What is Belting?

Belting is simply pushing your voice beyond what is comfortable. Some people consider it a style as in ‘the Broadway Belter’. At Broadway auditions they will ask you for two selections – not a ballad and an up-tempo piece as you might think, but rather a ‘legit piece’ and ‘can we hear you belt’? The legit, or legitimate, piece is something melodic showing the middle and upper range of your voice. The belt piece shows the chest register and how high you can carry chest into the middle range.

Belting is not sustainable as a musical choice and the high rotation of Broadway singers attests to this. A few singers do manage to negotiate this problem successfully by doing a minimum of pushing to both be considered belting but protecting their voices as much as possible at the same time.

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