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POWERFUL SINGING - DIAPHRAGM & BREATH SUPPORT!

Breath support is how you regulate the outward flow of air (when you exhale) while singing. Breathing is so natural and automatic to us; it's hard to believe that we could be doing it wrong. Every note relies on the gradual exhale of air and the control of that air stream. Proper diaphragm and breath support is what creates power in your singing.


Breathing is so natural and automatic to us; it's hard to believe that we could be doing it wrong. Breath exercises for singing can dramatically improve the caliber of vocal performance. Each note and phrase rely on a source of air being exhaled in steady stream, holding the notes in place. Proper breathing for a singer is crucial

In vocal pedagogy, producing vocal sound can be described like this: the diaphragm pushes the air from the lungs through the vocal folds (vocal cords), producing a “train” of air (picture a train on the tracks moving forward and the train is air). The train of air is shaped by the resonances (air vibrations) of the vocal tract. The train of air moves through the throat into the oral and sinus cavity. The key is to control the rate of speed and volume of air.

This is a breathing exercise where you Inhale deeply through the nose while slowly counting to three. Hold the air at the top of the inhale while slowly counting to three. Exhale through the mouth while slowly counting to five. At the end, hold the exhale while slowly counting to three. Try to repeat this three times. You will feel the muscles around your ribcage and stomach tighten; this is diaphragm and breath support.


I have vocal exercises that help with breath control and mastering the air flow (through the diaphragm) in your breathing. The exercises on this website: www.michelleostrove.net under Vocal CD will be available soon. The first two exercises really are amazing for this technique (the lip trills and the tongue trills). The breathing exercises from your voice lessons can dramatically improve the caliber of vocal performance. To stabilize your singing voice with a consistent, reliable sound and control needs diaphragm and breath support. It will allow you to sing from a place of freedom, power, and comfort. Listen to Audrey Diaz as she sings "Shallow" with depth, control, fullness and power in her voice.


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