BELTING: A Guide to Healthy, Powerful singing
“Belting” presents the facts about belting, how to sing with a belt voice without harm, what approaches work, and which to avoid. The online video and audio exercises provide invaluable instruction, similar to taking a master class with Professor Gagné.
Amazon.com review: “I am a vocal instructor that specializes in vocal techniques. I have been teaching for over 25 years now and have read AND practiced with all of the books I have ever read over time to see what worked and what didn’t. I felt compelled to write a review of this book. This book is probably THE BEST book I’ve ever read on this subject. Additionally, the videos are spot on. Ms. Gagne is an EXCELLENT instructor. It is amazing to me how good she is at conveying the message through book and video alone. It’s like taking an in person lesson with her. I strongly recommend this book to anyone that is trying to learn how to belt correctly. I can’t tell you how many books I have read on this subject and the subject of mixed voice. This book is a keeper and a book you should keep handy for reminders of what is correct and incorrect should you begin to run into trouble somewhere down the line with this style of singing. Thank You, Ms. Gagne for such an easy read, easy to understand, easy to work with, and most effective book.”
Belting is a strong way of singing that has become very popular in contemporary styles. It is heard in everything from rock to hip-hop to pop to musical theater to the plethora of award shows.
But there is a great deal of confusion – and misinformation – about what belting is and how to do it well, and healthfully. If used poorly, belting can definitely damage the voice. But when used properly, belting is safe. Numerous famous singers have belted their way to injury or even lost their voices, sometimes permanently. And many voice teachers believe (incorrectly) that belting is simply bad, physically and aesthetically. So, singing students are getting mixed messages. They hear their favorite artists belt-singing throughout their favorite music, yet the resources teaching healthy belting techniques are few and far between.
Belting – the first book of its kind – seeks to remedy the situation. The fact is, belting can be done effectively without causing strain or injury. The online video and audio examples demonstrate how with important techniques and useful exercises (Berklee Press).
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