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    • Hi all. 

      I bought The four pillars program way back in 2014... 
      Since then I really haven't practiced it, largely because I haven't had time. I still have yet to use the online lessons I purchased with Robert when I bought it. (been holding out until I had more time and some basic practice in).
      I did do a stint of singing lessons with a one on one trainer at Long and Mcquade here in Alberta. I learnt some things. But largely, I learnt that I too can just play the lessons she was playing from her phone and sing downloaded songs from itunes. It is much cheaper to just do it on my own. I think part of the problem was that she seemed to largely be "phoning it in" (not really trying hard at her job). I already owned the singing course she was using, and she didn't really offer me much than be an extra ear. It was beneficial to have the steady schedule though. 

      I am trying to get back into it (singing).
      I have an older (I am assuming) edition of 4pillars.
      Just curious where people recommend starting off?

      Also, I am open to suggestions for songs/singers for me to practice with. 
      I prefer songs that - hmm, how to put this - actually involve singing. Being a male, a male singer would be better. But I do tend to sing along to female vocals, largely because they tend to hold notes more and make it sound more like singing, and less like talking with tone.

      My personal preference is Marianas Trench. For example Desperate Measures
      I enjoy singing similar to Josh Ramsey, Justin Timberlake, Jacob Hoggard, etc. 

      Any recommendations?

      As a side note... I find that Josh tends to sing right at my bridge. I have to constantly flip into falsetto, while he clearly sings in his (head?) voice without kicking into falsetto much. Those rough but high notes. Any recommendations to raise my "rough but high note range" without kicking into falsetto?

      Any views on adding timbre to vocals? I find that in the process of trying to match timbre I end up creating my own and it sounds quite different... 
    • I made a short clip about it. This is just on my cell phone. No special EQ or something like that. Was a little bit too close to the phone so excuse the plosive puffs. https://app.box.com/s/i2sb1pcz3u4irg6nz9cxwinini0uw72l The key vowel you can train this sound on is /OE/ as the 'e' in the word 'herb' Of course the EQ'ing also takes part in his special sound. I also think that the fact that he is a lower voiced guy is involved too. Fabio Lione would probably not be able to get the same sound color, no matter how hard he tries.
    • Well stated... adding the vocal mass is the part that I think they often get lost. SLS teachers generally are not the "add vocal mass" and the motor skills required to do it, go to guys.
    • I've seen this. I think it is obviously questionable to make a video like this in the first place,... but it doesn't change the fact that the points he makes in this video, ... I have to confess, I agree. BTW... training with SLS teachers in the past doesn't mean your an SLS person or a hypocrite. It means you know what your talking about and have more insights to what you have done. I had some SLS lessons once and honestly, it was a waste of $250. I think there are likely good coaches out there, but its just not the "go to" program to build motor skills and musculature to sing in the head voice, in any practical, convincing way... as a general statement. In other words, I tend to agree with Ken on this point.
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    • Keep practicing falsetto and think the falsetto as a deep oo with a buzzy top. Start working on leaning into the falsetto without pinching or cracking to full voice but swelling . Start around Bb3 and keeping working higher use ee and oo good luck
    • Try and hold on to vocal fry all the way through your range you won't be able to get super loud but it will give you some grit. Or think of Cookie Monster and sing with that feeling combined with your normal voice . Also pretend to buzz a doorbell on and off. It's way easier to show than write about it good luck 
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