May 23, 2022


May 23, 2022

UNFD Recording artist Alex from “Drown This City” doing breathing exercises.

Having the talent and ability to sing is indeed something to be proud of. Besides the fact that you are given the freedom to make a living with it, you also have the capability to share your talent with your friends and if not the world. However, maintaining a good singing voice isn’t an easy task. There are a couple of things that you must do regularly to ensure that your voice remains golden and sounds it’s best.

In such a case, one of the things you must do is to execute correct diaphragm breathing exercises, all of which are simple and effective, to maintain a great strong healthy voice.

Below are just a few examples.

1. Humming

Oftentimes, we take humming for granted. Some people use it to sing softly or to soothe others. But did you know it has a lot of singing benefits?
To perform this, you just need to create a soft hum. Now, the trick here is to hum the same notes over and over again until you feel like you’re ready to burst through your diaphragm. At this point, take a deep breath, and continue humming for around 30 seconds.
In the next 30 seconds, do the same thing. Continue for as long as you can, then take a break for about a minute before continuing.
Try to extend this period of time that you are coming for for as long as you possibly can. This will expand your singing lung capacity.
Humming is also a great way to warm up your voice!

2. Deep Breathing

Deep breathing exercises are quite effective in cleansing the lungs, improving lung health and improving lung capacity. This simple activity may sound a bit mundane, but it is quite effective.
If you feel uncomfortable doing this exercise in public, you can close the door and just do it in the comfort of your own room.

To perform this breathing exercise:
* Stand straight with your feet apart.
* Slowly lift your arms above your head and take a deepest largest breath in that you possibly can. Try to breathe into your diaphragm and lower part of your lungs and then fill up the top part of your lungs last.
* Use the arms to help you breathe out by making a “swooshing” gesture while lifting them down.
* Do this for a minute or two every day and you’ll greatly feel your singing lung capacity expand.

3. The Nostril Breathing Exercise

This technique is used to control or regulate the breathing process.

Place your right thumb on your right nostril, then breathe in through your left nostril. After you are done, then breathe out through the right nostril. Repeat the same procedure with your left thumb on the left nostril.

This exercise is simple yet effective, and you can do it anywhere, any time you have a couple of minutes to spare.

4. The Bellow Breathing Exercise

As the name implies, the exercise involves you moving your lungs around like a bellows. To perform this exercise, blow air in and out of your mouth. This should sound like a hissing sound. Do it in a rhythmic manner.
Do this quickly in an out taking the deepest breath that you possibly can without hyperventilating. I recommend doing this for 30 seconds and then resting for 30 seconds and doing four sets of these. This exercise is simple quick and effective that will greatly expand your singing lung capacity.

Peter Vox with UNFD Recording artist Alex from “Drown This City” doing breathing exercises.

5. The Water Pump

This exercise requires you to work on your breathing while doing the water pump while lying down on the floor or sitting on a chair. To do this, breathe in through your nose and exhale through your mouth.

As you exhale, use your abdominal muscles to drive your diaphragm upwards. Repeat this movement 50 times until you feel like you’re ready to burst with air.
While breathing in, let the air come in through your mouth. Then, push the air into the bottom of your lungs by pushing your abdomen out.
Exercise is great to improve your core and diaphragm strength. It is also great for singers to control their breathing by using their diaphragm. And lastly it is also great to expand your singing lung capacity.


As you can see, there are a lot of breathing exercises for singers that you can try and see which one works best for you. Before performing them, you should consult your doctor or a vocal coach to ensure that you are performing the exercises correctly.
The above exercises are all designed to expand the singers lung capacity and breath control.
Remember that your voice is a gift that you should always take care of. If you want to be a good singer, then you have to do more than just read, sing and memorise music. You also have to maintain your singing voice and the foundation of this is correct diaphragm support of all notes when singing.

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