I stumbled on this video and it prompted me to write this post. Take a moment and watch this first. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5eKV3AgxJY
Expert Village should be ashamed of themselves for posting this. It certainly has tarnished my impression of anything they post as being “expert”.
First, let me state….I’m no expert! However, I do try to keep up with the latest information about belting.
Let’s first look at what’s wrong with this video instruction:
To simply state that belting is speech-like shouting (as in her demonstration) is not going to help any singer learn how to belt!
Here are my recommendations:
First, every singer who wants to understand and learn to “belt” needs to know where their register shifts are, and what they feel like.
Belting in it’s safest form should be coordinated through a balance of all registers….chest/middle/head. If the note being belted is in the chest voice range, it is safest to have at least a component of middle to head voice resonance in a balanced coordination that is manageable by the singer.
This video is implying that belting is simply shouting. If that were the case, belting would only be harmful to the voice. That is incorrect, belting can be done efficiently without harm. BUT, not by watching this video!!