3 Great Breathing Exercises From Emil Benkhe

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About these 3 Breathing Exercises From Emil Benkhe

This post teaches three breathing exercises from Emil Benkhe that will help to train your breathing apparatus. The breathing exercises focus on breathing out quietly and qickly.

The exercises will help the vocal structures, especially the lungs, to be more flexible. Singers need this flexibility in order to control the breath when singing.

Who is Emil Benkhe?

Emil Behnke (1836-1892) was a singer who is recognized as the Founder of Voice Training. In 1650, Mr. Benkhe began to study how the voice functioned in speech and singing.

His work brought him much recognition as he was able to demonstrate the science of the function of speaking and singing. These exercises continue to work for modern students who apply them.

#2 Breathing exercise from Emil Benkhe

Breathe in slowly, steadily and quietly through the nose

Hold the breath for TWO counts. While holding the breath, open the mouth widely and let the air escape quickly and quietly.

Don’t breathe for TWO counts.

Repeat the exercise three times.

Rest for 30 seconds after the fourth repetition.

Repeat the entire exercise three more times taking 30 second rests after each set.

3 breathing exercises from Emil Benkhe

#2 Breathing exercise from Emil Benkhe

Breathe in slowly, steadily and quietly through the nose

Hold the breath for TWO counts

Release the breath suddenly while saying HAH

Don’t breathe for TWO counts.

Repeat the exercise three times, breathing out on HAY then HEE.

Rest 30 seconds after the fourth repetition

#3 Breathing exercise from Emil Benkhe

Breathe in slowly, steadily and quietly through the nose

Hold the breath for ONE count

Open the mouth and let out the breath slowly, steadily and quietly

Don’t breathe for ONE count after breathing out

Repeat the exercise 12 times, resting after each set of four.

Reference

Behnke, K. (1948). Singer’s difficulties – how to overcome them. Britain: Lowe and Brydone Printers Limited.

The Mechanism of the Human Voice by Emil Behnke

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