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    The vocal athlete: Physiology of belting

     alt=Physiology of Vocal belting
    One researcher, Jo Estill, has conducted research on the belting voice and describes the belting voice as an extremely muscular and physical way of singing. When observing the vocal tract and torso of singers, while belting, Estill observed:

    • Minimal airflow (longer closed phase (70% or greater) than in any other type of phonation)
    Belting often requires more frequent breaths with less lung volume
    ( http://www.tomburkevoice.com/2015/04/belting/ ).

    • Maximum muscular engagement of the torso (in Estill Voice Training terminology this is known as Torso Control or Anchoring)

    • Engagement of muscles in the head and neck in order to stabilize the larynx) (in Estill Voice Training terminology this is known as Head and Neck Control or Anchoring)

    • A downwards tilt of the cricoid cartilage (an alternative option would be the thyroid tilting backwards. Observations show a larger CT space)

    • High positioning of the larynx

    • Maximum muscular effort of the extrinsic laryngeal muscles, minimum effort at the level of the true vocal folds.

    • Narrowing of the aryepiglottic sphincter (the “twanger”)

    • high tongue fills up the mouth making a smaller resonating space. Smaller spaces help resonate higher frequencies.

    • Diction tricks help make it easier.
     /f/ of “Finished?!” say /pf/ or “PFinished” …. PFaithfully 🙂
     /W/ If you tap your molars together as you say the /w/ you’ll increase the power of the sound and word.
     /B / explodes the /b/ for “beginning.”
     other nasal consonants, you have to lengthen nasal consonants. lengthens the /m/ of “time.”

    To see each of these techniques in action :
     Listen to the diction.
     Watch their breathing- more frequent breaths.
     Listen for the thickness
     Watch how they raise their heads when belting.
     Look for that high back part of the tongue fill up the mouth




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