Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Top 3 Reasons Why Diaphragmatic Breathing is #1 for Preparing Your Voice for Training
The most common complaint with novices is “I just don’t seem to have enough breath!” Well, it only takes regular breathing exercises to correct that. I wonder if you’ve noticed how anxious the prospect of running out of breath when you sing makes you. Which brings me to point number one: when you do your deep diaphragmatic breathing exercise before you train, it not only relaxes you so that the anxiety and tension go away, it also prepares you to breathe correctly for the exercises you’re about to do. And the second reason why it is so important for singers to build this into their training regime is because it opens up your breathing system so that it functions the way it should—when you sing.
I always tell my students—and this is the third reason diaphragmatic breathing is of critical importance to preparing the voice for training—it quintessentially enables your breath control. When breathing comes naturally, it becomes the last thing you ever need to think about when you sing. I would liken it to removing the roadblocks so that you travel free of worry on the highway. The less you have to think about breathing the easier it is to sing with good breath control—because your mechanism to breathe-to-sing is functioning optimally. My favorite breathing exercise, therefore, is breathing in to the count of eight, holding your breath for the count of eight, and then exhaling with a hiss for sixteen. And you could either sip it in, or gradually drop the jaw to let it in nice and easy into your abdominal area. You'll find sipping in is especially effective for quickly building your capacity. A little challenging for some, but the more you do it, the easier it gets. To get started with your deep diaphragmatic breathing exercise, download mp3 here!
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