Imagine: what if you could make ONE SIMPLE CHANGE to your breathing, and notice an instant improvement in your singing?
Or, even better: what if you made not one, but four changes — and each of them would make your voice stronger? You’d be pretty excited!
If you are reading this — you are, probably, having some difficulty breathing with the lower part of your lungs, using your stomach or diaphragm.
Fortunately, there is a simple way to improve your breathing right now!
1. What is a diaphragm, how does it work, and why is it important for you?
2. Breathe to expand — not to raise! 80% diaphragmatic, 10% bronchial
3. When singing, all breathing is done through the mouth — never through the nose
4. Use a mirror for control
1. What is a diaphragm, how does it work, and why is it important for you? The diaphragm is a large, dome-shaped muscle located at the base of the lungs. It is the pump, that fills your lungs with air, and creates pressure necessary for speaking and singing.
Thoughtful diaphragmatic breathing is meant to help you use the diaphragm and other muscles correctly, especially when singing. Breathing exercises for singing are essential for this!
2. Breathe to expand — not to raise Put your hand on your chest right now, and take a light bronchial breath – around 10% of your total lung capacity. You are just filling up the bronchial space at the very top of your chest.
Put another hand on your stomach, right at your solar plexus. Take a slow diaphragmatic breath, you are going to fill that with air for a few seconds — feel the lower part of your lungs expanding forward and sideways.
And then add a 10% bronchial breath on top of that!
Yes, that only comes to 90% total. You should never start singing at a full 100% lung capacity, because air pressure will be too strong, and cause you to blast out, and expel a lot of air on your first note.
3. When singing, all breathing is done through the mouth — never through the nose. Breathing through the nose is for daily life — not for singing. Nasal passages are a winding, labyrinth-like structure, which is great for filtering, warming up and moistening the air before it hits your lungs. Excellent for every other activity, but no for singing — because it is noisy, and takes too long!
Breathing in through your mouth allows you to take in more air faster, quieter, and opens up your voice apparatus for beautiful resonance and tone.
4. Use a mirror for control. Watch yourself in the mirror sideways. It’s a great way to see what you are doing at home! Practice this every day, and soon you will breathe this way effortlessly, and it will become second nature.
Breathing exercises for singers work well at the early stage of your regular vocal warm-ups. You’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to achieve your vocal goals when you just learn to breathe!
If you are still having troubles figuring out the correct way to breathe by yourself, a great singing teacher can help you identify the breathing muscles and techniques you need to improve — book a lesson with a trusted vocal coach, or take an online lesson.
At VSA, we use these breathing technique and exercises — and much more — helping singers like yourself to level up their skill and confidence. Give us a ring, or CLICK HERE to learn more about our private singing lessons and start using diaphragmatic breathing in your singing professionally!
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