vulnerable person is needed, one who understands that your
body controlled by mind becomes armor, a barrier from anyone getting in
and from your love and beautiful sound getting out. when energy or presence
is in control then you will sing from the heart without fear.
Both pictures of John teaching at
Mills College Jazz Camp, 1998.
I teach rock, soul, blues, jazz, world sounds, folk and vocal improvisation.
Call 415-923-9702 to make an appointment for a lesson with John or email him at email@example.com. John teaches in San Francisco, CA.