Learn How To Belt Safely

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You may have seen ads for auditions

that say something like:
“Singers wanted for musical theater production. 2 octaves g to g. Belting and legit.”

“Legit" refers to operatic quality.


What is belting or belt voice?

Belting is that high loud voice quality you often hear when you listen to American Musical theater, Pop, Gospel, old school R&B, and rock and roll to name a few. Belting is exciting to listen to.

Belting is a voice quality that many classical singers and teachers tend to frown upon. When sung in a foreign language by a high powerful dramatic male voice its sometimes called Opera.

Belting can, when done incorrectly, endanger vocal health.

Belting is not dangerous if done correctly

This figure teaches the student how to keep the feeling of an open throat (retracted false folds). If it scratches or tickles at the larynx when you sing you are constricting the false vocal folds which can lead to voice problems. The silent laugh technique, developed into an exercise by Jo Estill, is widely cited as reducing false vocal fold constriction. Belting is not speech quality or chest voice taken up.

Belting is not driving the breath harder in fact because of the thickness of the vocal fold body cover and the long closed phase of the vibratory cycle, belting uses less breath than softer qualities.

Belting is not difficult to learn.

Learn how to belt safely!

Born | Montreal, 1951