How to Strengthen Diaphragm for Singing?

Hi, so you are watching this video because you want to know how to strengthen diaphragm for singing? Everyone is talking about the diaphragm. It seems that the diaphragm is the holy grail of singing. So, in this video, I am going to share 3 secrets about the diaphragm. You may be surprised what I tell you about strengthening your diaphragm for singing. Keep on watching.

Hi, my name is Katarina and I am the creator of How 2 Improve Singing and the founder of Breathing Academy for Singers. Let’s talk about the diaphragm.

The diaphragm is the biggest breathing muscle. It’s a dome shaped muscles and it separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity. Every singer talks about the diaphragm but it is definitely not the holy grail of singing. Let me tell you 3 less known facts about the diaphragm that you probably did not know.

Secret #1

You cannot sing from the diaphragm.

The diaphragm is active on inhalation, that is when we breathe air in. The diaphragm flattens and moves down. Contrary to a popular belief, the diaphragm is not active during exhalation. Yes, the diaphragm relaxes to its dome shaped position when we breathe out or when we sing. And it is very difficult to control a muscle in the state of relaxation.

Secret #2

You cannot touch your diaphragm.

You cannot touch, feel or directly contract your diaphragm. It’s not like a biceps that you can strengthen by lifting weights. Yes, you can pause breathing for a little bit or you can speed it up if you wanted but this breath manipulation involves more than the diaphragm.

The diaphragm is the biggest breathing muscles in our body but it’s not the only part of your body that participates in breathing and singing. Our vocal instrument is our whole body. Yes, the basic sound is created in your larynx, your voice box but if we isolated this sound from the rest of the body, it would not be pretty.

Secret #3

Finally, and I am sorry to disappoint you, you cannot strengthen your diaphragm.

Some people may suggest that the diaphragm can be strengthened with sit-ups. The muscles targeted by this exercise are the abdominal muscles, predominantly the rectus abdominis muscle (which is known as your six-pack).

Some people may suggest that breathing exercises will strengthen your diaphragm. But your diaphragm is strong enough for speaking and singing, unless you suffer from muscular or respiratory illness.

Maybe some people suggest that a strong diaphragm provides strong support for singing. Do not confuse the notion of “strong support” with a strong diaphragm. So called support in singing is a coordination of muscle action in your body and it involves many more muscles than the diaphragm.

So really, what you as a singer want to do is to learn to coordinate the action of many different muscle groups with the diaphragm to create balance.

So instead of looking for answers to the question how to strengthen diaphragm for singing, ask the right questions. For example, how to coordinate muscle action so that I can produce sounds with ease or how to breathe efficiently for singing.

Also invest some time and learn about the design of your vocal instrument – about your body. Believe me it will not be a waste of time. This knowledge will help you recognize myths about singing and it will allow you to cooperate with the instrument you have in a very natural way.

Check out my other videos to learn more about your vocal instrument. If you found this video useful, click the like button or share it with your singing friends.

If you want to continue talking about singing, join our free Facebook group Breathing Room for Singers. Click the link under the video and request access to this group.

Thank you for watching and see you in the next video. Bye.

 

Link to the video: https://youtu.be/RGj2o9alSKE