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  1. Hey community, I know some of you have heard this already, but here is the final production with a visual. Hope you likey...
  2. Hey guys, so in the last few months with the help of our very own sexy Swedish bastard Jens I've made a lot of progress in honing my vocal technique and even more excitedly, my falsetto register! In days before I had completely abandoned the M2 register thinking it was a useless party trick and that if you pulled chest long enough you'd start developing "Real head voice." Obviously, I'm a complete jackass for thinking that but my bro Jens luckily had the knowledge to convince me of the true nature of falsetto and how it was a necessary component to seriously train in balance with the entire voice. So, fast forward to last monday, in the middle of the night I came down with horrible stomach cramps and could not keep any food or liquid down. It turned out my intestines had become partially blocked due to previous complications of a major surgery I had in 2011. So, all of sudden here I am spending an entire night forcing myself to throw up to relieve the built up pressure from the blockage. For somewhere around seven hours I continuously spit my guts up in the most horrible way you could concerning vocal health. This went on for quite some time before I decided to call 911 on myself and get help. Upon entering the hospital with an already completely destroyed voice (Seriously, I had lost my voice more than I ever had before) they decided the best method of treatment would be to put a three inch plastic tube down my nose and into my stomach for a week. Unfortunately, not only was this tube as painful as it sounds but it was also made my throat 100% burning soar and prevented any chance of vocalizing. Now, the tube has just come out which is an AMAZING relief but as I try my first vocalizations since the incident I noticed my falsetto register is COMPLETELY gone. Before I came in, it was soaring, easy, quite pleasant and was just starting to pick up some nice twang potential thanks to Jen's great instruction. Now, my question to the vocal experts, what would be the best method of going about healing this as soon as possible? When it comes back will it be at square one again or will it return to the same strength it was before I had this vocal trauma? Has anyone else abused their voice before to the point where their falsetto register was lost completely? Thank you and god speed!!
  3. What are the top things to remember when training narrowed vowels? Please share... I'll start. Here is my contribution. NARROWED VOWELSHow To Sing Narrowed Vowels & Their BenefitsThere are three kinds of vowels in singing; open vowels, middle vowels and narrowed vowels. As many students of singing of all levels of experience can tell you, when the lyrics of songs take the singer into narrowed vowels, the singing voice begins to become troublesome if they are not executed properly. In fact, the inability to sing narrowed vowels are one of the major reasons why the singing voice does not cooperate when singing, especially in the higher regions of the voice. Not only does the strength and skill to sing narrowed vowels serve the practical need to be able to articulate narrowed vowels in your lyrics, but, narrowed vowel training is also important resistance training work. When you train narrowed vowels, you strengthen the adductors and intrinsic musculature you need for a stable voice, a more modal sound color and belting. Putting it the point, narrowed vowel training is great for developing your belt voice capabilities. Therefore, narrowed vowel training gives you two primary benefits. When singing narrowed vowels, it is important that you lower the acoustic mass (overall energy). If you do not lower the acoustic mass of narrowed vowels, they will not be able to amplify and stabilize. Narrowed vowels with too much acoustic mass, causes constriction and/or instability of the vocal folds and your singing. Primary Benefits of Training Narrowed VowelsImproves the ability to articulate narrowed vowels in your lyrics when singing to make your diction easier to understand to the listener.The muscle strengthening and coordination from training narrowed vowels helps augment your belt voice training.Primary Narrowed Vowels When SingingNarrowed Edging VowelsNarrowed Neutral VowelsNarrowed Curbing VowelsVowels Follows by /r//i/ "ee" as in see /I/ "ih" as in sit/ɔ/ "aw" as in law/ʉ/ "oo" as in you /ɣ/ "ou" as in wouldWhen a vowel is followed by an /r/, it is called "r-controlled" vowels, or "r-colored" vowels. /ar/ sound as in car, guitar, Arthur /âr/ sound as in care, bear, mare, scare, aquarium /îr/ sound as in pier /ir/ sound as in turnip, spider, certificate, and beaver /or/ sound as in manor, observatory, author, brought, and orchard /er/ sound as in butter, cutter, and mother* These word samples are English language equivalent, but the same rules apply for other languages that make the same sounds. Three Points of NarrowingThe Singing Vowel / Sound ColorAll three acoustic modes have narrowed vowels as well as the vowels that are followed by /r/. The Vocal TractThe vocal tract, or physical space that is resonating your vowels literally narrows.The Acoustic MassThe mass of the phonation MUST lower or "narrow" metaphorically, in order to insure that the vowel will continue to amplify in the formant.
  4. Not so much of a topic just a shout out to Roberts take on Bruce Dickinson Solo Singing. I was wondering if I was alone in this thinking. I really love my Iron Maiden but sweet baby Jesus give me my Solo Dickinson lol Accident of Birth, Chemical Wedding good stuff, and if you are liking Maiden but never tried some Solo Bruce go seek it out out pronto and turn it up LOUD
  5. Hi again i tried to do an a4 and not sound strained this time does it sound better or should i quit?   https://soundcloud.com/rms-17/practice-a4
  6. I finally got my hands on a copy of 4Pillars. I wanted to do a thread where i will track proggress of my voice. Im gonna include the stuff i have recorded now and i am going to update this thread every 2-3 months with content after studiying Pillars. Just wanted for myself and you guys to hear how its going along. P.s. gonna steal 2 posts just so i keep it organised
  7. I wanted to share this, since I am doing more and more recording these days... thought I would share what Im learning and using.   It has taken me some time and trial and error, and private lessons from a producer to get a great home recording chain going. Here is what I use to track all my vocals and comp., prior to being mixed at a professional studio with a console.  Let me know if you have any questions.     You can get most of this gear at Amazon.com if you run a search at top right of the web site, or click on The Vocal Gear Store.      Microphones:   Pearlman TM2 (Tube Mic) - 1st Choice RODE K2 RODE NT1 RODE NT1A Electro Voice Cardinal   Headphones:   Extreme Isolation - X-29s   PreAmps:   Focusrite ISA One   Universal Audio 701 Infinity     Interface:   Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (Love this, its great!)     DAW:   Logic Pro X 10     Plugins:   Focusrite Plug-In Suite (comes with the above mentioned interface, good value!)   From www.waves.com   - Vocal Rider - Doubler - Vocal Series Suite  - Vitamin   From Izotope   - iZotope Nector 2
  8. Hey all. I hope everyone is doing okay.   My question today is how can one add more emotion to his/her singing while singing lower notes ? everything below the end of the fourth octave.   I've noticed, as a guy with a bit of a deep voice (I don't know if I'm a baritone or not anymore, I used to believe I was) it is easier for me to bring emotion into my singing when singing over the end of the fourth octave around F4 - B4.   But anything below that seems mostly just plain boring or bland, unless I forcibly sing breathy and lower my volume, which isn't really practical in most situations.   Suggestions ?
  9. Hello Community,   Lip trills are one, of several semi-occluded phonations that singers can do to balance the sub-glottal and supra-glottal respiration inside the upper vocal tract. The benefits are several:   1). The balance the above/below respiration pressure making the vocal folds oscillate more efficiently.   2). Given the vocal fold compression efficiencies they produce, they help to carve a "resonant track" through the vocal registers and train the CT/TA to remain coordinated for seamless vocal fold closure through the F1/F2 formant shift. ​ 3). They have the benefit of keeping the larynx in a "neutral" position, which is quite healthy, but actually is not the most advantageous configuration for warming up the singing voice.   However, regarding #3... another form of semi-occluded phonation is called "Resonant Tracking". Resonant tracking utilizes compressed nasal consonants; /n/, /m/, & /ng/ to do a similar thing.. however, resonant tracking is marginally better for warming up the singing voice because it also engages cricoid tilt, or "vocal twang", which is critical for great singing, anchoring stability and engaging strong vocal fold closure. Thus, in the repertoire of semi-occluded phonations, resonant tracking is arguably more beneficial for singers. Here is an audio I did on the topic which comes from the TVS vocal training program, "The Four Pillars of Singing".   Click HERE >>>
  10. So yeah I'm pretty new at this whole singing thing.  Only been trying to sing seriously for about a year or so.  I just got into the Four Pillars program and i just can't express how badly I want my head voice to sound like my chest voice.  Robert's voice is obviously amazing, and that's what I'm aiming for.  I just had some questions about a couple clips on youtube.  I don't know if these singers are pulling chest or singing in a strong head voice.   First clip is Tyler Carter singing Fame Over Demise by Woe is Me: At 0:56 ("I'll build my way out of your demise") he sings from an F4 up to a Bb4.  Is he just able to belt this out in chest or is he singing that Bb in head?   Next is Brendon Urie singing This Is Gospel: at 0:38 ("If you love me let me go") he holds that A4 (seemingly pretty easily).  Is this head voice?   I appreciate any responses.  Like I said, I'm new and just looking to learn.  Would take lessons if I could afford them.  And also if these guys aren't singing in head voice, is it possible to sound practically identical when singing the same phrases in head voice?  Thanks guys! Best of wishes to everyone!
  11. Just wondering how long it usually takes people to make progress in certain areas.   Bridging?   Connecting?   Getting a "chesty" sound in the head voice?   I'm not meaning significant progress, just some noticeable progress.  I've been training with the Four Pillars for the past couple weeks and I've successfully bridged a handful of times.  (You have no idea how excited/shocked i was when it happened). So i feel i'm making pretty good progress there.  I can get a connected sound in head voice pretty easily when practicing.  It's a little harder to maintain the connection when singing actual lyrics.  But the last part is what really gets me.  When singing phrases ranging from, let's say, C4-A4, I feel i can get in and out of my chest voice fairly decently, but while there's not a noticeable "break", it doesn't sound like the same voice at all.  I'm definitely not expecting this to be a quick process by any means, but does anyone have any idea when i might notice my head voice starting to sound like my chest voice? And i don't necessarily mean my head voice sounding meaty, just more like my chest voice in general. (hope that makes sense!)   I've been trying to practice at least 4-5 days a week.  I usually do the foundation building routine, then add some bonus scales and sirens afterwards to get more practice with my onsets (mainly Dampen&Release, Wind&Release, and Contract&Release) and bridging. When i get more comfortable with my bridging I plan to start working on the other exercises in the program. 
  12. Robert Lunte, founder of The Vocalist Studio explains what the formant and the significance of acoustics in singing. For the first time, a voice coach on YouTube can properly explain vocal formants. To learn more about The Vocalist Studio training program for singers, "The Four Pillars of Singing", CLICK HERE:   Formant is also used to mean an acoustic resonance. In acoustics, it refers to a peak in the sound envelope and/or to a resonance in sound sources, notably in singing. In singing pedagogy and phonetics, it refers to the resonance of the human vocal tract. Formant is often measured as an amplitude peak in the frequency spectrum of the sound, using a spectrogram (a special instrument or software that maps vocal frequencies) or a spectrum analyzer.  Peaks in the harmonic spectrum define the tone quality of sound color in a voice, distinguish the vowels and provide vocal ‘ring’, ‘presence’ or ‘quality’.    In the simplest terms  â€œthe formant is not the resonant space itself, but the measurement of resonant energy in the resonant space (for our purposes the vocal tract)”.  Most formants are produced by “tube” and “chamber resonance”.  For example, when singing, the upper vocal tract, the resonators, the pharyngeal space, soft palette, the throat, and the mouth combine to create this chamber resonance.   By no means am I pretending that this is a complete explanation of formants in singing, it is a very complex topic. However, this is an attempt to just sort out the main ideas for students of singing, so they can grasp some basic understanding of the topic, which is all that is really needed to get some benefit for your singing.   Singing Vowels & Formants - BEST EXPLANATION ON YOUTUBE!    I partnered with Dr. Donald Miller to offer a digital download of his Voce Vista Software as well.. which allows you to better understand vocal formants. It is an application that works on PCs ONLY... and it is for purchase. I thought I would place that here as well, given the topic. Hope this is helpful.   Voce Vista Formant Software For Singers
  13. If you have any questions about these products, please feel free to contact me on The Modern Vocalist or send me an email at robert@thevocaliststudio.com and we can talk your specific application. THE VOCALIST GIG BAG TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY FOR SINGERS: FROM ROBERT LUNTE & THE VOCALIST STUDIO: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD TVS VOCALIST'S GIG BAG VIDEO OR WATCH BELOW! Microphones: - RODE M1 - RODE M2 http://www.rode.com/ - Electro-Voice 767a http://www.electrovoice.com - HEIL PR-35 http://www.heilsound.com - Telefunken M-80 http://www.telefunken-elektroakustik.com - Sennheiser 935 http://www.sennheiserusa.com - TC-Helicon MP-75 http://www.tc-helicon.com - AKG D7 http://www.akg.com Processing: TC-Helicon VoiceTone Pedals http://www.tc-helicon.com/voicetone-create-xt.asp - Create (EFX) - Doubler (simulates studio doubling) - Correct (compression) - Singles Pedals Wireless Microphone Solution - Samson Airline 77 http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=2018 Check That Mic Sanitary Wipes for Microphones http://www.checkthatmic.com VocoPro (HERO – RV) For Practicing and Writing: http://www.vocopro.com/products/product_info.php?ID=649 Extreme Isolation Headphones – X-29s: http://www.extremeheadphones.com/ex-29.html Vishudda Singer's Tea: http://aromatherapyinhaler.net/product/vishudda-singers-tea-kit-2/ Olympus Hand held Digital Recorder (The WS Series): http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_voicerecorders.asp Etymotic Ear Protection for Singers http://www.etymotic.com Hercules Mic Stand: http://www.herculesstands.com/mics/micstands.html PocketTone Pitch Pipe: www.PocketTones.com *Add this code to save $1. Special TVS Deal! (TMV08pt) Lyric Writing Software: www.masterwriter.com *Add this code to save $20. Special TVS Deal! (3059) Pen & Paper: Binder with all your bed tracks & lyrics: View full articles
  14. If you have any questions about these products, please feel free to contact me on The Modern Vocalist or send me an email at robert@thevocaliststudio.com and we can talk your specific application. THE VOCALIST GIG BAG TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY FOR SINGERS: FROM ROBERT LUNTE & THE VOCALIST STUDIO: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD TVS VOCALIST'S GIG BAG VIDEO OR WATCH BELOW! Microphones: - RODE M1 - RODE M2 http://www.rode.com/ - Electro-Voice 767a http://www.electrovoice.com - HEIL PR-35 http://www.heilsound.com - Telefunken M-80 http://www.telefunken-elektroakustik.com - Sennheiser 935 http://www.sennheiserusa.com - TC-Helicon MP-75 http://www.tc-helicon.com - AKG D7 http://www.akg.com Processing: TC-Helicon VoiceTone Pedals http://www.tc-helicon.com/voicetone-create-xt.asp - Create (EFX) - Doubler (simulates studio doubling) - Correct (compression) - Singles Pedals Wireless Microphone Solution - Samson Airline 77 http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=2018 Check That Mic Sanitary Wipes for Microphones http://www.checkthatmic.com VocoPro (HERO – RV) For Practicing and Writing: http://www.vocopro.com/products/product_info.php?ID=649 Extreme Isolation Headphones – X-29s: http://www.extremeheadphones.com/ex-29.html Vishudda Singer's Tea: http://aromatherapyinhaler.net/product/vishudda-singers-tea-kit-2/ Olympus Hand held Digital Recorder (The WS Series): http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_voicerecorders.asp Etymotic Ear Protection for Singers http://www.etymotic.com Hercules Mic Stand: http://www.herculesstands.com/mics/micstands.html PocketTone Pitch Pipe: www.PocketTones.com *Add this code to save $1. Special TVS Deal! (TMV08pt) Lyric Writing Software: www.masterwriter.com *Add this code to save $20. Special TVS Deal! (3059) Pen & Paper: Binder with all your bed tracks & lyrics:
  15. So I've been perusing the forums for a while now as continue to develop my voice. I was wondering for everyone out there who wants to reply: If you were a beginnner again and your goal was to develop a "high-performing voice," knowing everything you know now, how would you go about your vocal training? What would you do differently? What would you do the same?   The only reason I ask this is because I've seen many people do many things:   I've seen people who got real deep with a certain vocal program, whether it's 4 Pillars or Breaking the Chains or whatever and take lessons with the creator of said program and make great gains I've met people who've never taken lessons/invested in a program but sound great due to the fact that they are always singing so they "figure it out" and also make great gains I've met people who did a combination of the above two who have also made great progress. But the thing about the above points is: People have gotten great voices doing a multitude of things. And I think this is important to note. Especially as someone who is constantly trying to improve their voice. I believe that it is important to learn solid technique because that'll last you a lifetime. I once heard a vocal coach say: "Practice makes permanent." Meaning that if you practice incorrectly, you will develop bad habits that are hard to reverse once they are there.   Anyways long story short, what would you guys do if you had to start from scratch again and "build your voice" so to speak? Would you get with a teacher or a program immediately? Or would you just sing sing sing? Or would you do both?        
  16. Please participate in this poll... this "Poll" post has been opened up for discussion as well.   This is a hard question to answer... but for live work its a toss up between the Electro Voice 767a, Sennheiser e935... and live condensers, for sure the RODE M2.    Check all these mics out at the TMV World Vocal Gear Store, this is an original store we created for members here. It saves you time.   Here is a little interview I did on microphones on a show called "Gear Addicts".  
  17. I've recently made a concerted effort to lighten the mass of my phonation as I ascend. This has been a HUGE help as I kept getting "stuck" at A#4 and could never get past it to B4 in a light mass configuration.   I have no problem "pulling chest" and getting a more belty, beefy head tone B4 and above; in fact, it was much easier for me to access the notes above A#4 by using more M1 musculature. It allowed me to go up to D5 and even to E5 easier than the light mass way; now after trying to "shed the weight" as I ascend, I've been able to get bright, twangy head tones on B4 and couple of times on C5 as well.   As Robert has said before, the light mass way is MUCH less tiring on the voice, it almost feels effortless but sounds bright and connected. As of now, I can only sustain and "pull" M1 so high for so long before getting fatigued: not straining, as everything feels open and free, but my voice gets tired much easier than compared to the light mass way. Continuing to train the M1 "pull" should provide more stamina so I can utilize it for longer periods of time.   As for the light mass configuration, this is the sound I ultimately want, the James LaBrie/Geoff Tate/Rob Halford way, as opposed to the Bruce Dickinson way. Not that there's anything wrong with Bruce, he's one of my favorites, but it's not the sound color I'm looking for. I'm glad to have found both configurations and will train and utilize both of them.   Moral of the story is if you are looking for a light mass sound color, keep your phonation light and lighten the mass as you ascend. Robert has mentioned this before in his online videos but until I tried applying it yesterday and today, I didn't fully realize how big of a difference it makes. I feel as if my voice just "slots" into the proper place when slightly modifying the vowel and lightening the mass. It's a very delicate configuration.   Just figured I'd share my story and a bit of advice.
  18. Hello TMV World Forum Athletes;   I was invited to do an interview for a TV program that reviews musician gear. This was a segment for "vocal gear". I brought in my personal collection of hand held live microphones and stomper pedals and discussed it on the show. I think it is some what informative and a bit entertaining... I think its a good idea to get it posted on the forum here.   Enjoy!   Robert Lunte - Microphone and Vocal Pedal Reviews - Hard Rock Cafe         CLICK HERE   FOR PDF OF TVS/ROBERT VOCAL GEAR RECOMMENDATIONS     CLICK HERE   FOR THE TMV WORLD VOCAL GEAR STORE