9 Breathing Exercises for Singing Your Best

Posted on 7th May 2015 in Singing lessons, Vocal exercises



How Breathing Supports Singing

There’s no question about it. If you want to develop a great singing voice, it will require proper breath control.

Not to mention that proper breathing will lead to projecting notes better, which in turn helps improve your singing tone.

Try producing any sound with your voice without the use of breath. Can’t do it? Why not?

First of air is the very medium we use to transport our sound to the ears of our listeners.

Second, it is the controlled resistance to air flowing past our vocal cords as we exhale which creates this amazing thing called our voice.

Therefore, learning and applying basic breathing exercises for singing is crucial to a great sounding voice.

Remember, that the idea behind these exercises is similar to the goal of any exercise.

That is to develop and strengthen your breath support muscles while learning to properly control them.

As you begin understanding what is required, be sure to take the time to do the exercises. It will take some effort but the results will be worth it.

9 Breathing Exercises That You Should Know

Below are some fairly easy voice exercises to help you first, become aware of the general areas to focus on when inhaling and exhaling.

Next, you will begin to consciously control these areas and their movements for better sound production and projection.

Remember to relax. Singing was meant to pleasurable. So don’t be too hard on yourself!

 1. Work those abs: See your stomach muscles move as you breathe. Try lying with your back on the floor. Set a book or something flat on your tummy. Take deep breaths in and out. Focus on having the book move up and down with your breathing. This is helping you learn to control your diaphragm.

 2. Fill up on air: Take a long, deep breath in and hold it like you’re filling a balloon. Now slowly let the air out. Again it’s all about control. You can also close your eyes and visualize this movement as you work with this singing technique.

 3. Catch your breath: At the end of each note sung, pause your breathing, and only inhale if needed. If you continue breathing, especially outward, you are wasting precious air in order to sustain the notes that follow. This is particularly important when the song being sung has a faster tempo.

 4. Quick inhalations: Developing the ability to take quick, full breaths is key. Having an ample supply of air on demand, helps you to project with greater power and enables you to be ready to hit higher notes. Imagine yourself having to fill a large balloon quickly. It would be necessary for you to build your lung volume and have the pressure to blow out as needed.

 5. Exhale slowly: Fill your lungs with a full breath of air, hold, and gently release, pushing your abdominals downward. Act like as if you’re blowing a bubble. Blowing too hard will pop it. But just the right amount will move it ever so gently.

 6. Make noise while exhaling: Breathe in and as you let it out, make an “S” sound. Make sure your lungs are full and you are compressing the outgoing air with your tongue in a controlled way.

 7. Use staccato notes with breathing: Staccato notes are short, quick bursts. Take a deep breath in and sing up or down a scale hitting each note clear and with power. See how many notes you can hit on a single breath.

 8. Avoid using too much air: You may have heard the term a “breathy voice”. It’s when too much air passes between the vocal cords, producing an audible noise that weakens your sound and ability to project.

 9. Overcome stage fright: We all know how we get when it’s time to get up and perform in front of others. It can cause stress which changes the way we breathe. Gasping for air will restrict you from maintaining proper air flow when moving from one note to the next.




More Breathing Techniques:

Watch the video below as it describes how to gain control of our breathing by using our diaphragm. A muscle that is necessary for improving our singing voice.

This process is called support. By resisting with our diaphragm rather than our throat, we gain control.


Try This for Controlled Breathing:

How can we learn to take in the right amount of air without creating a lot of tension? The key to this exercise allows your breath to fall into your body, forcing the abdominals to release.

Begin exhaling while allowing your abs to collapse inward.

Try holding your breath for a count of ten while your lungs are empty.                

When you reach ten, take a breath. Notice how your abs release and simultaneously drop.

Can you sense the movement of your body while taking in air? You should notice your throat opening and your stomach muscles disengage, allowing the air to drop in.

Similarly, as you exhaust the air during a long phrase in a song, allow that air necessary to drop into the lungs thus opening the body.

Exercise For Breathe Resistance:

Light a candle and hold it about 7 to 10 inches from your face.

Next, take a long deep breathe in, while keeping erect.

While exhaling, blow ever so gently on the flame. Just enough so as to bend the flame. Careful not to extinguish it!

Keep it nice and steady. Time yourself to see how long you can go on a breathe.


Practice What You Learn


I think it’s fair to say that learning proper breath control is the foundation to a great singing voice. Becoming a better singer is obviously more than reciting any song.

If we learn and apply these basic techniques, the quality of your singing will improve as you continue building a solid foundation for your singing voice.

As you progress with breathing, other areas of your voice will improve, like improving your tone or increasing your vocal range.

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