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  1. I own the CVT book and Pillars 1 and have had several lessons with Robert. You'll find that the concept of twang is similar in both CVT and Pillars. However, the vocal modes stuff is just in CVT. I don't have Pillars 2.0, so I'm not sure if anything on vocal modes was added since version 1. CVT is very informative, but I do think that you'll need lessons to clarify and to understand what mode you are singing in and how to switch between them. Since you already had a few lessons, maybe you can ask your coach to record some piano scales or exercises? Or if you record your Skype lessons, just practice with your previous lesson. I agree with bigfoot that you shouldn't mix and match until you fully understand the programs and how they work because it could hinder your progress.
  2. Sounds good to me! The accent will actually get you ladies if you performed this live over here, haha.
  3. May I ask who the author of Voice of the Mind is? I'm interested and maybe my local library will have a copy. Thanks.
  4. I own all three stages and I'm on Stage 3 as well. I started Stage 1 in February and have been doing vocal exercises daily (until recently because I'm recovering from a cold). He recommends doing the first stage for about a month. Keep in mind that his daily vocal workouts are 40 minutes to an hour long, so make sure that you make the time for it. I didn't notice an improvement until I got to stage 3 and practiced those exercises for an hour daily for a month. The exercises are for developing your muscles and coordination, so it definitely takes time. If you're a beginner, the DVD's don't explain things very clearly in my opinion. I would suggest a web lesson or emailing Ken if you have any questions.
  5. I own all of the stages and it does sound strained. I think that Ken encourages pulling chest up as high as possible before going into head voice, so it sounds strained during the exercises.
  6. I just recently started to work on support some more and one of my former coaches has taught me to do the "chicken wings" where I would keep the backside of my left hand on my left side (ribs) and my right hand on my right side. But I mostly feel it at the solar plexus and I try thinking about using less air, controlling the breath.
  7. How's the latency? If there a long delay before you hear your vocals?
  8. Hi everyone, I'm at another confusing roadblock with my singing... this time it's with support, which I thought that I always had since I can do ssssssssssss for a long time and can sing very loudly. However, I'm not sure if I'm grasping the concept correctly. Is support simply controlling air flow or the ability to limit the amount of air on exhalation? And what are the physical sensations when achieving proper support? I hear a lot of "push" and "pushing" when coaches and singers talk about support, but this isn't about pushing air out right? What are your thoughts? Thanks!!
  9. Wow! Thanks for the clear explanations. Personally, when singing in the head voice, I'm unable to feel the vibrations in the head, so it helps when I understand what is physically happening. I guess if I would rephrase the question, it would be, "what ways is it possible to sing in the upper register?" I'm actually going to try yodelling, so I can feel the TA muscle. Thanks for all the great information!
  10. Hi everyone, I've been very curious about the head voice recently. I was wondering what happens physically when singing in the head voice. Is twang absolutely necessary to sing in the head voice (or full voice)? From what I know, you can sing in the upper range by 1) pulling chest (stretching the chords), 2) using falsetto (relaxed folds), and 3) using twang (tilting the thyroid cartilage and narrowing the epiglottis funnel) What I'm not sure about is, what happens when you apply twang? The thyroid cartilage is tilted and the epiglottis funnel is narrowed, but what happens to your vocal folds? What's happening if you "blend" the chest and head voices? Any insights? Thanks!
  11. Hmm... interesting. I've learned a technique based on Bel Canto in the past and I was taught to direct the air just above the top teeth while raising the soft palate. The air should glide across the hard palate for better resonance. This works really well on the lower notes; you'll get nice free flowing air with a natural vibrato as a result. However, from my experience, as I move into head voice, I find that directing the air toward my soft palate has made things easier. It would sound headier, but it's also easier to produce. I'm not sure why though...
  12. I've ordered a copy and can't wait to receive it! I hope to use some of those exercises to create a practice routine that works for me.
  13. When it comes to singing, I always thought that the people who can sing without ever taking lessons, the people with "talent," randomly discovered how to use the voice in such a manner that is beautiful. They weren't born with the ability to sing beautifully, but perhaps they have experimented with singing and had a eureka moment one day. Then because of that moment, they wanted to use what they have discovered and practiced and practiced...
  14. Hi everyone, I've been trying and trying to sing the chorus of this song for the past few weeks and it's been very difficult. Does this singer simply have a natural high voice or is it exceptional skill and technique? He makes it sound so easy. The chorus starts at 0:37 The lyrics: When I see your face There's not a thing that I would change Cause you're amazing, just the way you are And when you smile The whole world stops and stares for a while Cause you're amazing, just the way you are I've bolded the trouble words (vowels)... How would I modify those vowels to make it easier to sing? Do I need to twang a lot? The singer doesn't seem to do any modifications or have I mistaken? If needed, I can record myself singing the chorus... it may sound terrible and constricted though. =| Any advice? Thanks!!
  15. I own it as well and the 4 pillars are not the same as the 4 modes in CVT. The 4 pillars are singing fundamentals where you learn some anatomy and terminology, which helps you understand what goes into singing. It includes helpful videos with examples and exercises.