7 Best Breathing Exercises for Singing

Want to learn some of the best breathing
exercises for singers? In this video Stephanie shares a few fun exercises
that every beginner can use to develop breath support and control. So stay tuned
and don’t forget to click the link in the description box to access free
online singing lessons. -Hi, this is Stephanie from TakeLessons. The very
important thing to do is learn how to control your breath and take a proper
breath. So the first one is a problem because most people breathe incorrectly
on a daily basis. We take very shallow inhales from our chest that causes
tension right where the vocal cords are and your neck and all the area that
needs to be relaxed when singing. What’s important about the breath is that it
does support your sound. Even tone and pitch is created by that particular
breath. Pitch is created by that little air stream and that passes through your
vocal cords and allows your vocal cords to vibrate. It also is important because
you don’t want to produce sound from the throat – ah. It comes straight out and very
damaging if you prolong the sound coming straight from your vocal cords. So you
want to almost imagine like you’re sighing it out. It’s very low in your body and you
should feel it almost very grounding and very relaxing. It shouldn’t be strenuous
or hard work; energy, yes, but not hard work and painful. So a lot of times
you’ll take a breath when you start singing like this… the tension is in my
throat and in my neck and my upper chest. So the way you should
breathe – you can take your hands like you’re about to eat a burger, wrap them
around your back and your rib cage. You feel the front of your hands on your
belly. You should feel an expansion in your
stomach, in your sides, and almost like your back is getting wider. So when you
inhale you should actually see no upward motion. You shouldn’t be getting skinny.
You actually should be expanding – almost taking up more space in the room, and you
should feel very relaxed. Proper breathing will take some time to get
used to so be patient. It does take practice and it is a skill that you need
to develop. It’s actually redeveloped because we normally should breathe that
way. So take your hands around your waist, feel all that engagement around your
entire core. Inhale almost like you’re suctioning up
the floor or into your hips or out into the room. So you can think of it as
almost like a circle or a sphere around you. So inhale… See, no tension in the
upper body, and actually I’m taking in a lot more air than I did before. So learn
to breathe properly because it is important. One important aspect about
breath management are some muscles in between your ribcage called intercostal
muscles. So you take your hands again, wrap them around your ribcage, take a
breath like you got surprised and collapse. Do it again, and collapse slowly. That expansion you can control. So you
want to keep those muscles tight. When I did the 360 breath I expanded correctly,
but I’m gonna manipulate that collapse. So as I’m
talking I’m actually letting it collapse slowly. So an exercise that you can do is
also a hissing exercise. You should last 35 to 45 seconds. If you are
collapsing too soon, and a lot of times people release, especially at the
beginning of their phrases, too much air. So they will release that little
collapse right at the start. So take a breath, control that expansion, imagine
like you’re almost releasing a string. Keep controlling it. You should last that
amount of air. If you don’t, then practice that control. A good strengthening
exercise for your diaphragm is learning to pant like a dog. Alright so you want
to take your hand, find your belly button, find that the last ribcage bone on your
stomach, place your hand right there in the middle, and you should feel some type
of push out. A lot of times people will say that you should feel your abdominal
muscles engaged. You want to actually relax your abdominal muscles. So I’ll
turn to the side. I can push out my abdominal muscles without
actually releasing air. What you want to do to engage your diaphragm is actually
release your air. So keeping your air in will cause tension, and you’ll actually produce the sound straight from your vocal cords – the same
way if you wouldn’t have taken the breath. So make sure they almost feel
like you’re sighing out a phrase… ahh. You should feel a downward push of air
in a relaxed motion, of an outward push. So panting like a dog. You should feel
your diaphragm almost push out violently. So you can start slow… start speeding it
up. You should feel your back
engagement in the muscles, your torso, your stomach, everything is engaged, your
entire body. But the breath is what’s pushing out that diaphragm not your
abdominal muscles. Alright another exercise you can do
with that same panting is produce sound with the panting. So start slowly, ha ha
ha ha ha. You’re almost laughing on the note. So make sure it’s not coming out
from your throat and going ah ah ah ah. A lot of times you’ll go, uh-uh-uh-uh-uh, and you’ll think
that you’re engaging that because the sound sounds that way, but it feels
straight in your throat. So make sure you’re feeling that power come from your
diaphragm. Another strengthening exercise you can
do is do scales on panting, so ha ha ha ha. So you can speed them up… You can take
the tone that you’re struggling in on your song and produce it in that kind of
laughing sort of manner. So make sure you use an H to drop down the H into your
stomach… You should feel the air push down your diaphragm… If this tone isn’t controlled and
powerful that means you’re not engaging your diaphragm. So any note that you’re
struggling with, see if you can test it and make sure that it’s coming from your
diaphragm. -Hey there, thanks for watching. Which of these breathing exercises helps
you the most? Leave a comment and let us know. And if you enjoyed this video
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7 thoughts on “7 Best Breathing Exercises for Singing

  1. hi I have a song on youtube call       I do anything for you I wont know if iam singing from my diaphragm and      is my breathing ok

  2. good video! can you make a video explaining how to breathe with the lower lungs and not the upper chest? It's quite hard to do haha
    Thanks 😉

  3. Great information. The demonstration of the exercises wasn’t clear as the instructor’s torso was not visible or picturized. Thank you very much for sharing this. 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏽👍🏾👍🏽👍🏾👍🏽👍🏾🌺🌸🌺🌸👍🏻🌸🌺🌸🌺🌸👍🏻🌺🌸👍🏻🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  4. Thanks so much, ive always known how to breathe to diaphragm but never knew how to utilise this. I think the sighing into the note really clears this up for me on how to effectively sing from diaphraghm, thanks so much 🙂

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