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How to Belt Out a Song

Learn the belting singing style in this Howcast online singing lesson featuring singer Anya Singleton.


Hi. I'm Anya Singleton. We're going to talk about how to learn the belting singing style.

It's important to know whether that's something that your voice is comfortable doing. I think the answer to that question is, when you're singing and you're getting up . . . belting notes usually around here, here, here; I say in this zone. I have a C an octave above Middle-C, and then I'm just going to a C- Sharp, D, D-Sharp, E; those are what most women consider high-belting notes. If you need to switch into your falsetto, or what we call the high frame of your voice, then you're probably not a belter. If you can carry your chest voice almost all the way up through there, and maybe you have to mix it a little but it still is a powerful sound, then you're going to be a belter. I think the thing to think about is if you are belting, especially if you have to . . . a lot of belty songs are written so that you keep coming back to these high notes. What you have to think about is; how you are going to sustain that through the whole song?

If you're going to learn how to do it, you want to think about where you can breathe, because you're going to need a breath in before you have those, what we call money notes. Also, you want to think about; how am I going to approach this note each time? Let's say you have a song that's fairly repetitive and you have a lot of these Cs that keep coming in, but maybe you want to attack it a different way. Maybe one time you want to come in, you want to be slightly behind the beat. Maybe next time you want to bring some of the falsetto down and mix it a little so that it's supported in a way where you're not blowing it out. You never want to do anything where it's strained. If it's not a comfortable fit for you, then don't do it. I think in terms of learning the belting style, you can always start by singing it in a little bit of a lower key, and then working on practicing by raising it up a step. That's what I would do.

If you really want to learn how to belt, and it's not a natural fit for you, then drop it, what we would say, a third. Just drop it down a little bit, start singing it there, feel comfortable with the song, really feel like you're nailing those high notes, and as you get more comfortable and you practice more, then you can start raising the key to the song so that you can . . . because if you can do it and you really nail it even longer, chances are if you keep practicing, you'll be able to nail the actual notes. I think that's the best way to learn the belting singing style, don't be stressed out over the key; change the key and grow. I think that's the best way to do it, because if you try to do something that's not a natural fit for your voice, it's just going to be very frustrating, and you want to really feel like, I can really sing this song and I feel good singing it.

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