What are the BEST breathing exercises for singing
In this lesson, we will explore the best breathing exercises for singing. Breathing exercises for singing are one of the key skills that all singers should learn.
A skilled singer will soon discover that breathing is really the key to great singing. Breathing exercises help singers to:
Improve vocal tone.
Develop flexibility and agility of the breathing muscles.
Take quick snatches of air while singing.
Control and support the escape of air from the lungs
Develop sustained singing (sing without “running out of breath”).
Eliminate unpleasant vocal problems such as nasal tones, harsh sounds, nasal sounds.
Develop a natural and beautiful singing.
How can I improve my breathing for singing?
There are many techniques and exercises to improve singing. Here is a very simple principle that really works. Anyone who follows this simple principle will achieve great results in a quick time:
“the most efficient way to train the breathing apparatus is to breathe in then concentrate on breathing out in a coordinated and rhythmic manner.” (Murdock, 2007).
The first exercise in the video below is an example of breathing out in a coordinated and rhythmic manner.
Just to reassure readers, you do not need music in order to practice breathing exercises. All you need is at least ten to fifteen minutes a day, a quiet and relaxed environment and patience. Just lie back or sit comfortably.
All you need to do is to breathe in, hold the breath for a few counts, then breathe out slowly, rhythmically and in a controlled manner. In other words, do not let the air rush out of the lungs.
What exercises can I do to sing better for singing?
First off, we do not recommend a technique called diaphragmatic breathing. This technique causes the singer to work too hard and also creates breathing difficulties in singing.
The techniques recommended on this site surround the principle that breathing in singing should be as natural and easy as when you are breathing.
Here is a simple breathing exercise to train the breathing apparatus, strengthen its muscles, and develop a great voice:
Breathe in deeply through the nose.
Fill the lungs (chest) with air.
Hold the breath for a minimum of three counts.
Purse the lips.
Breathe out slowly through the lips while counting mentally.
Maintain a slow, steady flow of air when breathing out. This means that you should not force the air out.
You will attain greater breath control when you can breathe out while counting to a minimum of twenty beats.
Some people can breathe out to a count of forty beats.
Murdock, R. (2007). Born to sing. Retrieved from http://www.alexandercenter.com/pa/voice.html