Goals for this lesson: 1. Learn or improve diaphragmatic breathing 2. Learn exercises to do that, that help you breath calmly and steadily
Why is breathing so important?
Singing is the thing we are commanded to do 2nd most often in the bible!
Observe yourself in the mirror:
- Take 5 deep breaths.
- What do you see move?
- What do you see stay still?
- Is there any tension?
-What muscles are you engaging?
- You can also do this with your eyes closed to gain a different perspective
The diaphragm is like a sheet of muscle connected to your spine, the bottom of the rib cage and also to the breastbone. As you inhale it moves down an inch or two, and as you exhale it creates a vacuum and goes back up.
Your voice needs to “surf” along your air. Or like gas propelling a car forward.
Pull your shoulders back, and down. Your chin should be parallel to the ground. Feet should be shoulder width apart, one foot can be in front of the other if you prefer. Put your hand on your upper stomach. Breathe in through your nose and watch in your mirror. There should be no tension or strain present, you are relaxed from your chin to your hand. Another good way to feel for proper breathing is to place your hands on the base of your ribcage at the back.
Your exhale should be gentle in singing. Place your hand on your upper stomach again and perform the “go” exercise. You do not want that feeling going on when you’re singing.
You also do not need to exhale extremely slowly when you’re singing.
Take 5 minutes 2–3 times a day to practise a few of those exercies.