How to Control Breathing While Singing


Hello, hello, hello!

My name is Katarina and I am the founder of How 2 Improve Singing and today, I want to talk about breathing. How to control breathing while singing. I want to give you a simple exercise to make your breathing very natural.

Last week, I was able to participate in an online workshop with Jessica Wolf. She is a master teacher of Alexander Technique and the author of The Art of Breathing.

At the very beginning of the workshop, she defined breathing. Breathing is a 3-dimentional change of shape of our body or our torso. I thought this was really simple but effective because when I started to think about breathing in this way, I noticed that my breathing got deeper without really doing a lot of work.

So let me explain. When singers focus on breathing, many of them focus on just their belly moving in and out during breathing. Some singers even pay attention to the sides of their bodies and expansion sideways. Many singers even know about the diaphragm moving down on inhalation and up on exhalation. But the truth is that when we breathe the way the nature intended for us to breathe, all these movements happen at the same time and we breathe very naturally.

So I want to do an experiment with you, an exercise.

I want you to find a position that is comfortable for you. Align your body. You can be standing or sitting. And just breathe, continue breathing. Don’t do any extra hard work or breathe more deeply than you would normally.

Just breathe and start noticing your body how it moves, where it moves, which body parts are moving. Do you feel any tension? Any pain? Is it easy? Is it difficult? In which direction the body parts are moving?

Start thinking about breathingas a 3-dimentional shape change of your torso. And you can even use your hands to feel the movement. So you can feel the movement of your chest, how it is expanding on inhalation. Even the movement sideways. Then you can touch your body, your lower torso and feel the belly moving and the sides of your body. And then, put your hands on your back and feel how your back is moving when you are breathing. And the reason for that is a big part of our lungs are at the back. So when we breathe naturally, the back will expand, will widen.

And although you don’t feel your diaphragm, you can imagine havingyour diaphragm moving down on inhalation and up with exhalation.

And now, breathe naturally. Don’t take any deep breaths, don’t work harder than normally, just very naturally.

And keep all these ideas in your head. Breathing is a 3-dimentional shape change or your body.

And now I want you to think about your discoveries. Was your breathing deeper when you were  thinking about this definition? Did anything change in your body? Was it easies? Did you feel tension? Did you feel pain? Was it natural? Was it hard work? Was it easy?

And that’s really all for today I wanted to share with you.

Please, in the comments below, let me know about your discoveries, about this exercise. How you felt about it. If you have any questions, post your questions too. If you like this video, click the like button, share it with your friends and I will see you in the next video.

Until then, happy singing and happy breathing.

Link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZ9SnpVjqgQ&feature=youtu.be