Sing Through Your Vocal Break! - Musculature for Belting

Jul 17, 2017


The thyroid arytenoid (TA) is the muscle that is primarily responsible for chest voice sound color. Thus, for purposes of simplification we could say that chest voice is a TA dominant phonation. This applies to speech mode so when you speak, you could say you’re sound color comes from a very TA dominant phonation. In contrast, the Cricothyroid musculature (CA) is primarily responsible for the change in pitch. Thus, when you belt, you want to engage the CA for the increase in pitch while using the TA muscle to maintain the dark sound color of chest voice when singing high.

In the video, Robert Lunte explains how the engagement or disengagement of the TA muscle affects the sound color in your singing. If your TA musculature releases when you sing high (something that most of us intuitively do), your sound color will be falsetto-ish and you’ll get that break in the middle. In the video, Robert demonstrates with an animation what happens when the TA musculature...

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How to find your belting register

May 09, 2017

Intro to Belting

Belt training is one of the most important things you should do in your practice routines. Practicing Belt not only gives you powerful notes to impress, but it also has the byproduct of helping you build strength. In a sense, belting is also a type of resistance training.

Before moving forward though, we just want to clarify a few things. First, although belting exercises aren’t inherently dangerous, belting is not something we’d recommend a beginner to work on right off the bat. If you haven’t developed a foundation from working on the coordination onsets and similar exercises, know that there’s a risk of hurting yourself while working on belting. Some things to consider before you start working on your belt is to make sure you are able to sing in pitch, shape your embouchure, tune the formant, buzz on nasal consonants, and bridge registers before you work this type of resistance training. Know that diving into belt techniques without a...

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