Peter Egan, whom many of you probably do not know, was a major influence on the TVS program.
He and Robert worked together for about two years during Robert’s earlier voice coaching days.
“On my journey as a voice coach, I have typically found myself marching to the beat of my own drum. I did not fit in with the traditional classical teachers and was never interested in studying and training in that fashion”, said Robert.
“It was always contemporary commercial music and extreme techniques for pop and rock singers that drew me to the art”
This may have been what initially drew Peter to Robert.
Peter would go on to tutor Robert on Estill Voice Training, which dealt with the physical configurations for the singing mechanism. He would soon learn about the physiology of the larynx and how it could be studied, taught, and trained, for better command and control of the voice.
After many years of studying with Peter, Robert would craft a vocal program based around the physical configurations of the Larynx, which dealt with vocal modes.
The TVS Physical Modes
The TVS Physical Modes are a big part of the current TVS program and many of the techniques that we learn in the program were originally inspired by the tutelage with Maestro Egan.
The eight unique modes that we use in the TVS program are physiological configurations of the larynx and surrounding muscles, which can create particular sounds or acoustic effects with the voice. Though modes are primarily for technique development, they also help singers to have a better understanding of the various configurations that the larynx can adopt.
Here in the TVS program, we have eight physical modes, each of which has a distinct characteristic:
The TVS Acoustic Modes
The acoustic modes utilize the same idea as the physical modes with different groups and categorizations, though acoustic modes are families or groups of singing vowels that share similar acoustic resonant energy properties (where the resonant energy is vibrating in your vocal tract) and sound color characteristics.
Acoustic modes are here to help singers better understand the different singing vowels and their different sounds/colors, as vowels are foundational for singing. TVS has three acoustic modes, including:
- Edging Vowels – Vowels that resonate forward in the pallet creating a more metallic sound
- Curbing Vowels – Vowels that have resonant energy low and behind the head creating a warmer, soulful sound
- Neutral Vowels – Vowels that resonate in the center of the pallet with a neutral sound
Though Maestro Egan passed on over a decade ago, he left behind a legacy through the TVS program. As of today, the Vocalist Studio has served over 100,000 singers worldwide, as well as over nine online courses.
If you are interested in learning more about vocal modes to help take your voice to the next level, make sure to pick up a copy of The Four Pillars Of Singing or check out Robert’s many vocal courses on Udemy.