According to some studies, you can gain a longer life and great health depending on how good you are at breathing! It just sounds ridiculous right? However, this is very true. There is a proper way of breathing. And doing this can make you fit and healthy while making you a better singer.
In order to have a good foundation in singing; you have to learn how to breathe properly by using a good breathing method. The stable and continuous flow of air is what makes the sound we make in singing great. Your singing as well as duration, capacity and strength will have better quality if you learn how to control the flow of air which will enable you to control your singing amazingly.
Relaxation techniques specifically on quiet inhalations should be included in a good breathing method. In order to relax your muscles that border the vocal cords, you have to do some exercises and stretches. These include yawning while you are inhaling and exhaling.
Deeply take a breath by using your diaphragm. The diaphragm is a strong muscle that is located below the sacs of our lungs. Get to feel it, you have to feel your rib cage as well as the abdominal area expand as your diaphragm presses on them. This will enable your lungs to take more air in. And then, exhale with your lips pursed together.
You have to repeat doing these exercise 4 counts on inhaling as well as exhaling. Keep in mind that you also have to consider doing the quiet inhalation of air with the use of yawning exercise. It can be very useful to do this method. Even though it may not be much needed on voice placement, it is very helpful since it helps the muscles relax to inhale air quietly and fast. While you are doing you vocal exercises, try pushing your belly muscles outward.
For you to see if you are doing it properly, try to put some books above your belly or lie flat on the floor and breathe. If you see that the book is raised while you breathe, then that it just quite right and keep at it. Develop these proper habits and ask someone who has the experience to guide you if you find it hard. It is important to do so because getting rid of bad habits is difficult to do. So spend some time in training or rehearsing. To have a good control over your breathing and form good breathing habits, do this good breathing method (the books on the belly part is excluded).
While you are doing the exercise, avoid some movements like moving your head, neck and shoulders. Your chin should just be positioned on its normal level, not beyond or below. Effortless and natural – that is the best description of breathing properly.
It is a very crucial part to develop your singing skills by using a good breathing method. You have to practice constantly and have the determination to learn. You can achieve your dream of becoming a better singer if you are just patient.
Helen Nadel is a Musician, Recording Artist, a Song Writer and Much More. With a staff of dedicated actors, Helene Goldnadel has been the precursor of new methods which have been allowing the children to improve in any and all performance based endeavors. HG Nadel has been working with children in voice placement, voice projection and has kept countless young performers from the painful damage which vocalist experience when they do not sing from the diaphragm.
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