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Become a Great Singer: Your Complete Vocal Training System

For Serious Vocalists. Immediately Improve Your Singing Voice With 'The Four Pillars of Singing' (Any Level, Any Style)
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Created by Robert Lunte
Last updated 9/2017
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  • 90 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
  • Totally understand how the singing voice works and how to take ownership of your own training routines, destiny and results. The four pillars of singing empowers students to be able to do it all on their own.
  • The ability to extend vocal range by bridging the passaggio, or vocal break seamlessly.
  • The ability to sing in a full voice, above the vocal break and develop the head voice for range augmentation.
  • The ability to use singing vowels and resonance as the key to opening up their voice and properly trouble-shooting problems. The understanding of the acoustics of singing is critical to really becoming great and solving many problems.
  • How to apply all the lessons to the art of singing.
  • Students will have command over the key vocal effects; distortion, grit, rattle, vibrato, sobbing, yarling and more!
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Requirements
  • Computer
  • A Keyboard (Can Be An App or Something Small And Simple)
  • Amplification With Microphones If Possible, But Not Required
  • A Willingness To Train The Techniques 4 - 7 Days A Week, 1 - 2 Hours Each Session
Description

"Hands Down- THE best vocal training ever...I can't say enough about how well Robert Lunte explains and demonstrates the techniques and the theory behind the art of singing." - Michael Rendon 

"I'm only about a week and a half into the course, but the difference is absolutely dramatic. The training techniques are very different from anything I've ever experienced." - Cole Genltes 

"The Four Pillars of Singing is no joke. It's the real deal. If you're aspiring to become a successful singer this is the place you need to be." - Bram


The Four Pillars of Singing is widely considered to be the most comprehensive and complete home study vocal training system ever developed for singers of all styles and levels of experience. 

Founder and producer of the The Vocalist Studio and The Vocalist Studio Method, Maestro Robert Lunte, has produced an intensive vocal training system that not only shows you what to do, but explains why and how with scientific and practical application.  

This proven vocal training program was offered to members of The Vocalist Studio only, but after raving testimonials and real success from students, Robert has finally decided to release this course here on Udemy to help even more vocalists like you achieve spectacular results.  

With very clear, step by step instructions and video demonstrations of how to train your singing voice, The Four Pillars of Singing is for any student that is prepared to train and practice with the expectation of gaining lasting, life changing progress. 

You won't just learn how to improve your singing voice or how to extend your vocal range or how to warm up properly...We train Vocal Athletes. This is high performance vocal training with effective results, no matter what your starting point is.  

What you will get when you enroll in this course:

  • ONE-TIME INVESTMENT = LIFETIME ACCESS! You own these vocal training tools for life. 
  • Quick access to 'The Four Pillars of Singing' supplementary eBook inside the course.
  • 160+ video lessons with quizzes to measure your progress.
  • Downloadable audio vocal training exercises that you can take with you wherever you go.
  • Step by step instructions, demonstrations, and detailed routines that teach you exactly WHAT to do and HOW to do it. 
  • How to train specific vocal styles, vocal modes, and training onsets, vocal strength building, coordination and tuning techniques, improve the color / tones of your voice, respiration exercises, mechanics of tongue and body positioning, anchoring your larynx, microphone ergonomics, and the list goes on...

Scroll through the curriculum / the list of video lectures to preview the value contained in this complete vocal training system. 

You CAN become a great singer. It's not genetics. It's science, applied with the right practice habits. 

When you truly understand the mechanics of how the voice operates, as you will in these video lectures, you open up a complete toolbox that allows you to truly dive into the art of singing. 

Enroll now, start following through Robert's explanations, and apply the practice techniques.

See you on the inside!

Who is the target audience?
  • The TVS target student is any student that is looking to increase vocal range, endurance and stability for singing that is also prepared to train and practice 4 - 7 days a week, 1 - 2 hours each session. Often times, the four pillars of singing is the “go to” program for students that seek to take their singing to the next level of expertise.
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Curriculum For This Course
163 Lectures
21:34:46
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Prepare For Your Vocal Training
3 Lectures 16:52

What you need to know about this comprehensive vocal training system. This is how you're going to make the most out of the video lectures so you can start improving your singing voice now and become a great singer.

Preview 14:59

The Udemy Training Page:

  1. Download the attached PDF.
  2. Click on "The Four Pillars Training Page".
  3. Enter the password, " udemytraining ". This page offers you all the training content on one convenient page. It's easier to get to the training content this way.
  4. Read all the instructions and Helpful Tips.
  5. Start with Phase 1, then Phase 2, etc...
  6. The training content is also found as individual lessons below in the Udemy course. See sections 8 - 13.


The eBook & Hardcopy:

  1. The password to access the eBook is found in your welcome email under "communications" and the attached PDF.
  2. The hardcopy version of the book can be purchased. It is personally signed by Robert Lunte and shipped to you immediately. Click this link to purchase the hardcopy version of the eBook. http://bit.ly/TFPOSHCBook


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The Udemy Training Page, eBook PWD & Other Resources
00:08

The first thing you need to do in this vocal training system is to identify where you're going to practice. Without having a safe space, a place where you feel comfortable to vocally experiment and practice, you will not be able to get the most out of this course. This document provides thorough suggestions and steps for finding and creating a safe space for your vocal training sessions. 

Setting Up Your Training Facility
01:45
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Vocal Training Techniques and Myth Busting
21 Lectures 03:13:36

The Vocalist Studio methods taught in this vocal training system have their own terminology. Here are some of the common terms used in the videos and book with their definitions and alternative meaning to help you to understand the language of vocal technique.

Understanding Vocal Technique Terms
01:59

Early on in this vocal training system, we need to establish the importance of “bridging and connecting”. Bridging and Connecting is a term used at TVS to describe the two primary objectives of developing the coordination for seamless register bridging and  strong, anchored head voice singing. Without bridging and connecting being one of the primary objectives and sole purposes for voice training, there would be no point in vocal training. The relevance of vocal training and programs like “The Four Pillars of Singing” are largely established by the fact that make bridging and connecting a priority.

What is Bridging and Connecting?
09:49

One of the biggest points of confusion in the world of singing technique is the erroneous belief that the terms “Falsetto” and “Head Voice” mean the same thing. Sadly, far too many voice teachers also refer to the head voice as “Falsetto” and in doing so, are contributing to the confusion for their students. The term “head voice” is also ubiquitous and used so often, that this is a big part of the continuance and propagation of this erroneous notion.The problem is, if students of singing conclude that Falsetto vocal mode is the ONLY kind of sound color they can make in the head voice, then they will never do the training or personal experimentation required to develop vocal twang in the head voice, another of the 8 physical vocal modes, which is required to sing with ‘connectivity’ in the head voice.

Falsetto is NOT Your Head Voice!
08:14

The term “mixed voice” creates confusion for thousands of singers around the world every day. The main problem is that it is often misunderstood by voice teachers and therefore, it is not explained properly. The result is, it makes students think there is a mystery, 3rd register between chest voice and head voice, but this ‘mystery 3rd register’ does not exist.  Watch this lecture to find out more.

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Traditional classical voice classifications ( vocal Fach ) are not relevant to contemporary singers and techniques. Baritones, stop worrying! You CAN sing high, but you have to have the right vocal training techniques available. This lecture will explain further.

Baritones Can Sing High
08:34

One of the problems with “Bel Canto” is that it is a term that a lot of voice teachers use because it sounds interesting. “Bel Canto” sounds serious or, as if it is the ultimate in singing techniques or possesses the secrets of singing from a time long forgotten! Unfortunately, “Bel Canto” has become a “buzz” word that people use to impress students, simply stated. Here's what it actually means.

Bel Canto Secrets From The Ancient Past Are Dead!
05:58

There seems to be some debate about the merits of bridging the vocal registers early vs bridging late. So let’s have a better understanding of what this really means and why it is important. Referring to vocal register bridging in the context of time, “late” & “early” only tells a small part of the story and really has a lot to be desired in helping students to understand what is really going on. It in fact, misses the more important point students of singing really need to understand in order to remove the confusion that is being created in the market place regarding this issue. Busting all of these vocal myths is what will open up your understanding of what IS possible with your voice.

Bridging Early vs Bridging Late
03:52

Students of singing spend a lot of time chasing the physiology involved in singing technique. This misunderstanding neglects the need to better understand the role that the acoustics play in training and singing, namely, the physiology of singing follows the acoustics. That is to say, if the acoustics, or formant is tuned properly, many of the physiological issues that occurs when singing such as pushing and constriction tend to go away. If you don't get anything out of this entire vocal training system, this one lecture itself is worth gold. 

Stop "Hitting" High Notes & Start Singing Deep Notes
17:18

The inability to not match pitch is a very rare situation. Most people can match pitch, or have the potential to do so, but are failing to do one of the following 3 things. Watch this lecture to continue.

Stop Hearing & Start Listening
08:01

The most difficult notes to sing and to train are typically the low head tones in the vocal range. Generally, people tend to conclude that the higher the pitch, the more difficult it is to sing any particular note, but this has proven to not be the reality of the situation for anyone that trains vocal technique or sings professionally. Here is why.

The Most Difficult Notes
10:37

Embouchure is a French word that refers to one of the components in your phonation package that are visible from the outside, namely; the jaw, the teeth, the tongue and the lips, when referring to them as a combined set. It is absolutely critical that you learn early in your training how to shape your embouchure. In particular, drop your jaw and lift or bite!  This lecture describes in detail how to shape two embouchures that will help you immensely in your vocal training. 

The Two Embouchures
09:16

The SNILE is used in singing to help narrow singing vowels and to maintain intrinsic musculature support. It creates stability and it amplifies, when singing pop/rock music. 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. Here's how to practice the SNILE. 

The Snile
06:42

The tongue is the master articulator of a singer’s formant and a huge player in this vocal training system. It is also a muscle that can give a singer a lot of valuable leverage to hold the larynx into a favorable position for “bridging and connecting” in the head voice.  Skillful use of the tongue can provide huge benefits to stability, as well as favorable shaping of your vocal tract and tuning of your formant. Both the tongue positions described in this lecture are legitimate and useful for anchoring, or stabilizing the larynx to maintain the shape of the vocal tract, vocal fold compression and larynx dampening.

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The more familiar metaphorical register definitions of “chest voice” and “head voice”, one thing that they are not is good science. Therefore, at The Vocalist Studio we embrace another, more scientific set of definitions for vocal registration that enable our discussions to include the closer reality of what is really happening in and around the laryngeal region at a physiological level. This lecture describes in detail what is known as the “Vibratory Mechanism”.

The Science of Vocal Registers
10:32

“Intrinsic Anchoring” involves the small inside muscles that need to be engaged and contracted to stabilize the laryngeal configuration so you can successfully bridge the Passaggio and connect in the head voice. This assumes that the desired result is a laryngeal configuration and formant that produces a full, “boomy” head voice tone quality above the Passaggio, as opposed to Falsetto.  In other words, Intrinsic Anchoring involves the set of muscles you must engage simultaneously to make your register-bridging stable, and your head voice huge and amazing. 

Intrinsic Anchoring
13:34

One of the components of the Intrinsic Anchoring Set is a technique we call “larynx dampening” or subtly lowering the larynx when singing. While engaging the Intrinsic Anchoring Set stops short at becoming an absolute requirement, those that fail to properly engage intrinsic musculature will not enjoy a higher degree of stability in the larynx and, without the dampened larynx, will loose some opportunities to sing with warm, soulful sound colors. 

Anchoring The Larynx
15:43

“Extrinsic” is related to the word, external, therefore extrinsic anchoring is anchoring that helps your singing by the use of the external, or broader, larger muscles. Here is how to apply extrinsic anchoring techniques that will help improve your voice to become a great singer. 

Extrinsic Anchoring
07:14

There are two major sources of support in the body that engage vocal fold compression. The purpose of reducing the contraction and compression of the vocal folds is to reduce vocal fatigue or for artistic reasons considering the unique sound color that respiration through the glottis can produce. This lecture describes in detail what those are and how to apply them in your vocal training sessions. 

Vocal Twang vs. Bernoulli Physics
13:50

There are two major sources of support in the body that engage vocal fold compression. The purpose of reducing the contraction and compression of the vocal folds is to reduce vocal fatigue or for artistic reasons considering the unique sound color that respiration through the glottis can produce. This lecture describes in detail what those are and how to apply them in your vocal training sessions. 

Two Sources of Vocal Adduction
13:50

The term Appoggio comes from the Italian verb appoggiare, meaning ‘to lean on’, ‘to be in contact with’ or ‘to support’ – is a learned breathing technique that involves slowing down the ascent of the diaphragm for better breath management, resulting in the elongation of the breath cycle during singing. The result is a much bigger vocal sound color due to more chest resonant sound colors. Here's how to apply this vocal training technique. 

Singing With Appoggio
06:17

The way singers grip the microphone is a worthy consideration that is rarely discussed. The primary benefit of adopting these microphone grips is it reduces the risk of “tension creep” or unwanted musculature cramping and constriction that will take over a singer’s ability to sing more freely. 

Microphone Ergonomics and TVS Grips
06:27

Technique and Myth Busting Quiz
20 questions
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The Vocalist Studio (TVS) Methodology
13 Lectures 02:09:03

TVS Methodology within this vocal training system focuses hard and fast on teaching students the skills they need and want the most; learning to seamlessly bridge the vocal break and sing high notes with convincing, full tone. TVS is recognized as the world leader in developing techniques and training routines to develop these two critical skills.

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TVS Methodology within this vocal training system focuses hard and fast on teaching students the skills they need and want the most; learning to seamlessly bridge the vocal break and sing high notes with convincing, full tone. TVS is recognized as the world leader in developing techniques and training routines to develop these two critical skills.

Preview 13:31

Recognizing that the singing voice is actually a system, comprised of four major “pillars”, or components, is the first step to understanding the primary physiological resources that need to be trained and coordinated for singing. Here are the four pillars of singing which we will focus on in this vocal training system. 

What Are The Four Pillars of Singing?
05:11

TVS Methodology involves a lot of focus on calibrating and tuning onsets and then putting those onsets on the move (for example, with sirens).  The term “onset” means “the beginning”. If the onset is like a serve in the sport of tennis or the pitch in the sport of baseball. In the sport of  voice training, our “serve” or “pitch” is called the onset. Similar to a tennis “serve” and a baseball “pitch”, if the vocal onset is good, then the phonation or singing that follows will be good, but if the onset is bad, then the phonation or singing that follows will inherit the problems originating at the onset.

TVS Specialized Onsets Overview
02:01

When physiological and acoustic elements of the singing voice (aka Vocal Modes) are identified, named and categorized, it makes teaching and learning about the voice easier. There are two main types of vocal modes that we focus on in this vocal training system. Watch this lecture to continue.

TVS Vocal Modes Overview
06:37

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. One of the key innovations of the TVS Method within this vocal training system is the association of visual color with the singing vowels. By associating the formants or singing vowels with designated colors, for the first time in history, singers can actually “see” the ever important acoustics of singing in an entirely new way.

The Sound Colors of Singing Overview
12:51

The Geometry of Vocal Technique (“GVT”) intercept graph provides a way to visualize the relationship between the key TVS vocal technique concepts and frequency. In one diagram it shows how your “phonation package” will dynamically modify, tune and calibrate as you change frequency and move forward in time.  What does this mean and why is this important for improving your singing voice? Watch this lecture to continue.

The Geometry of Vocal Training
09:50

The primary reason we must train onsets is that the quality of your onset, or how you start your phonation, will greatly influence the quality of the phonation or the singing that follows. If your onset has problems in it, then the phonation and singing that follows will be full of problems. In contrast, if your onset is great, then the phonation and singing that follows will be great. If you want to be an amazing vocalist and consistently sing without problems, then the journey begins by consistently being able to phonate a perfect TVS onset. In this lecture, you will learn exactly what are the key technical elements of an onset so that you'll be able to have full control over this. 

The Onset and Phonation Package
13:18

There is no better way to train your phonation package deep inside your muscle memory than a slow and controlled siren through every micro-tone of your voice. Practicing with sirens works directly to build super, high performance vocal coordination. In this lecture you will learn how to train sirens, an important part of this vocal training system. 

Training Onsets & Sirens - Part 1
12:28

There is no better way to train your phonation package deep inside your muscle memory than a slow and controlled siren through every micro-tone of your voice. Practicing with sirens works directly to build super, high performance vocal coordination. In this lecture you will learn how to train sirens, an important part of this vocal training system. 

Training Onsets & Sirens - Part 2
11:07

By “mass” we mean the “weight” of a phonation or more specifically, the acoustic mass of the phonation. Different combinations of muscle action in the larynx and respiration, combined with certain vowels, can result in the same note but sound totally different. Watch this lecture to continue. 

The Mass of a Phonation
12:56

I will start this lesson by saying, training with amplification is not a necessity, it is a luxury. It is not absolutely required that you train with amplification, but it is absolutely beneficial and advantageous if you do. Training with amplification can add a lot of benefits and advantages to your training. In this lecture you will learn the benefits of training with amplification and how to train. 

Training With Amplification
07:06

When training private lessons with TVS students, I will use a sign language that is used to help illustrate and communicate the abstract concepts of vocal training more clearly. The TVS sign language came from the necessity to communicate different elements of this vocal training system with students in real time, while they training over skype with me.

TVS Sign Language
04:59

TVS Methodology Quiz
10 questions
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Training Vocal Onsets
10 Lectures 01:54:28

In this vocal training system course we have already covered in an overview, what the specialized onsets are and why they are important. In the following module, we will examine on closer detail each onset and seek to understand the unique benefits of each onset and how to use them in your training and your singing.

TVS Specialized Onsets Introduction
02:01

The Track & Release Onset (T&R) is otherwise known as a semi-occluded phonation, which translates to “partially-closed phonation”. It is probably the easiest onset to learn, and is also characterized by great vocal health benefits. In some sense, it is the first, most fundamental onset to learn. 

The Track & Release Onset
17:46

The Quack & Release Onset (Q&R) is characterized by a hyper compressed closure of the vocal folds by utilizing quack vocal mode. The quack & release onset is primarily used early on in a student’s training, in particular during the Foundation Building Routine. Quack and release is used to build good vocal fold closure/compression across the entire range of the voice, including the chest voice and head voice.

The Quack & Release Onset
14:26

The Wind & Release onset (W&R) is the most advantageous onset for releasing constriction and improving respiration support. As I work through these onsets myself, and with my students, I have discovered the wind & release onset fixes more problems, more often, than any other onset (probably because it simultaneously releases constriction while engaging the respiratory system).

The Wind & Release Onset
08:05

The Pulse & Release Onset (P&R) is sometimes referred to as the “light mass” onset. It has the primary benefit of helping singers to release into a phonation that is light mass. The pulse & release onset will make a singing voice feel “floaty”, buoyant, nimble and aesthetically beautiful.

The Pulse & Release Onset
09:30

The Messa di Voce onset (M&R) is the best onset to train the ability to truly command and control the musculature and respiration of the singing voice. The M&R onset is mostly about coordination. Training this onset will introduce the student of vocal training to all the muscles needed to sing great inside of all registers, in particular, inside of the head voice (M2).

The Messa di Voce Onset
12:38

The Dampen & Release onset (D&R) is the most important strength building onset of them all. No other onset has resulted in more personal gains for myself and TVS students then the D&R onset. If executed properly, it will configure the larynx and intrinsic musculature perfectly for a dampened position and configuration for belting. After practicing this onset for a few months inside of melodic 5th and octave sirens, as well as other workouts, your voice will noticeably become more “beefy” and stable.

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The Attack & Release Onset (A&R) is essentially a glottal attack. A glottal attack is a chaotic, immediate, ‘crashing’ closure of the vocal folds produced by an excessive amount of respiratory velocity. Executed improperly, it can fatigue a singer. Executed properly and it will become the backbone of your belting skills and builds musculature strength in ways that no other onset can. 

The Attack & Release Onset
15:51

The Contract & Release Onset (C&R) was developed out of my interest to train stronger vocalis (TA), (CT) and interarytenoid musculature in the head voice. This is the more “chest-like” musculature inside of the head voice that helps make it sound more belty, without constriction, for a beefier aesthetic.

The Contract & Release Onset
12:33

The 8 TVS Specialized onsets are not the only onsets that exist. Any start to any vocal sound is an onset, whether it is good, bad or ugly.

There are onsets that can be used from everyday speech. They are oriented more towards the acoustics of singing and can be used to help you to get into the acoustic modes for your vowel and resonation work. These onsets are referred to as the acoustic mode onsets, which we will cover in the next section of this vocal training system. 

Acoustic Mode Onsets
14:27

Onset Lectures Quiz
10 questions
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Physical Modes
7 Lectures 01:06:44

Voice technique training can be an experience that has a lot of mystery and ambiguity to it for everyone involved. This mystery in large part is due to the fact that when working with vocal technique, we are working with an instrument we cannot see, hold in our hands and until very recently, could not examine closely. Fortunately, advancements in vocal training pedagogy has led us to the idea of vocal modes which has greatly improved the ability to understand what and how the voice works. Watch this lecture to continue.

TVS Vocal Modes Introduction
06:37

Some of the primitive modes are very helpful during the training process because they are easier for a beginning student to feel and configure. In this lecture, you'll understand what the primitive physical modes are and how they can improve your singing voice to become a great singer.

The Primitive Physical Modes
09:03

In this lecture, you will understand the difference between primitive vs trained physical modes and how this understanding can help you improve your singing voice to become a great singer. 

The Trained Physical Modes
11:20

Twang mode is one of the most important concepts and skill sets any singer must master and understand to become an amazing vocalist. In the universe of singing, including all genres and styles, every great note that has ever been sung, apart from windy phonation, has twang properties. Few topics in this entire vocal training system could be more important than the understanding of, and ability to, twang.

Twang Vocal Mode
10:30

Lets take a moment to clarify the difference between the two primitive physical modes, quack and twang.

Twang Mode VS Quack Mode
06:02

“Belting” is a term that has been used in many ways. There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding regarding vocal belts and in this lesson, I will aim to clarify what belting really is, its risks and its very important benefits. 

Belt Vocal Mode
08:58

In this lecture, you will learn exactly what is happening physiologically when you are belting. 

Belt Voice Musculature Explained
14:14

Physical Modes Quiz
7 questions
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Acoustic Modes
15 Lectures 02:37:19
Language Vowels VS Singing Vowels
05:54

Keeping in mind that singing vowels shade and modify in and out of each other like colors of a rainbow and language vowels are linear, when we assign colors to the singing vowels some very useful training illustrations can be created.

Sound Colors of Singing - Training Illustrations
19:27

One of the biggest challenges that singers face when studying the acoustics of singing, is the fact that sound cannot be seen. This lecture provides a specific solution to this problem so that singers can better understand and therefore exercise more control over their vocal training. 

See Your Voice with Spectrum Software
19:59

The term “vocal formants” is a term that can be intimidating for singers. Even the most knowledgable and informed singers and teachers can easily get lost in the understanding of vocal formants. Indeed, study of the topic can get pretty complicated. But “The Four Pillars of Singing” is not about making things more complicated, or exceeding the necessity toward the goal of helping singers sing better. It is our job as voice teachers to try to make the complex and abstract, easier to grasp, if not fun for students. It is with that goal in mind that I offer a simple explanation of vocal formants, just enough, so that the understanding can help you to sing better. Nothing less then you deserve, nothing more then is necessary.

Vocal Formants Explained
05:57

This lecture is an integral part of this vocal training system. In this lecture you will learn that there are three kinds of vowels in singing. 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. 

Narrowing of Vowels - Part 1
18:21

This lecture is an integral part of this vocal training system. In this lecture you will learn that there are three kinds of vowels in singing. 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. 

Narrowing of Vowels - Part 2
06:28

Here you will learn the three types of TVS Acoustic Modes. TVS Acoustic modes are specific groupings of vowels that are characterized by similarities in their resonant position and the sound colors that are produced because of their resonant placements. These sound colors are also important for creative options for singers.

TVS Acoustic Modes Introduction
07:16

How to train the edging acoustic mode. Edging vowels are also characterized by brighter harmonics in the overall sound color as well which gives Edging vowels more “metal” or “bite” in the sound color.

Edging Acoustic Mode
04:14

How to train the neutral acoustic mode and why it's important. This is a great training modal for belt techniques.

Neutral Acoustic Mode
04:28

How to train the curbing acoustic mode. Curbing vowels are also characterized by darker harmonics in the overall sound color.

Curbing Acoustic Mode
04:16

Vowel modification is one of the most important concepts to grasp and master in this vocal training system. The ability to bridge the registers and maintain your physical configuration when singing high notes is largely predicated on what acoustic modes the singer is choosing to tune to. 

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Vowel modification is one of the most important concepts to grasp and master in this vocal training system. The ability to bridge the registers and maintain your physical configuration when singing high notes is largely predicated on what acoustic modes the singer is choosing to tune to. 

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Vowel modification is one of the most important concepts to grasp and master in this vocal training system. All the vowel modification in your training will have to be applied to the art form of singing (with the expectation that your singing will sound better and you will experience less stress and constriction). Indeed, this will be the outcome provided if you are successfully applying these techniques. This lesson will point out how vowel modification is applied to the art of singing.

Vowel Modification for Singing - Part 1
19:10

Vowel modification is one of the most important concepts to grasp and master in this vocal training system. All the vowel modification in your training will have to be applied to the art form of singing (with the expectation that your singing will sound better and you will experience less stress and constriction). Indeed, this will be the outcome provided if you are successfully applying these techniques. This lesson will point out how vowel modification is applied to the art of singing.

Vowel Modification for Singing - Part 2
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In the world of phonetics, consonants are another important variable to consider when analyzing human phonation, linguistics and singing. Like vowels, there are some consonants that are singer friendly, and some consonants that are not as singer friendly in their nature, but if you know how to treat them properly, they can be a great advantage to your singing. 

Consonants for Singing
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Acoustic Modes Quiz
12 questions
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Vocal Effects
8 Lectures 51:42

Vocal effects are vocal sounds that are produced outside of an already established, stable and clean phonation. They tend to not be immediately associated with melody, text or a pure, trained phonation. They are wholly creative in spirit, and can represent interpretation, or simply underline a singer’s expression or style. When mastered well, vocal effects will transcend the singing from something that is only good, to something that stands out and is extraordinary. Here are the 7 types of common vocal effects.

Vocal Effects Introduction
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A detailed lecture on what is and how to train vibrato. 

Vibrato
09:52

There are two kinds of overlay distortion in the TVS distortion training methodology, the compressed overlay distortion and the decompressed overlay distortion. TVS Overlay distortion might be the most intuitive form of distortion to produce and, fortunately, is the most versatile. And there is better news! Your vocal twang mode, respiration techniques and larynx dampening ideas you will train in this vocal training system, are a major component of these kinds of distortion. Watch this lecture to continue learning about the compressed overlay distortion.

Compressed Overlay Distortion
11:31

There are two kinds of overlay distortion in the TVS distortion training methodology, the compressed overlay distortion and the decompressed overlay distortion. TVS Overlay distortion might be the most intuitive form of distortion to produce and, fortunately, is the most versatile. And there is better news! Your vocal twang mode, respiration techniques and larynx dampening ideas you will train in this vocal training system, are a major component of these kinds of distortion. Watch this lecture to continue learning about the decompressed overlay distortion.

Preview 07:36

ESD is a highly distorted growl, or howl, that is produced by the aggressive activation of the ventricular folds or sometimes referred to as the false vocal folds (FVF). It typically produces a hauntingly distorted “scream” aesthetic by phonating super distorted vocal noise. Here is how to train the extreme scream distortion. 

Extreme Scream Distortion (ESD)
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ESP is a highly compressed, twang-like phonation that typically resides in the head voice above A4 and produces a “scream” aesthetic by phonating a super high pitch into and beyond the 5th octave. Extreme scream pitch is typically clean, but it can also be distorted. Here is how to train the extreme scream pitch.

Extreme Scream Pitch (ESP)
05:28

Singing with a windy vocal effect is popular when a singer wants to create a more intimate interpretation. Essentially it gives the impression of being close to, or near, the listener’s ear. Here is how to train windy phonations. 

Windy Phonations
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The Yarl was popularized in the 90s rock music scene with singers such as Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Chris Cornell (Sound Garden), Scott Stapp (Creed), Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) and Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots). Here is how to train the Yarl. 

The Yarl
07:38

Vocal Effects Quiz
8 questions
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Training Warm Ups
6 Lectures 49:30

One of the Four Pillars of a fantastically balanced voice within this vocal training system is strong, consistent respiration habits and coordination. The Voice is a wind instrument and it takes wind to play it. More accurately, the voice requires sub-glottal pressure that is balanced with the measurement of vocal fold compression, or the vibratory mechanism. 

Respiration Workouts - Part 1
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One of the Four Pillars of a fantastically balanced voice within this vocal training system is strong, consistent respiration habits and coordination. The Voice is a wind instrument and it takes wind to play it. More accurately, the voice requires sub-glottal pressure that is balanced with the measurement of vocal fold compression, or the vibratory mechanism. 

Respiration Workouts - Part 2
10:43

What is, in detail, the lift up / pull back technique and how to train this technique so you can improve your singing voice and become a great singer. 

Lift Up / Pull Back
11:42

An integral component of The Foundation Building Routine and the most essential warm-up in the entire vocal training system. This is a workout routine that you must do every day, especially as a beginner. It will rehabilitate your voice and make your voice stronger and healthy from the fatigue of speaking, and it will prepare your voice for training onsets and moving forward with sirens and other vocalize. Lastly, it is the first step in build the high performance voice you need for singing

Track & Track
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An integral component of The Foundation Building Routine and the most essential warm-up in the entire vocal training system. This is a workout routine that you must do every day, especially as a beginner. It will rehabilitate your voice and make your voice stronger and healthy from the fatigue of speaking, and it will prepare your voice for training onsets and moving forward with sirens and other vocalize. Lastly, it is the first step in build the high performance voice you need for singing

Track & Release Workout
05:42

An integral component of The Foundation Building Routine and the most essential warm-up in the entire vocal training system. This is a workout routine that you must do every day, especially as a beginner. It will rehabilitate your voice and make your voice stronger and healthy from the fatigue of speaking, and it will prepare your voice for training onsets and moving forward with sirens and other vocalize. Lastly, it is the first step in build the high performance voice you need for singing

Release & Sustain
02:22

Training Warm Ups Quiz
3 questions
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Training Onsets
8 Lectures 01:05:40

The Track & Release Onset (T&R) is otherwise known as a semi-occluded phonation, which translates to “partially-closed phonation”. It is probably the easiest onset to learn, and is also characterized by great vocal health benefits. In some sense, it is the first, most fundamental onset to learn. In this lecture, you will learn exactly how to train this onset properly.

Training: The Track & Release Onset
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The Quack & Release Onset (Q&R) is characterized by a hyper compressed closure of the vocal folds by utilizing quack vocal mode. The quack & release onset is primarily used early on in a student’s training, in particular during the Foundation Building Routine. Quack and release is used to build good vocal fold closure/compression across the entire range of the voice, including the chest voice and head voice. In this lecture, you will learn exactly how to train this onset properly.

Training: The Quack & Release Onset
11:29

The Wind & Release onset (W&R) is the most advantageous onset for releasing constriction and improving respiration support. As I work through these onsets myself, and with my students, I have discovered the wind & release onset fixes more problems, more often, than any other onset (probably because it simultaneously releases constriction while engaging the respiratory system). In this lecture, you will learn exactly how to train this onset properly.

Training: The Wind & Release Onset
09:02

The Messa di Voce onset (M&R) is the best onset to train the ability to truly command and control the musculature and respiration of the singing voice. The M&R onset is mostly about coordination. Training this onset will introduce the student of vocal training to all the muscles needed to sing great inside of all registers, in particular, inside of the head voice (M2). In this lecture, you will learn exactly how to train this onset properly.

Training: The Messa di Voice Onset
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The Pulse & Release Onset (P&R) is sometimes referred to as the “light mass” onset. It has the primary benefit of helping singers to release into a phonation that is light mass. The pulse & release onset will make a singing voice feel “floaty”, buoyant, nimble and aesthetically beautiful. In this lecture, you will learn exactly how to train this onset properly.

Training: The Pulse & Release Onset
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The Dampen & Release onset (D&R) is the most important strength building onset of them all. No other onset has resulted in more personal gains for myself and TVS students then the D&R onset. If executed properly, it will configure the larynx and intrinsic musculature perfectly for a dampened position and configuration for belting. After practicing this onset for a few months inside of melodic 5th and octave sirens, as well as other workouts, your voice will noticeably become more “beefy” and stable. In this lecture, you will learn exactly how to train this onset properly.

Preview 08:17

The Attack & Release Onset (A&R) is essentially a glottal attack. A glottal attack is a chaotic, immediate, ‘crashing’ closure of the vocal folds produced by an excessive amount of respiratory velocity. Executed improperly, it can fatigue a singer. Executed properly and it will become the backbone of your belting skills and builds musculature strength in ways that no other onset can. In this lecture, you will learn exactly how to train this onset properly.

Training: The Attack & Release Onset
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The Contract & Release Onset (C&R) was developed out of my interest to train stronger vocalis (TA), (CT) and interarytenoid musculature in the head voice. This is the more “chest-like” musculature inside of the head voice that helps make it sound more belty, without constriction, for a beefier aesthetic. In this lecture, you will learn exactly how to train this onset properly.

Training: The Contract & Release Onset
04:15

Training Onsets Quiz
8 questions
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Training Onsets & Sirens
16 Lectures 02:10:01

The Integrated Training Routines you see in this vocal training system are vocal workouts with intelligence. TVS students and teachers understand that any vocal exercise is not a “workout”. It is an “Integrated Training Routine”. Learn what the difference is in this lecture and why this section is massively significant for your vocal training.

Integrated Training Routines Introduction
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It is the change of frequency that threatens to destabilize your phonation package! Thus, here is where we begin to learn how to maintain a high performance phonation through the spectrum of frequency, and not let our voices begin to weaken, push or destabilize.

Onsets & Sirens Introduction
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One of many vocal workouts you will learn and practice from this vocal training system. This one will help you with coordination and tuning. 

Preview 07:08

One of many vocal workouts you will learn and practice from this vocal training system. This one will help you with coordination and tuning. 

Training: Coordination & Tuning: #2
08:48

One of many vocal workouts you will learn and practice from this vocal training system. This one will help you with coordination and tuning. 

Training: Coordination & Tuning: #3
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One of many vocal workouts you will learn and practice from this vocal training system. This one will help you with coordination and tuning. 

Training: Coordination & Tuning: #4
07:35

One of many vocal workouts you will learn and practice from this vocal training system. This one will help you with coordination and tuning. 

Training: Coordination & Tuning: #5
12:02

One of many vocal workouts you will learn and practice from this vocal training system. This one will help you with strength building. 

Training: Strength Building #1
09:50

One of many vocal workouts you will learn and practice from this vocal training system. This one will help you with strength building. 

Training: Strength Building #2
07:48

One of many vocal workouts you will learn and practice from this vocal training system. This one will help you with strength building. 

Training: Strength Building #3
08:55

One of many vocal workouts you will learn and practice from this vocal training system. This one will help you with strength building. 

Training: Strength Building #4
08:24

One of many vocal workouts you will learn and practice from this vocal training system. This one will help you with strength building. 

Training: Strength Building #5
09:22

One of many vocal workouts you will learn and practice from this vocal training system. This one demonstrates how to train the edging acoustic mode - refer to the Acoustic Modes section of this course if you are not familiar with what this is. 

Training: Acoustic Mode - Edging
09:45

One of many vocal workouts you will learn and practice from this vocal training system. This one demonstrates how to train the neutral acoustic mode - refer to the Acoustic Modes section of this course if you are not familiar with what this is. 

Training: Acoustic Mode - Neutral
06:19

One of many vocal workouts you will learn and practice from this vocal training system. This one demonstrates how to train the curbing acoustic mode - refer to the Acoustic Modes section of this course if you are not familiar with what this is. 

Training: Acoustic Mode - Curbing
06:31

One of many vocal workouts you will learn and practice from this vocal training system. This one demonstrates how to practice groove improvisations.

Training: Groove Improvisations
06:43
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Robert Lunte
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Founder of The Vocalist Studio

Robert Lunte is the owner and founder of The Vocalist Studio (TVS). 

TVS is an Internationally recognized voice training school for singing vocal techniques, public speaking, voice consultation and advanced vocal instruction for teachers. Robert is also the author and producer of the critically acclaimed vocal instruction training course and book, “The Four Pillars of Singing”.

A recognized expert in public speaking, vocal health and technique training, and presenting, Robert Lunte has launched an internationally acclaimed training and coaching program (practiced in 120 countries and 9 languages), written a best-selling book (10K copies sold), produced the one of the world's leading online courses for vocal training (5k students) and built an expansive online community (17K+ members). 

Robert is also the founder of The Modern Vocalist World, the #1 online resource for vocal education and networking on the internet.