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Published: June 15, 2021

The Sh*t Show of Vocal Terminology

It’s no surprise to many singers that vocal terms and singing vocabulary are confusing! This is not only because word use changes over time, but also because terms are used differently in different contexts. When one singer says “belt” they could mean something quite different than another singer using the same word. Falsetto to some means something entirely different to others.

Don’t feel bashful about being confused! Instead, simply ask people what they mean by the terms they are using. Any voice teacher or experienced singer should be able to explain what they mean by these terms, and rather than seeing your inquiry as irritating, they will likely appreciate your dedication and interest when you ask them to clarify.

Here is an example. A fellow singer says, “I tried to belt the last note, and it just didn’t work!” Then, you say, “Sorry to hear that! I’m curious what “belt” means to you? It’s one of those terms that can mean different things.” Exploration and curiosity can lead to fruitful conversations, if we are not afraid to ask questions.

Kathy  Alexander
VP Curriculum, Singdaptive

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