Tips for the Balanced Singer – Breathing in to Your High Notes

Hello, lovely singers to my blog – Everything Singing!!! And welcome back to another week in the life of my singing blog 🙂 We’re going to segway a blog, from my normal technical singing rants, to discuss a few very important Tips for the Singer.
Some very basic tips to start off with when singing come from the breath. Remember in one of my previous blogs how I talked about how important a strong and controlled breath is for any level of singer? Well, its no wonder I’ve decided to start here since I’ve focused many of my previous blogs on the technique of breathing while singing. One of the most important tips I can impart on a singer while they are either exercising or singing is to make sure their breath is truly coming from the diaphragm. How you can make sure your breath is coming from this muscle is to take a second before every phrase, exercise run, or couple of measures and be sure when you are inhaling your stomach begins to slowly protrude out just right below the belly button. As you begin to exhale the stomach will suck back in to it’s normal size and finish releasing the final bits of air left in the body until there is nothing left to exhale, at which point your diaphragm will begin doing the work on its own, slowly protruding out just underneath the belly button.
So the specific Tips for the Singer: is to make sure as you’re singing your high notes to suck in that belly and exhale the breath in to the top part of the phrase. This will allow the sound to resonate beautifully in your upper range while also allowing the sound to be stress free as the breath is guiding the high notes in to their positions, as opposed to what MANY singers do, and try to assist the high notes with their extrinsic muscles, causing tension in the sound as well as massive amounts of stress in the neck – both in the trapezius and sternocleidomastoid muscles – as well as the jaw, causing chronic pain and injury to the singer.
Tips for the Singer will return at a later blog with more small, but massively useful ways, in creating a more effortless sound, fuller and clearer tone, and more precise pitch placement… Stay tuned!!! 🙂
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