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  6. Felipe,  damn bro, you killed Man on a silver mt!  I don't think it needs any tweaking.  Great job.  Your voice sounds like one register from top to bottom and I like the way you can hit the closed vowels high in you range. It adds a lot of color and quality to your sound.  Reminds me of Tamplin.  You have made enormous improvement! Great job!

    1. Felipe Carvalho

      Felipe Carvalho

      Oh thank you man!!  I really appreciate the feedback, and that someone noticed the difference haha, thanks for letting me know!

    2. Rufus Rufus

      Rufus Rufus

      You know me, I am the guy who was suppose to write about high level singers and never got around to it.  Lol  I sent you the John Cowan videos, too.  The way you are developing the ability to do the oo's and ee vowels up high is really paying off (u are not sacrificing the natural beauty of the vowel). Your words are understandable and well balanced.  Some singers do the narrowed ah vowel continually and to me it kills any quality the song could potentially have.  Also, you can't understand the words or lyrics.   You have a great balance going between light/darkness  and it is very effective.  You are definitely on the right track now. 


  7. I'm new to this forum so I just wanted to say "hi" to all the members!:bouncy:

  8. I posted what I thought of the video you posted: As for immune boosters, I mentioned the herbal ones I use such as Yin Chiao, Zong Gan Ling, and Sinus Take Care. For Yin Chiao, I suggest looking up suggested dosage, rather than following what's on the bottle. What's on the bottle is usually preventative, not nearly as much or often as you would take it when fighting something off.
  9. I watched you video and I know you did mention some of them but can you please give some names of immune boosters I can get from the chemist? What did you think of that vedio I posted?
  10. I studied accupressure for years. This works to a degree, and only because it cuts off nerve response and bloodflow to specific muscle groups, allowing them to relax and swelling to go down. It's great for tension headaches too. Even more effective, or perhaps in conjunction, is doing Ingo Titze's straw exercises. However, I also suggest immune boosters, especially herbal because they are mroe gentle and you process them like food; warm salt water gargles; nasal rinses and more. Here's my quick run-down of things to do:
  11. Just been watching the video in this link and have to ask; what do you think of it all?
  12. I have a consistent issue that I definitely need to figure out how to fix... My voice isn't that loud to begin with, but the tone of my voice seems to be in a place where it just disappears into ambient noise. It doesn't carry over it like most other people's voices do. When I am in a loud environment (even just a place like a bar or restaurant with a lot of ambient noise), my voice does not carry at all and I find myself trying to speak louder to compensate. Which, obviously, is not healthy. The bigger problem comes in when I'm trying to SING. Without monitors it's just bad. Even WITH monitors, if the vocals aren't turned up pretty loudly in it, I don't sing as well. I unconsciously try to sing louder (because I can't hear myself well enough) which results in a not-ideal vocal sound, my range disappears, and I end up being a bit pitchy as well. In the moment, I don't particularly feel like I'm tense or straining in any way, although I am very much aware that I can't hit half the notes I usually can and I am aware that I don't sound quite normal. When I listen back, it clearly sounds like I'm trying to be louder, not quite like I'm yelling but in that direction. What is the core issue here, and how might I go about fixing it? I need to be able to hear myself better, and of course having a better monitor setup will help. But I really need to be able to hear my voice over simple ambient noise so that even in a less-than-ideal monitor setup, I can still sing well. And I have no idea what the true problem is that's causing all of this. Help!
  13. Jarom! I'm sure it's helpful and beneficial for you to get your voice reviewed, and of course I'm a big fan of at least 4 of the vocal coaches that roam the halls here at TMVW! That being said, you my friend have something that every singer ultimately hopes to have. . . . . . a unique voice! Yes, we're all unique essentially but you know what I mean! Your singing really catches my ear and pulls me in! Just because it's Jarom!  

    If I were to give examples of famous singers who have a "unique" sounding quality to their singing voice like you do, I would sight vocalists like: Jim Kerr, Bono, Matt Shultz, Nat King Cole, Chrissie Hynde, Johnny Cash, Joe Walsh, Anthony Kiedis.......  these are folks that I feel just stand out from among their famous peers.

    Good luck to you man! Your music is well crafted, good grooves, very catchy melodies!



  14. Although it is possible... I have seen it before, the likelihood that this is a serious issue is next to 0. This is totally all in your head... no pun intended. With all due respect, RIDICULOUS! Of course you can find your falsetto. You must be confused as to what falsetto is or just need a very basic coaching session to show you. Yes, it is a serious issue if you want to sing in your head voice and advance as a singer. You would have to start here. NO WAY. Almost Impossible... totally absurd. This is like saying, "I can't scratch my back". Of course you can, this is silly. I'll prove it to you and show you how to do it, feel it, kinesthetics, etc... Let's resolve this issue. Take a lesson with me and for $100, I'll show you where your falsetto is.
  15. I've got this slight problem with my voice, and thought I'd get your guys opinions on it. Basically, as the title states, I can't find my falsetto. It's been this way for 5 years maybe? I think this whole thing started after I caught a particulary bad flu. The rest of my voice is perfectly fine and I have no problems getting into "head voice", but when I try to get into falsetto I crack and go into head voice instead. Sometimes trying falsetto even hurts. The only time I can sing stuff in falsetto is after a long gig or practice session. What's the deal? This hasn't bothered me for the longest time but I've been starting to feel as if there's this whole part of my voice I can't seem to unlock. Is this a matter of persistent vocal training or is there something wrong with my vocal cords? Thanks a lot in advance!
  16. So since this is basically a "journal" per say - i saw some other posts and they had their progress which was pretty cool. I don't think i'll be posting audios anytime soon but i can update atleast on some things that happened right after i had this discussion in this thread. Now, it wasn't directly related to anything anyone said here, it has more to do with what i said here " Looks like i need to start forgetting what i learned from those other programs and just start from complete scratch through T4P method. I was trying to fuse some stuff from other programs with T4P, and i guess that's not the best idea. Or if anything i should evaluate what causes possible conflict with T4P and remove it accordingly." I changed my vocal routine, adjusted my "priorities", basically i feel my routine had some exercises and such that were giving me great results (aside from TVS) so i was giving more priority to such. Which now it seems it was indeed a mistake. Now to be fair, i was still improving in some way almost every single day. But with this "adjusted" priorities - i mean - basically giving much more focus to T4P. It's way better. I was giving it in my opinion a good amount of focus and repetition already, but obviously not enough. I think i mentioned already above that i'm reckless when it comes to practicing, i pretty much practice all day honestly. And before although i was improving, i was getting fatigued fairly often. I still haven't had long to properly test this new routine, but i can certainly say that just yesterday (being the first day of trying it). As opposed to my previous routine which i always felt like something was missing, it just felt like my voice was not responding completely so i was giving it rest days, and i started re-valuating my priorities (which included breathing which is what drove me to make the post, and i am also giving that more priority now). It feels like my voice started warming up much faster, getting clarity, stability, agility, texture, stamina, consistency (which is something i struggle with a bit)). It was a great feeling. So far today it looks to be going great again, it's a great feeling to feel like you can actually hear as your voice warms up and gets stronger pretty fast. Before giving T4P more priority/practice time i felt like my voice was just inconsistent. Obviously it's just the 2nd day of re-adjusting, but it feels permanent. Funny thing is i did it right the first couple of weeks (giving it enough time) but then i felt like i didn't want to feel like "i wasted my money on other programs" so i started trying to balance the other techniques with T4P. And odd things started happening, still improving, but way slower. And of course as i mentioned voice getting fatigued and being inconsistent. I guess this foolish experience of mine just serves as an example of, if you're not getting results from T4P, you must certainly be doing something wrong. In this case for me, i was getting results, but not to the complete extent capable because of lack of practice time given to such. Which the thing is, i was still giving about rougly an hour to it. But giving it more certainly amplified results. And besides, to be fair i understand the T4P concepts better now than at the start, as well as the routine is more natural as opposed to having to constantly watch videos again to "grasp it" better or remind myself for safety or reassurance that i'm doing it right. I'm currently doing Breathing exercises, FBR, Integrated Routines (Mostly Onsets on Melodic 5ths aka what Robert does in his demonstrations). And then i do my other stuff, which btw, T4P seems to enhance the effects of my other preferred exercises aside from T4P. Which is really cool. I might update further, but hopefully just that gives some insight to anyone that goes through a similar situation. Yes i'm quite the ranter i know. Wish this foolish soul luck. (i will certainly review the program eventually, just want to experience it completely before i do so i can have much more to say aka do it justice)
  17. Hi Adolph, was browsing through this site and came across the "Review my singing" section. I understand that this has been made a paid service. Would like to know more about how this works. As in, after purchase and posting, am I expected to receive feedback from X number of people or will it be one composite feedback? Also, is there a special panel within the community that gives the feedback or can anyone comment?  

  18. Other bonus videos found in 4pillars. - singing in the rain - the alien spacecraft landing from "close encounters of the third kind" - SNL "more cowbell" - The earliest stars in the universe & - Beaker from the muppets sings U2s, "I still haven't found what I'm looking for". ... the bonus vids are part of the incentive to get through the course !
  19. Ah, now i feel stupid. LOL, i must have missed it. That's awesome though, i'm glad!.
  20. Tyrone This video IS already in 4pillars. It's one of about 20 cool and fun bonus videos in the program. Some lessons have two videos, to add more education , interest, cool factor or humor.
  21. Damm, how you phrased that was especially inspirational, more so coming from you the sensei. I noticed you just posted that on youtube i think. But I was about to suggest that the video and that exact post from you i feel should have a place somewhere in the T4P. If it isn't there already (if it is i must be blind). But yea, maybe in the Critical Success Factors or Inspirational Quotes. I think it would serve a great purpose for people starting their training too see that, as well as students who are struggling or "losing faith" in the process, to come to that section and read that from time to time. Cause it can be quite a journey i'd say, such things help to stay committed. Heck just provide a link to the forum where it's at, i just think it holds value.
  22. Training the TVS onsets with discipline in the beginning will test your patience and commitment. At times you will feel like the Karate Kid, "where is this going", "why is this so important", "I'm bored, when do we get to the good stuff"... then you will put on a song you have struggled with and suddenly, your voice will be responding naturally. You'll be ... singing the hard songs! Just like when the Sensei attacked the student and the students motor skills were there to defend the blows. Why? Because he painted that damn fence over and over again and built the movements... I guess you guys get that point. But it is so true with anything , especially the TVS onsets.
  23. What a detailed reply!, love it. Thank you Robert for answering in such a thoughtful manner. I will make sure to remember your advice here and apply it. Funny thing is before i started T4P i was doing a lot of breathing exercises, stuff like 360 breath / hiss / root the breath exercises / so i may be decent or good in that aspect. But the problem i have is remembering to conciously use it both in training and in singing. As in support. Some programs i studied with just basically said "it's natural, you don't have to focus on it". Some others basically focused all their time on it and made it out like it was like 90% of singing. So that conflicted me and i just ended up focusing on other things. Looks like i need to start forgetting what i learned from those other programs and just start from complete scratch through T4P method. I was trying to fuse some stuff from other programs with T4P, and i guess that's not the best idea. Or if anything i should evaluate what causes possible conflict with T4P and remove it accordingly. And btw, why i bring it up is because i do feel that my voice fatigues frequently, but maybe that's not related to breathing issues, although i gotta admit. I don't shut up!! i'm always singing and training for long periods of time. So i gotta work on that maybe. Is tough to not sing, sometimes it just happens. Or if anything i might do what robert suggests in this case, instead of singing all that time, replace it with being "Mr Buzz a lot" or "Mr Lift and Pull back a lot". Anyways thanks for the answer Robert. And yes! i love that movie. Very inspirational. And relatable too as a student, he was frustated and thought he was being played because it "didn't look" important. But all along he was building a foundation without even knowing it. Priceless.
  24. His videos are okay. Lots to ponder. But a lot of what he teaches doesn't apply to contemporary voice or get the results that Robert does. "Appoggio" directly translates to lean, prop, bolster, support, and the like. Simply knowing the full meaning of the word in Italian helps better imagine how to use it. The idea can help you quickly get better support while training through Robert's breathing and training exercises and learning how to do it betetr and more naturally.
  25. Wow! ok, i just checked out his video, he seems to have other interesting stuff too, i wasn't aware off his channel. Thanks for sharing Draven. That gives me a lot to think about and experiment with. Funny enough i probably heard of the "leaning" concept somewhere along my "attempts" at studying singing etc. But i guess it just didn't sink in. So i'll be trying this out. Thanks again for all the thoughtful replies man!.
  26. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about 4Pillars Tyrone, I appreciate it of course, but also people that want to learn more about the program also appreciate this. Your point that the program is comprehensive is a common point that many people make. I find that most people, once they get into "Pillars" and learn how to use it, really have a good time with it. There truly is a lot to explore. The amount of information you can learn and train is only limited by your time, commitment and the size of your ambition. It truly is the program for people that want to study and train. It is great to have you as a student. On To The Question: I have to preface this statement by saying, this is my personal experience. I am not suggesting that all accomplished singers feel this way. Likely, not everyone does. But for me, I need to keep my "eye" on the respiration from time to time. It is just a statement that reflects my personal experience as a singer, not everyone's. But the point for everyone is to insure that you are aware of it. Yes, as a general rule, good advise for everyone. Seems to work for me... so I'm passing on the advise. A bit of a strange question... ?? Good, balanced respiration should be... good and balanced at all areas of your voice and range. The vocalize, or intervals you are singing or training should not matter in regards to the level of attention and importance on respiration. Thanks again Tyrone. Yes, precisely because 4Pillars is so comprehensive, I have instructed people that own it to train with the "Blue" modules and lessons first. It is one small way to help people get oriented on where to start and to prioritize. I am VERY pleased to hear that this idea was helpful for you. Thanks for the feedback! Uh ya!? It is the best vocal forum in the world brother! Going on 8 years strong and with rock stars like Draven, Richards, Formica, and everyone else here. You are covered! Tyrone... I have to say. Be sure to find the video and downloadable PDF in the "My Training" page at , where you will find the 6 respiration workouts. They are also listed in the back of the hard copy book, inside the red training pages. There is a video of me doing the workouts as well. Also, regarding respiration. The Wind & Release Onset is the BEST onset to increase your respiration balance. It helps improve bernoulli physics in the glottis and overall, will do wonders for your respiration. So.. 1. The above mentioned breathing exercises. 2. Working Wind & Release Onsets into your sirens ( Integrated Training Routines ). The Karate Kid Trains Vocal Onsets: I love this scene from the movie "Karate Kid". It reminds me of the teacher / student relationship. Many students don't understand why it is important to train the rudimentary, the basics and as TVS students, the ONSETS. But after the beginning stages are over, TVS students begin to understand how power training the onsets can be. The TVS onsets build instantaneous motor skills and muscle memory, similar to the defensive moves that the Karate Kid experiences after his Sensei, shows him WHY he has been training repetitious movements. I hope this scene will inspire viewers as much as it has inspired me and other TVS students. Let me know if I can help you ... and thanks for posting here so we could share with others.
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