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Vibrato, Breathiness and Belting

Sources: Belting: 2 tips to massively extend your chest voice range
Belting is high intensity, loud singing. Essentially, belting is yelling in a controlled manner, with a few other things thrown in to make sure you are doing it safely and healthily. The belt usually comes (if the composer is sensitive and intelligent) at emotionally climactic moments within a song or a show. These can be moments of pain, anguish, joy, pleasure, ecstasy, or when a character is desperate to be heard, seen or noticed. The lyric/s that a belt is used on is usually carefully considered. Belting is always a loud, thick, exciting sound and is usually characterized by straight tone leading into vibrato at the most pleasing moment in the harmonic progression to release the built tension.
Tip One: Tilt the Cricoid Cartilage
The larynx is composed of two main pieces of cartilage: the Adams apple (thyroid cartilage) and a band of cartilage which forms the top of the trachea and the base of the larynx – the cricoid cartilage. By activating what’s called a cricoid tilt, we can adjust the position of the cricoid to shorten the vocal folds. So how to get this working:
There are two lumps on your larynx. The top lump is your thyroid cartilage and the bottom lump is your cricoid cartilage. For boys, the top lump will usually be much larger than the bottom. Girls may find this more difficult, and the cricoid cartilage may actually be bigger than the thyroid.
Keep a finger on the cricoid cartilage, and make a high-pitched ‘yay’ sound like a kid’s TV presenter. You should feel the whole body of the larynx move upwards and the cricoid cartilage fold inwards into your neck.
You’ll feel that this produces a high-pitched, almost cartoonish sound – try a few more yay’s, putting in some more power and going higher. Try some lines…...

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