Publisher: Berklee Press
Format: Digital Book/Online Supplemental Content
Belting is a strong way of big 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. However, not only is there much confusion and misinformation about how to belt well, if done poorly belting can actually damage the voice. Numerous famous singers have belted their way to injury or even lost their voices, sometimes permanently. 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 for the Contemporary Singer seeks to remedy the situation. The fact is, belting can be done well and without causing injury. This book presents the facts about belting, what approaches work and which to avoid. Its online video and audio demonstrate good techniques and exercises.
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- “Jeannie has unlocked the mysteries of healthy belting in this comprehensive book. It can be used by singers in all stages of their growth to strengthen the voice and add power and flair to their sound. I highly recommend Belting for all singers.” – Gabrielle Goodman, Professor of Voice at Berklee College of Music, Vocalist (Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack, Mary J. Blige, Michael Bublé), GRAMMY®-Winning Songwriter
- “This book is not only a wonderful resource for singers on the subject of belting, but in my opinion, it is the new must-have industry 'bible' for established and new vocalists. I love and appreciate the emphasis on vocal preservation.” – Maysa, Soul/Jazz/R&B Diva (Lead Singer for Incognito, Stevie Wonder, Dave Koz and Friends, Shanachie, Oprah)
- “I love this book! Jeannie Gagné provides a fantastic, well-researched text that takes the mystery out of belting, establishing a clear, sound approach to developing an individualized, powerful belt voice. As a classically trained singer and teacher of singing, I once had the misconception as many others do that belting was harmful for the voice. As a medical voice therapist and singing voice specialist, I have had the opportunity to work with many singers across multiple styles that incorporate belting as a stylistic feature. I now work regularly on belting with my singers, and it can indeed be employed just as healthfully as other vocal qualities. However, the approach to belting is often misunderstood, and there have been few resources available for students and teachers alike on the subject. This book makes things clear for the student, and is also a great resource for voice teachers.” – Douglas F. Roth, M.M., M.A., CCC-SLP, Associate Director of the Voice and Swallowing Center at Tufts Medical Center, Speech-Language Pathologist/Voice Therapist, Teacher of Singing, Professional Singer
- “Finally, a comprehensive singing manual that deals with the art of belting in a safe, practical, and contemporary way. The true power of this book lies in its depth of knowledge, awareness, visualization of the voice and how it all works, and how it can work for the individual. This book may possibly be the handbook of technique and maintenance for the contemporary vocalist.” – Everett Bradley, GRAMMY-Nominated Singer/Musician and Television/Theater Composer (Bruce Springsteen, Hall and Oates, Quincy Jones, Bobby McFerrin, Broadway's SWING, The Meredith Vieira Show
- “I am thrilled to be able to recommend Belting to all of the pop, jazz, and R&B vocalists that I work with. The techniques presented in this superior guide are truly unique, and will most definitely serve singers in preserving their voices for beautiful singing, especially those belters out there whose voices would otherwise have a very short lifespan. Bravo!” – Eve Nelson, Composer, Producer, and Songwriter (Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Grey's Anatomy, The Office, Modern Family, London Symphony Orchestra, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen)
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