Hello happy singers!
I am Katarina, the founder of How 2 Improve Singing. In this video, I am going to tell you how to inhale so that you can sing with power and freedom. You may think that good inhalation is all about the diaphragm but is the diaphragm really as important for singing as people think? I’ll explain so stay tuned.
This video is all about efficient inhalation that gives you the power and flexibility to sing any note you want.
There are three steps.
Step one: Establish a medium-high chest position.
Before you take a breath and start singing, create ideal conditions for making a beautiful sound. It includes a well-aligned body posture with an open chest. Your breastbone is up, and your shoulders are wide and back. This is not a rigid or stiff posture. It’s a flexible and dynamic posture that allows your body to expand in all directions on inhalation.
Don’t lift your chest too high. If you cannot move your chest any higher it means that your chest posture is too high and there is probably some tension. So explore different chest positions and find the one that feels good to you.
It is absolutely critical that you maintain this position throughout singing. Do not allow your chest to collapse!
Step two. The 360 Ring of Breath.
This simply means that you allow your body to expand in all directions: forward, sideways and backward.
Let me explain.
Put your hand on your upper abdomen. When you inhale, this part of your body moves out.
Now put your hands on the sides of your body. When you inhale, the sides of your body move sideways.
Lastly, put your hands on your back. When you inhale, your back expands slightly.
When you coordinate these three movements into a simultaneous action during inhalation, you create ideal conditions for your diaphragm to descend fully.
Speaking about the diaphragm. You cannot really feel or touch your diaphragm and you cannot directly control your diaphragm. When your upper abdomen is moving out on inhalation, it is not the diaphragm that you see or feel moving. It is the abdominal wall and the inner organs that move as a direct effect of the descending diaphragm. And although the diaphragm is important for inhalation, stop focusing on the diaphragm!
Start paying attention to your chest, sides of the body and your back. You can see, feel, and control these body parts and create optimal conditions for the function of the diaphragm.
Step three. Inhale silently.
Effective inhalation is silent. If you hear your breath entering your body, something is not right. There is an obstacle somewhere along the way – it can be your tongue, your throat, or something else that obstruct the vocal tract and creates friction. So open up your instrument and breathe in silently.
And that is all for today. Three steps to better inhalation that leads to a strong and free sound. But there is more to good breathing technique than inhalation. Find out if you breathe correctly for singing. Click the link in the description below the video to download a free breathing checklist.
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Link to the video: https://youtu.be/27zo5LTVA6w