Ep. 13 “Healthy Belting” – Voice Lessons To The World

Ep. 13 “Healthy Belting” – Voice Lessons To The World

♬ Hi everybody! My name is Justin Stoney
and I’m the founder of New York Vocal Coaching
here in New York City. Welcome to episode 13 of
Voice Lessons To The World. The show where we want
to answer your questions about singing from
all over the world. And I’ll give you a chance
to ask questions later. But our question for
this week comes from Nicole D. in
Newcastle, Australia. And Nicole writes, “Dear Justin, I’m
classically trained and I’ve always been told that belting
is not healthy and that I shouldn’t do it or else
I’ll damage my voice. Is this true?” Well Nicole, that’s a hot topic
and thank you for asking that. It’s a great question and let me
just tell you simply, no. No, you don’t have to
be afraid of belting. It’s not necessarily going
to hurt your voice. There’s nothing about belting
that’s necessarily damaging, and that is going to cause
you to hurt your voice. That’s kind of a myth that’s been
floating around for a long time. Let’s talk first about
why people say this. So, the first reason is that it’s a
thicker more athletic coordination. This is true, it is a
heavier mechanism. There’s more of
the vocal cords coming together in a
thicker stronger way. That’s what gives it
that powerful sound. That’s what gives it that
sometimes “yell-y” sound although we don’t really want that
but we have a more of a belt quality when more of our vocal
cords come together in that thick
coordination. So it’s kind of like
strength training. If I’m gonna go work out
I could lift weights at the gym and somebody might tell me,
oh well you don’t want to lift weights Justin because
that’s gonna hurt you, you could really hurt
yourself lifting weights. And yes you could,
but you don’t have to if you know how
to do it healthily. Same thing with belting. Similarly though, I could work on
my flexibility vocally or athletically and I could hurt myself
doing that too. I could stretch too much,
I could overdo my flexibility to the point where
I hurt myself. So there’s nothing inherently
bad or good about a stronger coordination or
a more flexible coordination. They’re just different
kinds of physical usages. So belting’s a little bit more
of a strong one but it’s not necessarily a damaging
or harmful one. But that’s one reason why
people say that it’s unhealthy. Because it’s a little
bit more athletic. But, we want to do it well. Another reason people say this is
because of a stylistic misunderstanding. Some people say, well classical singing
that’s the healthy kind of singing and then contemporary music
that’s not so healthy, that’s just people
yelling it out there. And that’s not true either. There’s an equal amount
of people that get hurt singing classical music as
do singing pop rock music. And you can really develop a
healthy technique for singing classically or singing
any other style. So we don’t want to say
that belting is unhealthy because it’s not
a traditional style. That would be
a big mistake. And then finally there’s a misunderstanding
about what belting is. You could push your full chest
voice up and be in a belt all the time. But most really great belters are
not just using chest voice all the time. They’re not just carrying
weight up there all day. That would be like yelling. So a great belter knows how
to switch gears into a mix. And that’s our next point. So as we move up registrationally,
we start with chest voice. But then hopefully we go to a chest
dominant mix, and then to a mix, and then to a head dominant mix,
and then to head voice. If we know how to switch
gears with the voice, then we’re not just
belting all the time even though we can
make “belty” qualities. And what I want to do is show
you kind of what I mean by the difference between a full chest voice
and then a mixed chest voice. Something that sounds
belty but is not belty, to show you a healthier
way to do a belty sound. So if I take Hey Jude
by the Beatles, and I have… ♪ Hey Jude don’t make it bad ♪ ♪ Take a sad song and make it better ♪ Now I used some head resonance
in my chest voice there. ♪ Take a sad song ♪ ♪ Sad song and make it better ♪ Now if I do it without… ♪ Hey Jude don’t make it bad ♪ ♪ Take a sad song and make it better ♪ That was more chest voice. ♪ Sad song ♪ That’s chest. ♪ Sad song ♪ There I added some
head resonance. ♪ Sad song ♪
[In chest] ♪ Sad song ♪
[In mix] ♪ Sad song ♪
[In chest] ♪ Sad song ♪
[In mix] There’s different ways that I can
make a strong sound up top. And if I have the option,
if I’ve developed different mixes with my voice then I can
sometimes choose the stronger one if I want that for effect. Or I could do the one that has
some head resonance blended in and that’s going to give my voice
a little bit more flexibility and protection. So great belters don’t just push
their chest voices up there all the time. If they did maybe that
would be unhealthy. But that’s not actually how
it’s done when it’s done well. So then let’s talk about some things to
watch out for so that you can develop a healthy chest voice that doesn’t hurt you
and a healthy belt that doesn’t hurt you. The first one is what I just said,
develop a mix. Work to get head resonance into your
middle voice and into your chest voice. So that you can switch
gears if you need to. Next is you want to make
sure that you don’t go louder. So many belters that are not so
successful and maybe hurting their voices are getting louder and louder
and louder as they go higher. That’s not great belting. You want to make sure
that you can keep it even. And similarly you want to make sure
that you can keep an even breath. You don’t want to push more
air to go higher and higher because then the cords are going to
have to get tighter to hold that back and then that tension along with the
thickness is probably going to cause you some wear and tear. And then that is a place where belting
can become unhealthy for you. And then finally,
don’t belt all the time. Make sure that most of the time
you do switch gears into that mix and pick the full belt as a sort of spice
in the seasoning of what you’re doing. Don’t just be belting all the time
because then you’re gonna give belting a bad name and make
people think that it is unhealthy. Which, Nicole and everyone,
it’s really not true. You can find a way to
have a healthy belt and a mixed coordination
for your belting. So I hope that’s been helpful
for you guys as singers. If you have questions that you want
to see us answer on the show you can send an email to- [email protected]
[♪] We just encourage you
to keep practicing.
[♪] Don’t let people tell you
that you can’t sing
[♪] or that you can’t belt because
you’re going to hurt yourself.
[♪] Make sure that you’re working
on the right stuff, the right technique,
[♪] don’t lose the joy,
don’t lose the passion,
[♪] find a great voice teacher in your
area that can help you with that.
[♪] or if you guys are in New York City
you can check us out at-
[♪] www.NewYorkVocalCoaching.com
[♪] And if you like these
videos you can visit
[♪] www.VoiceLessonsToTheWorld.com
[♪] I’m Justin Stoney,
We’ll see you next time.
[♪] ♬

Daniel Yohans

88 thoughts on “Ep. 13 “Healthy Belting” – Voice Lessons To The World


    Another truly outstanding video.

  2. New York Vocal Coaching says:


  3. M J A. says:

    Man give tips to keep the larynx neutral without straining

  4. KeepMovingOn says:

    This has nothing to do with singing but….
    You look a little like Leonardo Dicaprio.

  5. RobbyMinx says:

    You're awesome…. at singing and more importantly, teaching.

  6. New York Vocal Coaching says:

    Wow! Thanks for the encouragement. Yes indeed! Teaching is indeed the most important. Glad to help out!

  7. Allison Carter says:

    Wonderful video hun! Your voice is truly a joy to listen to and learn from. Keep up the terrific work, and keep on pumpin' out more inspiring videos in the future. Best of luck and I hope to see you as a successful vocal coach for upcoming broadway stars!

  8. highnote32 says:

    Christina Aguilera @ 6:16

  9. guyodcty says:


  10. Kevin D says:

    Hey man a quick thumbs up from me. You've got some of te most educational vocal videos online. I'm going to make sure I watch all of them… Like I said in one of your other vids: I'm an extreme metal vocalists (which I try to do without completely destroying my voice too quickly…) but I believe that learning how to sing more effectively will keep my voice box in shape for a much longer time and your tips are more than helpfull!

  11. New York Vocal Coaching says:

    Thank you! Glad to be helping! Good technique will help with any style- even metal!

  12. Dan Howard says:

    Because she thinks I strain in my chest voice, when I think it's just my voice. I have a video of myself singing "On My Own" from Les Mis as Eponine this Summer, so if you have the time, it would be great if you could listen to that to get an idea of my voice. I have improved A LOT since then, but my chest voice hasn't changed, just my control. I hope I'm not talking nonsense here, but I am just a kid pursuing a career in musical theater who NEEDS to belt in order to get there!!! Thanks you!!!

  13. Dan Howard says:

    I have recently discovered that my belt has become EXTREMELY strong, and I don't believe I am straining my voice. My chorus teacher thinks I am, and she won't allow me to even SHOW her my belt. I don't know whether to trust her or not because I heard her saying that a tone-deaf classmate of mine had an "amazing ear," and she is constantly making comments that in my mind make no sense, and she can't even SING!!! Do some people just have a voice which sounds like it is being strained?

  14. Dan Howard says:

    Hi! I really appreciate what you are doing, and I will DEFINITELY watch more of your videos! I'm a 15 year old girl. I've been belting since I was about 7 years old, without EVER feeling strained, or sore. Until recently, I barely had a head voice. Once I began taking voice lessons about a year ago, I was able to develop a very strong head voice which I use constantly. I had been told to STOP belting altogether. I have cut down on it.

  15. Taylor Draper says:

    I'm really struggling with this topic. I grew up just "singing" – thats what it was to me…but I now realize I was singing in my chest (unhealthily) or head voice. I am now majoring in vocal performance (classical concentrated) and am gaining a healthy foundation for all singing. But I am still struggling to find what a "healthy" belt is…it is just ridiculously hard for me…I feel like when I try, I am just moving my speaking voice up to higher notes which is incorrect. HELP 🙁

  16. GiveOrLooseIt {Guitar Central} says:

    You sir are a Professor~ 🙂 Thank you! God Bless~

  17. Cami Gil says:

    Does Paul McCartney overuse this belting with head voice technique?? Thanks for your videos, you're great man 🙂

  18. ojoyful1 says:

    Great teaching from you. You explain clearly and with helpful repetition of examples. Hope you will continue with your posts. Thanks! JoY

  19. Bel Canto says:

    one thing justin, do you believe that chest voice ends in F#4 for girls and G#4 for guys?

  20. someonemysteirousgirl13 says:

    How do you do like when Justin Bieber does in Baby: "Woaahhhhhh, Woahhhhh, Woaaahhhooahhhh" You know? When you go up and down so fast. I can do it but it's a bit slow so I have to improve it. How??? Exercises??? Help?

  21. awsum2000 says:

    Justin Stoney !!! If i had such a badass name …i would rock it !!

  22. Rene Villardefranco says:

    Very useful and realistic video , you are very right most people confuse going high on key with volume and projection ….Bravo(real deal)…follow this young man he is close to the truth…:-)

  23. kiOvO says:

    I really like how open-minded you are Justin. It makes you a very. . . "Compatible" as a voice teacher! XD i feel like i can listen to your opinions and really understand and relate and see. It makes wanting to learn to sing more fun and not daunting like other vids on youtube have made me think. . LOL thanks a bunch~

  24. Christian Vivaldi says:

    this is really good bro, thanks for spending your time on this!

  25. caciquepadilla says:

    good luck, that song is a lot of air so remember ur breathing.

  26. Izaak McCullough says:

    Interesting cheers

  27. Jasmine Jogia says:

    What is belting?

  28. Luanna Perez says:

    I can't even BEGIN to explain how amazingly perfect this video is! I'm a voice teacher from Brazil and lots and lots of teachers and students here ask that exact question: "Will belting hurt my voice?". Belting is a relatively new technique here, and people can be pretty skeptical about it and not believe me when I say I do it healthily. From now on, when people question me, I'm just going to send them the link to your video! Thank you!

  29. ujfalusik1 says:

    Hey man, I like your lessons. And I think, you are a universal teacher – I mean that you could teach almost everything, including English language. It is such a pleasure and so comfortable to catch the pronounciation from you.

  30. ookaookaooka says:

    How many different colored tshirts do you have?

  31. Javi boep says:

    dear justin i learn a lot of belting voice and every topic you develop . you are excellent teacher and coach!!! thank you so much from argentina!!! i 'd like to have a master class with you!!!

  32. Kal Virgo says:

    haha…I didn't know Leonardo DiCaprio could sing lol

  33. Marcela Figueroa G. says:

    Is this accent the new yorker 'standard' type? Just curious because is very clear and understandable…
    Great lesson by the way.

  34. jonsfunkytube says:

    You are beautiful! Thanks for helping us all out Justin ! 🙂

  35. aiko yang says:

    you are great! I learned a lot from your videos! Fantastic teacher!

  36. Elle Sebastian says:

    well explained. awesome.

  37. Joseph groves says:

    People are always trying to tell me that I can hurt myself singing the way I do.  I'm a first tenor and the genre I sing takes a good amount of belting, but I do a lot of warm ups and use mixed voice a lot.  This makes me feel better about what I'm doing, thank you.

  38. Liswandi Lhoo says:

    Ok, what is belting?

  39. Kataro214 says:

    what about belting higher notes than D#, I feel like the sound is weird when I put too much headvoice in it. Most songs I know are belting notes like G A and B all the time. 

  40. Jack42 says:

    How would you call the technique Chad Kroeger from Nickelback is using? He is almost singing in his upper chest register the whole time, but from his speaking voice you can tell that he is mor kind of a bass or at least a baritone, but not a tenor. So is he kind of belting the whole time?

  41. tollerest says:

    great lesson, helped massively

  42. says:

    4:58 DiCaprio level over 9000

  43. Earl Harville says:

    Great video!! Marvelous job of clarifying such a convoluted topic.

  44. Brigitte Lebrasseur says:

    Your explantations are fantastic, your series is great. Thanks for sharing.

  45. Joy Woffindin says:

    "Well Nicole, that's a hot topic…" 😆🔥🔥🔥🔥

  46. almeri june Cutamora says:

    justine, please make a video about how david phelps sing high range

  47. Charlie Townsend says:

    I have 5 brightly coloured t-shirts and thought that that was enough! Clearly I was much mistaken. Lesson learned.

    Great singing lessons too.

    I've subscribed just for the t-shirts, though.

    (Just kidding! 🙂 )

  48. Michael Tra says:

    Hi, I can do chesty belts pretty well, it kinda sounds like I'm bellowing, and can do some really weird cord coordination to a high e, though I don't know what I'm doing there. Idk how good it sounds lol. It's extremely loud. But I can also do a mix, what I'm learning now. This mix can only go up to about the same note you sang in this video. The music I sing (pop punk) calls for notes anywhere from g# to high c's pretty regularly. My question is, with practice, can that mix learn to go higher and still feel like that note does, or do I need switch more into head voice as I go up?

  49. Ayanna Mcfarlane says:

    everytime I sing a high note I run out of breath and middle and low notes too.and have bad tone

  50. EJC Music says:

    When you were comparing the chest voice with the mixed voice during the "sad song" part, I noticed you sounded a little nasal with the mixed voice. Am I supposed to use my nose a little for the mixed voice?

  51. Bill Hulsey Patent Lawyer says:

    Justin, Thanks so very much for this lesson. You are a GREAT teacher! I sincerely appreciate your sharing. When I am next in NYC, I will look you up for a lesson.

  52. Wloguj się do życia says:

    Thank you very much! You really know what youre saying 🙂

  53. XDranzer000 says:

    Am I the only one watching these tutorials more for Justin and comments about him rather than the things he teaches themselves XD? This guy is so fun to watch and listen to!

  54. g says:

    I want your opinion on this:
    Some time ago, I could use mixed voice up to a F6 (yes, a F6), and I used that high part of my voice really often. I never broke, even with no real teaching classes; I compared my resonance and technique with good actual singers (Barbra Streisand, Lea Michele, Amber riley, Tiffany Mosley etc.) and it seemed pretty good. But one day, when I woke up, it was simply GONE. Almost a whole octave of belting range dissapeared. GONE. Since then I can only use mixed voice up to F#5. It was just so abrupt and I was really shocked, it affected me deeply. Of course I thought I mean "I could have bad habits with my throat" but even so, it wouldn't dissapear so abruptly, would it? What is the explanation?

  55. Khabib Nurmagomedov says:

    I love the way you teach.And the way you compare singing with fitness. xD

  56. Mae Blue says:

    Love your videos and exercises, finding them all so helpful but its making me realise I still have so much to learn LOL O_o

  57. ames J says:

    A lot of Koreans also have myth that "head voice is the best and belting is unhealthy technique", and they often think belters don't know how to use head voice, and that's why they use belting. However, I think belting has uniqueness and power that head voice cannot imitate, just like Steve Perry does. Thanks for the video 🙂

  58. IAmBroadwayTrash says:

    His hands are so satisfying to look at.

  59. IAmBroadwayTrash says:

    His hands are so satisfying to look at.

  60. Andre Werleman says:

    Very educational, I was trained classical so for me this is great !!!!!

  61. AdrianTheGaMer !!! says:

    Dicaprio is a master.

  62. Miriam Flück says:

    Astonishing how you say all the time that we should find a great voice teacher in our area, that is really likeable! :3

  63. Sean Simpson says:

    is a mix and a belt different??

  64. Pi The Dancer says:

    I see more Sebastian Stan than Leonardo DiCaprio

  65. Edward Selph says:

    Damn. He really does look like Leo. He could totally play characters in movies where he's the young version of him.

  66. CZ Media says:

    I'm glad you survived Titanic

  67. RicardoJoglar - Ricardo Correa de Sa e Benevides says:

    Excellent lesson: clear, honest.

  68. Muhammet Yıldız says:

    This video is also great!!!  beacuse it really shows the same note in chest and mix!. Wow. Checkout: 05:01

  69. Sunera Wijeratne says:

    How high will a male be able to belt? Is it possible to reach a F5 or G5 without strain?

  70. Archana Jadhav says:


  71. The Revenant says:

    Who are, in your opinion, 5 best belters in this decade??

  72. Nilo Palermo says:

    I always practice sirens from my chest voice to the mixed and head voice..

  73. Ruby Perfumy says:

    i luv your way. You show it clearly by practicing it in a song

  74. Иван Радьков says:

    Thank! Super Cool and helpful)

  75. Laurie Beebe Lewis says:

    Brilliant Justin! You are the #vocalguru

  76. Eric Luong says:

    Is a heady placement the same as head resonance?

  77. David Marvin says:

    4:55 very important!

  78. Monika says:

    he looks like Leonardo DiCaprio and Sebastian Stan, great video though 😀

  79. johny strada says:


  80. Ronel Raymundo says:

    You are a good teacher sir! I have been watching all your singing lessons, and then you made me new ! You changed my singing life. i'm living in Phillipines..

  81. Coilbone says:

    Is there a video that explains 'Head Resonance' and how to 'feel'/achieve it? Currently I get the feeling my head resonance is not what it should be. The resonance usually happens in my throat, mouth and a slight tremor in nasal cavity.

  82. James Mattis says:

    I’d pay to just be able to go back and forth between both versions of the word “songl” like that.

  83. Training Grounds says:

    I thought all opera was belting. I mean isn't that how they project and are so loud? I don't think you can avoid belting if you are looking to express yourself. But yeah I guess people think belting has to be yelling as loud as you can. A good balanced approach is best just like in working out.

  84. Angeal Hayleyy says:

    since when did bucky becomes retired from being the winter soldier?

  85. mariano slaimen says:

    your voice in hey jude sounds beautyfull

  86. hinga dinga jergens says:

    Justin, I ❤️ you! You do you!❤️❤️❤️

  87. Telemachos of Ithaca says:

    Sad SOONG!!

  88. Atom Dove says:

    I know that , coz always when I use my voice full, I feel to much better then when I try all the time protect, to save, to keep health it….
    If you will do something wrong, you will start to feel it☺

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