Breathing is an essential part of singing. Proper breathing techniques allow you to support your sound with air, helping you to sustain and control your singing. Inadequate breathing can lead to fatigue and a weak or breathy sound. It is also important to ensure you are breathing in the right places, as it allows you to transition smoothly between notes, phrases, and songs.
Let’s take a look at the 5 breathing exercises to improve singing.
1. Diaphragmatic breathing: Start by lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Place one hand on your chest and one hand on your stomach. Inhale deeply through your nose, and focus on pushing your stomach out as you do so. As you exhale, contract your abdominal muscles and pull your stomach in towards your spine.
2. The “hissing” exercise: This exercise helps to develop good breath control and airflow. Stand up straight and inhale deeply through your nose. As you exhale, make a consistent “hissing” sound and focus on keeping the sound even and consistent.
3. The “buzzing” exercise: Stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart. Inhale through your nose and exhale making a consistent “buzzing” sound with your lips. Focus on keeping the sound even and consistent.
4. The “sighing” exercise: Stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart. Inhale deeply through your nose and then exhale making a long and relaxed “sighing” sound. Focus on keeping the sound even and relaxed.
5. Alternating breaths: Start by standing up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart. Inhale through your nose and then exhale through your mouth. Inhale through your mouth and then exhale through your nose. Continue alternating between the two breathing methods.
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