Blog on Breathing for Singers
I find that breath control can be a mystery to some singers.
What is the right way to breathe when singing?
I have heard a variety of ideas like, breathe with your diaphragm, support your voice using the diaphragm, hold your breath in your tummy or control your breathing using your abdominal muscles.
You maybe a belly breather who experiences abdominal expansion/contraction during breathing , or a chest breather, who experience a rise/fall in the chest and sometimes even the shoulders.
Belly breathing is useful for some singing and speaking styles and chest breathing is useful in others.
Neither one is right or wrong. Really???
My favorite vocal scientist Jo Estill explains breathing based on proven research that is very liberating and easy to understand.
If you want to find out more, get on to our website www.nextlevelsinging.com.au and send us an email to book a class with us and we will show you how.
Here are a couple of simple things you can do to keep your voice functioning well.
A well-hydrated larynx is essential for healthy voice use. As a rough guide, you should try to drink 1.5 litres of water a day. It can take up to four hours for any water you drink to get into your system and keep your voice hydrated. Therefore you need to start drinking water a lot earlier to when you actually have to sing.
A useful way to quickly moisturise your vocal cords and larynx is to breathe in steam.
Good posture is another fundamental in healthy voice use. If the spine and neck is out of alignment, so will all other muscles around the larynx that it relies on for support and movement. Maintaining good posture should never be underestimated during your vocal practice.
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That’s it for now
Stay happy and keep singing!
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