🌟 How To Belt – That Singing Show – EP1 – Belting & The Pop Voice – Vocal Coach Video, Singing Tips

🌟 How To Belt – That Singing Show – EP1 – Belting & The Pop Voice – Vocal Coach Video, Singing Tips

Smile Camera Action [Title] That Singing Show Hi my name is Jackie. Hole (Vocal Coach & Belting Queen) I’m a singing teacher a vocal coach and performer. I’m based in the UK And I’m Michael Hill (Vintage Book Geek) and I’m also a vocal coach and singing teacher based in the UK So we’re here to start a new vocal channel called that singing show where we hope to give you some singing hints and tips Help you improve your technique and talk about what’s going on in the industry [Title] EPISODE1 – BELTING and a book review So we’ve been trawling book shops for vintage singing books really I guess to see what they’ve got in them There’s quite a lot of old style teaching that’s still very relevant today So Michael has been looking at some particular books he’s just gonna share his insights with you yep so the first one I found was phenomena of the belt pop voice by Jan Sullivan so really really interesting book it was written in 1985 or published in 1985 and apparently Jan at the time was a Voice teacher in a faculty in Colorado right erm and she was a bit of a pioneer Well ahead of her time because she was teaching belting healthy belting at a time when a lot of the vocal tradition though there, was still very much of the opinion that classical Was the best right or the healthiest no thanks to the world of voice science we know that Any technique can be done in a healthy way and there’s a lot more research into belting but but Jan came up with some really Fascinating stuff particularly about vowel modification (right) which we now know a lot about? Thanks to voice research so for example Before we get into that part can you just explain What what belting is what is belting [Title] What is Belting? So belting is well there are lots of definitions in Jan’s Book she says it’s a sound produced by a vocal mechanism in Which the larynx is slightly higher than the classical voice and the vocal cords are held tightly together for a longer period of time than other types of singing there’s, also people like Lisa Popeil who talks about belting being taking you’re talking voice higher She’s an American voice researcher there’s Estill Jo Estill’s research into belting as a higher larynx thicker fold sound and Of course complete vocal technique who recently published a paper about the vocal modes overdrive and edge as refiners of belting so trying to break it down into different categories Vocally so there are lots of definitions I there but I think most people. Agree that it’s it’s basically calling on pitch I looked on Wikipedia and Essentially it says belting is a technique of singing by which a singer mixes the proportions of their lower and upper resonances Resulting a sound that resembles yelling so it’s actually controlled yelling or controlled shouting which you’ll hear when We move further into the examples yeah so It’s something we all do every day we don’t even think about it you see your friend across the street and go hey and you make a big loud powerful sound but often it seems a bit alien to apply it into to singing and We get many singers right they come in and they’re scared of doing it and they don’t know how to do yeah because it’s noise You sound louder it’s quite shocking when you first hear yourself making such a loud noise but Actually it’s not that loud to the audience it’s only When you start to really yell instead of controlling that yelled that you may come into some kind of trouble yeah and there are certain different rules that come into play and and this book again the belt pop voice by Jan Sullivan she talks about the importance of vowel modifications and Voice science has has shown this to be really important in recent years but actually we all probably knew this anyway When you got to a football match people how do people yell at football match OI EY (presenter yelling) Who’s the Ref So people go OH EH OH EH OH EH OH EH They don’t go OO EE OO EE OO EE OO EE Because it doesn’t work there’s no power in those vowels so she obviously Knew this and that had researched this and she talks about the importance of directing vowels as we go higher in the voice so Importantly just looking up the page in the book she talks about EH and A as really really important belt vowels and If you look up other techniques again like CVT if you look up edge the vowel recommendations for that vocal mode go in that direction and other techniques they Also talk about these as belting vowels Ingo Titze the American voice researcher talks about EH and A belting vowels so EH as in E H – EH EH A liike AAAAA I’ve just hit my thumb with a hammer AAAAA Or like a baby screaming WAAAAAAH exactly so these signs again When we apply them to songs give us more chance to get that thrilling Bellty sound so let’s try it in practice [Title] Belting Examples – REAL LIVE ONES So we went onto google and looked up some songs that people consider to be belting songs we’ve got a few examples that we’re going to try for you which would you like to start with I Think let’s start with let it. Go just to ease you in gently okay, it’s a nice easy one to start off with Let it go here we go got it here so the chorus [Plays Song] Music So let it go Yeah so what could be tricky there for example is the OH Could get a bit a bit less bright bit less belty sounding [Sings] Let It GO, Let It GO So it sounds like I’m pressing if I do the OH [Sings] Let It GO, Let It GO You can hear that it’s starting to become …it’s not hard but it’s gonna press too much so what should I do to change that? So it feels like too much effort when you sing it the way that yes oh really I kind of think I’m coming up – ah And my whole body is just wanting to tense up Yeah, so in that case no it seems silly, when you speak the words on these new vowels but when you sing them it sounds really cool so if you change the OH towards EH and say it let it GEH you might sound like Cartman from South Park when you speak BUT When you sing it it might sound it might feel a lot easier okay so let it go [Sings] Let It GEH, Let It GEH Really easy gosh Really really nuch easier to do it that – so instead of going OH we’re going EH But we can’t necessarily sing it like that because it might sound a bit Not right – I think it sounds not to shabby at the moment a bit like never enough where people are very annoyed about the bid at the end which changes to EH Ahhh Okay, so how would we? Talking about vowel modification how might we modify that back to being more like the OH than the EH? Well one of the things she talks about is that there’s a combination of vowels as we go higher suspect It’s kind of an image really okay there she talks about in in this as you go higher if there’s an EE Like feet which can feel a bit narrow for singers and if you when you go higher if you have a combination of a I and EH Like I from sit and EH like stay so I, yeah Let IT So EH I OE Yeah hey so not let it go it’s EH – I – OE [Sings] EH – I – OE Really easy[Sings] I – A – OE Yeah much much easier yeah because if you go too far towards II and might feel too difficult how about the end ones [modifies vowels] EH the storm rage AAN Done done yeah so Yes, so very very easy much easier for me I should say yeah we were talking about never enough okay, never enough so Because there are words for example in NEVER ENOUGH where she sings for me on the very very high part now for me it could it could sound a bit too far from the lyrics to just go to EH The big Belty songs were here today like never enough from the greatest showmen if you know the song you know that as it comes up to the chorus or the big build-up at the end of the chorus she sings for me In three different pitches forget a high note I think it’s okay a D sharp or something [Sings] EH EH EH So do it on the EH? [Sings] NEVER ENOUGH How does it feel? Is that how you mean? Yeah so but then she goes for me [Sings] For Me For ME (and then the high one) For MEH (yeah) It sounds, feels a bit pressy so is that why she does an EH – [sings] MEH It’s actually much easier yeah see Jan knows her stuff in this book for me for me for meh yeah [sings] for me [sings] for me [sings] for MEH Really really much much easier yeah but actually it’s quite far from the spoken Pronunciation of the word me but it signs great feels easier and people hear the word but yeah get a free sound Instead of something that’s a bit pushed or tight yeah it feels free and I’m prone to pushing quite a lot with [uuuh] Too much tension so this is really really really useful so other ones we’ve got here old school greatest love of all chandelier one that lots of singers always [sings] want to sing is that your hip to the beat moves Jackie 123 [music] Chandelier by Sia So A [sings] AAAAA wanna S IIIIIIII NG – From the Chandelier from the Chandelier Really easy yeah That will be five hundred pounds please Jackie [laughs] Thank you [Title] So What About Male Belters? If you look online for male belt songs there’s some threads that say Men can’t belt which is of course not true So it’s going to be the same for men as it is for women so why don’t we have a look at some male belting Mr. Michael so The main thing again is that when we get quite narrow vowels like EE and OO it can be tricky to make loud So take a word like BE if I was going higher than that. I’m trying to be loud and I go [sings] BE it feels a little bit held, okay so Just for practice I can go and open the vowel up make it a lot wider go to an EH so [Sings] BEH – it feels easy peasy and I even got a little bit of gospel jaw in there (yeah) did you see that Jackie? Love a bit of Gospel Jaw … but obviously in a live situation it’s completely different and one of the reasons I’m prone to Pressed phonation or a lot of subglottal pressure it’s because when you’re live You’re kind of ready for action you get a bit tense so it’s sitting in a chair Standing up in a lesson you’re not in such a pressured environment Unless you’re really nervous so if you were to practice this on your own at home What should you do? [Title] How to Work On Belting & Stay Healthy with no strain If we take some some tips from from this book and from from other vocal techniques about vowel modification Then it’s a good, idea to write out the lyrics Look at where the high notes are and what vowels they’re on and see which ones could be difficult (okay) quite often EE’ – OO – OH – AH They can be quite hard to get Belty sound on so find The nearest bright vowel that you can direct it to some sort of shade as Jan Sullivan says here of EH or A so should I walk around my house going [sings] belting vowels to everysong? It’s a good way of getting into the belt sounds? [laughs] you could do that if you want Jackie but I think the police would probably come but is that a good way to practice it’s just actually singing the song on the vowels yeah Definitely because it takes some of the other things that we need to to worry about the other Consonants and things like that away from the the equation and then you can just focus on the sounds you want and even something that sounds a little bit strange in your speaking range and a high pitch can sound really free and natural, okay [Title] end bit So if you’re interested in exploring belting in your own voice then bear in mind nothing should ever feel uncomfortable Or strain, or tickle in any way when you’re practicing so take care of yourself but Also if you;re in doubt, there are many many great Voice teachers out there who can help you find the sound you want to make in a healthy way but Also just like we’ve always done growing up imitating people listening to people listen to the great belting singers people like Barbra Streisand Whitney Houston back in the day Chaka Khan and nowadays people like Demi Lovato who have got incredible thrilling belty high notes and just listen to what they’re doing and hopefully you’ll hear that they do subtly bend vowels in order to get that really big sound in the voice so listen to them have fun exploring it and yeah HAPPYBELTING and watch the volume because if you’re singing too loud then you’re going to be pushing too hard So you might come out of a happy place and end up straining so get to know your own voice and be very aware of what works for you with regards to volume and Technique because it’s going to be different for every person whereabouts they, end up with that vowel modification so to sum up Belting=controlled shouting how do we find it, we find it using vowels like EH – A Yep and vowel modification is just moving the Word that you’re singing slightly more towards Those kind of sounds the A and the EH in order to get yourself in the right setting So that you can actually sing those notes more effectively and it’s particularly relevant on high notes yeah So have fun get in touch with us if you’ve got any questions and if you’ve got any requests for videos that you’d like us to do then we’re always open to hearing from you and We’ll see you next time and don’t forget to follow us like us and subscribe to our Channel and out! 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  1. Yay a singing channel , great video , I got a question, Got any tips for staying relaxed whilst playing a heavy Les Paul bass for 2/3 hours? after gigs it feels like I’ve been hit by a bus !

  2. I totally hoped they would cover "Be" for a male voice. Specifically for when "Be" is belted out in the line Where you long to BE in The Phantom of the Opera, The Music of the Night. Wow, thank you!

  3. Harmonies! Help… Is there a trick, I follow our lead singers melody like a sheep, not adding much in the way of harmonic interest.

  4. I learned never to make an EE mouth shape, even when singing EE. Every vowel practically is sung with as square a mouth as possible. Otherwise you get a vowel shift and your EE will sound like yeah. You have to close the vowels back down because they tend to shift toward more open vowels as you belt. The other reason for making the square is that you are not peeling your lips back over your teeth, an action which in itself makes your voice get tight. If you are always pushing forward and also very importantly keeping a good soft palate chamber, it's more natural for your voice to stay relaxed.

    I often belt by thinking in terms of exclamations. A note that is really hard to hit can seem suddenly easy when you change the words to "what is THAT??! What are you DOING in here?? who ARE you??" With no particular melody in mind, but just including that note that you fear in the CAPS where I've shown.

    Given the title of your video, I am surprised you don't mentioned warm ups at any point. It is the number one fault of most singers, failure to warm up.

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