Vocal Tip: Should you “belt?”
Breathing is the fuel for voices to function.
One of the many bad habits I have to address is “over breathing”, which basically equates to trying to “breath blast” or “belt” notes out.
Belting is nothing more than yelling on pitch. It usually leads to vocal problems and ignores the fact that the same kind of strength and dynamics can be achieved by singing in a mix of head and chest voice.
The best of the singers in today’s market, such as Beyonce, Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Sam Smith, Bruno Mars and Usher, use this “singing in the mix” technique to achieve that smooth transition from chest to connected head voice without a break.
This does not mean that a singer can’t or shouldn’t use “falsetto” when it is the appropriate vocal style for a song. In reality, a singer should be able to access all facets of their voice and use falsetto as a stylistic decision as opposed to a necessity.