Maestro David Kyle - Voice Coach to the Stars

Feb 08, 2018

PASSING THE TORCH | Musical Mentors Worth Their Weight In Gold

Once in a while, a great teacher may come along who lifts you up. A mentor who changes your life in immeasurable ways — who leaves a gleaming handprint on your mind and your heart, and whose light then lives on with you forever. A voice coach who is worth their weight in gold.

The late Maestro David P. Kyle was precisely that kind of musical mentor for countless accomplished singers over the years. Geoff Tate of Queensrÿche, Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, and Ann Wilson of Heart — these legendary rockers all trusted Maestro Kyle for their vocal coaching.

Not one to be pigeonholed into any one musical genre, “The Maestro” also trained many famous Metropolitan Opera singers — Marilyn Horne, Jesse Thomas, and Frederica Von Stade all studied under him.

Maestro Kyle’s Seattle vocal studio was practically wallpapered with framed and autographed photos of luminaries from his years...

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Sing Through Your Vocal Break! - Musculature for Belting

Jul 17, 2017


The thyroid arytenoid (TA) is the muscle that is primarily responsible for chest voice sound color. Thus, for purposes of simplification we could say that chest voice is a TA dominant phonation. This applies to speech mode so when you speak, you could say you’re sound color comes from a very TA dominant phonation. In contrast, the Cricothyroid musculature (CA) is primarily responsible for the change in pitch. Thus, when you belt, you want to engage the CA for the increase in pitch while using the TA muscle to maintain the dark sound color of chest voice when singing high.

In the video, Robert Lunte explains how the engagement or disengagement of the TA muscle affects the sound color in your singing. If your TA musculature releases when you sing high (something that most of us intuitively do), your sound color will be falsetto-ish and you’ll get that break in the middle. In the video, Robert demonstrates with an animation what happens when the TA musculature...

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Vocal Registers: The Vibratory Mechanism

Nov 03, 2012

Head Voice & Chest Voice Science

Let’s talk about how we define vocal registers: having made a defense for the ubiquitous benefits of the ‘chest/head’ metaphor, one thing that it is not, is it is not good science. Therefore, at TVS 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 system is known as the “Vibratory Mechanism” definitions of vocal registration.

The French research team of Roubeau, Henrich, and Castellengo, have given us a simple and accurate description of our laryngeal vibratory mechanisms. It is based on what the vocal folds/cords are doing, or how they are vibrating and making sound when singing. The very real registration changes we all feel are very much to do with what is happening with inside the larynx. We will expand again on the vibratory...

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