Thursday, 26 January 2017

Tips on Diaphragmatic Breathing for Singers

So you have probably heard how important it is to breathe correctly while you sing… but how exactly are you supposed to do that?
There are so many different ways that Singing Teachers teach breathing and it can become really confusing for the singer.
There really isn't a right or wrong way, they all have merit.
As long as you understand why you need to breathe correctly when singing and exactly how to do it, you should be on the right track.
I have broken it down into 7 Simple Steps that I like to use when teaching a Singer how to breathe.

7 Simple Steps to Breathing with your Diaphragm:

  • Place your hands on the upper part of your stomach
  • When breathing, imagine there is a deflated balloon where your diaphragm sits (at the bottom of your lungs).
  • Take a deep breath and start filling the balloon, push your stomach out as much as possible to take in more air.
  • Imagine the balloon deflating again, as you exhale and let your stomach collapse.
  • Make sure that your chest remains nice and still; push all of the air directly into the balloon.
  • Try to fill it more and more every time.
  • Try to make yourself look as fat as possible…. yes FAT, we are focusing on our voices not our looks… well, right now anyway.
  • Repeat this exercise with your hands on your back, at the bottom of your ribs this time.

Now practice this exercise every single time you sing and you will be breathing like a PRO in no time!
Remember to be patient, it's not easy to begin with but practice makes perfect.