Saturday, March 17, 2007

Music Videos... Do you really need a professional shoot?

Here's an interesting bit of info I came across for those of you needing to make a music video. This is pretty much a requirement these days for getting your music and your face out into the public awareness, but it's an expensive undertaking. You can and should definately shop around before settling on a video production team.

BUT... for those of you thinking about a do-it-yourself project and using it professionally, this guy sums it up: DON'T!

Why? Quality, Quality, Quality... oh, and INSURANCE!

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Have you had experience with a good video team you'd like to recommend? Please click comment below and tell us who and where we can reach them. Do you think music can get before the public just fine without an accompanying video? Let us know what you think. Thanks!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Kayla Morrison teaching Power, Path & Performance voice

Judy says:

Kayla Morrison has taken voice from me for several years. As I've gotten to know her, I've come to love, trust and respect her skills in many areas. She has managed several artists through the years, and in fact manages my vocal seminars. Kayla herself has covered lots of miles as a vocalist, group leader and vocal arranger in Christian music ministry. She knows what it means firsthand to have max voice available (OR NOT) for the road or the studio.

I have mentored and approved Kayla to be an official Power, Path & Performance teacher. I don't give this approval lightly; I want any associate teacher of PPP to be truly effective at teaching this method, with rapid results in vocal improvement of students. And so she is!!

Today Kayla graciously offers this guest post concerning her experience with teaching the PPP method.

Kayla says:

After studying Judy Rodman’s Power, Path & Performance myself and observing her as she worked with students in her private studio, the recording studio and through her intense vocal seminars, I have been anxious and excited about the opportunity to use the tools with my own students. I have witnessed so many people being set free by the methods Judy has developed, tested and successfully proved.

Just today, I worked with a new student, 13 years old. She has had three years of vocal training, but had never been taught about anatomy and its relationship to breathing. After I explained the information using the illustrations and props that Judy suggests and provides in her complete cd course, it began to click and make sense to her.

I am thrilled with the effectiveness of this course. My first concern as a teacher is to give my students information that will safely take their vocals and performance to the next level. I am confident that Judy Rodman’s Power, Path & Performance is the key to successfully accomplish my goals as a teacher, and as a performer. My students are excited, too!

Contact Kayla Morrison at 615-315-5519. For information about becoming a Power, Path & Performance teacher, contact Judy at or call 615-834-4747.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The concepts behind "Power, Path & Performance" vocal training method

According to Proverbs...a three stranded cord is not easily broken! (Read: broken, damaged voice.)

The idea for the "PPP" method came to me after I began giving a couple of years of vocal lessons, using all the information I'd gathered through years of professional singing and producing other singers. My professional vocal coach was Gerald Arthur, who is a legendary teacher in Nashville. He was known to be a healer of damaged voices, as was mine. That's what I wanted to do- pass along Gerald's heart and truly affect healing in other voices.

So I began noticing what really, really worked in helping vocal students gain ground. And I found that I could classify everything that was important into three overarching categories: Breath, Throat and Communication. I used some alliteration and changed the words to "Power (support and control of the breath), Path (imagery created by vocal teacher Jeffrey Allen leading to an open throat), and Performance (physical and psychological aspects of articulating communication).

And I found that these three areas actually affect each other in an amazing synergy. If you breath correctly with support and control, you are less likely to have a tight throat. Then you can relax into telling or singing the story because your throat doesn't hurt. If your performance is a true communication TO someone, you breath more correctly naturally because your posture is more confident. You also will have a sparkle in your eyes, communicating in such a way as to open the throat without even knowing you're doing it. I use acting techniques to help students get real and connect authentically. You can learn to pull Power and Path into allignment by authentically communicating.

If you are missing one of these three areas, it will show in the other areas. Put them together and your voice becomes powerful, controllable, effective and passionate, but strain-free.

Great teaching leads students to the same place. There are many ways to teach voice; I have found this to be a great way to teach voice holistically, and I love the way it works- for me and for you. When you sing and speak your best, you are using these techniques automatically. However, you may wish to learn how to make purposeful vocal technique choices on days you are not feeling so confident. If your throat hurts when you speak or sing, take heart... there truly is help.

If your voice is important to you, learn more about it. This will give you both protection and maximum use of your instrument. If you're interested in checking out Power, Path & Performance method, visit