Breathing for the Balanced Singer

Hello lovely Singers to my blog – Everything Singing! Today we’re going to discuss breathing for the balanced singer. Breathing is one of the most important components in singing. Without proper guidance and support a singer can tire themselves out and possibly cause permanent damage to thier body and instrument if this is not trained properly. As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, a singer is in control of 6 fundamental parts of their voice when producing their sound – vocal fold closure, breath, extrinsic muscles, vowel shapes, tongue and larynx.
This may seem like a lot but with the proper guidance and coach these fundamental parts of a balanced voice can be separated and the singer can learn to control them all equally. YES, it does take quite a bit of practice and work but what great athlete does not train 3 times a day in order to achieve close to perfect work? There are many singers out there who don’t have this type of dedication when it comes to the maintenance of their instrument. And this begins to show up in the clarity, precision, strength and tone of their voice after this constant misuse.
Breathing for the balanced singer comes from the diaphragm. The diaphragm is the dome-shaped sheet of muscle and tendon that serves as the main muscle of respiration and plays a vital role in the breathing process. This is the part of the body we breath from while we are sleeping. It is a slow and steady breath which relaxes all the way down to the top of the intestines. Image of the Diaphragm
With and only with a relaxed and controlled breath can we, the singer, create the best sound for power, vibrato, agility, pitch and high notes. These are all controlled by the magnificent diaphragm. Stay tuned for my next blog on Breathing for the Balanced Singer!

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