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How to Belt without Ruining Your Voice | Vocal Lessons

How to Belt without Ruining Your Voice | Vocal Lessons

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  • My way of seeing it is, instead of pushing the vocal chords, bounce off of the vocal chords.

  • I'm working on belting with my voice teacher. Mostly in the mixed area. I'm trying to figure out how to understand what it is supposed to feel like physically. I'm used to singing in the high register. I'm a high light soprano btw.

  • You have to warm up in order to keep your voice in check, and you have to do it daily. I mean you wouldn't only workout on days you'd think you'd need to wear a bathing suit, so why would you only workout your voice on days you think you'd be singing? Also the same vocal exercises you use to warm up, you should also use again after you're done singing to cool your voice down again. I'm sure that if you warm your voice up it'd help you hit those notes. I hope I helped you a bit. Good luck! 🙂 Xx

  • Good stuff and all, but here's a tip… just sing. I sing metal/hard rock all the time. I'm constantly belting and screaming and singing with a "raspy" type of sound which are all things that are supposed to destroy your voice, and I keep getting better. So I think you either suck or you don't. You can polish a terd, but in the end it's still a terd.

  • it depends on the rasp, there is a technique known as vocal fry which is good for all voices in general, and most type of rock "screams" involve that

  • My vocal coach has been trying to get me to do this but it didn't really click until you just explained it. Thank you.

  • How is it a positive thing to take more breath if you have to slow the airflow down? It's harder to resist more breath, and you're more likely to push or leak. The best thing you can try is a bit of breath experimentation, breathe out, don't breathe in and try to sing. Then try taking a "speaking" breath i.e. the height of your normal in breath then sing. Finally take a "singing" breath (deep breath) and try to sing. You will almost certainly find your vocal folds make the most comfortable contact with the 1st or 2nd one. You can sing for at least 5 seconds after breathing out, 8-12 seconds on a "speaking" breath and the big question in my mind after that is why would you EVER want to take a deeper breath than that? How many songs do you need more than 12 seconds of airflow unless you are singing in a breathy way?

  • Ha easier said than done! But I am practicing this every day. Opening my mouth and relaxing my jaw helps a lot, and placing my hand on my diaphragm to make sure it's doing the work and not my pesky little wanting-to-participate throat. How do you keep your larynx relaxed through a whole phrase as when you speak?

  • Singing is super easy and super simple when you get the technique down. It should feel comfy like talking. Use YOUR natural voice! (Just for the others reading).

  • Nice! I'm not even a singer, just a listener, but this helps me understand what singers are doing.
    To the two people who asked why people become vocal coaches instead of singers. I'm just guessing, but maybe 1) a more secure income; 2) less music-industry bs; and 3) a genuine desire to help other people realize their talent.

  • This actually works! Why don't many musicians use this technique, sometimes it sounds like they're just yelling..,

  • You teach this better than I have ever heard it taught by any vocal coach.  Thanks so much for the video.  #LeahThompson

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  • THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!! before watching this, i was starting to get really annoyed when i tried/failed to belt with a niceish sound. thank you this really works. the first time i used your technique i instantly sounded better! amazing

  • But there are some passages in singing where you really have to use your physical muscles (of the throat) to sing. Not because they're hard to sing, but because that's the style of them. Is it safe to do one or two of those from time to time ?

  • OuO everything is soo clear now….now i know when i song at school my neck starts to hurt its becuse of that…..THANKS now i know how to do it correctly 😛 still cant spell correctly

  • 2 things
    1) if you use more breath the vocal cords will struggle to remain in good contact. Breath is only used for length of phrase, not for volume or power.
    2) if you use a bigger space with your mouth wider you will lock your larynx down making it much more difficult to get it higher where it needs to be for belting.

    You are right about not hitting the note with force however.

  • Background music while someone is demonstrating vocals in a completely different key…. What in the world was the video editor thinking?

  • BABES! … when you 'belted' :/ at the start your tongue was higher and there was less space … When you showed how not to do it your tongue dropped and the back of it pushed down granted … but you just contradicted yourself … and you didn't actually 'belt' … don't explain what's happening inside your mouth then have a close up on it showing the complete opposite …

  • I am so happy you explained that you must TRAIN the voice to belt, and exercise it. As a vocal coach myself, it drive me insane when vocal coaches claim a fast route to belting. I love your videos. Thank you for sharing!

  • I still don't get it. I want to know which part of my throat, mouth, and muscle I should use in order to achieve a belting sound. I feel as though my belting sounds restricted. It just sound weird. It's a completely different voice. I might be using my head voice to belt…somebody help me!! 🙁

  • I open my mouth but I have problem because I'm blocking the note from coming out of the nose too (I mean nasal resonance) and that's bad because I don't belt with "power", any help :/ ?

  • Hello! Thanks for posting. Tell me: How "high" is it possible to belt? I studied classical opera singing and have a quite string and dynamic voice. My belting works fine up to f''-sharp – but above this it changes into a mix of head and whistle register …. so: what to do?

  • Wow, awesome when you sang the "Stay" thing! I've haven't learned anything from you yet, but I have super high expectations 🙂 But AHH, why does singing need to so much thinking Dx Well, I'll do whatever it takes

  • Dear mamI am learning singing and doing practice for 3 months almost regularly every day. I spend about two hours daily as follows:  I drink 4-5 glasses of water and start practice with a VOCAL warmup using humming etc. for 15-25 minutesThen I start practicing scales for 30 min to 1 hour minimum.Then I sing my favorite songs for about an hour. The problem I am facing is that my voice is not getting stronger and it cracks a lot. I feel pain in throat every day when I start practice. Then after warm up it gets a little bit better but I never had a relaxed throat. Sometimes I feel some pain in the VOCAL CHORDS. I have tried everything I could such as Gargles, different types of  herbal tea with lemon, ginger and honey, different lozenges in the market such as, Strepsils, Thayers, etc., and also ASPIRIN TABLETS. I donot get a permanent relief and voice keeps on cracking when I sing. My questions are:How can I have a string voice without any cracks?What remedies would you recommend?Any medicines?Shall I continue practice? Will it improve the situation or it will get worse?Did you have any student like me in the past and how did he/she overcome this situation of sore throat and cracking voice. Some times I take a vocal rest for a day or two but still it stays the same when I start again. Your help will be highly appreciated.Very best regards

  • Okay but if you take a big low breath … that is gonna drive through the vocal folds and not keep them shut… the long closed phase of the folds is what gives the thick sound. If you put too much subglottic pressure under the folds then what you're actually saying regarding breath is contradicting everything else you are saying… and actually what you're demonstrating is not actually belting.

  • Good demonstration of mixed voice or mixed belt. Belting without straining your voice is called MIXED VOICE. Belting can only go so high, then you must mix head and chest voice!

  • The mixed or middle voice is such a wonderful and healthy way to sing. Her mix is beautiful. Don't go to high in your chest because your vocal folds are not meant to do that.

  • Thanks for the help! I'm currently starring in a school musical. We're doing The Book Of Mormon! And as Elder Price I always had trouble with "I believe" and the end of "You and Me (But mostly me). This really helped though!

  • Omg that was so fast but it was the most helping vid on how to belt, i understand it all now thank you so so much

  • Hello everyone. Can someone enlighten me with my voice bcs Im a singer in our church and after singing I always lose my voice and then i went to the doctor and he says that i have a nodules. What should i do? I think im singing the wrong way

  • Thank you. Now I can sing as loud as I want in my car and not have a broken voice when I get home.

  • Great video! I'll mention that I wouldn't teach belting until the student had clearly developed the AES muscle, but as you said, breath support is also essential (that is something that beginners can learn quickly, fortunately). Also, I think it would be good if the student demonstrated the ability to generate overtone sounds, as you can sort of ride an overtone into a belt. For those interested, my blog is at: learningtosing.wordpress.com

  • Belting is a meme technique that pop singers use to gain volume and reach higher notes but for reasons I don't know yet, people don't want to learn lyrical singing because it's harder and it takes much longer to master, but the results are far better and lasting. Also the technique itself could be dangerous and it's just a shortcut to real learning.

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