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How's her technique?

I'm a person more into pop music that has very high belts so I know I chose the best vocal course and I'm glad I found this. Anyway, Ariana Grande has a very nice singing voice but does she have good technique? In the 1st video below she belts an Eb5 (2:40) and the 2nd video she does the same note (2:40) but she seems to be straining by putting her head up and breath control issues on the 2nd video. I don't expect you guys to watch the whole video if you don't want to but just go to 2:40 on both videos and see. ON the second video you can even see her struggling and couldn't sustain the note any longer.

1st Video:

2nd Video:

Then on this other video, she belts a G#5 at 2:43! But she seems to tilt her head up and to me, it seems pinched. And if you continue to watch the video after 2:43 she keeps belting G#5's at 3:17.

G#5 at 2:43

All I really want to know is how her technique is? To my knowledge, I think she can only support up to B4 because her B4's seem so effortless and resonant. At 4:10 she does a B4 with ease.

B4 at 4:10

This video is optional since she is belting B4's in almost the whole song:

Sorry but just one more video. This one is impressive because she belts a G#5 at 0:51 and then multiple Bb5's at 0:53. Like I said before they seem to be pinched but I could be wrong.

G#5 (0:51) Bb5's (0:53)

So what do you guys think? I believe she has ease with the 4th octave but the 5th octave she starts to strain. How's her technique? What's good and bad?

Thank You! :)


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    highmtnhighmtn Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro, 3.0 Streaming Posts: 15,359
    I thinks she sounds very good on all of these. I actually personally prefer the Eb5 in the second video because it sounds more chesty than the one in the first video. The head tilted up is most likely more choreographed show-posing than actual struggle for the note. The first video sounds more like a mix than a chest belt. She's a pro and knows how to use her voice. It's hard to knock what she's doing.

    As a pop artist, she's probably making a good living and probably has a long career ahead of her, as long as she doesn't abuse her voice.

    Thanks for including the time coordinates for your points of interest. Otherwise I wouldn't have had time to view this much video, or might have commented on parts that were not what you wanted to focus on.
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    angeldanielangeldaniel Pro Posts: 36
    No problem with putting the time coordinate :) . I see her tilting her head up many times in other songs but yeah it could be the choreography. She really does sound good and she also has a breathy tone on her voice which I like. Is she mixing in all of the videos when belting? and this means she has decent support or really good support?
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    highmtnhighmtn Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro, 3.0 Streaming Posts: 15,359
    It's a hodge-podge. Mixing here and there, belting in chest here and there. Sounds well-supported.
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