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New Videos Up Soon!

Friday, September 6th, 2013

As many of you are aware I recently moved to England, and it’s taken me a bit of time to get settled in and back to producing more voice teaching videos. I am happy to announce that I just finished a series of four videos that will be available shortly, for free (as always!) on youtube. It’s a general warm up series that I think is pretty comprehensive. Check back for the release.

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Inspiration from Joss Whedon

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

I find it kind of humorous when you realize you’re a fan of a writer or producer and you didn’t know it. This is what happened to me with Joss Whedon. I was never a fan of ‘Buffy the vampire slayer’ when it was in production, it took my wife to introduce me to the wonder and humour of this fantastic series that Whedon created many years later. He’s a film creator who has taken on so many roles, now including his own production company, that it’s really hard to say exactly what he does, but that’s not for this post anyway. This article about his ability to get things done was shared with me, and I felt it appropriate to pass it along here. Enjoy!

Getting Things Done – Joss Whedon

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Amanda Palmer; music and the connection that we can create.

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

I have to say that I find this presentation extremely touching. As an artist, we hope to reach the people that will find the same or similar substance in the music that we create the we ourselves do. In the ever changing, and ever rapidly changing landscape of the online music world, Amanda Palmer brings a thought forward about how we as artists can better reach and engage those that enjoy what we do. When anything can be ripped and burned, what is the point any longer of ‘selling’ music, when with social media, we can give it away and ask for help. This talk is interesting at the very least, touching and heart warming, in my opinion.

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Sweet Angel, from the Atlanticean now Live on Youtube!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

My latest release from the Live at the Berkeley Piano Club sessions is now live on youtube! Check it out!

In addition, I am proud to announce that I am now an Internationally recognized teacher of voice by the largest voice teaching body in the world, NATS

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New Video online at Youtube

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

The latest video from my album, ‘The Atlanticean’ is now available on youtube. Enjoy!

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

I know my website is about voice teaching, but the voice is hardly the only place that one can find inspiration. I found this version of Bohemian Rhapsody recently, and had to share it here. His playing is subtle and agile in all respects, and the performance is as emotionally satisfying as it is technically impressive. I might also add, his arrangement is wonderful as well, incorporating both melodic and harmonic elements in good measure. Enjoy!

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The Atlanticean, now available

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

As a voice teacher, I coach people through recording sessions and vocal issues all the time. Teaching is extremely important to me, as it’s an integral part of what I believe makes me a great performer. It is with that thought, that I am pleased to announce the release of my latest album, The Atlanticean. Written and arranged by me, recorded over the course of about 8 months. I hope you’ll check it out and enjoy.

The Atlanticean - Jeff Rolka

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More Bon Iver

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Normally one hears Bon Iver singing in a rather high counter tenor voice. Here he gives us a listen to his rather full and beautiful baritone voice. Just lovely.

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Erston Pearcy (with Jeff Rolka on piano)

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Erston is a friend and client of mine, whom I’ve worked with for nearly a decade. I produced his EP, Erston Pearcy and have the pleasure of accompanying him when he plays in San Francisco. I think this live performance of his is noteworthy for its confidence, solid playing and singing, and also for his intro to the tune. He’s concise but descriptive, and manages to get a chuckle out of the audience.

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The Illness new video

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

I always enjoy sharing new videos and things that inspire me, but I have to say, it gives me such pleasure to share this video here on the blog. It’s not only great, but this is one of my students, and for a vocal coach, it doesn’t really get much better than watching the people that you work with use their skills, add their own initiative and creativeness, and run with it.

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