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Hi guys.My names Kain.Im new to the forum here and fairly new to the vocal world in general.I just wanted to leave a review for Robert Lunte's "Four Pillars Of Singing" program.Ill try to gear this review to the few of you out there who havnt tried the Four Pillars Of Singing,or maybe havnt tried any vocal program..So here it goes:

First I want to put on record I have zero affiliation with Robert Lunte/TVS.Im just a guy who bought his program and was impressed with it,so I felt compelled to leave him a few good reviews,one of which being the one here on TMV forum:

Before starting Robert Lunte's "Four Pillars" program,Id been doing another vocal program (name withheld out of respect) for awhile with modest results.The program was good overall,but had a few things that just didnt connect with me personally.The biggest one was the technique being taught.It seemed to develope a pulling/straining (Belting) tone to everything and that made everybody who implemented it,sound basically the same,no matter the song or style being sung.This was evident among the coach and students,including myself.Some people like that belting tone for everything.I dont.I like having the ability to do it,but I dont want to develope a voice where everything has that same tone.Just my personal opinion..It also gave me a strained feel to everything I did after awhile.I later came to find that this may have had to do with the fact that as a beginner I shouldnt have been taught to pull chest up so far,but should have instead,been taught to bridge early as a beginner.

So given that,I decided to give another vocal coach/program a try.I recently,(about two months ago) switched to Robert Luntes/TVS "Four Pillars Of Singing" program.Even after the short time Ive been doing it,my voice is already freeing up and Im able to hit notes I couldnt before.

The whole program just makes more sense to me.The scales are more geared toward actual singing,as oppose to just the standard old scales.Also the tongue positions make much more sense and are far more comfortable.Roberts teaching style is also very clear and straight forward.The guy seems to have an in depth knowledge of all things vocal related and could probably be a college professor on the subject of the voice/singing.

The program is available in a Hard Copy Book and DVD,or a digital download (with hard copy you get digital download as well).I opted for the hard copy.With it,you get a huge 300++ page book,printed on thick high quality paper,with color photos,diagrams and a ton of info that covers everything one could imagine on the voice and singing (also available on the digital download version as an EBook).The DVD/digital video files,which accompanies the book & Ebook, has approx 370 video and audio files which consist of your training routine/vocal workouts in mp3 audio format and MP4 video format.So you can watch and/or listen to them..You can choose as to whether you wanna train with Robert doing the scales with you,guide files,or solo piano workouts in both keys C & G .As mentioned,there is a video for each one of these workouts, where you can watch the video of Rob doing all of these workouts/scales,which is really helpful for those just getting started.You also get over 30 video lectures from Rob,in which he explains everything in great detail.These were alot of fun to watch and they're one of the parts of the program you will want to revisit regulary,especially in the beginning.Rob also offers in person or skype lessons as well.Something I will be doing within the next couple months.

Another unique feature that no other vocal program offers to my knowledge,is the fact that the Four Pillars system/program is consistantly being updated by Robert,as he finds new things to add.So the Four Pillars is not just a one shot deal.It started out with 1.0 and is now on 3.0 with 3.5 coming soon.I believe he is also gonna put out the Four Pillars in different languages this year,in addition to already having several TVS vocal instructors all over the globe.

So if anyone out there is looking for a vocal program,I personally highly recommend this one.It really does cover it all ,whether you wanna sing rock,hard rock,metal,country,pop,soft,hard,belting,etc..The techniques offered in the program will allow you to develope a voice that will allow you to sing whatever you like..Hell,Robert even teaches distortion techniques,which alot of vocal coaches dont go into...

Again this review was aimed at those out there who havnt tried this program or maybe any program for that matter.So I made it a bit lengthy in trying to cover as much as I could about the TVS Four Pillars system.But in reality the best way to find info about it is to simply go to Robs website here: http://thevocaliststudio.com/ or you can check out Roberts youtube page (which is where I found about Rob/Four Pillars) here http://www.youtube.com/user/roblunte/videos

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Kain,,, Thanks you for your selfless gesture in time and energy to write such a genuine and powerful review of "The Four Pillars of Singing" and my services. "The Four Pillars of Singing"... and all its constant updates that you refer to, has become an obsession for me. I honestly don't know if that is good for me personally or not, sometimes it seems I'm a slave to my product... I do look forward to a time when I can put the thing down for at least a couple years without updates, and improvements, but not sure Ill ever get there... Truth is, something about the way I teach and approach this business is always making me grow, refine my ideas, innovate new ideas, test ideas and develop pedagogy around those ideas... as I said, its a bit of a geeky obsession to continually make the BEST contemporary vocal training product in the world. I think as of today, it does meet that criteria when you consider many of the points you made above; Audio, Video, Book... demonstrations, guide files, workouts at different speeds, a User Interface that organizes the content (instead of just getting a bunch of files dumped into folders) and on and on. That says nothing for the techniques; training work flows, specialized onsets, vowel modification formulas, vocal modes (physical and acoustic ... similar to CVI modes), and more... well, I guess what Im trying to say is, Im proud of this product. All the sacrifices I have made to give you guys the best I can possibly imagine... seems to be paying off.

A big part of the "pay back" is when I get reviews like this... seriously. I really am NOT in this just to make a living and take orders. I think some coaches are... Im doing this because I recognize that voice pedagogy and teaching people how to train vocal technique might be my greatest talent. I never planned to do what Im doing today, it just found me... it became a bit of a destiny I suppose... Ok, that may sound cheesy or self-absorbed... I hope not... Im just saying, its pretty clear to my clients, my teachers and myself that this is what I should be doing... so I push and push and continue to see how far I can take this and how great I can make my product.

Enough about me... I feel flattered by a review like this and all I can say is... Im not going anywhere... Ill keep doing it and keep making my contribution to help singers learn how to train vocal technique properly.

Thanks again Kain...

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A big part of the "pay back" is when I get reviews like this... seriously.

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I really am NOT in this just to make a living and take orders. I think some coaches are... Im doing this because I recognize that voice pedagogy and teaching people how to train vocal technique might be my greatest talent. I never planned to do what Im doing today, it just found me... it became a bit of a destiny I suppose... Ok, that may sound cheesy or self-absorbed... I hope not...

Thanks again Kain...

I don't think it's cheesy, at all. I have been a teacher of other things. And it is a different skill set from the tradecraft involved. And while some teaching acumen may transfer from subject to subject (that's the general idea that education degrees are built on), there is also a special skill set in teaching a particular subject.

And it is just as much a product of talent, desire, and ability and "practice" as the actual singing. And, like anything, improves with time.

Whether or not you become famous as a great singer (sometimes defined by the music-buying public in whatever era), you will always be known as a great teacher of singing and that is nothing to sneeze at or disregard.

Always generous with your time, information, and energy. And totally a singing "geek." That is cool. And I have never been less than totally impressed with the more exemplary and visible of your students. Granted, teacher and student is a partnership but something, somewhere, is going right.

And the staff you have for this forum and media site are princes among men. Current admins Adolph and Bob. Former moderator Aaron.

As well as your generosity for this site, the only one of it's magnitude and popularity and an array of services offered. And not duly bound to just your program of 4 Pillars. Other forums, equally good, often center around the system of that author. Here, any person can talk about any system, or no system.

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Kain,,, Thanks you for your selfless gesture in time and energy to write such a genuine and powerful review of "The Four Pillars of Singing" and my services.

]Hey.Im happy to do it Rob and glad you liked it..I will say that The Four Pillars is a tough one to write a review on though,because there is so much content.Even given the length of my review,I didnt even get to touch on the things you pointed out in your reply (in fear of making it way to long),such as the specialized onsets,vowel modification formulas,training work flows,user media interface (organizes all content on one screen),vocal modes and the 20+ minute video on breathing exercises,etc.,etc.

But anyways...Anyone out there looking for a good vocal program that works...The Four Pillars is the one I recommend and Im sure alot of others out there agree with me on that

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I know.. I have the same problem.. when I try to create my product pages or answer someone's email... there honestly is SO MUCH value and cool features on the product... its hard to list them all out... People really can't know what all is in this program, until you read about it on the product page web site, or speak to me... Here is the link if anyone is interested. Be sure to read the reviews.

http://www.thevocaliststudiostore.com/The-Four-Pillars-of-Singing_p_27.html

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Good review. Might have to start putting my pennies aside... :)

derek,

Yes, I would definitely recommend saving up for Pillars ! I guarantee that you will NOT find a more comprehensive program than Pillars. And I must add that Robert will always be there to assist you if need be....

@ Kain >> AWESOME review. I honestly couldn't have said it better myself !

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there honestly is SO MUCH value and cool features on the product... its hard to list them all out..

Exactly Robert..I would have liked t have gone over each thing/section in TFPOS,but in reality the review would have stretched on for four pages.So at the end I just threw in the towel and told folks to go to your website or visit your youtube page.:cool:

Good review. Might have to start putting my pennies aside..

Its well worth it derek.Im not the kind of guy to leave reviews..Ive been buying on Amazon.com for over 10 years and in that time the only review for a product Ive left has been for Roberts four Pillars program.

@ Kain >> AWESOME review. I honestly couldn't have said it better myself !

Thanks man.I appreciate it

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boy kain...all i can say is you are one happy customer.

Yeah.Its just nice to find something that is as advertised.So many things just are not..So when something is really good,Im more than happy to spread the good word a bit

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