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  1. TMV World Team


    Vocal Twang is a term that refers to a physical configuration for the singing voice that is characterized by tilt of the thyroid cartilage, compression on the vocal folds and an amplification of the voice. This "vocal mode" is ESSENTIAL for great singing. It is the most important physical setup that a singer needs to train to develop to become a great singer. Vocal Twang explanations, techniques and training are all provided in The TVS training program, "The Four Pillars of Singing". WHAT IS VOCAL TWANG?
  2. CVI vs TVS: Review of “The Four Pillars of Singing″ CVI vs TVS: Review of “The Four Pillars of Singing″ BY FELIX, ON APRIL 21ST, 2015 So I finally decided to buy “The Four Pillars of Singing″ by Robert Lunte (TVS, The Vocalist Studio). Some of his tutorials and lectures on YouTube caught my attention and after a few days of consideration (+200$ is a lot of money) I decided to give it a try. When I started my singing studies I had decided to look at as many different approaches as possible and learn as much as I can and Robert Luntes perspective is certainly interesting and he definitely knows what he is talking about. I will compare his training system to CVT (Complete Vocal Institute) because it seems to be aimed at the same target audience. “The Four Pillars of Singing” is a comprehensive vocal training system that includes a book, over 350 videos, audio training content, detailed training routines, guide files and a robust learning management system that allows you to take a comprehensive course to study and master the TVS Method. It offers workouts starting in the key of C and G (to make it easier for women to use), training work flows and training routines for over 64 workouts, guide files that help you learn how to perform the workouts quickly and a very useful interface that organizes this massive amount of content. A user interface like this, is not available in any other program.. Robert advertises it as being the system with "the most content in the history of mankind". That is not only marketing but certainly a fact. But what does it mean? There is a lot of data in here, that’s for sure. The content of the book is similar to what CVT teaches. Especially the TVS method for organizing the vowels of singing into what they call, "Acoustic Modes". But unlike the CVT vocal modes, the TVS Acoustic Modes have stripped out a lot of additional levels of complexity, focusing only on where the singing vowels resonate in the voice and their respective sound colors. It is a very effective and intuitive way to learn about the acoustics of singing. In addition to ideas from TVS such as training work flows (teaching students to train with "step by step" instructions), specialized onsets and vowel modification formulas, "Pillars" also offers "physical modes" which are essentially very similar to the EVTS voice qualities or Estill modes. If your looking for CVI and Estill concepts as well as the unique TVS techniques, you can only find it in The Four Pillars of Singing. The focus is on all styles of singing. The 616 page book includes descriptions and illustrations of all the important components for singing; physiology, acoustics and mental imagery. The product is very comprehensive and a lot of work has clearly been put into it. With CVT, you only get a book and some sound samples and that leaves the less skilled voice student lacking for guidance and instruction on how to train and practice. One of the strongest aspects of The Four Pillars of Singing very well may be, that it seems to not miss the important point that students of singing technique programs have to have the content and guidance that no only teaches them the method and techniques, but also teaches them how to apply the techniques with training and practice routines. The sound samples with CVT are helpful, but the value is far below what you get with The Four Pillars of Singing. Then there is Robert. He sure is an interesting voice coach, he sounds very credible and his way of teaching is captivating. In a real-life coaching situation, that might be great and it certainly is important if you want to reach your full potential as a singer quickly. What is better, CVT or TVS? Should I buy Complete Vocal Technique or The Four Pillars of Singing?... or BOTH? It is important to point out that both systems are actually compatible together, but if you had to make a choice, given that "Pillars" already includes the main CVT premise, vocal modes oriented around singing vowels, then The Four Pillars of Singing is the way to go, given that they cover that topic with the "TVS Acoustic Modes". If you are a person who needs or learns faster with video tutorials and audio files to listen to in the care and practice with, then "Pillars" might be the better choice for you. Learn more about "The Four Pillars of Singing". Read reviews on CLICK HERE FOR AMAZON.COM REVIEWS >>> View full articles
  3. Recording plugins are some of the most essential and fun additions for any home recording. The quality and variety of recording plugins available today is simply miraculous. With the right choice of plugins, and a little bit of skill at home recording, an experienced home recording engineer can produce recordings that sound very professional! Plugins are not just for vocal effects. They are also available to simulate vintage preamps, compressors and even recording consoles like the famed SSL console system. In the world of plugins for digital audio work stations, (DAWs), there is no company that does a better job then waves. Visit and learn more about how you can make your home recordings sound professional! Recording plugins are some of the most essential and fun additions for any home recording. The quality and variety of recording plugins available today is simply miraculous. With the right choice of plugins, and a little bit of skill at home recording, an experienced home recording engineer can produce recordings that sound very professional! Plugins are not just for vocal effects. They are also available to simulate vintage preamps, compressors and even recording consoles like the famed SSL console system. In the world of plugins for digital audio work stations, (DAWs), there is no company that does a better job then waves. Visit and learn more about how you can make your home recordings sound professional! TOP RECOMMENDED WAVES PLUGINS FOR RECORDING VOCALS! CLICK HERE TO VISIT WAVES RECOMMENDED VOCAL PLUGINS AT WAVES: CLA VOCALS * JJP VOCALS * EDDIE KRAMER VOCAL CHANNEL MASARATI VX1 * BUTCH VIG VOCALS * VOCAL RIDER * HR REVERB HR ECHO REAL ADT APHEX VINTAGE AURAL EXCITER WAVES TUNE WAVES TUNE LT DOUBLER * DEBREATH DeEsser VITAMIN * RENAISSANCE VOX THE KING'S MICROPHONES AND A LOT MORE...! * Honorable Mentions... essential! Other Vocal Gear Required for a Complete Home Recording Include The Following Recommendations: A digital Audio Workstation - DAWs: LogicProX, Reaper, ProTools. A digital audio interface: We recommend the Scarlett digital audio interfaces from focusrite. A recording, condenser microphone: RODE Microphones: NT1, K2 Pearlman Microphones See The Vocal Gear Store for more suggestions. Headphones: Extreme Isolation x-29s. See The Vocal Gear Store for more suggestions. A Reflextion Fliter: SE Electronics Reflexion Filter Pro Ambience. A Pop Filter: See The Vocal Gear Store for more suggestions. View full articles
  4. Enjoy this new video that provides an overview of what vocal modes are and why they are important. If you train and study vocal modes, your understanding of the singing voice and vocal technique will be vastly superior then dealing with training methods that can't explain the physiology and acoustics of singing. The whole point about vocal mode pedagogy is to make the understanding and execution of singing better EASIER, not harder. So don't let anyone tell you that "vocal modes are necessarily too complicated". That is simply not true. If you take a little bit of time to just learn how it works, you will open up a huge door to understanding the voice and singing better. And of course we cover this in The Four Pillars of Singing 4.0! Enjoy this video and hope we can have some discussion about vocal modes.
  5. WHAT THE HELL IS A "SNILE"? I have formulated a new idea this morning that is great... I share with thee... This is a technique that is used to help train singing through narrowed vowels and improving the articulation of your lyrics when singing high. This technique is also great for resonating to forward positions and amplifying the "cup" of the hard palette. A snile is a cross between a sneer and a smile. It is used in singing to help narrow singing vowels to maintain intrinsic musculature support and stability with amplification, when singing pop / rock music above the passaggio. Mastery of The SNILE will greatly train your kinesthetic feel for narrowing vowels, resonating forward into an "edgier" position, and amplifying while keeping acoustic mass low and balanced. "THE SNILE" is characterized by: A lifting of the upper lip to expose the forward teeth of the embouchure.A "narrowing" of the embouchure, to prevent "splatting".A very strong, amplified, forward resonant position in the "cup" of the hard palette and "edgey pings" off the forward teeth.Must have dampened larynx or anchoring of the larynx. Notice How Geddy Lee of the prog. band, RUSH tracks "Limelight" through the "SNILE"! Who said that "FREE" Secret Tips Didn't Exist?! TRY "THE SNILE" NOW!! ... and post your results here! Video demonstration on "THE SNILE" coming soon... "THE SNILE" is just one idea and technique. It is not a "global" solution for all things singing... it you want to get a feel for forward resonance and narrowing, it is good for that. It can also help you to sing very accurately with great intonation and articulation.
  6. A video from Ken Tamplin, voice coach and follow up from Robert Lunte, Voice Coach and producer of The Four Pillars of Singing in regards to SLS and any "sing like you speak" voice training approaches. I agree with Ken on points; 1, 3, 4 The points I don't agree are: #2. "Ah" is not the only vowel that grows the voice... but it is important. We call this the "Neutral" vowel in TVS and we train it. It is great for belting and strength building, but it certainly is NOT the ONLY vowel to train with or to help you. #5. This "meow" example may of not been very helpful, however... there are two elements to that "meow" that have merit in my view. a. Ken DID in fact bridge through his vocal break! If he teacher said, "... do this meow idea to get a good bridge", and then Ken did it and it produced a nice bridge, then...? Didn't it work? But I get Ken's point... he is trying to say that its not applicable to singing... I give you b. b. This "meow" probably has a benefit to LIGHT singing... and in regards to heavier/belt/call register singing,... it does have merits for Training! Maybe not for belt singing, but for TRAINING. You see, some vocal techniques are used ONLY for training. Not all vocal techniques are applicable to singing. I make this point in "The Four Pillars of Singing" on many tables that clarify for students what is applicable for training and what is applicable for singing. Regarding to this "meow" idea for training... /m/ is a nasal consonant and as I point out below... nasal consonants are actually VERY powerful for warming up and training. Nasal consonants induce vocal fold compression and help strengthen the TA muscle and they are just GREAT vocal health. Nasal consonants have a "healing" power to them. They are not only used by voice teachers, (including Ken), but also by ENTs and doctors that are rehabilitating clients with speech problems. So... an onset that starts with any nasal consonant can ONLY be good. The "i/ee" vowel that follows the /m/ ( m + "eeow")... puts the vocal folds into a very strong compression, adduction position. "i/ee", is a good training vowel for building compression strength! In "The Four Pillars of Singing" we have identified this and "named" it. We have 8 specialized onsets (... the way you start in training and singing. Designed for strength building and coordination). One of those specialized onsets is called, "The Quack & Release Onset". The Q&R onset utilizes the i/"ee" vowel to build compression strength. So in summary, while I agree the "meow" may not be super beneficial to people that want to belt, if you look at the consonant and the vowel of "meow", and you understand the benefits of those consonants and vowels and how to utilize them for training, you see past what Ken is pointing out and understand, that there is value there. Provided that you know how to use these consonants and vowels in training. It has a lot to do with understanding consonants and vowels, not only for singing, but what they can do in training, applied to techniques. I think the "sing like you speak" approach, if not in the hands of a more experienced and knowledgeable teacher, can be lacking in several key areas, here are my observations as a coach that has trained this stuff, been teaching for over 15 years and an author and producer of a vocal training program that is a best seller, if you don't mind me saying... 1. It has never embraced research or updating ideas that have evolved. This is why all the top teachers, including your "mentor" Dave Stroud left the organization and all those other teachers. There is a reason why they left... something important to realize. 2. Because of the, "... don't feel anything in your larynx" & "sing like you speak" point of view, it tends to teach fear of the voice. Students are afraid to contract, compress, anchor the larynx and distort. All movements that are perfectly healthy and fine... and if you want to sing "big and boomy" in the head voice, you have to do do these things. 3. There seems to be little to no understanding of vowels and resonance. At least not in a formal, methodological way... any individual teacher may know about it, but as a method, its not there. 4. Relative to #2, for many people, the techniques are too light to really get after the head voice and make it belt... of course this depends on the individual teacher, but as a method, it is really light. That is fine!... but it presents a challenge for people that want to belt high.
  7. Hello guys,my name is Luka I must say that only after few hours of reading book,and about hour of watching videos ,I was able to do this(It is probably bad and for sure needs more practice ,but still before this it was like dream for me to hit those notes without hurting my voice ) :
  8. I thought it was awesome so I posted it here to brag. Anyways.... is there anything you guys recommend me doing to make it better?
  9. A topic where I can embed videos about belt voice... I'm starting to get a few going here... Contact me if you have any questions...
  10. Hi I was overjoyed to finally be able to afford Four Pillars, and I can't wait to jump right in. I've seen other users create progress threads for their journey through the training programme so I thought I might as well do the same. This is where I'll ask questions/embed sound files of me doing the various exercises in the programme and singing songs so that people can give feedback. BTW, I was just wondering if I should approach the book like a sponge and just read it cover to cover absorbing everything or if I should dip in and out as and when I need to, using the videos to guide me through my journey then referring to the book when necessary. Which approach would be better or do I need to do a bit of both. I can't wait to get started, but I hope you'll forgive my being slightly intimidated by it. That said, it is a challenge that I am now willing to take on more than I was before.
  11. ...I'm a little bit confused. I ordered it from the following link, but bought it from another company selling through Amazon, namely SuperBookDeals On receiving the book I was surprised to find no CDs. The description states there are audio and video demonstrations of the exercises but all I got was the book. I was expecting to receive the full package. However, the book itself doesn't have any empty wallets inside the covers where I would expect CDs to be stored. Can somebody confirm that this book is intended to be sold with CDs and/or DVDs as I want to be sure before I send it back to the company and reorder it from a more reliable supplier. Thanks!
  12. Hi there, so I've been working hard at my singing for years now and feel I've gotten quite good. I can sing Judas Priest with a relative amount of comfort if I'm feeling good and eaten a large meal and gotten some sleep. Without an audience. For maybe 30 minutes or so. And half the songs in my set list are relatively easy. But I'm hitting the notes (mostly) and bringing the volume (probably too much.) All right so I've been trying to sing Queen off and on too. Mostly I sing along with a recording of Queen live at Wembley 1984 that I downloaded off youtube. Well I pretty much can't get through even one song really. OK, I can get through a few songs when I'm feeling good. I'm probably a bit pessimistic because I just was trying 30 minutes ago and I'm relatively tired after working outside in the sun for like 3, 4 hours today. Now one of my perennial problems is finding pitch, matching pitch. So I'm a little unsure if maybe I'm trying to sing higher notes than freddie mercury is singing. However I'm feeling fairly confident that even if I'm singing too high in some cases that his set list in that concert is essentially impossible to sing. The way he sings it, with that level of volume and passion. Not impossible, maybe, but for me it would have to be the right time of day, afternoon, when I was at peak energy. I'd have to be feeling really really good. And I would still be absolutely wiped, I mean truly spent, completely exhausted when I finished. And this is just in theory based on my experience of rehearsing at home for a few years. Drinking a lot of water between songs. I've never really tried to sing the whole concert by any stretch. Anyway, I'm pretty sure this is why he injured his voice. It's just an inhuman set list. Am I wrong? is he really keyed lower than I'm hearing? Is there a trick here? Maybe his voice is somehow naturally pitched up or something so it's easier for him to sing those notes? He does look like he's sweating profusely in that video and there's long instrumental segments where he doesn't sing. It seems to me like with Halford (Judas priest) he really drops down into a lower register in most every song. And there's something about the way Halford transitions from high to low and back that I find way easier to deal with. Maybe someone here can help me understand what's going on with my technique.
  13. I'll be honest and not beat around the bush I can not believe that it is well explained. the courses are interesting. Overall, it is attractive The problem is that the French, I'm lost in the endings, vocabulary I do not understand what it means "Runway appearance and liberation" "The wind and release apparition" from the training video, subjects, I'm confused. and it's really frustrating I took 4 to 5 sessions on Skype with Stépanie Dumouch. A few years ago the work was focused on the triangle of the vowel and articulation. no relation to the TVS I loved his pedagogy. good contact. it is through him that I heard of you. TVS she taught at Toulouse from what I see. I'll think notions address if I take lessons with the singing teacher I feel these terminoligies to face with very technical vocabulary I can not determine the significance. This is an obstacle to understanding, which is a shame So I feel lonely, isolated friendly charlie
  14. Hello everyone. I'm not all that good at introductions but I been singing for a while without any type of training other then mimicing my influences until i ran across KTVA. i started to train ken's method for about 2 years. my voice grew but i couldn't bridge my voices to save my life. i always had Mr. Lunte's program in mind but money and determination to breakthrough with KTVA kept me from purchasing it. I finally picked up pillars and so far i love it..Mr. Lunte is great and easy to connect with. i was emailing him for a while until he advised i post on the forum so everyone else can chime in. bridging is still an issue for me. when it comes to resonant tracking i feel i get the buzzing and if i try to keep it thru my break my voice just craps out.. if i lighten it i can get thru but i lose a lot of buzz. i have some samples of me doing octave sirens. i recorded these today. i got all the way up to f4. after that i felt like i was pushing so i stopped. I'm willing to bet I'm carrying to much weight up. I'm going to have to set up a sound cloud account..but i used this for now
  15. mchlclark


    After studying the four pillars of singing, I was watching Nirvana unplugged, and noticed that for over 90 percent of Kurt Cobains performance, his embouchure was almost completely closed. Yet he still manages to perform, and produce a sound that is entertaining, and to my ears quite good. Even during his distortion, which he is most known for, he doesn't seem to be straining much at all, and his embouchure is still just open. So I guess my question is... is it really necessary to always use a full horizontal, or vertical Embouchure? Or as with the vowel modification, should the embouchure also be experimented with?
  16. Hi guys,i just got the 'Four Pillars of singing' i really enjoying it and its having a lot of information!!!! when im practicing bridgine im starting at the 'e' tone above middle c and making a siren to octave e i success bridging but its a little bit loud ..any maybe little tension in the throat.. how can i make it better? thanks alot !!
  17. Hey guys, I just got back from the 35 hour TVS training intensive with Robert this past week. We did a ton of work and it definitely has paid off in getting me stronger and growing as a singer. If you have the opportunity to do so, I highly recommend coming to Seattle and working with Robert. He is a fantastic coach and you'll get your money's worth. Here is Living Colour's Cult of Personality that we had worked on:
  18. Hey guys. I am curious on these three options. How much do they differ? What is the education background of the individuals? - no offence intended. I'm just curious if they have MAs in vocal studies. Would I be better off trying to buy university textbooks? .... Also, does it depend on what I am aiming for?.... I sing in church, and I also like singers such as Justin Timberlake, Jacob Hoggard, Josh Ramsay, and Gerald Eaton. I prefer singing in tune, melody and with skill over just belting. Thanks in advance.... as a side note... with the 4pillars I noticed that you can get the option to add on a lesson with the digital format, or you can get 3 lessons with the student format. Are these 1 hour lessons? It does not say. Though, the online lessons as themselves are 1 hour long.
  19. Hi everyone I wanna start training with one of the following proggrams 1.ken tamplin 2.singing success/mastering mix Im rock singer I really like myles kennedy and chris cornell Whould like to get ur help to choose. Thanks!
  20. Hi guys! It's been a while since the last time I wrote here. I'm NOT proud to admit that I didn't practice regulary for the past months so I didn't get any results, but I was able to identify some aspects I need to improve right now. Mi BIGGEST problem is the lack of strenght and coordination to achieve a good vocal fold compression. My voice sounds too weak with a lot of air comming out. I know the KEY onset is the Q&R, and I practice everytime I do my routine. Then, I try to singerzise - "quacking like a duck" and by using the words "Nyat" and "Yeah". The other onset I think I could add to my routine for now is the "Pulse&Release". Now, I'm into some soft acoustic songs and I can listen that light mass phonations sound great. Am I right? Also, will the P&R help me with my vocal fold compression? I'm not in a hurry. I'll train and wait with patience until I have enough control of my glottis before I try anything else. Thoughts? Thank you in advance guys, I'll try to be more involved in the formum from now on.
  21. Hey guys! Im just wondering does the following clip sounds like a full voice. I had a bit more time to practice lately (dont really have any time ussualy so im kinda not proggressing really good). NOTE: I can make this sound alot better and less airy and less shaky, BUT i wanted to share this one as this is what happens most of the time. Just wanted tips on what is wrong here. I know what to practice i have all that in Pillars but i dont know what im doing wrong! Thanks alot guys!!
  22. Hey guys, Figured I'd start with my own thread like Anthony to show what I've been up to regarding training. Here are some sound samples from today: simple onsets and a couple of songs. One is Bleeding Heart and the other is Carry On, both by Angra. I recorded everything with my phone and nothing was a formal sit-down practice... I was just doing this throughout the day and in the car (limited practice time). In the Carry On sample, I definitely need more fold closure... not enough edging / front placed vowels. There is a lot of falsetto there. The Bleeding Heart sample is mostly chest voice, very relaxed and light, with a couple of belts here and there. Any input / feedback would be welcome! Rock on!