Updated: Feb 21
The most important part of singing is Breathing!! Well you have been breathing all of your life so what is the big deal? If you take a big breath through your mouth you will probably feel a drying sensation at the back of your throat and your shoulders will be moving upwards. Although you think this is a big breath it is actually very shallow and you will not be able to control it very well. It can sometimes make you want to cough. Breathing like that is not very efficient for singers. Singers, like horn players, have to learn how to breathe properly to get the most out of their instruments.
In the previous blog we talked about stance and placement of the shoulders. If you get into this stance, raise and roll your shoulders back into the hanging position, place your hands on your stomach just under your rib cage. Take a gentle breath, see if you can feel it moving where your hands are. You should feel that connection of ribs and belly. This is your diaphragm engaging with your core! Low diaphragmatic breathing is not something that you learn immediately you must practice this. There are several exercises that work for this. If you are interested, you are welcome to check out my Vocal Training USB. It is approximately two hours of instruction as well as a video to help you visualize what I am talking about.
Practice your breathing it is part of vocal care and I am a firm believer in taking care of the gift you have been given.
Just a side note: You will probably have heard you must breathe through your nose but in my opinion breathing through your mouth or your nose is acceptable. Everyone is different.