Proper Breathing for Singing: How Much Air Do I Need to Sing?


Hello happy singers!

I am Katarina, the founder of How 2 Improve Singing.

You are a smart singer and you know that proper breathing technique is essential for efficient singing.

But how much air do you need to sing? How do you know that you are inhaling enough air to take you through a whole phrase?

The answer is easy and I will share it with you in this video. So stay tuned.

In this video, I am going to answer a common question asked by many singers: How much air do I need to sing?

A singer needs to take in as much air as it is required for a given sung phrase. This means that you need more air for long phrases and less air for short phrases. Also, you need more air for loud or breathy singing, and you need less air for high notes or soft singing.

Proper breathing for singing requires an inhalation of the right amount of air for a given phrase. Not too much and not too little.

And you may be surprised to know that it’s less than you think. Some singers, especially beginners, tend to take huge breaths. The problem with a big breath is that it creates tension in your vocal mechanism, in your body.

Let’s try it together.

Take a big breath. What do you feel? Do you feel like you want to burst? Do you feel the tension as you are trying to contain or control this huge amount of air?

I feel the tension right in my lower torso as well as in my throat. My throat shuts down as a result of the high air pressure under the vocal cords. And a closed throat is the last thing you want to do when singing. Strain in your throat affects the quality of your voice, which may become either strained or breathy.

Secondly, it is very difficult to control big volumes of air. It is much easier to manage small breaths.

So use small breaths and use proper breathing technique for singing to control the airflow going through the vocal cords.

If you are unable to sing the whole phrase in one breath, you have two choices. You can either take more breaths (if that makes sense) or you can gradually improve your breath management skills. Incorporate some breathing exercises into your regular vocal routine. Instead of asking how much air do I need, start asking yourself: how can I use my breath more efficiently?

And when someone tells you to take a deep breath, avoid doing this (demonstrate). Deep breathing does not mean a big breath that creates tension and straining. Watch my other videos to learn more about proper breathing for singers to avoid just that.

In this video, you learned about one small aspect of good breathing technique. But there is more to breathing for singing than the amount of air you inhale. To help you understand if you are breathing correctly for singing, I prepared a complete breathing checklist for you. Click the link in the description below the video to download your free breathing checklist.

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Happy singing!

Link to the Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EzUYvbgjOU