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Yo! 🙂

It’s been a while, and if you’re wondering how come I’ve been missing, it’s because my website got hacked! And then it crashed for quite some time before I could get it back up :_( But all is fixed, and I’m back!

I decided to drop a Vlog on Vocal Gears™ and also do some song analysing, which I normally do in my vocal lessons. The song I’ve picked for you today’s Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold” – not just because it’s generally considered a difficult song to sing, but because I love it, and I love her vocal performance in it.

If you are a male singer, you’ll probably want to try the vocal tips I’m dropping in this Vlog one or two tones lower (if you’re new to belting). However, if you are doing it right (belting it right), you should be able to sing those high notes of this song in the actual key 🙂

Most of the time, people find songs like these hard to sing because it sits very high in the vocal range, which requires us to sing in our head voices. And, if a singer is not used to singing in/with the head voice,  normally what happens is, a singer would end up not being able to reach those high notes at all, or singing all those high notes in a very soft/gentle volume. This is because it’s quite normal for singers who are not used to singing in/with their head voices to end up singing high notes only in one Vocal Gear, “Frost“.

Check out the video to hear what “Frost” sounds like. It’s generally a sweeter, smoother, airier sounding gear – which can work pretty well in an acoustic sort of performance where you want to sound gentler, smokier/jazzier, or simply quieter and more suited for easy-listening.

If you want to get a little bit louder, but not too loud, or you find yourself singing at medium volume when you sing that high in your vocal range and can’t seem to get any louder, you’re probably singing in the Vocal Gear, “Cry“. Again,  check out the video to hear what “Cry” sounds like. As this Vocal Gear is medium loud, the volume per say, is not all that “stunning” as compared to belting. But in most environments/setups, singing with this gear has a volume that is sufficiently loud to be emotional and to be heard over a band.

For live performances, if you really wanna blow people away with your vocal projection, out of all the Vocal Gears, the most impressive in volume would be “Belt“. Watch the video and compare the differences in the volume and tone quality of the voice that you get when you sing in “Belt”, as compared to the Vocal Gears, “Cry” and “Frost”. You’ll notice that the volume in “Belt” is instantly much louder, and in somewhat, a piercing way, to the point that the man behind the camera, Steven (our videographer), had to take quite a few steps back to prevent the mic from popping in response to the loud vocal projection of this Vocal Gear.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that Belting is not a good gear to use when singing or recording your voice with mics – it really depends on what compressor you use with your mic. In this video, I’m not using any, so there’s no special mic or compressors 😉

Now how do we belt this song like Demi Lovato? And why would you ever want to belt? 😛

Belting is helpful and extremely effective whenever we want to have better vocal control and a much louder vocal projection (volume) while singing very high notes.

Before we go into the 3 quick steps on how to belt though, just in case you’re confused as to what “head voice” is and all that, I drew out an illustration to explain your vocal range & “voices” (vocal registers). Check it out in the video. I also did a Vlog just a while ago on Vocal Registers, that will help you understand better what Vocal Registers are and how to access them.

Alright, so here’s the 3 Quick Steps to Belting:

  1. Use Your Head Voice
    • As the notes of the song are sitting in your high mix and head voice area, we’ll have to use the high mix and head voice. This is to make sure that those notes can be sung comfortably. When singing in the head voice, it can feel like our voices are really light, therefore the head voice can often be mistaken as the voice that is unable to go loud. However, when you sing in your head voice with the right Vocal Gear, such as “Belt”, those high notes can sound very chesty and loud, while feeling super easy & comfortable 🙂
  2. Use That Nasty Sound
    • Add the “twangy” sound to your voice – it’s a nasty sound, which can sound quite annoying if you talk with it or just say a couple of words with it. When you use it a lot in your singing, it can also have the same effect – therefore, how much you want to use in your singing is entirely up to you. However, using enough of it’s vital in protecting your voice from damage as you sing powerfully on those high notes. Not having enough of this “nasty twang” in your voice can lead to vocal strain, and your voice will definitely not be as loud as you want it to be. Check out the video to see what I mean by “nasty”.
  3. Reshape Your Vowels 
    • The vowels in the lyrics will have to be reshaped, to help us maintain that nasty twang. If we do not reshape the vowels to assist with us singing nastily, it’s gonna be hard to belt. Watch the video –  I respelled some of the words for you to show you what I mean.

Now, of course, there’s much more to belting than what I’ve just shared with you here – these are after all, just 3 quick steps to Belting. However, if you already practice good and healthy vocal technique (like good breath control and breath support, vocal cord closure, resonance & etc), belting high notes would be highly achievable and effective with just these 3 steps.

If you’ve got more questions, as usual, just drop them in the comments section. On the other hand, if you’d like to check out more videos on singing high notes, vocal range, breath control & etc, just go to my blog.

Do know that when it comes to singing, we don’t have to belt out all our songs – in fact, most of the time, we mix and change our Vocal Gears as we sing. I haven’t even covered all the Vocal Gears in this vlog just yet!  Which Vocal Gear to use is really entirely up to you – the idea is to train yourself to have good control in using all the gears so that you can be more flexible in your singing and truly sing songs the way you want to – the Vocal Gears are to help you express yourself better in singing.

Test this out (belting) with other songs – you’re gonna be surprised as to how easy it is to belt 🙂

And remember, you shouldn’t feel any strain, pain or tightness as you belt. If you do, you’re not doing it right, stop and ask for help 😉

Happy Belting!

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Vocal Gears & How To Belt Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold” (Vlog)