washy21 Posted October 6, 2014 Share Posted October 6, 2014 I took the plunge and purchased the new student edition of The Four Pillars of Singing. just over one week ago. I was initially concerned that this product was only aimed at those wanting to develop rock style vocal ability; However, an email to Robert, which received a very prompt reply, put my fears to rest. The Four Pillars is comprehensive to say the least! My opinion is that before diving into any workouts, purchasers of this vocal programme might want to spend several hours over several days becoming familiar with the media and methodology of the programme. Once the methodology is grasped it does however feel reassuringly solid and it has a lot of information to keep even the most advanced singer learning. It was easy to download and set up the training environent; there are clear instructions on how to proceed. I decided to book my first of three lessons about one week after purchase. This gave me more time to explore the media and prepare the suggested applications such as Evernote for recording workouts. I also bought a little Pockettone for pitch recognition, and the spectrum analyser software â€” minimal cost really. I was unsure of what to expect from the Skype lesson simply because I had never used Skype before. But when the lesson time arrived it was immediately apparent that Skype is an incredibly viable platform in which to have vocal lessons â€” it was brilliant. I chatted with Robert for five minutes and he was really supportive and understanding of my own personal goals. Before long I was commencing aspects of Robert's foundation building routine, and it's fair to say that I was noticing an immediate change in my ability. Robert is very firm in his belief that you have to work hard on these early routines. Of course I know I have a lot of work to do but really, even in that initial lesson you realise how basic exercises start to change your voice at once. Personally, I needed to wait to speak to Robert before starting workouts but this is not needed if you are confident that the work you do is correct in technique. I would also add that one of main reasons I chose to be a student with Robert was the fact that he is a true educator â€” not just a trainer. Without getting into semantic arguments about the nature of education, I feel it is important to be educated as well as merely trained. I'm not sure what Robert makes of this personal opinion, but having someone who can distil and convey theoretical concepts (including rules, principles and conventions) is very welcome. In a while I will post a better review for anyone who is interested and you are welcome to message me. But in the meantime I would give my recommendation to buy 'The Four Pillars' to anyone looking to pursue better singing. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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