The Robert Lunte and TVS Inspiration Story
I wanted to sound heroic and powerful when singing high
From an early age, when I was growing up in a small town in Idaho, I was captivated by a dream of singing on stage in front of huge crowds and doing so, sounding huge on the top end.
I wanted to be able to take crowds on a journey with the music that was pouring out from the speakers, music that I and my band would flawlessly pump into the space.
Along the way to making that dream a reality, I faced the exact same challenges that you’re likely now facing.
I know the kind of frustration you’ve been dealing with
Like you, I was a singer who poured my heart into dreaming about singing amazing but just didn't know how to create the vocal sounds I wanted.
My voice would push. I’d try to belt high notes that I heard my heroes sing, but all that would come out was a weak and airy falsetto voice.
I’d try to scream with some passionate grit to give a song some edge, and then I couldn’t talk for a week. Not a great thing to do when you’re trying to be the cool lead singer in a band and build a healthy voice.
How I solved the problem
I committed to voice training in a serious way. I was fortunate enough to study with some of the best vocal coaches in the business when high male, theatrical voices were the fashion. This put me on a path towards studying how to expand the range and make the head voice sound chesty.
I studied with the late Maestro David Kyle, who trained Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, Geoff Tate of Queensrÿche, Layne Staley of Alice In Chains, Ann Wilson, and many others.
After a lot of commitment and training, the dream came true for me. I made it to the stage, with a huge heroic vocal range. It was everything I thought it would be…and more.
The TVS methodology was born
In 1997 I started teaching voice. Through many years of experimentation, trial and error and the courage to innovate with my own ideas, I developed an effective vocal training pedagogy. That pedagogy is what The Vocalist Studio method is today, and is what my flagship online singing course, The Four Pillars of Singing, takes thousands of singers through every day around the world.
Robert Lunte's Vocal Teachers
Maestro David P. Kyle
Legendary Contemporary Voice Coach
Vocal teacher for rock, metal and jazz singers for over 50 years. The “Maestro” became a local Seattle icon and was considered by the industry to be one of the best vocal instructors for contemporary singers in the country. Unique to the “Maestro’s” approach was his method for expanding vocal range into multiple “registers”, while eliminating psychological barriers that hinder singers’ freedom of expression, by use of creative visualization techniques.
The use of amplification and embracing technology was also an important part of the “Kyle” experience. The TVS Method with is today presented in Robert Lunte’s “The Four Pillars of Singing” book and course, offers several concepts and vocalize from Maestro Kyle’s teachings, in addition to the original concepts developed by Lunte.
Today at The Vocalist Studio, vocalists continue to work with eleven essential Maestro Kyle workouts designed for bridging and head voice development, in addition to new vocalizes developed and researched by Robert Lunte to round out the repertoire of TVS vocalizes and techniques. The innovation of training with amplification continues has also been a cornerstone of TVS training, also inspired by the late Maestro Kyle. The TVS Method.
Professor Dr. David Alt
Dr. David Alt, Professor (Voice)Chair, Department of Vocal Performance, and Program Director for Musical Theatre
Received a D.M.A. degree from the University of Iowa and a Certificate from the Conservatoire de Musique, Geneva, Switzerland. Alt studied opera with Wesley Balk, Minnesota Opera Institute, and voice with the French baritone Gerard Souzay and soprano Maralin Niska. Nominated for the Carbonell Award for Best Actor for his work in Brecht on Brecht, Alt has been heard in reviews of the music of Bernstein, Coward, Gershwin, Berlin, Sondheim, and Weill.
He also has performed with the New World Symphony, the Deerfield Beach Symphony, the Miami Bach Society, the Chamber Singers of Iowa City Bach Festival, the St. Louis Municipal Opera, the Quad City (Illinois) Symphony, the Southeast Iowa Symphony, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Carmel (California) Bach Festival, and New Theatre in Coral Gables. Alt’s articles have appeared in journals of the Music Educator’s National Conference, American Choral Directors, and National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Robert Lunte studied classical technique with Dr. Alt from 1988-1992 at the University of Miami where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Voice and Music Industry/Business. As a result of Robert Lunte’s work with Dr. Alt, he was exposed to a large repertoire of classical aria and art songs for Baritone voice. Robert’s work with Dr. Alt helped develop classical theory and baritone formant, melodic analysis, music theory, articulation and text interpretation.
Renown Estillian & Voice Coach
Robert trained under the tutelage of Peter Egan, one of the world’s leading experts on Estill Voice training. The Estill Voice Model with compulsory figures for Voice is an approach to voice training and speech pathologists. Figures for voice control include mastering 13 structures along the vocal tract and laryngeal mechanism.
The Estill system focuses on the study of, and the ability to, produce six vocal qualities; speech, Sob, Falsetto, Twang, Opera, and Belt. Training with Estill focuses on both craft and artistry. Craft is learning how to control the various structural components of the voice. Artistry is the application of the craft to the art and this has become an important value that underlines the consciousness of each TVS vocal athlete. The TVS Method offers a set of 8 “Physical Modes” that are inspired by the EVTS “figures” or vocal modes. Robert Lunte has added two additional physical modes to the EVTS 6, quack and distortion modes. The TVS physical modes are; speech, sob, opera, falsetto, twang, belt, quack and distortion.
Phonetics and Vocal Formant Expert
Robert studies with Steven Fraser, noted expert on vowel modification, phonetics, and formants for singing. Mr. Fraser is a recognized expert in the analysis of spectrograph analysis of singing. Mr. Fraser has a Bachelor’s in Vocal Music Education from Millikin University and a Master’s in Choral Conducting from Washington University in St. Louis.
A spectrogram is a time-varying spectral representation (forming an image) that shows how the spectral density of a signal varies with time. In the field of Time-Frequency Signal Processing, it is one of the most popular quadratic Time-Frequency Distribution that represents a signal in a joint time-frequency domain and that has the property of being positive. Also known as spectral voiceprints or voicegrams, spectrograms are used to identify phonetic sounds, to analyze the harmonics and formants of singers to help a singer tune dominate harmonics to create the desired effect in singing. Spectrograms are useful in assisting in overcoming speech defects and in speech training for the portion of the population that is profoundly deaf.
With the help of Mr. Fraser’s instruction on the acoustics of singing, the TVS Method has been able to present a new way of associating visual colors with 10 fundamental singing vowels or formants. This innovation enables students and teachers to be able to “see” singing formants in the context of training, modification, and tuning of the formants. The end result is a much greater understanding and grasp of the abstract and complexity of singing acoustics.
Additional people and sources of wisdom that influence the TVS voice pedagogy
Dr. Sundberg & Dr. Scherer
Dr. Robert Sadoloff & Robert Lunte
Robert Lunte & Cathrine Sadolin (CVI)
Dr. Ingo Titze & Robert Lunte
Mary Klimeck (Estill) & Robert Lunte
Dr. Robert Edwin & Robert Lunte
The TVS Method is the fastest growing method of voice training in the world today. Credibility equals an endorsement by thousands of singers, voice coaches and pro audio sponsors around the world.
When you want real tangible understanding and results for your vocal athletic skills, choose TVS.