Hi everyone and welcome to my first ever blog!
I hope you enjoy these regular updates and feel free to email me for any advice!
So I thought I would launch straight in with one of the most talked about and debated subjects in the singing world….
Throughout the day we breathe in and out regularly to keep ourselves alive!
It is an automatic reflex and we don’t have to think about it at all!
Why do we get so worked up about this when we start to sing?
But I was told to sing from my DIAPHRAGM!!!!
How do you do that? What is the diaphragm? Can we feel it? Can we control it?
The diaphragm is a muscle that divides the lungs and the rest of the organs.
It moves down when you breath IN
It moves up when you breath OUT
That’s pretty much it!
What we DO need to think about as singers is:
- How much air do we need to take IN to sing that particular phrase
- Controlling the flow of air when we are singing – i.e. not wasting air
Other things to notice:
- Breathe in through your mouth not your nose
- Notice if any other muscles are getting involved when you breathe out
- Do your stomach muscles need to get involved when you sing?
- The abdominal muscles only engage when you are in negative air pressure.
- The most important thing is to make sure you release/relax these muscles at the end of your breath – don’t grip your stomach muscles it will just increase tension.
There’s lots more we could discuss but I hope that gives you a little bit more information about breathing.
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