Learn to sing: some tips for breathing

Many know it, some people guess it or feel it, working their breath like a runner or swimmer in training is the basis of a firm, coordinated and well-timed voice. Two main actors of breathing for singing are used, alternate and complement one another. The final goal of the exercises is to move from natural breathing to support breathing (appoggio in Italian). Tips for working on your breathing and learning to sing? It’s here and right now!

Thoracic breathing

Instinctive, natural and innate, we live thanks to her and through her: no lungs, no breathing, no life! Whether it is to utter words or sounds, the first step to working your breath for singing is to remove any stressful or noisy atmosphere that prevents relaxation and inner peace. As long as the body and the bust remain contracted, stiffened or poorly positioned, the sound will pass only for essential uses: to speak – more or less well – to express oneself, but in no case to sing with amplitude.

The flow of air expelled by the rib cage comes from a familiarization with his body: as long as we do not feel the urge to breathe deeply , calmly, regularly, in a serene space and that encourages relaxation or relaxation. decompression, nothing is done. As soon as you have found your Paradise Corner, test yourself simply and gently.

Learn to control your breath to better sing

Sitting, cross-legged or kneeling, on a chair or ottoman, take control of your breathing pattern after inhaling or inhaling deeply and without forcing. The position of the chest should always be straight and not too stiff to maintain your air absorption capacity. Little by little, you feel after each inspiration / aspiration, the next one becomes more ample and more developed. Your bust is recovering instinctively, after trial early trial. Prolong the exercise as long as the feeling is done with ease , and increases your air volume. Stop as soon as tension and fatigue hunch your bust and disrupt your breathing. 

Learn to relax

Once perfectly comfortable in your preferred posture, place both hands on your chest, just below your chest, and after gently pressing the time to feel the ebb and flow of your breath, spread them backwards your bust until you feel your shoulders perfectly parallel. Release gently and repeat a dozen times, without seeking effort, but getting to know the muscles that move under your hands. After several days of the same exercise, you instinctively find the right position and your hands barely touch your muscles already sensitized.  

Abdominal breathing

Child or adult, for those who want to develop their breathing for singing , the abdominal breathing advocated and encouraged for centuries as a discipline even more important than the control of thoracic breathing, is today considered the “second brain” of body. Thoracic breathing and abdominal breathing, for singing, are two indispensable accesses for our body to coordinate and coexist, to help each other, to harmoniously and powerfully develop the amount of air you need to channel and control your voice. This supportive breathing is essential to learning singing.

To get to know the capabilities of your abdomen, you need to tame it before looking for control. Just like for chest breathing , look for the comfortable time, position and location that allows you to be in complete relaxation, without the risk of being disturbed by the idea of ​​an urgent appointment in follow-up of the exercise or a noisy environment. The exercise will be done, again, the back straight but sitting posture pleasant as for chest breathing.

Practice belly breathing

The learning of abdominal breathing involves touching and discovering your diaphragm, just below the ribs. Rotate your palm flat, pressing gently, and moving your hand in a clockwise direction. After several “dial turns” your breathing increases, your abdomen swells and relaxes at a steady pace and soothed by the movements of your palm.

The bust and the head straight, erase the shoulders well, breathe and exhale open mouth very quickly. Before resuming breathing at a more normal pace, put your hands flat on your abdomen from the first breaths of air accumulated at high speed: when the belly is flat to the inspiration and the feeling of swelling during the exhalation – not inspiration – press the abdominal buoy firmly and steadily until it clears from the accumulated air during exercise.

A supportive exercise that needs to be worked on regularly and understood in the opposite way to thoracic breathing where inspiration fills the lungs with air as they empty at expiration.

Some well-understood regular tips to work out your breathing for singing and develop a large and modulated vocal capacity also go through the knowledge of your body and its amazing channeling abilities!

The impact of abdominal breathing on singing

The purpose of abdominal breathing is to obtain a continuous, firm sound in one exhalation. So that the sound, the note or the speech is maintained, these breathing exercises for singing simple but maintained daily at home, allow rapid progress, so well demonstrated and directed during a course of professional singing, for a good practical evolution in solo.

You have optimized your breathing pattern? you get a fully rounded voice that will surprise you with its firmness and stability! Do not look for the Counter-Ut! Only the quality of tessitura account, especially in very soft and low intensity melodies where the accumulated work of thoracic and abdominal breathing will feel then fully.