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Breathing for singing is a huge topic that goes well beyond “breath deeply from your diaphragm”. Breathing for vocal expression is a whole learning world itself. Learning to sing does not only consist of learning vocal techniques and songs. When you embark on the process of releasing your voice and expressing it you are going to face some of the issues that blocked your voice in the first place.
That does not mean that you will experience those situations again. Rather you are going to find the blocked emotions that they stimulated.
When we have an emotion that is overwhelming us the body might react by blocking it so we don’t feel it so intensively. When we repeatedly do this, we build some chronic tensions in our body that modify our posture and change our breathing patterns.
This often restricts our breathing and we are no longer able to breathe fully and freely.
Our breathing is the fuel of our voice and they are intrinsically connected. If your breathing is restricted you are not going to be able to fully express yourself.
That is one of the reasons why breathing is so important for singers! As singers we are communicators. Your capacity of expression will play a very important role in how much the audience can connect with you.
Have you ever heard of belly breathing? If your breathing is free you should be able to find your belly breathing without difficulty. Do you find yourself tensing your abs when you breathe in? That is another way of telling that you are not allowing your body to fully breathe.
We also breathe in by expanding the lungs to the sides, what we call side breathing. In this type of breathing you are using your ribs to help you bring the air in.
We have a third phase in our breathing, which in many people tends to be the first and only phase. It is what we call chest breathing.
If you mainly breathe with your chest breathing you are probably restricting your breathing quite a bit, which can not only affect your voice but also your quality of life and health.
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[…] Breathing in as much as you comfortably can and exhaling with a sustained hissing – you can do this exercise more easily if you coordinate your breathing with your arms movement: open your arms up to the sides when taking air in, exhale softly while bringing your arms down. Exhale with a sustained hissing for as long as you comfortably can (without getting purple!) and try to last one more second every time you practice. This exercise you might have already heard of in your singing lessons, however, consistency in this exercise is key to actually developing skill on it instead of using it as a voice warm-up only. […]
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