BREATHING FOR SINGING
Improving Breath Control
In SingSMART™ Singing Lessons 0201-0203 we learned about the best overal choices for breathing during the act of singing and also concentrated on HOW the diaphragm
is supposed to function during inhalation
and exhalation. We recommend these lessons as prerequisites in order to completely understand the concepts and exercises presented in Singing Lesson 0204.
In this lesson we learn how to
increase our skill level of breath control.
The act of breathing is a voluntary/involuntary
action. Meaning we can choose to hold our breath,
but when our body decides it needs oxygen
it will "trump" conscious free will and
force air intake. And, because breathing is
so very near and dear to our survival, it is
an automatic function that most of us don't
think about unless our attention is called in
that direction. Consequently, you have a lot
more control over your breathing than you
While our bodies are programmed for survival,
they are not necessarily programmed
for 100% efficiency without mental involvement.
That means that unless you are
already an accomplished athlete, the full
potential of your breathing abilities hasn't
even been explored, much less developed. And if you are an athlete, doesn't necessarily mean you are making the best choices when singing if you haven't paid attention to that aspect of your performance.
Keep in mind that your current muscle
memory and association with breathing
will be quite strong.
Conscious repetition with better choices
for singing is the only way to rewrite
the muscle memory and associations.
Breathing with poor choices during singing is one of the MOST COMMON reasons that a singer doesn't reach their full potential or ability level during performance.
This singing lesson includes: One Zipped File
- One detailed .pdf singing lesson;
- Two .mp3 audio file breathing exercises