Belting is a powerful and loud voice quality. The power of belting is not a result of excessive air pressure to the true vocal folds but a longer closure time of the true vocal folds. Adjusting the airflow to the ”settings” of belting in the larynx and in the vocal tract is the key for a healthy and free belting sound.
Too Deep Inhalation Prevents Necessary Settings
Deep inhalation and breath support are widely discussed especially in classical singing. However they have unfavourable effects in belting. Deep inhalation easily lowers the larynx when it should be lifted for belting. Breath support has the same effect and when not correctly understood it might add excessive air pressure to the true vocal folds which leads to a constricted sound and raise the risk of injury of true vocal folds.
Too Much Air Pressure Is A Risk To Vocal Health
Belting is an intensive way to use the voice like singing opera. Therefore the risks for vocal health are bigger if the airflow is not adjusted to the settings of belting in the larynx and in the vocal tract. If your voice becomes hoarse after belting or belting hurts or feels uncomfortable pay attention first to breathing and to the airflow.