Breathing The Wrong Way Can Ruin Your Voice!
not know this yet, but not knowing how to breathe properly when
singing can actually be dangerous to your
about singing is based on breath. The absolute first thing that
you need to understand about singing is that if you are not breathing
properly, you are not singing properly, and that can lead to some
pretty serious problems. Serious enough that you could potentially
ruin your singing voice permanently.
breathing technique is a widely debated topic among music teachers
everywhere. There are so many different techniques that people are
taught, it's difficult to tell which ones are good for your voice, and
which ones are harmful.
is how you can tell which techniques are good and which ones are bad;
The bad breath control tips and techniques will make your throat hurt and feel tight while
are singing with incorrect breathing technique, you will feel a tensed
up feeling in your throat. This means that you are putting
un-necessary strain on your vocal cords.
tension, and forcing your voice is the single most harmful thing
you can do for yourself. It causes tons of problems such as:
breaks in your voice,
to reach high notes,
weak and powerless vocal sound,
problems, like going sharp and flat,
shortness of breath while singing.
problems are fairly minor, and can be corrected with learning the
right breath control tips and techniques. Most vocal tension is caused because of a core
problem of not taking a correct breath. Although many problems can be
corrected with proper breathing, there is one major problem that
tension, and forcing the voice can eventually lead to vocal nodes
forming inside your throat.
nodes are little callus like bumps that form on the vocal cords on the
inside of the throat. They cause your voice to be raspy and toneless,
and often the only cure is a combination of surgery and vocal
therapy. The vocal therapy can involve being ordered not to speak
or use your voice for an extended period of time, sometimes
you are trying to be a singer of any sort, this is like a death sentence.
Even after vocal therapy, many people can't ever sing to the level
they once could... their ranges are dramatically shortened, their
voices break and they have a constant raspy-ness that never goes
the good news... vocal nodes can be prevented! All you have to
do is take care of the beautiful voice you have by singing with proper
technique, and that begins with learning the correct breath control
tips and techniques.
explain to you how proper breathing actually works in relation to good
important to understand what happens to your body when you take a
breath, and being aware of the process is something that will help you
to carry it out more effectively.
starts when we begin to inhale. At the same time as we are inhaling,
four other things are going on at exactly the same time.
diaphragms expand in the front, back and sides so our lungs can
properly hold incoming air.
pelvic muscles naturally lift up to support the expanding
backs extend downwards,
our hips gently roll forward and pull our gluteus (bum) muscles
the while our lungs are filling with air.
to certain methods of teaching proper breathing, being aware of this
process is necessary, because it will help you to take what is called
a "controlled" breath. Many teachers of this method
would say that being able to take a controlled breath is the single
most important ability a singer can have.
coaches everywhere will tell you that if a breath is controlled the
singer will have the right basis to be able to:
with razor sharp pitch,
Produce a powerful, room-filling sound,
explode their vocal ranges to new heights and lows!
it's a little more complicated then just taking a controlled breath.
There is a specific process to follow in order to take that breath the
right way, and it takes a bit of practice.
next part of breathing properly is learning to support your controlled
breath. The two go hand in hand! To support your breath means
hold your body firmly in the position it was in when you first took
your controlled breath. To
"give it more support" (a term
widely used by singing teachers) means to tighten up that position,
all the while keeping your throat relaxed.
you're not careful, that
in itself can cause tension in the throat, just by trying to do all of
those things at once! You literally have to keep one part of your body
strong and firmed up, while keeping the rest of it loose, relaxed and
have to mention here that one thing you
want to make sure you don't do is take a high, chesty breath. You know when
you hear a song on the radio, and you can hear the singer take a big, exaggerated
don't want to do that. Obviously your
breathing is going to make some noise, but it shouldn't be very
loud. And you want to make sure your shoulders don't rise up and
down. Your ribs should expand outward, but your shoulders should never
go up and down.
the correct breath control tips and techniques when singing is actually not difficult.
You just have to learn the correct process. To summarize, here it is:
have to be taught how to take a controlled breath,
to support that breath,
how to keep your throat open and relaxed while doing it.
are the base components for proper breathing. In the Sing Like A Pro
ebook, there is a complete chapter dedicated to teaching students how
to breath properly.
techniques in the ebook are straight form the two most popular methods
of vocal instruction. What you've been reading about on this page is
from the classical method. There is another method you can learn from
too, so you can pick which one works best for you, and is more
of little known tips and tricks for holding notes that seem to last
ups and downs,
great relaxation exercises that help you get over paralyzing stage
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