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1: Vocals: Voice Anatomy

Kiley Hill

10:22 · Vocals

Kiley teaches about the physiology of breathing and why proper breathing is so important for the vocalist.

Vocals: Voice Anatomy

Kiley Hill

  • Breathing is the building block to healthy and energized singing. It supports your sound.

Psalm 150: let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

  • Vocal chords are really delicate muscles and can be damaged easily. Breath flowing through them causes vibration and therefore sound. We need to develop really good habits to ensure longevity as a singer. Proper breath management enables endurance and good tone.

  • Breathing is part of the Autonomic Nervous system. There are 36 muscles involved in singing. Breathing when your singing is managing the air pressure below your vocal chords as it’s releasing, past the vocal chords and out.

  • Sing from your Diaphragm – refers to the space sitting from the base of your stenum to the top of your naval (where the diaphragm sits). The diaphragm is a muscle that compresses and pushes the air out of your lungs.

  • Larynx – the top of your windpipe, also known as your voice box, where your vocal chords sit.

  • Initiating your sound:

  • Healthy way – with air passing through. You want air passing through to be what sets your vocal chords vibrating

  • Unhealthy way – glottal stop. It makes your vocal chords hit together. The differences between the two are only subtle but highly important.

  • Create good muscle memory and healthy habits.