How To Belt – Belting Techniques – Voice Tutorial – Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy

How To Belt – Belting Techniques – Voice Tutorial – Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy


Hey guys, welcome back again to Ken Tamplin
Vocal Academy, where the proof is in the singing! We got a lot of requests for this one. How to belt. Kind of funny, I actually have had a lot of
people that coined me as the king of belt. I wasn’t coined as the King of Pop, apparently,
but I was coined the king of belt, so hopefully I have some insights I can share with you
guys on the subject. Well, with that said, belting is not everything
that it seems to be, and here’s what I mean. The term comes from the Broadway Belt, or way back in Broadway when they would come out and they would sing something and it was
called the call register, or the shouting or belting register, right? Now, it’s kind of ironic too, that other
people say oh, man it just sounds like you’re shouting at me! Well, that’s actually what belting is, you
know, you’ve gotta, you are belting in a really loud registration, and you have to
figure out a way to control the air, have good support, and a relaxation response that
enables you to do this safely, without losing your voice. Right? So what we do is we do a number of exercises,
at a reasonable volume, not too loud, in order to be able to grow our chest resonant, or
our call registration, in order to be able to project, and project loudly. Now this is where resonance comes in, again,
I use this term resonance because it’s very important. If you can grow the voice correctly, or grow
good vowel placement, with a lot of good exercises, and I see coaches say the craziest things. You don’t need to do, scales are counter
productive, and like all this stuff. Guys…! That’s so silly… That’s like saying I want to become an athlete,
but I don’t have to work out. They’re counter productive. Or I’m just going to go out and play! Well, how many amazing sports athletes do
you think go out and just show up for the game, and have been never trained or had to
practice this stuff? That’s just nonsense! It’s a sales technique tactic to try to
say take the pill to lose weight. You don’t have to exercise, just take this
pill I’m gonna give you, and for $9.95 a month for the rest of your life and you’re going
to look awesome! No! We’ve gotta eat right. We’ve gotta get sleep. We’ve gotta exercise. We’ve got to do smart things that we know
to be true, that are rational and not irrational from someone that’s on some hyped out sort
of thing. So anyway, getting back, sorry, it’s my
soapbox. Stuff like this just annoys me. As we go on to how to belt, I want to emphasize
a couple of things. There’s a lot of ways to belt things, and
some people’s versions of belting might be different than others. So, some guy might go ”Oh, whoah” and he
thinks that’s belting, because he raised his voice. Other people might go “YEAH!!!” You know, And that’s their version of belting,
so that there’s some extremes in this. And, there’s some gray area, there’s some
shades in between. One or the other isn’t necessarily right
or wrong, it’s just that we move into the call register. So now, let me emphasize this. So I’ll grab my guitar here for a second,
and let’s just do a quick triad ah vowel scale, and I’ll show you what I mean. Now, because it’s called the call register,
I want you to envision yourself to calling out to someone. Now I want to, I even kind of created an extreme
example of this, because this is especially for the ladies. Because a lot of girls out there, especially
sopranos, roll into their head voice way too early, and they go “ehhhhhh” and they
kind of roll into this head voice thing, and they never develop their chest resonant sound,
or their call register, okay? Now, this is important too, because what’s
happened over time, I talk a lot about bel canto and Opera and Appoggio and how this
plays into this role of where a lot of teachers have trained a lot of people in kind of funky
ways, and this is all the way from University level, a personal coach instruction level,
and, and, and… So ladies I’m talking to you right now. The belting register was sacrificed at the
altar of the high note. Let me say that again. The belting, mid voice belting register, for
you sopranos, was sacrificed at the altar of that all-powerful, moneymaking high note. So, maestros and conductors and whatnot, and
vocal trainers and coaches would not develop the mid voice at all. Their goal was only the grand finale of the
night, to get a “AAAAAAH!” You know, that big old note, you know, okay,
that’s the money note, that’s what I’m getting paid for, that’s where the audience
claps, and everyone goes home, and the curtains go in, and everyone says “Yay! What a wonderful, you know, production that
was!” So, because they sacrificed that, a lot of
women that were sopranos were taught to go into head voice early, and then go up and
do these notes, but they were never taught how to bring this belting register into their
repertoire. So for you ladies I want to emphasize that
I want you to envision something extreme like someone stealing your purse. You’re at a restaurant, and you see your
purse three tables over, and the thief comes over and grabs the purse, and you go “HEY!!! STOP!!! THEIF!!! THAT’S MY PURSE!!! STOP THAT GUY!!!”right? OR, someone stealing your car, or for you
younger people out there someone stealing your bike. “HEY, THAT’S MY BIKE!!!” I want you to really, Now, we’re not going
to overdo this, and go “Hey, hey, hey!” And kill ourselves, because there’s some
exercises that we do, through open throat technique. Now I cover all of this in my singing course
called How To Sing Better Than Anyone Else, where I walk you through this step-by-step
on how to safely grow this. We don’t go straight to shouting. We don’t go straight to yelling. You’re just going to go hoarse. Think about yelling at a football game or
something. You’re just, okay I yelled at a football
game, now I’m hoarse, Ken. Now what do I do? No, we work up to this like were working out
at a gym, we work up to these things. The same is true for you, guys. And, by the way, this also really true for
a newer generation of a lot of the R and B guys that roll into their head voice really
early, and then gutted out their mid voice, their belting register mid voice. So they’ve completely lost the manliness
so to speak, in this sense, of this belting or or call, or nice firm, strong registration,
okay? So, what I want to do is, gals, you can take
this up the octave, you know you contaltos, altos, and sopranos. Guys, you just do this down here with me. On an ah vowel, I want a really nice, bright
ping! AHH!!! AHH!!! AHH!!! I want a strongly supported diaphragm, if
you don’t know what that means, watch my video on diaphragmatic support. We’re going to support the breath. Now, for you that, I don’t know if we’re
going to release these, or what order we’re going to release these videos I’m putting
out right now, but I just did a video on compression, and if it’s not out yet, maybe I’ll try
to make sure to release this one after so you can watch the video on compression first
and then refer to this one, how to belt. But we want to compress the air with a nice
bright ping. So ,”LAH, AH, AH, AH, AH, AH, AH…” Just a simple triad. ”LAH, AH, AH, AH, AH, AH, AH…” Now, for you baritones, you’re going to
start to feel a tug. And the tug is going from your speaking register
like I’m talking to you now, into transitioning into this call belting register. And I almost want to feel like a gearshift. And here’s what I mean by that. It will feel like there’s so much girth,
or mass in the throat, that you couldn’t possibly think of imagine sustaining going
up higher and higher, because it’s building up more and more tension. Well, I like to think of this like a rocket
ship. And we’ve got three stages to the rocket ship. We’ve got the big module down below, which
is our speaking register. Okay? We’ve got the second stage, which is module
number two, which is our call register. And we’ve got the top stage, or the third
stage. We should probably do it the other way around
and do 123, let’s reverse that and go 321. So three is the speaking register, two is the
call register, and one is your head voice or connecting passaggio register. So as we start to ascend, we pare down the sound
and make it smaller, and we let that stage, or module fall away. And then what we have left are the two stages. And as we go up even higher, if we want to
go “AYYYYYYYYE” we want to go through that passaggio, way up into head voice, we
let that second stage fall away, and all that’s left is stage I. And then on the way back down, we reconnect those
modules so that they can, you know, re-dock, so to speak, on the way back down, so we go
back and regain all of that wonderful warmth that we have for our low registration. So again, so as I’m going higher “LAH, AH, AH, AH, AH, AH, AH!” Right here I’m getting that shift. If you notice, I’m not “LAH, AH, AH, HAH!” I’m not real big on the sound. I’m thinning it out and paring it down and
the higher up I go. Now, that doesn’t mean to make it thin,
and wiry, and harsh, and shrill, and brash. That’s not my point. In my course, I cover how we take our vowel
sounds, and we miniaturize them. Kind of like the difference between playing
golf on a big course, and then playing miniature golf. We play a smaller game up top, and we have
the vocal tract, which is your throat, we have the shape of the vowels be the same as
they were on the bottom. As far as the color and the bigness, we just
make them smaller, and as we make them smaller they’re more manageable, and we’re not dragging
all this weight and girth up into the throat as we continue to ascend. “LAH, AH, AH, AH, AH, AH, AH!” Right? So if you notice that, instead of doing down
here “LAH, AH, AH, AH, AH, AH, AH!” How big I was on the sound? Now listen up here “LAH, AH, AH, AH, AH,
AH, AH!” Hear how small I am? So I’m pitching the sound a little forward,
I’m bringing a little mask into the sound, I’m controlling the vowels, I’ve got good
support, and I’ve got good vowel placement, and we learn about vowel modifications and
how these vowel modifications play a role in this. So now, when I go to belt, “Yeah, Yeah,
Yah!” “Yeah, Yeah!” “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!” Right? I can get into a smaller space, and I’m
actually kind of deceiving you a little bit, because I’m making you think that I’m
just killing it, singing it really loud, when in fact I’m using resonance, or allowing
the resonance that I built over time, in the gym when I worked out, I built up some muscles,
and I’m letting that do my work for me, rather than trying to kill you with so much
overuse of air and girth and mass in the throat, okay? I hope this was beneficial to you guys. Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy. Stop by my singers forums, man, they’re
free! I’ve got over 11,000 people in there. We negotiate and discuss all of this stuff. Check me out on Facebook, check me out on
Twitter, check me out on Instagram… I’m all over the place, guys! And until next time, peace. Out.

Danny Hutson

100 thoughts on “How To Belt – Belting Techniques – Voice Tutorial – Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy

  1. Wow, he literally comments on or likes every comment! What a swell guy <3 I can't wait to practice this! I definitely feel like I never got a chance to develop a mixed/belting voice, and now I just sing awkwardly, switching between chest and head and it sounds weird. Thanks for the tips!

  2. My 1st passagio is around E4(Lowest note G2)and
    My voice gets bigger to much but I can hit B4 with no mix.

    Any ways to diminish my voice around E4~G4?

  3. hi sir Ken did pro rock singers like Scott Stapp from creed go through this kind of exercises to improve belting or they are born with it? cause Scott really had a high vocal range and powerful voice in his prime and im a baritone like him but i struggle to sing his song.

  4. how difficult is it to sing in key or learn to sing in key? I've never learned with a teacher.. just tried myself to hit the notes that sounded alright over chords

  5. Ken Tamplin I started out doing low and high pitched screaming kinda like George corpse grinder Fisher from cannibal corpse for example and now I started singing with my clear voice about 2 years ago and managed to do both. I always put it down to breathing techniques and before I start singing I practice using throat singing to warm up and harmonizing for pitch and volume I don't know if this the right thing to do ?

  6. Is every individual different? Im just not really comfortable doing belting. What i do is usually just go to mix, and add more volume.. i could easily do distortion in my mix and head.. i could feel less air when singing in that range..

  7. I need good avice on singing and voice contorl you be good coach i need to listen to song and practice and get in put elvis

  8. A lot of singers, especially blues singers, rasp on certain accent syllables. How do they do that? Or Linda Ronstadt on It's so easy to FALL in love. The word FALL is rasped.

  9. This exercise works wonders. I clearly felt the change to the call register and I was surprised how effortlessly I was able to sing those higher notes. Feels like this opened a whole new world to me. Thanks!

  10. John Riggins (Riggo) formerly of the Washington Redskin. His last few years did not train! Then again he was a freak of nature!

  11. Hey Ken ! First of all: I love your videos ! Second: Do you know the bands Shinedown and Halestorm? Pretty sure you do. I would love to know what singing technique they use and what it’s called when they .. kinda .. it’s hard to describe this sound. It sounds like when you clear your throat. It’s a very deep and strong sound. Listen to Shinedowns cover of Simple Man. (When he sings: “…you love and understand”) or other songs, he does it all the time. I am so impressed by this and I really want to learn this technique, I can only do this (in the slightest way tho) when I’m not swallowing and there’s saliva in my throat but it feels not right. Could you explain that? A video lesson (someday) would be awesome ! Keep rockin 🤘 greetings from Germany

  12. Good vowel placement..ahhhhhhhhhhh…. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. 😂 just playing. Belting really isn't that difficult to learn. ❤️

  13. I hope people can appreciate how talented someone actually is to be able to sing (so nonchalantly haha) notes as you do in this lesson! I'd say I'm mildly ear trained to pitch and tone after 3 years of singing and voice study, and just WOW! Anyone!…(especially male) who can so quickly jump from their talking voice to a VERY advanced vocal projection and pitch….is amazing! Thank you for this video!

  14. Hey man, as much as I like your other videos, if you are proclaiming to be the "King of Belt", please please show a clip of you belting in the very beginning, otherwise it's hard to trust that claim. I know you're a great singer, but for someone who just wants to learn how to belt, we want to hear someone who can belt first. You can throw all the theory you want at us, but if we don't hear you belt, then I might as well go to another video. As you said best, "Don't go to a guitar teacher who can't show you how to play guitar."

  15. My goal for the next 2 months is to buy your Singing Program. I wish I can buy it faster, but budget is tight for the next few weeks. I have this burning passion for singing, but I really don't have the techniques to execute it well enough. I'm starting to think that maybe improvement is a possibility if I took your course. You're really inspiring Ken.

  16. I really want to know how belt or should I say to make my voice higher….. I wish I could make it for my songs that I made… But still practicing….

  17. Brethren you should try to teach us how to do the whistle voice, and the flageolet, please your teaching techniques are probably the greatest ever in YouTube history.

  18. I am curious if you can explain what a certain thing I hear in the song "Spread your wings" by Queen

    On the line Freddie belts "Sammy boy don't you know who you are" towards the end of the song close to the solo on the word "who " it sounds like he intentionally looses his voice to give a sound of desperation. If you can tell me what this is and how it was accomplished I'd appreciate it.

  19. I can completely visualize what you are saying. I used to be frightened of.your videos.A LOT OF TONGUE aha . But now I love em

  20. Sorry to I'm late to your vids, Ken! I've been around singing for 25 years and you are the best of the best. I truly mean that. Keep up the amazing work that you do. You are such a treasure trove of information. Thank you!

  21. I find you need to keep it tight enough to keep your trousers (pants for Americans) from falling down, but not too tight to cause damage to you body is what your should do

  22. So despite my young age, I've always been a bit more fond of older music. The 80s always stood out to me, preferring to sing along to bands like the Scorpions or Iron Maiden. But while l come close to holding notes as long as such bands might, my voice lacks the power behind it. That's why I decided to look into belting exercises. So I do have a question though. I understand it will take work, but I'd like to know if you have a recommendation on how frequently to do these exercises and how long that rate would take to be able to sing along to some of my favorite 80s bands without needing to drink a couple bottles of water after every other song just to stay hydrated in between..?

  23. I'm a girl and I have a very deep singing voice like I would say its alto to base tbh. Well maybe not base but inbetween so I struggle with singing sometimes. I'm sitting here like how can he sing so high because when I try, my throat ends up killing me so bad :/

  24. Ken, do you remember Broadway's Ethel Mermam? We thought that was belting. BTW I love the small piece of Thunderstruck you sing at end. Looked up acdc to h ear whole thing.. Fun to sing along. Carol)

  25. I yelled at he/she for stealing my murse……haha. Ken's such a spititually connected guy….transformatonal vocabulary is how he weaves into metaphor and knowledge as seemless as his actual vocalizing. Love him.

  26. Are you talking about primal sounds ? in regards to the examples off 'shouting' at people who are stealing a purse?

  27. Hi Ken, I'm a huge fan of the broadway musical Jesus Christ Superstar. As we know, Ian Gilan of Deep Purple was the Jesus in the concept album and was suppose to play the role in the movie. Unfortunately, DP was such a big act back in 1972 when the movie was being filmed leaving the producer Robert Stigwood no choice but to replace Ian with Ted Neely.

    As Jesus, especially in the song Gethsemane, Gilan belted the song so perfectly that made it the standard for actors who will perform the song. Neeley did not belt at all, he used falsetto to do the high notes.

    Until this writing, no one has ever sang Gethsemane better than Ian Gilan. No one even got close.

    Can I request you to do a cover of Gethsemane with the voice belting similar to that of Ian Gilan?

  28. My voice is soprano and as you said without being aware i practiced my voice just for the high notes but when i want to sing lower i don't feel that my voice is good then i get confused while i'm singing between singing higher to feel good or not .
    And my new teacher just wanna me to sing a low notes songs for his singing party and i don't know how . This is so annoying. Any advice for me? Plz🌸
    I wish i can have a teacher like you💖

  29. Like your videos, you give examples right away not like other ones who give explanations and no examples until the end at about 1 or 2 minutes. This people dont show their work like you do. That's what makes you awesome coach and mentor….domo arigato for your videos.

  30. I'm Commander Shepard, and this is my favourite vocal coach on the Citadel!
    4:11 That scream's taught me how to hit soprano notes now, even though I'm a baritone…

  31. Just stumbled upon your vid, your teaching technique is stellar, you seem like you’d be very easy to learn from. Keep up the stellar work, God of Belting <3

  32. I’m watching this while sick with a sore throat with a cough drop in my mouth…I guess that’s how you know this is what I really love to do. The worst part about being sick is not being able to sing.

  33. your videos are a perfect combination of entertaining, encouraging, informative, and helpful! i was wondering if you could make a video on how to sing lower i have a role i’d like to audition for in a couple months and i’m a soprano that’s having a difficult time learning how to sing at a stable low register

  34. Ken, how can i practice at home without disturbing my neighbors/ family? Is it okay to cover my mouth with pillow? Or are there any other methods? Also, I'm still a student and I don't have enough money for soundproofing my room.

  35. Hi Ken- Just loved your video and your comments about coaches saying you don`t need to do scales – I agree with you wholeheartedly. I am also a vocal coach for jazz/pop and blues and would love to interview you in my FB Group. Would that be possible? My FB Group is called – Transform Your Voice in 7 Days- Vocal Coaching with Judy Rafat https://www.facebook.com/groups/642168742891261/learning_content/
    www.judyrafat.de

  36. i’ve been trying to really perfect my technique for an upcoming audition, and i’ve been binge watching all of your videos

  37. My passion is music and I've always wanted to sing and I believe these exercises will help me. Thank you Ken and God bless you..

  38. Thankyou ken 😎 these lessons are so much help! Your in depth descriptions are great 🎙️🎧👍

  39. i’m from the Philippines and i’m inspired of your videos.. I really love singing. Thank you for your videos. 😉

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