The word belting can be used as a noun (as in belter), it can be used as a verb (as in belting) and can also be used as an adjective (as in belt song).
In this article, we are going to illuminate belting as a musical concept and show you how to achieve belting in a short period of time.
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Belting is the ability to sing with the head voice with the intensity of the chest voice.
I’ll encourage you to take a bold step by checking out what chest and head voice is before you move on.
Belting can also be a powerful and intensive vocal quality that can be heard even when there is no means of amplification.
Belting comes with diverse varieties even though they are most times confusing. It is confusing because the kind of music that calls for it has evolved and so does belting and also, the perspective to how belting can be done effectively is not consensus as most vocalist have their unique way of producing the sound (belting).
Belting is widely found and used in various genres of music now but it wasn’t so. In fact, prior to the boom of contemporary music, belting was never believed to be part of musical techniques as it was discouraged in all the colleges offering formal vocal training the world over.
Let’s get to how you can belt successful.
There are ways in which you can belt right and your belting can equally be bad. This means you can either belt the right way or belt wrongly.
We are going to be discussing healthy belting.
What is healthy belting?
Healthy belting is when your speech is extended.
To be frank, if your speaking voice (particularly your lower notes) is not smooth and strong, your natural ability to belt may be limited but not to worry. We got you covered.
Belting can also be said to be healthy when it is produced with an intensity and power of a trumpet-like sound. However, this must be done without your voice feeling stressed or fatigued.
While singing, it requires a reasonable breath support which is created through a conscious use of muscles within the abdominal region to achieve this.
Note that belting does not require the same amount of air needed for classical singing as classical singers barely belt or do not belt at all.
Belting can sometimes come with vibrato and sometimes may not come with it. It all depends on the singer.
Learn how to achieve vibrato in minutes.
Belting may not get to the highest pitch of the range of the singer and most singers belt up to a reasonable pitch though.
If you’re a classical singer and you would love to sing the belting technique, then you have to learn how to switch your vocal gears to suit belting.
If you must get a tutor to teach you belting, make sure to know that such teachers are belters who are conversant with repertoires that are connected with belting and are also themselves good classical singers and even other styles of singing. This is because most self-acclaimed belt teachers are not trained belters and most of them are not experienced professionals in such field. Watch out for them!
Can I sing or make the belt sound without training?
My answer is yes!
Yes but it can only be done through trial and error and even imitation. The only problem is that it’ll take you longer than when you’re trained.
The nitty-gritty/things you must know about belting
- Most classical singers who are now teaching belting were taught that belting can cause huge damage to the voice (vocal cords and folds) and thus were discouraged greatly from practicing belting.
This theory though still in practice is old-fashioned. Up until this moment, many classically trained singers are discouraged greatly from belting.
- Screaming, yelling, forcing, excess nasality, pushing are detrimental to both vocal health and your general health. Belting should be done freely, comfortably, easily and moreso, the singer should be well relaxed while belting or singing in general.
Learn to sing even the high pitched sounds effortlessly.
- Make sure your head, face, body and your neck sync. We understand that when the sound gets higher, the body seems to respond with some movements but then, keep the movement on check.
- If the sound feels good while sounding awkward; it means there is something you’re missing out. If it sounds good but the feeling it gives you is an uneasy one then be sceptical to know the root cause of that but if it sounds good and you feel good too then congratulations, you’ve nailed it.
- If your teacher constantly skips your questions on belting, it means he or she is not vested with the nitty-gritty of belting. Find a new teacher. Good teachers with wide knowledge of topics like this do not skip questions.
- Note this one: if after doing the much you can and your voice still sounds awkward then seek medical help. I mean see an OTOLARYNGOLOGIST. There’s a possibility you have a vocal problem. If you persist, you may end up destroying your vocal cords which may inturn stop you from singing for life.
I hope this helped you!
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