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  1. In this Quick Answer, I talk about how to train to build consistency in your singing voice. Besides an important exercise, I also address the main questions that came up from my last videos about finding your voice and avoiding voice fatigue, bringing it all together.
  2. A small vocal tip with huge benefits. My last video was about vowel anchoring and "up and over" to avoid vocal fatigue. This one is about finding "your voice" by choosing where that vowel anchor sits along the soft palate.
  3. I'm trying out some quick answer videos on Youtube, addressing questions I've gotten from students, in comments, and more. Here's my first. It's not meant to be a comprehensive answer, rather a quick tip that demonstrates the one thing I've seen help the most for singers dealing regularly with vocal fatigue, "vowel anchoring" and "relaxed speech." I plan to do a follow up about sobbing for higher notes. Let me know if you have any questions.
  4. Hi , here is my cover of "man against the world " originally performed by survivor . I sing it 4 half tons down , because i am not a high tenor like jimmy jamison. Please review and comment for me to improve my singing. Thank you
  5. Robert Lunte & RØDE Microphones present four weeks of vocal training in Germany, Italy and France. April, 2018. For information click the links below or reach out to the people tagged in this post. See you in April! TVS Events Page http://bit.ly/TVSEvents Download The Tour Poster HERE: http://bit.ly/TVSMCTourSpring2018 14-15 APR Ansbach, Germany http://bit.ly/TVSMCAnsbachGermany 21-22 APR Pescara, Italy http://bit.ly/TVSMCPescaraItaly 28-29 APR Cagliari, Italy http://bit.ly/TVSMCCagliariItaly 1-2 MAY Nimes, France http://bit.ly/TVSMCNimesFrance If you have any questions about the event or private lessons, contact me on my personal email or here at TMV World. I look forward to helping you with your singing. You will get results, guaranteed.
  6. Robert Lunte & RØDE Microphones present four weeks of vocal training in Germany, Italy and France. April, 2018. For information click the links below or reach out to the people tagged in this post. See you in April! TVS Events Page http://bit.ly/TVSEvents Download The Tour Poster HERE: http://bit.ly/TVSMCTourSpring2018 14-15 APR Ansbach, Germany http://bit.ly/TVSMCAnsbachGermany 21-22 APR Pescara, Italy http://bit.ly/TVSMCPescaraItaly 28-29 APR Cagliari, Italy http://bit.ly/TVSMCCagliariItaly 1-2 MAY Nimes, France http://bit.ly/TVSMCNimesFrance If you have any questions about the event or private lessons, contact me on my personal email or here at TMV World. I look forward to helping you with your singing. You will get results, guaranteed. View full articles
  7. Robert Lunte & RØDE Microphones present four weeks of vocal training in Germany, Italy and France. April, 2018. For information click the links below or reach out to the people tagged in this post. See you in April! TVS Events Page http://bit.ly/TVSEvents Download The Tour Poster HERE: http://bit.ly/TVSMCTourSpring2018 14-15 APR Ansbach, Germany http://bit.ly/TVSMCAnsbachGermany 21-22 APR Pescara, Italy http://bit.ly/TVSMCPescaraItaly 28-29 APR Cagliari, Italy http://bit.ly/TVSMCCagliariItaly 1-2 MAY Nimes, France http://bit.ly/TVSMCNimesFrance If you have any questions about the event or private lessons, contact me on my personal email or here at TMV World. I look forward to helping you with your singing. You will get results, guaranteed.
  8. I thought this video was fascinating! Just had to share it! k
  9. My voice type - need advice

    Hello, I need some help with my voice type My range is E2 - F4 and my comfortable note is F2, but I cant sing E2 very loud. In the morning I can hit loud D#2 and a bit quiet C#2. My voice is straining on high notes like C4, F4 but I can still sing them loud (the straining is probably because of bad singing technique and not training enough) I used vocal monitor which tells me that I speak in A2 (if that helps). I stated learning the subharmonic singing technique one week ago and now I can hit G#1 with it but I cannot sustain because Im working on controlling it now. I wonder what is my voice type. I am 18 years old btw. Thanks in advance
  10. Yo TMVW People, Pals, and fellow lovers of sangin'! If you watch this video (starting after 5:05) past the alien stuff, the author explains some impressive voice technology advances made by Google. It's interesting, ... and I thought it was funny that the first thing I think of is how now ( soon ), any person who can mimic the singing mannerisms (a good impression of their articulation) of a famous singer, and has decent rhythm (those are "some" of the most basic skills), could turn on the effect and now, out of the speakers comes the Artist of their choice (on a drop down menu no doubt ) Dio, Mercury, Jackson, Elvis, take your pick! Actually having vocal cords that sound like the artist no longer required to book a tribute band gig! feels like a step beyond pitch correction to be sure. Just fun with toys to me however, I know there are purists who might find this a disgusting perpetuation of a digital cancer on musicianship. anyway, just a crazy funny thought I had after watching the video.
  11. Was doing some reading today and ran across a blog by a student of Berton Coffin (original blog post) https://lloydwhanson.com/formants-made-easy/placement-versus-formant-tuning-using-vowel-mirror/ Evidently Berton had a sort of home made device he used to more or less blow a tone into the students mouth and then the student practiced shaping the vocal tract until the tone resonated the loudest etc Sounds really cool and I can see some nice applications for it. is there anything like that commercially available or is there any other easy way to get something like that going?? On the blog post, Lloyd Hansen said he had a tuner hooked up to a small 2 or 3 inch speaker and he just held the speaker up to his mouth etc. I think he called it a "vowel mirror" but he also might have called it an Echophone. any ideas?? Thanks, JJ
  12. Just started a new singing podcast my first guest my teacher and great singer Alexander Kariotis . He studied with Pavarotti 's teachers and some others. Great podcast with some high notes for good measure and stories about Bel canto lineage etc enjoy or not whatever I like cake...also multi platinum singer can't disclose name but he studies with alex as well...
  13. I recently watched a youtube vocal coach who claimed that if you sing with your "natural voice", correct pitch rhythm etc of course, then people will like your voice, even more so than when you attempt to alter your voice to fit into what you think is something that sounds good. Being that language and accents are artificial constructs, and your vocals are definitely coloured by the way that you pronounce vowels and consonants is this at all true? Personally I think it's nonsense - there are any number of British/English singers who sound nothing like their spoken voice and are massively successful. I think some people are lucky - their pronunciation and voice colours lend themselves to singing. In my own case I have found that I'm having to work very hard to alter some of my vowels and consonants to get the sound l like while at the same time trying to maintain a relaxed open throat. The way I speak has a definite negative impact on my singing voice. Funnily enough I actually like my voice best in the range of f#4 to c#5 (my absolute highest note) because I'm having to sing with minimal consonants and maximum vowels. It's in the area below that when my horrible speaking voice starts to emerge
  14. Quick question to any vocal coaches willing to give some advice As someone very new to singing, the current note I'm training is my A4 (which seems to be a problem note for many). I can just about maintain cord compression and keep an open throat if I'm just touching the note in a phrase, but only on a closed vowel - i've recorded an example below to illustrate what I'm doing: https://vocaroo.com/i/s0l0Ga7xiHob (I know I still have some pitching and breath issues - I'm working with my vocal teacher on those) The phrase "and I'll tell YOU all about it" follows a d4-f4-g4-A4-g4-f4-d4-c4 melody. With enough support, I can just keep my cords closed while singing that line. However, there's another song I've been singing along to in the car which touches an A4 on the word "day". I'd really like to be able to sing that phrase, but for some reason I'm finding it incredibly difficult to articulate "day" without splatting the vowel and having my cords coming apart . I've been taught diphthongs, and I can sing an A4 on the "ay" vowel during my scales - but of course singing a scale and singing an actual song are two different things. My teacher says that I just need time to continue training my support and larynx muscles so that my vocal cords become used to being stretched so thin. I believe him, but in the meantime I was wondering if there are any other tricks that anyone here knows of that can help with maintaining cord closure while singing wider vowels on A4 and above? cheers, SN
  15. This is my tribute to Chester Bennington. Chester was the idol of mine I looked up to. As far back as I can remember, My best friendCollin and I always jammed to LP. Let me know what you think of this. Thank you. Rest in Peace Chester.
  16. Hello everybody! So my last thread I asked for help on mixed/ middle register. I have been working on it for a little while now but I still feel like I'm shouting and using too much air on belting high notes. It's as if I'm trying to sing it rather than just letting the sound out. Here is a comparison: and me lol: Any tips or advice is appreciated. Don't know if I'm shouting because I can't get that cord closure properly in my higher registers or if it's a bunch of different things. Woke up a little hoarse today too after singing for around 2-3 hours heavily. this is so annoying Thank you ! Love this forum for all the help I get
  17. The vocal geek mind took over when I started watching this video of Joni back in '79 singing, "Goodbye Porkpie Hat." I've always been a fan of Joni and thinks she's a beautiful woman! I couldn't help but notice those big beautiful front teeth and I thought, "it's almost like she would never have to be reminded to keep a "wide" embochure (as most of us so easily forget to maintain when singing). Her consistent teeth bearing embouchure seems like the perfect "E.Q. balance" to her warm (larynx lowered) alto-ish tamber. Then, as I watched her sing (the camera angle is such as to give just the right view of her face), I'm noticing that she's singing all these cool lines with lots of vowel modifications as she sings lines that flow quickly up and down between M1 & M2. I thought it was a good example of someone masterfully applying the technique.
  18. Have I damaged my voice?

    Hey guys, I'm new to the site. I am really worried about my vocal health. I have just graduated uni after years of specialising in vocals and two months ago I began my first proper singing contract in a different country. Because of the change in climate I got ill and ended up with laryngitis. Unfortunately I still had to sing and do shows with laryngitis, however, I had to almost scream to get a sound out. My voice kept getting worse and the laryngitis developed into pharyngitis and guess what... I still had to sing every night. No voice rest for me It has now been two months and although I do proper warm ups before my shows, afterwards my voice is gone because of the amount of strain I am putting on it. I still have to shout to get the notes out and I cannot sing effortlessly like I used to. I'm getting so fed up of it. I live with other singers and I feel unworthy to join in with their songs because my voice sounds so bad compared to what it used to be like. The other singers in my company must think I'm talentless. I just want my voice back. I cannot do runs clearly; it sounds like I am sliding around the notes and my head voice is completely non existent. I know now I should see a voice therapist but finding an English speaking one may be difficult out here. Does anyone have any advice on remedies or exercises that will help me get my voice back? Almost importantly, do you think I have permanently damaged my voice?
  19. Control Master

    I had mentioned this singer "Chris Stapleton" in another thread. Thought I'd share this video/song he recently published. I was really struck by the numerous examples of solid vocal athleticism that arise in this performance. I try not to overanalyze every good vocal too often, cuz sometimes I loose the "soul" of the song in my ear from all of the deconstruction I use to understand the vocal. Couldn't resist on this one. Still "hearing the soul" to date. I've tagged all the key words that I believe I recognize "done well" in this composition. Personally, I'm most impressed with his mastery over what I would assume are the critical configurations which bring great resonance with comparatively low level respiration. I'm convinced that, with the best possible formant, combined with the strength support of skilled appoggio, the "illusion" of a belt is created. He is singing at a relatively low volume yet, the intensity of his voice is sustained. The same nuance is applied to his vocal distortion, which he employs mostly in the higher notes. Those are my impressions.
  20. I'm curious if I am doing this right... I'm not even sure how to explain it. Here is a guy teaching it .. it's in korean but he's basically saying try to "pull" the sound out from the chest instead of having the sound fly out through ur mouth. Can someone explain to me in what way is this taught normally? Is this just the feel of "open throat?" or "support"? AND if this is how it should feel then how do I get that "mask" placement without losing that DEEP breath support? This way helped me develop my mix but I'm curious if this method is correct and is just another way of teaching the same thing? example done by a professional performance. (The sound literally sounds like a really low soft mix voice in the intro and when belting it sounds like the vibrato is so free and resonating really low. Is this how proper singing should be done? I am just wondering on how I should properly train and do warmups/workouts..
  21. This a is a general request and observation. If any of you coaches out there are lurking on this forum for what ever reason, PLEASE when you are giving Tips or suggestions and insist on singing into a microphone also SPEAK into the microphone. We cannot hear you talk and then you blast us away when you are singing. CHECK your audio before you post your videos. Wear earphones to check your audio, if you have to turn your volume all the way up to hear yourself speak and then your ears bleed when the singing starts, DO NOT POST THAT VIDEO until the audio is fixed. Thank you.
  22. Hello TMVW Friends! Yesterday I shared a Youtube video slide show with Robert Lunte, which I had created to accompany a Song I wrote for my Dad's memorial service. He passed away, early last December. Normally, I would not have posted it here, only because I'm a tad self-conscious about being perceived as "fishing for compliments." Rob urged me to share it so I am doing so. I am proud of the song, and I'm just like anyone else, I do love compliments yet, because this is not a "review my singing post" that I am paying for, I want you all to know that I'm not opposed to "discussions" regarding my singing on this tune. I will give some back story on my Dad, some "behind the scenes" notes on the recording, then list some post recording observations about my vocals which I have had recently, those should ring true to discussions that are commonly had here at TMVW. My Dad: A pump engineer who's family business focused mainly on groundwater applications. After having the opportunity to help an orphanage in Mexico establish a much needed water well, he realized this was something he could do all over the world. He founded the organization linked here https://lifewater.org/ , back in the mid 70's which grew over the years to it's present impressive status. He and my Mom raised my two Brother's and my adopted Sister, and I, in a fundamental Christian tradition. While I have moved to a more "Mystical" type of Theology in my adult life, I revere, and am grateful for that upbringing. I did my best to honor this in the song. My Dad played Double Bass, and left a legacy of music for my siblings and I, my kids, and all my siblings kids as well. The recording: Recorded at Mindseye Productions http://www.mindseyeprod.com/ Arizona. My long time friend Bill Pearson is the owner. He is a master engineer, producer, & composer with a Grammy! I'm really lucky to know him. He's the reason I got some great studio vocal experience back in the late 80's and early 90's. After I wrote the song, I didn't have much time to rehearse the guitar plus, I have fairly bad carpal tunnel in both wrists so, my rehearsal endurance on guitar is limited to about 20 or 30 minutes per day. Due to this I ended up playing each (repeated) guitar section of the song only once or twice, then Bill copied and pasted. He made some beautiful embellishments on the keys, and added a nice sampled Double Bass & percussion tracks, which he composed and performed. This made it feel like my Dad was playing along with me, really moving for me! Also, I only had a rough idea of the melody, I wanted to sing it live and let any inspiration flow that came along. This made extra work for Bill because it took quite a number of takes to get the melody just how I liked it. Bill suggested the "speaking line," which I was hesitant about at first but ended up loving it! (That's what good producers do). My Vocals: A re-occurring experience for me, when it comes to studio vocals is; I will usually "o.k." a final take, then regret it later, wishing I had punched a "better," or "different" take. This happened on this recording. There were a few lines where my vowel modification was less than ideal. Also, one line in particular where I didn't use the best appaggio. Maybe you can spot those. Lyrics are in the Youtube description if you're interested. I strongly suggest using headphones or really good speakers!! Thanks for listening! k
  23. https://www.smule.com/recording/abba-dancing-queen/1088277799_1226555039/ensembles Confidence issues and weak attack on lower register/ stronger upper register? Advice please folks?
  24. Yo! All my fellow singing geeks! I came across the article I've linked here (below video). I thought it is was very well written (a quick read), and includes a couple comments by Justin Stoney (coach most of us probably know from Youtube). I have read & posted in our "techniques" forum regarding so called "Natural Singers," percentages of the population who are or are not, training, and etc. Hope this helps lend some clarity to the matter(s). article - Singing Tips: Have A Certain Skull Shape, And Other Science Behind Carrying A Tune http://www.medicaldaily.com/singing-tips-have-certain-skull-shape-and-other-science-behind-carrying-tune-308372
  25. Singing 10 vowels to different notes

    So after I sang to someone I was told I needed to work on my oh and ow vowels as they are causing my tone to accidentally darken So I have done what was recommended but decided to sing 10 different vowels of ee, ih, eh, a, ah, aw, uh, oh, ou, oo, instead of singing the recommended oh and ow And sang them to the pitch of this piano/ organ app which I recorded the notes from this link http://www.kongregate.com/games/buttonbass1/player-organ At the bottom of the page is an image of the piano. And inside the red lines of that piano are the notes I have sang I started at middle C (presuming middle C is the middle key in the piano) and worked my way up a note and down a notes at a time I will do more notes at a later stage though The links I have listed below are what I have done, the first link of each note is ee-ah and the second link of each note is aw-oo But I have worked hard at this doing each vowel at each note many many times Do you see there is much more work to be done? Thanks 2CIADB A2 (6) https://app.box.com/s/g5bqj3lneub23k550l6tbh1qpmq0u7kv https://app.box.com/s/b4x7zcjlfxa0fdgzbj8t993cflcwz4fd B2 (7) https://app.box.com/s/ncrqoxix0d8rxosv4yez1bnnkl5hc8nq https://app.box.com/s/1tazdpmy7rhwvk1524bmn20a43jrawzc C3 (8) https://app.box.com/s/3yhkqkcf1e56he75rlo7uotg46zoj066 https://app.box.com/s/wg5pmu98skppci031mv3rl7ouyd8i7v6 D3 (9) https://app.box.com/s/r5zp147rezjqvlh5swwriswrv0rtpffq https://app.box.com/s/aazy2p1zt6bgmn2dx3vfqsnao7ukyp66 E3 (10) https://app.box.com/s/uk7gsexxmsrll66wrnoq0k4n0spc7ipq https://app.box.com/s/jxb9fkgxrlz8tzf3718rrx29fikbtqqv F3 (11) https://app.box.com/s/3yf1zm711kyll5loi7i3wg7saiohpthc https://app.box.com/s/sd0jh3spqg45gxawsrz966ljcjd5jdwy G3 (12) https://app.box.com/s/6xemcs9oloq7ticr2upomf8m7vro3zdc https://app.box.com/s/w405xb8qefehqwqc20p3pa79lqom1etr A3 (13) https://app.box.com/s/mzw37jqs27hz6a1hhbtjjlq18v0szwxm https://app.box.com/s/wt6160a2kajbyiux1dlb3dykgfo5ycmh B3 (14) https://app.box.com/s/p0uq7sdmz8vq2b4eu73bz1uqahjdd3iy https://app.box.com/s/w01pxlwf8mwqfq5r3f6zzy8guv0r3ovj C4 (15) middle C https://app.box.com/s/3nqm37nifylqd64em11j5nhys39u8w32 https://app.box.com/s/uxd9f7iop4yy0x7a9g8ciivcochnzr6u D4 (16) https://app.box.com/s/54pvx6u55voctplrmubx728lvl0m5n12 https://app.box.com/s/jbdq4u8fstj66qbmbmoogvsa656oj4s7 E4 (17) https://app.box.com/s/f83l4nxrwj6xhfl2vzbs56crr8i6liyh https://app.box.com/s/qbpprthkz9jmy0h2n3l0p4yv2ybv3m1f F4 (18) https://app.box.com/s/fwq9pv9gszlypmouf5p5r893unya05vc https://app.box.com/s/5dknwrrcoaj8r4xj04qkf0pqzxqfibmp G4 (19) https://app.box.com/s/pgfhdrgnxhdu0ljy5w6fjpmwgk99rhta https://app.box.com/s/g23diog2qwpjri7dekxb810dt2j6wf46 A4 (20) https://app.box.com/s/fu4nk3bzoum3adae7fikme1x3g616088 https://app.box.com/s/utv1igpnm771uvayui196evx9e51fk4x B4 (21) https://app.box.com/s/w4bu0iw6cyopa70cl5jmq4c6bcxw6zj0 https://app.box.com/s/e7ulif4l5hx04g4d6et9khpe7ctiph0t C5 (22) https://app.box.com/s/a4ygldv7e0rgb9oxtvjg4nd58skczyij https://app.box.com/s/2z8b7swe21a2pgaqlgrlx0rjt01mya6r D5 (23) https://app.box.com/s/ad27auu6r3yvbikd2ywl0uji7yzx8yfc https://app.box.com/s/rwyymmc93tlek84ibnw6049d6ce7km12 E5 (24) https://app.box.com/s/19dbuf12hqqix7dqbox0hm9nlv0layij https://app.box.com/s/o8u1jogv9wle5gneuod3enij29kk1cn4